This Day In Baseball June 8
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Events for June 8
6/8/1894 – This was another time the rule was applied incorrectly to the detriment of the team. The St. Louis Browns were playing the Beaneaters in Boston, and the home team elected to bat first. In the bottom of the first, the lead off batter, Tommy Dowd, walked. The next batter due up was Frank Shugart, but the number three hitter, Charlie Frank, came up instead and struck out. Shugart hit into a fielders choice with Dowd being put out. Boston then pointed out that Frank had batted out of order, and the umpire, Bob Emslie, incorrectly called Frank out ending the inning. Frank had already made an out, so it made no sense to call him out again. The original 1876 rule, which was in effect in 1894, was poorly written and incomplete, but it did not allow for a batter to be out twice when he batted out of order. More importantly, Frank was not the proper batter when he hit, so the proper batter then, Shugart, should have been called out, but he was allowed to bat. Apparently, some umpires interpreted the rule in a different manner.
Cack Henley completes the longest complete-game shutout in baseball history, blanking his opponents over 24 innings in the Seals’ 1-0 victory over the Oakland Oaks and Jimmy Wiggs, who also goes the distance during the extra-inning marathon at San Francisco’s Recreation Park. The future Pacific Coast League Hall of Famer’s two-dozen scoreless frames ties three other hurlers for the most thrown by a PCL pitcher in one game.
1950 – The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Browns, 29 – 4, at Fenway Park, and set major league records for runs scored; most long hits, 17 (nine doubles, 1 triple and 7 home runs); most total bases, 60; most extra bases on long hits, 32; most runs over two games, 49; most hits in two games, 51, including 28 this game.
1961 – The Milwaukee Braves set a major-league record with four consecutive home runs in the 7th inning against Cincinnati. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit back-to-back home runs off starter Jim Maloney; Joe Adcock greets reliever Marshall Bridges with another home run, and Frank Thomas sets the record. When these four teammates end their major-league careers, they will have hit a combined total of 1,889 homers. For all the bombardment, the Braves lose, 10 – 8.
The A’s sign Lew Krausse, who hurled 19 no-hitters and struck out 24 batters in one game on the scholastic level, as an amateur free agent the day after he graduates from high school for $125,000. Eight days from now, the 18 year-old fireballing phenom will throw a three-hit shutout against L.A. in his major league debut.
After other teams back off in their pursuit to sign the outstanding NC high schooler when his little toe is blown off by his brother in a hunting accident, the A’s ink Jim Hunter for $75,000. The youngest of ten children of a family from Hertferd will go on to become a Hall of Fame hurler better known as ‘Catfish’, a name invented by club’s owner Charlie Finley.
1965 – Arizona State star sophomore Rick Monday, selected by the Kansas City Athletics, is the first player chosen in the initial major league free-agent draft of high school, college, and sandlot players. Picking second, the Mets take pitcher Les Rohr. In the 10th round, they finally take Nolan Ryan. Cincinnati picks Johnny Bench in the second round.
Bat Day at Candlestick Park is postponed when the Mets refuse to play their scheduled game in San Francisco, out of respect for recently assassinated New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy, whose funeral is being held today. Prompted by baseball commissioner William Eckert’s edict to cancel games only taking place in New York and Washington, the team, led by first baseman Ed Kranepool, had voted to take this action, even under the threat of forfeiting the contest, a decision that is fully supported by manager Gil Hodges and the organization.
The Red Sox draft Dixie High School (St. George, UT) standout southpaw Bruce Hurst in the first round of the amateur draft, the twenty-second of 24 picks overall. Four of the first five selections, including top pick ASU’s Floyd Bannister, are also left-handed hurlers, and of the dozen hurlers selected, the southpaw from Utah will retire with the most career victories (145).
After serving as Milwaukee’s mascot from 1973 to 1984, Bernie Brewer comes out of retirement after an eight-year absence. The mustachioed costumed character, once renown for sliding into a mug of beer after hometown homers, is brought back by popular demand when the fans vote for his reinstatement by an overwhelming 21,751 to 1,389 margin.
Pitcher Stephen Strasburg makes the most eagerly anticipated debut in decades before a sell-out crowd in Washington, DC. The recipient of the largest signing bonus in history lives up to his advance billing, striking out 14 while walking none in seven innings; the only batter to reach him is Delwyn Young, who connects for a two-run homer. The Nationals defeat Pittsburgh, 4 – 2, for Strasburg’s first major league win.
The much anticipated major league debut of Stephen Strasburg lives up to its hype when the 21 year-old whiffs 14 batters in seven innings in the Nationals’ 5-2 victory over the Pirates. Baffling Pittsburgh with a mix of 100-mph fastballs and devastating curves, the right-handed rookie’s strikeout total is second only to Houston’s J.R. Richard, who fanned 15 Giants in his 1971 debut.
Tim Wakefield tosses 7.1 innings in Boston’s 3-2 victory over Cleveland at Progressive Field to become the Red Sox’ all-time leader in innings pitched. The 43 year-old right-handed knuckleballer surpasses Roger Clemens, who had established the mark during his 13 seasons with the club by throwing 2,776 frames.
At the age of 20 years and 212 days, Mike Stanton becomes the second-youngest player to debut with the Marlins, with Miguel Cabrera remaining the youngest by 149 days. The rookie right fielder’s impressive debut, 3-for-5 scoring two runs in Florida’s 10-8 loss to Philadelphia, is overshadowed by the much-anticipated start of Washington’s Wonder Boy, Stephen Strasburg, in the nation’s capital.
