This Day In Baseball June 10
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Events for June 10
The finest game ever played in Keokuk‚ Iowa sees the Westerns battle the Boston Reds before losing‚ 6 – 4. A crowd of 300 is on hand. When the Reds get their share of the gate receipts – $13 – they elect to forfeit tomorrow’s match and head back to Chicago. A few more events like this and the short-lived Keokuk club packs it in June 16th.
St. Louis (American Association) P Jack Stivetts hits two homers (and strikes out 10)‚ the second a grand slam in the top of the 9th‚ off Fred Smith‚ with his team down by 3 runs to win‚ 9 – 8‚ over visiting Toledo. He will later duplicate this batting feat twice, hitting a pair of homers on August 6‚ 1891‚ and on June 12‚ 1896‚ making him the first pitcher to achieve this. The only two pitchers to match this achievement are Wes Ferrell (who had 5 such games) and Don Newcombe.
Though Baltimore fails to score after the 6th inning‚ the Orioles explode for 25 hits and swamp St. Louis, 25 – 4. Wilbert Robinson‚ Orioles catcher‚ goes 7 for 7‚ bats in 11 runs‚ a major league record; Whaling Wilbert scores once. He’ll finish the season with a team-high 57 RBIs. George Shoch has 5 hits and scores 4 runs for Baltimore; pitcher Sadie McMahon‚ on the other hand‚ goes 0 for 7‚ tying the since-broken 19th Century major league mark. Baltimore continues in game 2‚ winning 9 – 3.
A hard week for managers: Tom Brown is replaced at Washington by “Dirty Jack” Doyle‚ Billy Barnie is fired by 9th-place Brooklyn. Barnie’s successor‚ CF Mike Griffin‚ resigns after 4 games; President Charlie Ebbets fills in. “Scrappy” Bill Joyce is dropped by the New York Giants in favor of Cap Anson‚ who takes over tomorrow.
1900 – The New York Times publishes a letter to the editor from Joseph Mann regarding Cap Anson’s book A Ballplayers’s Career‚ reviewed a week earlier. Anson’s is the first autobiography by a major league player. According to Mann‚ Anson’s book credits him‚ while a pitcher at Princeton‚ as the first pitcher to throw the curve ball‚ and the pitcher writes to expand on that. He says it was he who should receive credit‚ not Candy Cummings or Charles Avery of Yale‚ who he beat 3 – 0 on May 29‚ 1875‚ allowing no hits. He relates that in 1874 the Philadelphia team played at Princeton and‚ before the game and between innings Candy Cummings would stand at home plate and throw overhand down to second base curving the ball. Cummings also pitched that day and Mann says that Candy’s catcher said that sometimes Candy’s pitches curved‚ but not always. Mann says that day he got “two base hits and three singles against Cummings” and that he saw no curves‚ but was intrigued by the throws to second base. Mann says he worked on the curve that fall and over the winter unveiling it that spring. Mann ends his letter with: “I think I’ve said enough to establish the fact that I was the one who initiated the movement and revolutionized the pitching department of baseball.” A Mr. Rankin will answer Mann’s claims with a September 26 letter citing newspaper accounts of Alphonse Martinand Candy Cummings throwing curves in 1870.
At Washington‚ the Washington Nationals overcome an 8-run deficit in the 8th to tie the game at 10 – 10 with the White Sox. Clark Griffith pops out as a pinch hitter in the 9th but stays on to pitch for the Sox. In the top of the 10th‚ Dummy Hoy‚ who earlier homered‚ singles to start the inning. Two outs later Frank Isbell walks and Fred Hartman homers to end the scoring‚ 13 – 10.
Baseball lifer Horace Fogel, also known for his career as a sportswriter, is fired as the manager of the Giants just 44 games into the season. The 51 year-old former skipper, who will go on to an administrative position with the Phillies, will be best remembered in New York for his attempt to turn future Hall of Fame hurler Christy Mathewson, a sophomore pitcher who won 20 games in his rookie year, into a position player.
Detroit SS Kid Elberfeld‚ suspended for abusing an umpire‚ is traded to the New York Highlanders for veteran infielders Herman Long‚ 37‚ and Ernie Courtney. The Highlanders’ first trade is a good one as “The Tabasco Kid”‚ currently hitting .341‚ will be a key ingredient in New York’s rise as contenders in 1904. Elberfeld had also been accused by Tiger manager Ed Barrow of deliberately throwing games recently as a ploy to get himself traded.
