This Day In Baseball September 10
Recapping events that took place in the baseball world on this day
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different events and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, We offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on September 10 in baseball history.
Events for September 10
A crowd of 15,250 cheer the first-place Giants to a pair of one-run wins over the Phillies. Roger Bresnahan’s 9th-inning triple scores two in the opener, as Hooks Wiltse earns his 11th straight win. Dummy Taylor wins the nitecap, 6 – 5, as the Giants finish four straight doubleheaders with five victories, a loss and a tie. New York leads the 2nd-place Cubsby 17 games.
Bull Durham of the Indianapolis Indians pitches and wins both ends of a doubleheader against the Toledo Mud Hens. This is the 5th doubleheader this season in which Durham has accomplished this feat. Previously he beat the Milwaukee Brewers (June 14), Columbus Senators (July 18), St. Paul Apostles (July 25), and the Louisville Colonels (August 8).
Boston’s Smoky Joe Wood wins his 15th straight, with 9th-inning relief help from Charley Hall, beating the White Sox, 5 – 4. He scatters 12 hits and strikes out 5. There is some question about which pitcher should receive credit for the win, but American League president Ban Johnson will rule in favor of Wood.
1918 – Players on both sides of the World Series threaten to strike unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners and $1,000 each for the losers. They back off, however, when told they will appear greedy while their countrymen are fighting a war. There are no fines, but no World Series rings or mementos are given out this year. On the field, Hippo Vaughncomes back with two days of rest and blanks the Red Sox, 3 – 0, on five hits in Game 5.
1921 – Catcher Wally Schang has five of the Yankees’ 21 hits as the New Yorkers wallop the A’s, 19 – 3. A major league record-tying five Yankees collect two hits in the 9th inning: Schang, Carl Mays, Elmer Miller, Roger Peckinpaugh, and Babe Ruth. Ruth’s 2nd hit, a single, hits Peck for the 3rd out. Winning P Mays gives up 13 hits to Philadelphia in winning his 16th straight over them.
1922 – The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated 40,000 overflow the stadium with another 25,000 turned away. Joe Bush beats the Philadelphia A’s, 10 – 3, in the opener, and Waite Hoyt edges the A’s in the second, 2 – 1. Plans are in the works to expand the park to 56,000 capacity, but this is the last regular season American League game at the Polo Grounds. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road, and then open in Yankee Stadium next spring.
Chicago beat the Braves, 4 – 0, behind Charlie Root for their 7th straight win. Freddie Lindstrom is the batting star with a double and single to drive home a pair as Chicago stays a game behind the Cardinals and 1 1/2 ahead of the Giants. The Giants win a pair today, 4 – 3 and 4 – 2, over the Pirates, while the Cards score three in the 8th to edge the Phils, 4 – 2.
9/10/1950: The Phillies’ Jackie Mayo homered in the bottom of the sixth inning before the game was called due to rain. Since the sixth inning had not been completed, the score (and stats) reverted back to the previous full inning because the lost homer left the Phillies still trailing, by a score of 3-2.
Tim McCarver makes his major league debut at the age of 17 when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school backstop, who was scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turns down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.
1960 – In Detroit, Mickey Mantle unloads a cannon shot for three runs in the 6th inning, the ball clearing the RF roof and landing in the Brooks Lumber Yard across Trumbull Avenue. New York pins a 5 – 1 loss on Paul Foytackthat moves them a half game in first place ahead of Baltimore, losers today. In June, 1985, Mantle’s blow will retroactively be measured at 643 feet, and will be listed in The Guinness Book of World Records at that distance.
At Chicago, the Phillies score seven in the 7th, including Don Demeter’s grand slam, and notch six more in the 8th to beat the Cubs, 14 – 6. There is some solace for the Cubs as they introduce a pair of gems: Ken Hubbsdebuts with two hits and two runs and Lou Brock has one hit, one run and a pair of errors.
Against Hank Aguirre, Mickey Mantle clouts a 4th-inning home run, the 400th of his career, to tie the game, 1 – 1. The Yanks score two in the 9th off Aguirre to beat Detroit, 3 – 1. The victory, combined with a Minnesota loss, gives the Yanks a 3 1/2 game lead over the Twins. The surprising Angels are in 3rd place, four games back.
