This Day In Baseball August 6

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on August 6 This Day In Baseball.  

Historic milestones on this date, August 6, 1999, Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres collects his 3,000th major league hit – a single against Dan Smith of the Montreal Expos. Gwynn adds to his total by banging out three more hits, giving him a 4-for-5 night against the Expos at Olympic Stadium.

On August 6, 1972, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth’s record for the most home runs with one team. The Braves’ veteran slugger hits his 660th and 661st home runs to eclipse Ruth’s record. The latter home run gives the Braves a 4-3 win in 10 innings.

Cooperstown Calls! On August 6, 1973, Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Earlier in the year, the Hall’s Board of Directors had voted to waive the traditional five-year waiting period for Clemente, in light of the Pittsburgh Pirate right fielder’s death in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, 1972. Also inducted are umpire Billy Evans, outfielder Monte Irvin, first baseman George Kelly, and pitcher Mickey Welch. 24 Hall of Famers are in attendance for the festivities.

August 6, 1959 marks yet another remarkable accomplishment when Hoyt Wilhelm of the Baltimore Orioles makes one of the greatest relief appearances ever. The future Hall of Famer pitches 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Chicago White Sox before allowing his first safety.

A baseball oddity occurs on August 6, 1937 when Cleveland outfielders set a major league record when they fail to record a single putout in a 10-inning loss to the Yankees. Indians’ starter Bob Feller keeps the ball out of the outfield striking out 12 batters, but he also issues ten walks in taking the defeat

Born on this day in 1945 Andy Messersmith, pitcher; All-Star – Messersmith a fine pitcher is mainly known for becoming one of baseballs first free agents to sign with another team. Happy Birthday, Andy!

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