In the opener of the battle for first place at the Polo Grounds‚ Christy Mathewson pitches a brilliant one-hitter to beat Chicago‚ 5 – 0. The lone hit is Johnny Kling’s 4th-inning single. The other action is provided by umpire Charlie Zimmer‚ who ejects Sam Mertes on a strike call. He also thumbs John McGraw‚ coaching at third base‚ to the bench‚ and sends Dummy Taylor‚ the first base coach‚ to the clubhouse. One wag said later that Taylor was making too much noise.
In Memphis, TN on a scouting trip‚ Connie Mack says that Christy Mathewson’s ineffectiveness can be traced back to a ligament sprain in his last game pitching against the A’s, in last year’s World Series. In the latter part of the game‚ Matty grasped his arm after unleashing a fastball. Mack said players on the coaching lines heard the snap of something resembling the crack of a toy pistol. Mack’s offer of $1700 to Memphis for SS Simon Nicholls was refused.
At Pittsburgh‚ the Bucs’ Bobby Byrne steals second base‚ third base‚ and home in the same inning against Brooklyn. His swipe of second is on the back end of a double steal with Fred Clarke scoring on a contested play. When Brooklyn C Bill Bergen and pitcher Doc Scanlan argue the call with Bill Klem‚ Byrne sneaks to third. Scanlan gets tossed by umpire Klem and the remaining 8 runs are rung up against reliever George Bell. After Dots Miller walks‚ he and Byrne pull of another double steal. Up 8 – 0 in the 8th‚ Pittsburgh tries a triple steal‚ and scores a run on a throwing error. But no steals are handed out on the play. The final score is 9 – 0.
The Cubs trade C Johnny Kling‚ P Orlie Weaver‚ P Hank Griffin‚ and OF Al Kaiser to the Boston Rustlers for C Peaches Graham‚ P Cliff Curtis‚ Wilbur “Lefty” Good‚ and OF Bill Collins. Curtis (1-8)‚ who began the year with 5 straight losses after ending last season with 18 straight defeats‚ will be swapped to the Phillies in August.
A bounce home run by Fred Luderus into the right field stands at Redlands Field is the difference as the Phillies defeat the Reds‚ 3 – 2. Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Jack Ryder writes “the feat was thought impossible.” The ball bounced over a 10-foot high wall 400 feet from home plate. “There is little chance of another hit like that of Luderus being made on this field for many seasons.”
6/10/1921 – Ty Cobb’s Tigers were in Washington completing a series against the Senators. Before the game, Cobb changed his lineup by reversing Harry Heilmann and Bobby Veach. However, the skipper failed to tell the players of this switch. In the top of the first inning, Heilmann batted in Veach’s spot and hit a two-run home run to left field. Umpire Billy Evans declared Heilmann out. When Veach finally got to bat in the fourth inning, he homered to right. There was also a Washington runner called out for coach’s interference later in the game. The Tigers won, 6-3.
6/10/1921: The Tigers were in Washington for a strange game. In the top of the first inning, Harry Heilmann homered into the left field bleachers. It came off Harry Courtney with one runner on base. However, Heilmann was called out for batting out of turn by umpire Billy Evans. Detroit manager Ty Cobb had changed the lineup before the game but did not tell the players. Bobby Veach was skipped in the batting order in the initial frame. Veach batted in the fourth inning for the first time and homered to right field. In the fifth inning, Washington’s Bucky Harris was called out on the base paths because of interference by Clyde Milan who was coaching third base at the time. There was a lot of confusion on the field during that play and eventually Harris and Sam Rice ended up standing at third base. When Rice stepped off the bag he was tagged out.
In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth’s 2-run homer in the 3rd‚ off Urban Shocker‚ ties the game. Shocker then plunks Frank Baker‚ and a double‚ single‚ two errors on the same play‚ and a sacrifice fly score 4 more. Shocker then sends Carl Mays sprawling on three straight pitches before walking him‚ and fires his first pitch right at Whitey Witt. The Yanks score 6 off Shocker‚ and another 6 off relievers to win‚ 14 – 5. A foul fly in the 7th beans St. Louis owner Phil Ball‚ sitting behind the dugout. He has a slight concussion and requires four stitches.
The Pacific Coast League sees its first night game when Sacramento hosts Oakland before 10‚000 fans at Moreing Park. There are 180‚000 watts of light from 40 lamps on 40 poles. By the end of next season every PCL team will have lights. Eddie Bryan turns the lights out on the visitors‚ winning 5 – 0.