At New York, the Giants trail, 3 – 0, after 7 innings when manager Alvin Dark sends up three consecutive Alous to bat in the 8th. Pinch hitter Jesus Alou grounds out, pinch hitter Matty Alou strikes out, and leadoff hitter Felipe Alou bounces back to P Carlton Willey. The Giants lose, 4 – 2. Willie McCovey’s 38th homer and Orlando Cepeda’s 29th account for San Francisco’s scoring.
Roberto Clemente provides a 420-foot footnote to a Sandy Koufax masterpiece. Roberto’s fourth career home run off Sandy is a typical Clemente clout off an atypical Koufax offering. “Koufax threw 133 pitches,” notes columnist Jim Murray. “3 were sliders, a pitch the Pirates didn’t know Sandy had picked up in the last ten days. Roberto Clemente hit one of them into Schenley Park and that moth-balled the slider for the night. But, as one of the Pirates observed, giving Koufax a new pitch is like giving Rockefeller a dime. Neither of them really needs it.”
With his office being responsible for all of the costs for teams not making it into the postseason, Baseball commissioner Ford Frick authorizes the Phillies, Yankees, White Sox, and Orioles to print tickets for the World Series. Due to a historic late-season collapse by Philadelphia, the surging Cardinals win the National League pennant on the last day of the season, and will play the Bronx Bombers in the Fall Classic.
At Candlestick Park, San Francisco hurler Gaylord Perry’s 40-inning team record consecutive scoreless streak comes to an end as the Cubs score an unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs. The future Hall of Famer will match his franchise mark with another string of scoreless innings in 1970.
At Shea Stadium, the Mets move into first place for the first time in their history. The Amazins, with their doubleheader sweep of Montreal, a 3-2 win in 12 innings in the opener and a 7-1 victory in the nightcap, take a one-game lead over the second-place Cubs, who dropped a 6-2 decision to the Phillies.
Atlanta’s Earl Williams, zeroing in on NL Rookie of the Year honors, makes his 31st home run one prodigious and almost perfectly symmetrical complement to its April 18th counterpart. Just as Williams’ third home run was the first ever to reach the upper deck in newly opened Veterans Stadium, his third-from-last is the fourth, and what will prove to be final, upper-decker in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (preceded, in order of appearance, by Willie Smith, Willie McCovey and Hank Aaron). The 6th-inning solo shot provides the first run, and Aaron’s 11th-inning walk-off the final two (bridged by Williams’ 8th-inning, game-tying sac fly), in Atlanta’slate/extra-inning, three-time-come-from-behind 7 – 5 win over the division-leading Giants.
1978 – The Red Sox throw 22-year-old Bobby Sprowl at the Yankees and the lefty lasts just two-thirds of an inning, walking three and allowing one hit. The Yankees take the lead and top the Red Sox, 7 – 4, behind Ed Figueroaand Rich Gossage. Boston collects just five hits, including Fred Lynn’s 21st homer. The Yankees outhit the Red Sox 67-21, and outscored them 42-9, in a four-game sweep that will become known in lore as the “Boston Massacre”. It leaves the teams in a tie for first place, and caps a remarkable Yankee march to the top from 4th place and 14 games out.
1980 – Jose Cruz slams a 12th-inning homer off Rick Sutcliffe at the Dome to cap a furious 6-5 victory over Los Angeles to tie the Dodgers for the N.L. West lead. Two Astros were thrown out at the plate earlier trying to score the winning run. Cruz had ignited two rallies that forced a 3-3 tie in regulation. Cesar Cedeno contributes four hits.
Both teams charge onto the Shea Stadium field when George Foster is hit with a first-inning pitch thrown by Cardinal starter Danny Cox, who appeared annoyed by the Mets’ hitter stepping out of the box several times during the at-bat. Minutes after the bench-clearing incident and order is restored, Howard Johnson hits a grand slam to give New York an eventual 5-4 win and a one-game lead over the Redbirds in the tight NL East race.
Keith Hernandez receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Mets fans in his first game back at Shea after testifying in a Pittsburgh courtroom. The New York first baseman, who responds with a run-producing single against his former team, admitted on the witness stand to having used cocaine while playing for the Cardinals.
1989 – Five days after hitting a home run for the Yankees in a 12 – 2 win over the Mariners, Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders hit .234 in 14 games for New York this year in his first attempt at playing two sports professionally.
