This Day In Baseball August 31
August 31, 1990, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. become the first father and son combination to play together in a major league game. The elder Griffey played left field and batted second, while the younger Griffey hit third and played center field. They each pick up one hit in four at-bats.
August 31, 1950, Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers ties a major league record by piling up 17 total bases in a game against the Boston Braves. Hodges hits four home runs and a single leading the Dodgers to a 19-3 win at Ebbets Field.
August 31, 1917, 22-year old Red Sox lefty Babe Ruth won his 20th game of the season, defeating the Athletics 5-3. Ruth won 24 games that season, the second straight year he had reached the 20-win mark. Ruth posted a career 94 – 46 mark as a pitcher, and was also a pretty good hitter.
You Wish You Where Here Events for August 31
1904 – In a rowdy 3 – 2, 11-inning Giants win in Cincinnati, the high point comes in the 6th when New York catcher Frank Bowerman slugs a fan, a music teacher named Albert Hartzell, who has been heckling him. Police escort the catcher from the field. Bowerman will be released from custody tomorrow when the fan drops the charges. The Giants win the second game as well, 4 – 1, in seven innings, with the game shortened to allow the Giants to catch a train for New York. The Giants leave Cincinnati with a 15-game lead over Chicago in the National League.
1914 – Walter Johnson relieves in the 8th inning with his Senators holding a 3 – 2 lead over the White Sox. On the first pitch, Jack Fournier hits a home run to tie the game. Fournier’s next at bat up comes in the 10th and he homers again to give the Sox a 4 – 3 win. This is the first time Johnson has been reached for two home runs in a game by the same batter (Lou Gehrig will match it August 13, 1926). Last night the Sox beat Johnson 2 – 1 and Fournier was 3-for-3 with two triples against the “Big Train.”
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