This Day In Baseball September 19
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Events for September 19
Brooklyn was playing host to the Chicago Orphans. In the bottom of the first, John Anderson, who was in the five spot in the order came up batting fourth ahead of Fielder Jones, the proper hitter, and singled in a run. Chicago did not realize it, so the run which could have been canceled stood. In the rest of the game Brooklyn batted in the proper order.
1900 – St. Louis C Wilbert Robinson objects to umpire John Gaffney calling a Brooklyn runner safe at home, and throws the ball at the ump. Gaffney swings his mask at Robby and tosses him out of the game. Cardinals captain John McGraw refuses to put in another catcher, claiming one is injured and the other suspended. The ump forfeits the game to the Superbas. The Brooklyn fans object to the suspension of play and President Charlie Ebbets refunds money to those who want it.
09/19/1900: Brooklyn’s Hughie Jennings had hit a homer in the bottom of the first against St. Louis. However, in the bottom of the third a dispute between the Cardinals and the umpire resulted in the game being forfeited. (See forfeits page for details.) Since the game had not yet gone long enough to be official, the records did not count and Jennings’ homer was lost.
1912 – At Cleveland, the Red Sox lose an unusual doubleheader to the Cleveland Naps. Cleveland takes the lidlifter, 9 – 3, when the game is called on account of rain after five innings. The rain stops and the second game begins, only to be called after six innings because of darkness. The Naps win, 6 – 0.
1922 – Against the Senators’ Walter Johnson, Ken Williams hit his 39th home run of the year in the 4th, and Pat Collins, subbing for George Sisler at 1B, adds another solo home run in the 7th to give the Browns a 2 – 1 lead. But the Senators rally to win, 4 – 3, with Johnson earning the win over Elam Vangilder. Sisler pinch hits and strikes out.
1925 – In St. Louis, the Cardinals roll over Brooklyn, 15 – 3, behind Wee Willie Sherdel. In the 7th inning, the Red Birds rub it in with two steals of home, tying a major league record. It’s the last time it’s been done in the National League. Oakland will steal home twice in the 1st inning on May 28, 1980.
At Cleveland’s League Park, a crowd of 31,000 watch the Yankees hold back the Indians, 8 – 3, in the final of a six-game series. In the 7th, Babe Ruth parks his 43rd homer of the year and Lou Gehrig follows with another home run, both off Emil Levsen. Gehrig adds three doubles and five RBIs to lead the Yankee charge. Dutch Ruether picks up the New York win.
The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice, 10 – 1 and 10 – 3. George Uhle and Charlie Devens are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon, while Lou Gehrig has six RBIs. Gehrig hits home run #30 in the first game, following immediately after Dixie Walker hits a homer. Lou is now even with Babe Ruth, who sat out the afternoon.
In a benefit game played at the Polo Grounds, “Schoolboy” Johnny Taylor, pitching for a chosen All-Star Negro National League team, no-hits Satchel Paige and his “Dominican All-Stars”, 2 – 0. Paige’s team had won the Denver Post Tournament and had taken the Dominican League title earlier in the year.
September call-up Elmer Gedeon collects all three of his major league hits of his five-game career in the Senators’ 10-9 victory over the Indians at Griffith Stadium. The Washington starting center fielder is the first of two major leaguers to be killed in World War II when his plane was shot down over France in 1944.
Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits his 50th home run of the year, taking Kirby Higbe deep in a 6-4 loss to the Giants at Forbes Field. The 26 year-old All-Star outfielder, having hit 54 round-trippers in his sophomore season of 1947, becomes the first National League player to accomplish the feat in two different seasons.
After being on a flagpole since June 23, Bill Sherman leaves his perch after deciding he couldn’t keep his promise to sit there until the Braves won seven consecutive games. Milwaukee will win six games in a row on three different occasions, but can’t get the elusive seventh victory during the 89-day span.
Orioles catcher Tom Gastall dies as the plane he is piloting crashes into the Chesapeake Bay. The 24 year-old backup backstop, who signed a $40,000 contract as a “bonus baby” with Baltimore after being drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, was the captain of the Boston University’s basketball and baseball teams in his senior year and played quarterback for the Terriers’ football team.