Cardinals vice chairman Fred Kuhlman tells reporters that a “security check” had revealed serious issues involving the two out-of-state investors, Vince Piazza and Vincent N. Tirendi, part of the six-man group trying to buy the Giants and move the franchise to Florida. The candid reply to the press will cost baseball more than $6 million to settle a suit that includes a letter of apology from acting Commissioner Bud Selig to Vince Piazza, whose son Mike started his major league career with the Dodgers nine days before his father’s rejection by the MLB owners.
1999 – Ricky Gutierrez rips four hits and drives home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth before Carl Everett sends the crowd away happy with a two-run homer in the 13th for a 6-4 triumph over the Cubs, Houston’s eighth straight win. It’s Carl’s second homer of the night. Billy Wagner, the seventh Astro pitcher, gets the win.
2000 – The Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 4 – 3, in 12 innings. Randy Johnson strikes out 14 Florida players in seven innings, including Mike Lowell to end the 4th for his 3,000th career strikeout. He is the 12th hurler to reach the milestone. Johnson’s 1st strikeout of the game gives him 300 for the 3rd consecutive year. Only Nolan Ryan has reached 300 Ks more times (6).
On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters. Florida third baseman Mike Lowell is the ‘Big Unit’s’ historic victim, whiffing on four pitches to end the fourth inning. The lefty’s first strikeout of the game, his 300th of the season, ties Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat in three consecutive years.
Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher to notch his 100th career save when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Angels’ 4-3 victory over Toronto. The 24 year-old right-handed closer breaks the previous mark held by Gregg Olson, who accomplished the feat with Baltimore in 1992.
At Safeco Field, A’s backstop Kurt Suzuki and DH Dan Johnson both hit grand slams in the team’s 9-3 victory over Seattle. The Oakland catcher’s bases-loaded homer comes in the top off the second inning off Horacio Ramirez, with his teammate accomplishing the same feat with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith.
SS Ian Desmond has a memorable major league debut as he homers and drives in 4 runs in Washington’s 8 – 7 victory over Philadelphia. The Nats lead 8 – 2 coming into the 9th, but a pinch grand slam by Matt Stairs and a run-scoring double by Shane Victorino bring the Phils within one. Ron Villone ends the comeback attempt by inducing Ryan Howard to ground into a game-ending double play.
2010 – The Yankees and Rangers set a major league record by using a combined 19 pitchers in a 13-inning game, won, 6 – 5, by the Rangers in Arlington, TX. Scott Feldman, normally a starter, records the win by pitching a scoreless 13th inning as the 11th hurler used by Texas, which itself ties a major league record. The Rangers win the game when Nelson Cruz leads off the bottom of the 13th inning with a homer off Chad Gaudin.
Dan Haren pitches a four-hit shutout, denying CC Sabathia his bid for his 20th win of the year, as the Angels blank the Yankees, 6 – 0. The win moves the Halos to within 1 1/2 games of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. The Angels score their last 5 runs off rookies Hector Noesi and George Kontos, after Sabathia departs after 6 innings, trailing, 1 – 0. Jorge Posada is pressed into service behind the plate for the first time this season for the Yankees after Russell Martin leaves the game with a bruised thumb in the 2nd inning.
The Rays are also making a playoff push, beating the Red Sox, 6 – 5, to cut another game off their lead in the Wild Card race. Rays closer Jeff Farnsworth suffers a blown save when he gives up back-to-back homers to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury with one out in the 9th inning to tie the game at 5-all. Farnsworth then issues a double to Dustin Pedroia and walks Adrian Gonzalez, but Cesar Ramos then steps in to get the Rays out of the jam. In the bottom of the 11th, the Rays win the game when Desmond Jennings hits a lead-off triple and Evan Longoria drives him in with a single.
With three doubles and a home run, Mark Trumbo ties a franchise record with four extra-base hits and becomes the first player in Angels’ history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game. The Anaheim first baseman’s ten total bases, however, yield only two RBIs in the Halos’ 12-6 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
2016 – Rich Hill throws seven perfect innings against the Marlins, but is pulled by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts because of concern over a previous blister problem. Joe Blanton takes over in the 8th, but after two outs he gives up a single to Jeff Francoeur. Dee Gordon adds another single with two outs in the 9th, but the Dodgers win, 5 – 0. In the 7th, RF Yasiel Puig had kept Hill’s bid alive with a superb diving catch, depriving Martin Prado of a likely extra-base hit. It’s the second time Roberts removes a pitcher with a no-hit bid going late in a game, having done the same to rookie Ross Stripling back in April.
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