This Day In Baseball August 5

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on August 5 This Day In Baseball.

August 5, 1979, Willie Mays is inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Mays slugged 660 homers, batted .302, and collected 3,283 hits in his 22-year career. Known for his all-around play, Mays won 12 Gold Glove Awards for his defense in center field. Former National League outfielder Hack Wilson and executive Warren Giles are also inducted during the ceremony in Cooperstown, which draws a record crowd.

August 5, 2007, Mets left-hander Tom Glavine won his 300th career game, defeating the Cubs in Chicago’s Wrigley Field, 8-3. Glavine, the fifth southpaw to reach the 300-victory level, pitched 6 1/3 innings to become the first 300-game winner since former teammate Greg Maddux in 2004.

August 5, 1963, a record number of Hall of Famers are in Cooperstown for the annual induction ceremony. Four new members receive plaques: pitchers John Clarkson and Eppa Rixey, and outfielders Elmer Flick and Sam Rice

Homerun History:

August 5, 1999, Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the 16th major leaguer to join the 500-home run club. McGwire’s milestone blast – a solo shot in the third inning – comes against Andy Ashby of the San Diego Padres. In the eighth inning, McGwire adds his 501st home run. The Cardinals lose the game, 10-2.


August 5, 1969, Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium. Stargell’s titanic blast travels over 500 feet and helps the Pirates win, 11-3.


August 5, 1921, Harold Arlin announces the play-by-play on the first radio broadcast of a major league game. The game between the Pirates and Phillies, which the Pirates win, 8-5, is heard over KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Arlin’s grandson, Steve Arlin, will one day pitch for the San Diego Padres.

Events for August 5

In a game described by Pirate shortstop Dick Groat as “the greatest I ever played in,” and by veteran Forbes Field observer Les Biederman as “probably the most thrilling spectacle ever witnessed by the greater portion of the 33,304 wild-eyed fans,” the World Series-bound Bucs buttress their 1st-place margin over Milwaukee by pulling out a 1 – 0 win over the 5th-place Giants. The game’s only run comes in the 8th inning, with Pirate centerfielder Bill Virdon scoring from first on an errant throw by pitcher Sam Jones. But it’s the non-scoring plays that are most spectacular: for the Giants, Willie Mays nips a 7th-inning Bucs uprising in the bud with a brilliant throw to cut down Don Hoak going first to third. However, it’s the Pirates’ Vinegar Bend Mizell who’s the chief beneficiary of this game’s defensive prowess: the “Say Hey Kid” himself is robbed of a sure extra-base hit by Roberto Clemente in a terrifying catch and crash that knocks the Pirates’ right fielder out of the game and out of the lineup for a week as he smashes face-on into the concrete base of the right-centerfield stands, at the 395-foot mark, and collapses on the dirt warning track. Five stitches are required to close a laceration on his chin, and his left knee is sorely damaged. An inning before that, Virdon made a tremendous running grab of Felipe Alou’s bomb to the distant left center light tower, and, in the 8th, Virdon makes what Biederman will describe as “the play of the season,” coming close to making a leaping grab of Andre Rodgers’ drive to the 406-foot mark in left center, then recovering almost instantly to make a strong, accurate throw to 3B Hoak. Out by a mile is Rodgers, making an ill-advised, two-out try for third.