Red Sox rookie pitcher Bill Lefebvre homers in his first major league at bat‚ on the first pitch and in his only plate appearance for the season‚ off Monty Stratton of the White Sox. But Lefebvre is hammered by Chicago in a 15 – 2 loss. He is the first American League player to homer in his only season at bat‚ and it will be his only major league homer‚ though he will finish with a .276 career average and lead the AL in pinch hits in 1944. Stratton‚ the winning pitcher‚ gets his revenge in the 2nd inning when he connects for a grand slam off Lefebvre‚ who gives up 6 runs in 4 innings.
With his team trailing Chicago 13-1 at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Joe Cronin lets Bill Lefebvre bat for himself in the eighth inning, and watches the rookie hurler homer off Monty Stratton. The 22 year-old southpaw from Natick, RI, who will have only one at-bat this season, doesn’t fare as well on the mound, when he gives up six runs in four innings in his only appearance this season.
The visiting Giants‚ behind Bill Lohrman‚ top the Reds‚ 3 – 1. The Reds’ only run is a homer by prized rookie catcher Ray Lamanno‚ one of five Reds hits. Lonny Frey has three singles. Lamanno’s homer‚ his 7th‚ lands on the roof of a laundry across the street from the left field wall. The Giants also make five hits in beating Junior Thompson.
Joe Nuxhall, at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, becomes the youngest player in major league history when he pitches two-thirds of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18 – 0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He manages to give up 5 walks and 2 hits before Bill McKechnie takes him out. The Cards tie a league record by stranding 18 runners in the most lopsided shutout win in the National League in 10 years. The loser at the end of the day is Bill Lohrman.
Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person to play in a major league contest in this century. After being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15 year-old high school southpaw, who will stay in the Reds organization for over sixty years, becoming best known as the voice for the team’s radio broadcasts, retires the first batter he faces, but is unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks, two hits, one wild pitch, and five runs.
Frank Frisch‚ who began the season as coach of the Giants‚ replaces Charlie Grimm as manager of the last-place Cubs. Frisch was the first choice of Grimm‚ who goes into the front office as a vice president after tomorrow’s games. According to Grimm‚ “the Cubs have never had a fighting manager of the Frisch type for forty years. The last manager who’d compare with Frisch in my book is Frank Chance.”
At County Stadium Bill Taylor knocks a pinch home run in the 10th off Gene Conley to give the Giants a 1 – 0 win over the Braves. It is the first time in history that a pinch solo homer accounts for all the scoring. For Taylor‚ a reinstated service player‚ it is his first major league home run. Ruben Gomez wins his 6th of 7 decisions against the Braves.
At Cleveland Stadium Sonny Siebert pitches a no-hitter against the Washington Senators and Leon Wagner homers off loser Phil Ortega as first-place Cleveland wins, 2 – 0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters, walking only one, in his Cleveland Stadium gem. It will be the only No Hitter of the season.
In his big league debut, Dick Rusteck pitches a four-hit masterpiece, blanking the Reds at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 24 year-old rookie southpaw will pitch in seven more games, including two more starts, without ever winning another major league contest, finishing his career with a 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA.
In front of his family and friends, Astros’ outfielder Jimmy Wynn, a Cincinnati native, hits the longest home run in the history of Crosley Field. The Toy Cannon’s monstrous shot off right-hander Mel Queen in the team’s 9-4 loss to the Reds clears the 58-foot scoreboard in left-center and bounces onto Interstate 75 outside the stadium.
Hank Aaron’s grand slam helps the Atlanta Braves to a 15 – 3 rout of the Phillies. It is Aaron’s 649th home run, moving him ahead of Willie Mays into second place on the career list. It is also his 14th grand slam, tying Gil Hodges’ National League record. Aaron will now by just 65 shy of Babe Ruth’s total.
The Yankees send former ace Ken Holtzman back to the Cubs‚ his first team‚ in exchange for minor leaguer Ron Davis. Holtzman proved a disappointment in New York‚ and he will not recapture his form in Chicago. Davis will blossom in 1979 when his 14-2 mark sets a record for most wins by a rookie reliever.
At Baltimore, the Tigers sweep two from the Orioles‚ winning 10 – 4 and 8 – 0‚ before 51‚764 fans. Kirk Gibson has six hits and six RBIs in the two games‚ while Alan Trammell and Howard Johnson each have 5 hits. Lou Whitaker scores 5 runs in game 1. Reliever Doug Bair wins the opener and Dan Petry allows just 3 hits in the nitecap win.