1960 – Chicago’s pennant hopes are damaged with a nitecap 7 – 6 loss to the Tigers, after they win the opener, 8 – 4. Pinch-hitter Norm Cash scores the decisive run in the second game. Cash thus ends his year by grounding into no double plays, the first American Leaguer to do this since league records on this were started in 1940. Teammate Dick McAuliffe and Roger Repoz will duplicate this in 1968.
1961 – The Giants clobber Warren Spahn for four home runs, one of them a grand slam by Willie Mays, and then rally in the 8th and 9th to top the Braves, 11 – 10. The two teams combine for eight home runs and 57 total bases, but the short ball wins it – Harvey Kuenn’s tie-breaking single in the 8th, and Ed Bailey’s sacks-full single in the 9th.
Dick Donovan becomes the Indians’ first 20-game winner since Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, and Herb Score each hit the total in 1956. The contest will be best remembered for the pair of back-to-back home runs hit in the first and seventh innings hit by Tribe teammates Walter Bond and Johnny Romano, who also both had doubles, in the team’s 10-9 victory at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.
1962 – Walt Bond and John Romano twice hit back-to-back home runs for the Indians to help beat the Athletics, 10 – 9. They both hit doubles as well – a major league first when added to the back-to-backs – as Bond collects six RBIs and Romano 4. Dick Donovan gains his 20th win, though he is chased in the 6th.
The Dodger-Phils matchup in Los Angeles goes 15 innings, when with two outs in the bottom of the 16th, Willie Davis singles, steals second, and takes third on a wild pitch. With rookie reliever Morrie Steevens making his first big league appearance, Davis swipes home to give the Dodgers the 4 – 3 win. His steal of home is the latest in any game in the National League and ties Hal Trosky’s 16th-inning swipe of home in a 1944 game. The Phils now lead by 5 1/2.
1969 – Keith Lampard, a native of England, gets his first and last major league homer. It’s a two-run pinch-hit shot in the bottom of the ninth off Wayne Granger to shock the Reds, 3-2. So excited, the Brit almost runs past Jim Wynn on his way around the bases. Wynn had walked for the fourth time of the night. Houston sets an N.L. record for strikeouts with 1,125. Ironically, it’s a knuckleball from Jim Bouton that sets the mark on a squad full of flamethrowers.
Boston’s Billy Conigliaro connects for a 4th-inning home run off Washington’s Jim Hannan, and in the 7th frame, brother Tony wallops a solo shot off Joe Grzenda. The Red Sox win, 11 – 3, after taking the first game, 7 – 3. The brothers also homered in the same game on July 4th. Billy will end the year with 18 home runs, while Tony will connect for 36. Frank Howard is frustrated with five strikeouts in the first game.
Roberto Clemente, out of action since September 4th, drives in one run and scores the other in Pittsburgh’s 2 – 1 victory over New York, as the NL East-leading Bucs maintain their 1 1/2-game margin over Chicago. Phil Pepe of the New York Daily News writes: “He had missed 14 games with a strained back, which still bothered him. Clemente forgot the bad back long enough to drive a Gary Gentry pitch off the wall in deepest center, three feet short of going out.” His 410-footer is followed by Willie Stargell’s single to right, scoring Clemente with the Bucs’ other run. Although issuing nine free passes, providing several anxious moments in the process, Pittsburgh will make its two-run margin stand up, limiting the Mets to one run and five hits, although it will take five Pirate pitchers to get it done.
Astros’ infielder Dave Campbell hits a first-inning two-run double against San Diego right-hander Clay Kirby to snap a 0-for-45 drought, tying a major league record set in 1909 by Bill Bergen, a catcher who played with Brooklyn. ‘Soup’, who will become a respected national baseball broadcaster, endured the futility while playing for three teams, combining a 17 at-bat hitless streak with the Padres and another 21 at-bats hitless streak for the Cardinals before hitting the two-bagger in his eighth at-bat with Houston.
1976 – Catfish Hunter notches his 200th career victory as the Yankees stop Milwaukee, 2 – 1. Since 1901, only Christy Mathewson and Grover Cleveland Alexander have hit the 200 mark before their 31st birthday, but arm trouble will limit Catfish to 224 wins. He’ll win 17 this year, after five straight 20-win seasons.
During a 12 – 11 win over the Cubs, the Pirates’ 38-year-old, lead-footed Willie Stargell attempts to steal second base. The Cubs SS waits with the ball as Stargell slides 10 feet short of the base, signaling “time-out.” The Pirates lead 11 – 2 in the 7th, but the Cubs rally and tie it in the 9th. Dave Parker homers in the 11th off Bruce Sutter to give the Bucs their 7th straight win and 30th in their last 38 since August 12th. Besides his two homers, Parker adds two run-scoring singles.