The Red Sox take over first place in the AL East by dropping the Yankees, 11 – 6, at New Yankee Stadium. Tim Wakefield continues to do well in filling for injured members of the starting rotation, picking up his third win after being staked an early 7 – 0 lead. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford and J.D. Drew all homer as A.J. Burnett takes the loss. But not all is rosy for Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia heads home after the game to have his ailing right knee examined, but the problem turns out to be only a bone bruise. The Yanks are not so lucky as they place P Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list before the game with what turns out to be a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery; Boston P Bobby Jenks also goes on the D.L., but his outlook is not as dire as Joba’s.
2012 – Six pitchers combine for a no-hitter as the Seattle Mariners down the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1 – 0. Kevin Millwood goes the first six innings before leaving with a groin injury. He is followed by Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmsen. Pryor gets the win in only his fourth major league appearance and Wilhelmsen the save. The only run scores in the top of the 7th, when Kyle Seager drives in Ichiro Suzuki with a two-out single.
Six Mariners pitchers combine to hurl the franchise’s third no-hitter when starter Kevin Millwood leaves the game with an injury and five relievers, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmsen, keep the Dodgers hitless in the team’s 1-0 victory at Safeco Field. Brian Runge, the home plate umpire, was also behind the dish for Philip Humber’s perfect game, making him the first ump to call balls and strikes for two no-hitters in one season since Drew Coble accomplished the feat in 1990.
Also in the 2013 draft, Federico Castagnini is picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th round. Castagnini, a Creighton University infielder, becomes the first player to be drafted who was born and raised in Italy, though he came to the United States to play high school and college ball. Castagnini had been MVP of the 2009 European Junior Championship, which Italy won.
For only the second time in major league history, two games go 18 innings on the same day. First, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 4 – 3, when Rajai Davis drives in Emilio Bonifacio with a two-out single in the 18th inning. Ross Wolf is the unlucky loser after 6 2/3 innings of work. It’s the longest game in both teams’ history, but it’s not even the longest on the day, as the Marlins need 20 innings to defeat the Mets, 2 – 1, tying for the longest game in their history, and the longest played at Citi Field. Adeiny Hechevarria drives in the go-ahead run and Steve Cishek gets the final out after 6 hours and 20 minutes. The game almost ends in the 12th, but Marlins RF Marcell Ozuna throws Daniel Murphy out at the plate to prolong the game. Starters Shaun Marcum and Kevin Slowey then come in to pitch in the 13th, and both pitch scoreless ball until the 20th. Marcum falls to 0-7 in spite of his tremendous effort.
2014 – The Astros hit their first two grand slams of the season, courtesy of Chris Carter and Jon Singleton, in defeating the Twins, 14 – 5. Dexter Fowler and George Springer add solo shots as it is only the second time Houston has ever hit two slams in one game, the other coming in 1969. Darin Downs is the beneficiary of the outburst, picking up his first win of the year after starter Collin McHugh has to leave early because of a blister.
2015 – Shortstops are the flavor of the day in the 2015 amateur draft, as players who man the position are taken in the first three slots, and eight are selected within the first 36 picks. The number 1 overall pick is Dansby Swanson of Vanderbilt University, taken by the Diamondbacks. He is followed by Alex Bregman of LSU, by Houston and Brendan Rodgers, the first high schooler selected, by the Rockies. The Astros are the first team to have two of the top five picks in a draft, the result of failing come to terms with number one pick Brady Aiken last year; they take OF Kyle Tucker, the brother of their own Preston Tucker, 5th overall, while Aiken is selected again, this time with pick #17, by the Indians. Two other Vanderbilt players are taken in the first round, P Carson Fulmer by the White Sox at #8 and P Walker Buehler by the Dodgers at #24.
UnipolSai Bologna wins the 2019 European Champions Cup. The hosts avenge their lone loss, beating the L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8 to 0 in the finale as Raúl Rivero and Alex Bassani strike out 16 while allowing only five hits and a walk and Bologna roughs up Kevin Heijstek, who had beaten them previously. Jose Ferrini scores two for Bologna while John Polonius and Francesco Fuzzi drive in two each. Bologna backstop Osman Marval wins the Cup MVP. The defending champion Curacao Neptunus cruises to third by routing Parmaclima 9-0 on a combined four-hitter by Orlando Yntema and Misja Harcksen. Stijn van der Meer goes 3 for 4 with 3 RBI for Neptunus.
2011 – Bud Norris takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Cardinals when ex-Astro Lance Berkman spoils the bid with a homer in the 4-1 victory. Norris allows just that one hit over eight frames. Off the field, the Astros conclude their summer draft by taking relief pitcher Buddy Lamothe of San Jacinto Junior College. Lamothe had been paralyzed in a rafting accident the month before and the selection is seen as a goodwill gesture.
1990 – Glenn Wilson’s three-run pinch-hit homer in the tenth inning off Randy Myers stuns the Reds, 3-1, at the Astrodome. Mike Scott and Tom Browning trade nine shutout innings before the Reds break the tie with a single by Todd Benzinger, only their third hit of the night off Scott, who fans fifteen. Myers comes in to close only to see Wilson launch the game-winner.
1969 – Private Larry Dierker, on a 24-hour pass from the Army while fulfilling his military commitment in Louisiana, outduels Steve Carlton for a 2-1, eleven-inning triumph over the Cardinals at the Astrodome. Dierker allows just five hits and caps his night by driving in Julio Gotay with the game-winner. Dierker singled off Joe Hoerner to earn his eighth win of the year.
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