This Day In Baseball August 9
August 9, 1918, Cincinnati Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspends first baseman Hal Chase for what he calls “indifferent play.” Mathewson believes that Chase is “throwing” games because of gambling connections. It’s not the first nor last time that Chase is accused of shady play
August 9, 1988, Rich “Goose” Gossage of the Chicago Cubs earns his 300th career save. The veteran right-hander pitches the final inning of the Cubs’ 6-4 win over the New York Mets, in what also happens to be the first completed night game at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 36,399 attends the evening affair.
August 9, 1975, Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks the record for most consecutive stolen bases without being caught. Lopes steals his 32nd straight base, eclipsing the record held by Max Carey. Lopes will swipe six more bases, shattering the mark, before being caught stealing on August 24.
August 9, 1947, Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians and Hank Thompson of the St. Louis Browns make history by becoming the first African-American players to oppose each other in major league history. Doby’s Indians earn a 5-2 win.
August 9, 1906, Jack “Brakeman” Taylor of the Chicago Cubs sets a major league record by hurling his 187th consecutive complete game. Taylor, whose streak began in 1901, earns the victory in a 5-3 decision over Brooklyn. I wonder what his pitch counts were?
August 9, 1976, two right-handed aces are among those inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bob Lemon and Robin Roberts, each of whom starred in the 1950s, are two of the six inductees. Also inducted are Negro leagues star Oscar Charleston, 19th century slugger Roger Connor, umpire Cal Hubbard, and third baseman Fred Lindstrom.
August 9, 1954, Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville, and Bill Terry are inducted into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Cooperstown.
Events for August 9
In Pittsburgh, Bill Klem narrowly escapes a beating at the hands of gamblers. The heavily-favored Pirates are down, 5 – 2, in the 9th inning against Boston when a number of Pirates start mocking Klem’s flamboyant calls. The rookie umpire chases them down and fines each $10, thereby incurring the wrath of the gamblers, who go looking for Klem. He wisely hides in the ladies’ room.
Cubs right-hander Jack Taylor, who will amass a lifetime record of 152-139 along with an ERA of 2.66, goes the distance, beating Brooklyn at Washington Park, 5-3. The victory will be the last of his 187 consecutive complete games, an amazing streak which began on June 20, 1901 with a 2-0 loss in Boston.
1911 – In Chicago, the Giants paste the Cubs, 16 – 5, and the Pirates now lead in the National League race for the first time. But it doesn’t last, as the Cubs will replace them tomorrow with a 7 – 5 win over the visiting Cardinals. The lead will change 26 times, as the top four teams bounce in and out until the Giants emerge on August 24th and build a 7 1/2 game lead over the Cubs.