At County Stadium‚ Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer of the year and his career 200th off Brewer starter Chris Bosio. It comes in his 2‚852nd at bat‚ and he is the 5th quickest to reach 200. Winning for first-place Oakland is Ron Darling. The 28 year-old slugger will end the season with 42 round-trippers, en route to a career total of 583.
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Jeff Manto, who collected four home runs in his first three years in the major leagues, homers in his fourth consecutive at-bat. In all, he homers five times in six at-bats in three games during his power outburst. The Orioles defeat the Angels‚ 6 – 2. Manto equaled Johnny Blanchard’s mark established in 1961. The Orioles’ third baseman, who hit two homers against the Angels last night and one the previous night off the Mariners’ Rafael Carmona, goes deep in the bottom of the second inning at Camden Yards.
At Candlestick Park Kevin Brown throws a no-hitter and misses a perfect game by hitting a batter in the 8th inning. The Florida Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants, 9 – 0. With two outs in the 8th‚ Brown’s 1-2 pitch nicks Marvin Benard on the right leg. Giant starter William Van Landingham also takes a no-hitter into the 7th‚ but Charles Johnson’s two-run homer with one out opens a 7-run deluge.
In Kansas City, the Angels win, 6 – 2‚ to move ahead of Seattle in the AL West. Center fielder Jim Edmonds makes a sensational catch in the 5th inning and then drives home the go-ahead run with a double in the 6th. Rookie Jason Dickson retires 11 of the first 12 batters and allows two runs in seven innings.
A pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium commemorates the new ownership of the Royals. David Glass, a former Wal-Mart executive who became Kansas City’s interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1993, had his $96 million offer to buy the team approved by the Board in April, despite a competing bid of $120 million by New York based attorney Miles Prentice.
In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.
The 1919 contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees brings in a staggering $996‚000 at auction. Gotta Have It Collectibles submits the winning bid for the December 26, 1919 contract, signed by owners Harry Frazee of the Red Sox and Jacob Ruppert of Yankees, which sold Babe Ruth to New York.
Terry Mulholland of Minnesota and Mike MacDougal of Kansas City both throw one pitch and each pockets a loss when that is hit for a home run. Hee-Seop Choi of the Dodgers hits his second homer of the game off Mulholland in the 9th to give Los Angeles a 6 – 5 win. Eric Gagné is the winner as the Dodgers’ relievers retire 21 batters in a row following Justin Morneau’s triple in the 3rd. It is the first meeting of the two teams since the 1965 World Series.
After blowing an 11 – 3 lead in the 8th‚ Troy Glaus of Arizona homers off Mike MacDougal in the 10th to give Arizona a 12 – 11 win over Kansas City. The D-Backs took the lead on Shawn Green’s two homers and 5 RBI‚ but 10 walks to the Royals help bring them back. Ruben Gotay, with a homer, and David DeJesus, with a triple, each drive in 2 runs in the Royals’ 6-run 8th. Kansas City starting pitcher Zack Greinke hits a homer but they pay him to pitch and he allows 15 hits and 11 runs in 4+ innings‚ recording just 13 outs. Greinke joins Eppa Rixey (1927)‚ Bill Sherdel (1931) and Scott Sanders (1998) as the only pitchers to give up 15 hits while recording 13 outs or fewer in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Daniel Cabrera pitches 6 scoreless innings for the Orioles who take an 9 – 0 lead into the bottom of the 7th then hold on as the Twins score 7 runs. Michael Cuddyer hits a grand slamin the Twins’ five-run 7th. For the 4th game in a row Joe Mauer is on base 4 times. Carlos Silva is the losing pitcher, but he does retire the side on three pitches in the 2nd as he did it last year in a 74-pitch game.
Using a fishing rod with a baseball attached to the hook at the end of a heavy duty line he designed, Pro Bass Angler Kevin Wirth throws out the ceremonial “First Cast” from the pitcher’s mound before the Louisville Bats take on the Indianapolis Indians at Slugger Field. The catcher uses a fishing net to capture the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Angler toss at home plate.
39-year-old Masumi Kuwata enters a game for the Pirates. He becomes the oldest major league rookie in 47 years, since Diomedes Olivo debuted – also with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kuwata allows one hit in two innings, but it is a two-run homer to Alex Rodriguez. Ken Takahashi, another veteran of Nippon Pro Baseball, will debut at age 40 in 2009.
In addition to the team wearing a dark patch with the word “NUXY” printed in white on their uniform, the Reds honor broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, along with Marty Brennaman and Waite Hoyt, with replica microphones which will hang on the wall near the radio booth. The honor comes on the 63rd anniversary of the ‘ol’ left-hander’ becoming the youngest person ever to play in the major leagues in the modern era.