Denver (American Association) beats Portland (Pacific Coast League), 5 – 4, to give the Tidewater Tides (International League) the championship in the first AAA World Series. Manager Davey Johnson’s Tides won three of their four games in the double round-robin tournament to edge 2nd-place Portland, which finished 2-2.
San Diego pummels Colorado, 15 – 4, as 3B Ken Caminiti drives home eight runs with four hits, including a pair of homers, again from each side of the plate. Caminiti has now hit a pair of homers, right and left-handed, in three of his last four games. He’s the only major leaguer to ever to do it three times in a month. Jody Reed has four hits and four runs for the Pads. Andres Galarraga connects for his 30th homer, giving the Rockies four players with 30+ homers. This matches the 1977 Dodgers.
The White Sox tie Boston, 4 – 4, at Fenway Park on Albert Belle’s 9th-inning grand slam off Tom Gordon, then win in the 10th on Frank Thomas’s single. The Red Sox had tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on pinch homers by Curtis Pride and Scott Hatteberg. Boston wastes Butch Henry’s 7 2/3 shutout innings, while Mike Sirotka’s one run in eight innings goes unrewarded. Nomar Garciaparra has a pair of doubles to break Ted Williams’s Red Sox rookie record for total bases. His total is 348 on his way to 365. Tony Oliva set the American League rookie record in 1964 with 374.
Texas strikes two home run marks today. Mike Simms of the Rangers hits his 16th home run of the year to tie the major league mark for most home runs with less than 200 at-bats in a season. Eddie Robinson of the Yankees and Bob Thurman of the Redlegs accomplished the feat in 1955 and 1957, respectively. Juan Gonzalez belts his 300th career homer, off Jimmy Haynes, but the Rangers lose to Oakland, however, 8 – 4.
The Giants score seven runs in the 3rd inning, and six more in the 4th, as they demolish the Dodgers by a score of 18 – 4. Bill Mueller and Jeff Kent bang grand slams in the two frames, just the second time in Giants history that two players have hit grand slams in a game (April 26, 1970 was the other).
Roger Clemens becomes the first major league pitcher to start a season with a 20-1 record when he goes 6.1 innings in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. The eventual Cy Young Award winner, who has previously copped the award five times, has won his last 16 decisions for the Bronx Bombers but will drop next two decisions, finishing the season, 20-3 (.870).
In Chicago, the Royals top the White Sox, 2 – 1. In the 9th inning of the contest, Kansas City first base coach Tom Gamboa is attacked by two shirtless fans who jump out of the stands. He suffers several minor cuts, and the father, William Ligue, Jr., and son pair are arrested and charged with assault.
2004 – Roger Clemens and Brad Lidge combine to blank the Brewers, 1-0, on a two-hitter while striking out 13. Clemens claims the 328th win of his career, becoming the tenth best of all time. He provides offense, too, driving in the game’s only run and later blasting a double – one of just four Houston hits. Craig Biggio also doubles to move past Eddie Murray into 18th all-time in that category. The win keeps Houston a half-game behind Chicago and tied with San Francisco in the wild card race.
Heritage Toronto commemorates the spot where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run with a plaque at Canada’s Hanlan’s Point. The historic home run, the only one the Bambino would hit as a minor leaguer, came on September 5, 1914, as the visiting Providence Grays’ hurler goes deep against the Maple Leafs in the International League contest.
The first reversal determined by baseball’s new instant replay system occurs when Carlos Pena’s two two-run double is changed to a three-run homer during the fourth inning in the Rays’ 11-1 rout of the Twins at Tropicana Field. Umpire Mike DiMuro at first had signaled fan interference but changes the call after reviewing the video of the Tampa Bay’s first baseman’s line drive.
In the Brewers’ 7-2 victory over Houston, Prince Fielder sets the team’s RBI mark with his eighth inning sacrifice fly. The Milwaukee first baseman’s league-leading 127 RBI total surpasses the 1983 club record established by Cecil Cooper, the Astros’ manager who watches his record be broken from the opposing bench.
