This Day In Baseball June 23
On June 23, some noteworthy events – Ernie Shore pitches a no-hitter and many believe it was a perfect game. The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings complete the longest game in pro history and it features future Hall of Famers on both sides, Rick Wise is a one-man wrecking crew – firing a no-hitter and hitting 2 homeruns vs the Reds and Jimmy Piersall celebrates his 100th career home run by running the bases backward.
Events for June 23
1908 – The Doves and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, with the Giants taking the opener, 6 – 3, and Boston winning the nitecap, 9 – 7. Christy Mathewson preserves Joe McGinnity’s win in the first game, pitching a perfect 9th inning; in the nitecap, he relieves Dummy Taylor in the 9th with the score 7 – 7, but the Braves score twice for the win. Fred Merkle cracks his first major league homer, against Patsy Flaherty, in the nitecap.
1909 – At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson wins a doubleheader against Boston. Matty relieves Rube Marquard in the opener with the score tied 4 – 4 in the 9th. After shutting down Boston, the Giants score a run for the 5 – 4 win. Matty then coasts in the nitecap to an 11 – 1 win. Mathewson leaves after two innings with a 4 – 1 lead, and Doc Crandall operates the rest of the way. The official scorer awards the game to Christy.
Philadelphia Athletics lefty Bruno Haas makes his debut against New York a memorable one as he walks a record 16 batters, and throws three wild pitches. He goes all the way in a 15 – 7 loss, his only major league decision. Haas breaks the American League record of 15 walks, set by Boardwalk Brown and ties Bill George’s major league record. Haas will pitch in just five more games before ending up in the NFL as a halfback for Akron.
For the fifth time this month, and sixth time this year, Ty Cobb steals home, doing it in a 4 – 2 Tiger win over the St. Louis Browns. Cobb scores another run when Sam Crawford hits back to Browns P Grover Lowdermilk, who somersaults after catching the grounder and sits on the mound holding the ball. Cobb scores all the way from second base on the play.