Tiger general manager Dave Dombrowski announces the team is optioning Dontrelle Willis, acquired in an off-season blockbuster trade, to their Class A minor league team in Lakeland. The former Marlin southpaw was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and compiled a 22-10 record with the Fish just two years later, and recently signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit.
He may not be accompanied by the hoopla that surrounds Stephen Strasburg, but the Orioles’ Jake Arrieta matches the Nats phenom in at least one respect: by winning his major league debut, 4 – 3, over the Yankees, no less. He gives up 3 runs in 6 innings before the bullpen takes over, with David Hernandez picking up his first career save. Alex Rodriguezleaves the game with a groin strain in the 2nd inning, 4 days after suffering a similar problem in a game against the Blue Jays.
Josh Johnson locks up in a tremendous pitching duel with the great Roy Halladay for the second time in ten days; this time, he comes out ahead. He throws 8 scoreless innings as Florida wins, 2 – 0, over Philadelphia. On May 29th, Johnson gave up only an unearned run to the Phils, but Halladay pitched a perfect game to beat him, 1 – 0.
White Sox third baseman Omar Vizquel, who made his major league debut in 1989, becomes the fourth player to hit a home run in four different decades when he goes deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning of the team’s 3-0 victory over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The 43 year-old Venezuelan infielder joins Ted Williams (1939-1960), Willie McCovey (1959-1980), and Rickey Henderson (1979-2003) on the short list of big leaguers who have accomplished the rare feat.
The Orioles win their ninth straight extra-inning game when Matt Wieters lines a one-out RBI double in the 10th to give the club a 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The streak of overtime victories, which includes yesterday’s 12-inning win, breaks the team’s previous record of 8, which had been accomplished twice.
Bobby Abreu, who was tied with Mickey Mantle for 109th place on the all-time hit list, surpasses the Yankee legend with a second-inning double in L.A.’s 8-2 interleague victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The 38 year-old outfielder has collected 2,416 hits playing for the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers.
The Red Sox pass the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers for the most consecutive sellouts for a North American pro franchise with their 745th straight capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The streak, which has featured an average paid attendance of 36,544 fans, started on May 15, 2003, a year after the team’s new ownership bought the Boston ball club.
The game between the Blue Jays and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field is interrupted by fog in the 3rd inning. No one sees Adam Dunn’s homer off R.A. Dickey leave the yard, motivating umpire Jeff Nelson to call for the rare interruption. Play resumes an hour and 10 minutes later, and a second homer by Dunn in the 4th puts the Sox ahead to stay as they win, 10 – 6.
Neptunus cruises to a title at the 2018 European Champions Cup to repeat as champions of Europe. The Rotterdam team wins it at home this time, outscoring opponents 29-6 in 6 games. In the finale, they overpower Italy’s ASD Rimini, 5 – 0. Orlando Yntema throws a four-hit shutout, fanning 11 and walking none, while 16-year-old rookie Darryl Collins hits a two-run triple off former Neptunus hurler Kevin Kellij in the 2nd. Quintin de Cuba scores twice and drives in a run and is named Cup MVP.
2015 – Despite a 5-for-5 night from George Springer and five shutout innings from Vincent Velasquez in his major league debut, the Astros fall to the White Sox, 4-1, for their seventh straight defeat. Up by six games in the AL West the week before, Houston’s lead shrinks to two before regaining their balance.
1981 – Pete Rose of Philadelphia singles against Nolan Ryan to tie Stan Musial for the most hits in league history (3,630). Ryan would fan Rose in his final three at-bats before a two-month strike begins the next day. The strike is one day too late for Frank LaCortewho blows a 4-0 lead in a 5-4 Phillies verdict.
1974 – Philadelphia’s Mike Schmidt hits arguably the longest ball in Astrodome history although it is only a single. The ball strikes a speaker that hung from the roof of the Dome, 117 feet above centerfield and 300 feet from home plate, only to bounce back into play as a live ball. Although the bases are full, confused Phillies only move up one base. It hardly matters as the Phils crush the Astros, 12-0. Schmidt’s blast, if unimpeded, was estimated to travel 600 feet.
1962 – 78 fans, as well as umpire Jocko Conlan, are treated for heat stroke during an afternoon doubleheader at Colt Stadium. The Dodgers sweep the twinbill, 9-3 and 9-7, but complain about Houston’s stiffling heat afterwards. Don Buddin, a shortstop with a .160 average, belts the first grand slam in franchise history