This Day In Baseball June 14
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Events for June 14
1870 – In what is considered by many historians the greatest baseball game of the 19th century, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first all-professional team see their winning streak stopped at 89 in a wild 11-inning battle with the Atlantic of Brooklyn team, 8 – 7. The game is tied 5 – 5 after nine innings of play, and the Atlantic players are happy to have a draw but Cincinnati captain Harry Wright insists that the game be played to a decision. The Red Stockings score twice in the 11th inning, but the Atlantic come back with three in their half to win. The game is notable as being the first extra-inning game between professional clubs, and as one of the lowest-scoring games of its day. As is the practice of the day, Atlantic continues to bat after having clinched the game, but no further runs are scored.
In what will turn out to be one of John McGraw’s worst trades, the Giants deal outfielder Billy Southworth, batting .328 at the time, to the Cardinals for Heinie Mueller, who will hit only .265 over two seasons for New York. The Redbirds’ new fly chaser, a future Hall of Famer, will play an important role in the team’s world championship this season.
10,000, the Braves sign the 18 year-old Negro League player and assign him to the Eau Claire Bears, the team’s Class-C farm team. The future home run king will play second base, being named the Northern League’s Rookie of the Year when he hits .336 and nine homers in 87 games for the Wisconsin minor league team.
Warren Spahn, in the Braves’ 3-1 loss to the visiting Cubs, goes the distance, whiffing 18 batters in 15 innings. The Boston southpaw, who homers for the team’s lone run, becomes the sixth pitcher to compile 18 or more strikeouts in a game, but the first hurler who needed extra frames to accomplished the feat.
At Cleveland Stadium, Willie Kirkland becomes just the second major leaguer, joining Vern Stephens, to hit two extra-inning home runs in the same game. The Indian outfielder’s 11th inning round-tripper ties the game at two runs apiece, and his homer in the 19th results in a 3-2 walk-off victory over Washington, extending the Senators’ losing streak to ten games.
Reds starter Jim Maloney, who strikes out 18 batters, no-hits the Mets for ten innings, but loses 1-0 when Johnny Lewis connects for a homer in the eleventh in the Crosley Field contest. In August at Wrigley Field, the right-hander will once again give up no hits through the first nine innings, but this time will record a no-hitter when his teammate Leo Cardenas connects in the top of the tenth, providing the only run in Cincinnati’s 1-0 victory over Chicago.
1966 – The Miami Marlins and St. Petersburg Cardinals play the longest game in organized baseball history up to that point, needing 29 innings for Miami to prevail, 4 – 3. The game ends in the early hours of June 15th, after 6 hours and 59 minutes. It remains the longest game ever played without interruption, and only the longest game in baseball history, begun on April 18, 1981 but completed a number of weeks later, has gone more innings since.
1974 – At Anaheim Stadium, Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Boston Red Sox batters in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper six consecutive times, to help the California Angels to a 4 – 3 victory in 15 innings. Barry Raziano is the winner in two innings of relief and Luis Tiant takes the loss in 14 1/3 innings, after Denny Doyle doubles home Mickey Rivers with the winning run.
Nolan Ryan, throwing an unbelievable 235 pitches, whiffs 19 batters in 13 innings, including Cecil Cooper six consecutive times, in the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Boston in 15 innings in Anaheim. The right-hander’s performance will be the first of three 19-strikeout outings the Texan throws this season.
6/14/1983: Two players lost home runs in a rained out game that lasted only one inning at Comiskey Park. Designated hitter Juan Beniquez of the Angels led off against Floyd Bannister with a homer. In the bottom of the inning, designated hitter Greg Luzinski hit a two run homer off Tommy John with two outs.
After retiring two seasons ago, Earl Weaver returns to the Orioles dugout, replacing his successor Joe Altobelli, who won a world championship in his first year with the club. In the 105 games remaining, ‘Earl of Baltimore’ will guide the team to a 53-52 record, and will retire for good after next season when the O’s finish in seventh place.
With all 14 interleague games – and one National League game – taking place in NL parks, a designated hitter is not used in a full slate of major league games for the first time since 1972. Visiting pitchers will have plenty of opportunities to swing the bat as there is not a home game scheduled in American League parks for 10 consecutive days.
Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners becomes the third major leaguer since 1900 to reach 1,000 hits in fewer than 700 games when he singles in the bottom of the 1st inning in the Mariners’ 3 – 1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Suzuki’s 1,000th hit comes in his 696th game. Chuck Klein reached the mark in 1933 in 683 games, and Lloyd Waner reached it in 1932 in 686 games.
Before a pitch in the seventh inning, the umpires are asked to investigate Brendan Donnelly’s glove for a foreign substance. Upon the discovery of illegal pine tar, the Angel pitcher, who claims he uses the material to control sweating, is tossed, resulting in his skipper Mike Scioscia and Nationals manager Frank Robinson exchanging angry words, which incites a brawl, clearing both benches and bullpens.
2009 – The Yakult Swallows set a Nippon Pro Baseball record with hits in 11 straight at-bats in a 14 – 10 win over the Orix Buffaloes. Norichika Aoki begins the inning with a single off Yoshihisa Hirano. Aaron Guiel, Yuichi Matsumoto, Shinya Miyamoto, Jamie D’Antona, Ryoji Aikawa, Keizo Kawashima, Shinichi Takeuchi and Hiroyasu Tanaka connect for 8 hits in a row, off Hirano and his successors on the mound, Akio Shimizu and Masanobu Okubo. Takashi Kamoshida walks Aoki, then gives up a grand slam to Guiel. Yasushi Iihara pinch-hits for Matsumoto and doubles to run the streak to 11 before Kamoshida retires Miyamoto. Yakult scores 10 runs in the inning and Guiel finishes the day with 6 RBI.
The game between the Blue Jays and the Padres in Petco Park is interrupted in the 8th inning by an earthquake that registers 5.9 on the Richter scale. However, as there is no damage, the game resumes after a very brief interruption, with Toronto winning, 6 – 3, behind two homers by John Buck and 3 RBI by Aaron Hill.
In spite of a stiff back which forces him to leave the game in the 8th inning, Cole Hamels is dominant for the Phillies in earning his 9th win, 9 – 1 over the Marlins, to join teammate Roy Halladay for the National League lead. Hamels is helped by five homers, two-run shots by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, and two solo blasts by Domonic Brown. Florida has now lost 11 of its last 12 games.
Justin Verlander comes within 5 outs of pitching his second no-hitter of the season in leading the Tigers into first place in the AL Central with a 4 – 0 win over Cleveland. He strikes out 12 in pitching a two-hit shutout, with Orlando Cabrera’s 8th-inning single the first safety of the night against his overwhelming stuff.
Jimmy Rollins becomes the Phillies’ all-time hits leader when he singles in the fifth against Chicago’s Edwin Jackson for his 2,235th hit for the 132 year-old franchise. At the end of the frame, the 35 year-old switch-hitting shortstop is greeted with a high-five and a hug at first base by Mike Schmidt, the Hall of Famer whose total he surpassed to set the mark, with the entire team then coming out from the Philadelphia dugout to offer their congratulations on the milestone hit.
For the second time in three days, the Pirates and Phillies take a scoreless game into extra innings. Pittsburgh scores the winning run in the bottom of the 11th when Josh Harrison drives in Neil Walker with a two-out single. Earlier in the game, A.J. Burnett and Cole Hamels had locked in a classic duel, but neither pitcher is involved in the decision as the Bucs win their fourth straight, 1 – 0, including three wins by shutout.
2017 – A gunman opens fire on a Republican congressional baseball team holding an early-morning practice in Alexandria, VA. Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise is among the five persons wounded in the attack, being shot in the hip. Capitol Police officers at the practice return fire and quickly apprehend the shooter, who is mortally wounded in the exchange. The team was preparing for its annual charity game against members of the Democratic party scheduled for later in the week.
2018 – Rob Cordemans breaks Bart Volkerijk’s all-time Hoofdklasse strikeout record. He whiffs 8 DSS batters in a 4 – 1 win for the L&D Amsterdam Pirates; his last K of the day, Kevin Nieveld, gives him 1,949 strikeouts for his career to top Volkerijk’s record. He had broken Volkerijk’s win record six years earlier.
2017 – Derek Fisher hits a home run in his major league debut then smacks an RBI single in the same inning as part of a nine-run outburst that clubs the Rangers, 13-2. Fellow rookie Francis Martes, gets the win in his first big league start, allowing one earned run in five innings while striking out seven. At 45-22, the Astros still own baseball’s best record despite a rash of injuries that has devastated the starting rotation.
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