In the only other playoff race that’s still up in the air, the Twins beat the Tigers, 6 – 2, thanks to their quirky ballpark. Trailing 2 – 1 in the 8th against Detroit ace Justin Verlander in one of the last-ever regular-season games to be played in the Metrodome, Orlando Cabrera hits a routine fly ball that LF Don Kelly loses against the roof and lets bounce for a double. Two batters later, Jason Kubel hits a two-run single as Minnesota rallies for five runs to win the game and reduce the Tigers’ lead in the AL Central to 2 games.
Randy Johnson pitches for the first time in two months, facing three Dodger batters in making his first regular-season relief appearance since he set a record with 16 strikeouts in completing a suspended game on July 18, 2001. Things don’t go as well this time, as he gives up two doubles, and the Giants are crushed by Los Angeles, 12 – 1. Combined with Colorado’s 10 – 4 defeat of the Diamondbacks, the Giants now trail the Rockies by 3 1/2 games in the wild card race.
Nationals Park hosts a simulcast of the Washington National Opera’s production of Verdi’s dramatic musical play, ‘The Masked Ball,’ being performed at the Kennedy Center. The annual free program, called Opera in the Outfield, features special events, kids activities, and prizes to introduce the genre to a broader audience, especially children.
Ichiro Suzuki goes 7 for 8 as the Yankees sweep a doubleheader with the Blue Jays, 4 – 2 and 2 – 1. Andy Pettitte makes his return to the mound from a broken fibula in winning the opener, while Derek Jeter collects his 200th hit of the season in the nitecap, tying Lou Gehrig who also recorded 200 hits eight times for the Yankees.
The Dodgers defeat the Nationals, 7 – 6, in the second game of a doubleheader with some help from a botched call. Matt Kemp is credited with a run scored in the 4th inning, giving Los Angeles a 6 – 0 lead, even though he crosses the plate after Adrian Gonzalez is tagged out at third base for the inning’s final out. The Nationals then manage to tie the score with a six-run 8th inning, but Kemp leads off the 9th with a solo homer off Tyler Clippard to account for the deciding run. Following a 3 – 1 win in the opener, a sweep of the twinbill would have clinched a playoff spot for Washington for the first time since moving to the nation’s capital in 2005.
Los Angeles clinches the NL West title with a 7 – 6 win over Arizona at Chase Field. The D-Backs are miffed when the Dodgers’ players celebrate the event by climbing the right-center field wall and jumping into the pool there for an improvised party, a gesture the home team finds disrespectful. Hanley Ramirez homers twice for L.A. then leaves the game early because of a strained hamstring that has been bothering him all season.
2015 – In Game 4 of the 2015 Holland Series, Corendon Kinheim slugger Bryan Engelhardt homers off Kenny Vandenbranden and Jorian van Acker of Neptunus in an 8 – 4 win. It is the first multi-homer game in a Holland Series since Lars Koehorst in 1999; as with Koehorst’s team, though, Kinheim goes down in defeat, losing all four other games of the Series.
Former pitcher Curt Schilling and other officials of “38 Studios” agree to pay $2.5 million to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation in settlement of a lawsuit over the failure of the video game design company. If approved by a judge, the settlement will close the case while Rhode Island taxpayers will still be on the hook for $28.2 million lost in the venture.
The Giants face the Dodgers with both teams battling for a postseason slot and aces Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner opposing each other on the mound. Kershaw, recently back from a lengthy stay on the disabled list, gives up only one run in 6 innings, but Bumgarner is better, as he allows no runs on one hit while striking out 10 in 7 innings. However, he gets into a verbal clash with Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig at the end of the 7th, both benches clear, and when the 8th inning gets underway, it’s reliever Will Smith who is pitching. With Bumgarner out of the way, the Dodgers rally for two runs in the last two innings and walk off with a 2 – 1 win on Adrian Gonzalez’s run-scoring double in the 9th.
Kean Wong goes 3-for-4 with a grand slam to lead the Durham Bulls to a 5 – 3 win over the Memphis Redbirds in the Triple-A National Championship Game played at PNC Field in Moosic, PA, Wong is named the game’s MVP. Top prospect Brent Honeywell, in a rare relief appearance, works 2 2/3 innings for the win.
With a 1 – 0 win over Baltimore, the Red Sox tie a franchise record with their 15th extra-inning win of the season (against three losses). The only run of the game scores when Jackie Bradley Jr. crosses home plate on a wild pitch by Brad Brach with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 11th inning.
2018 – The Red Sox’s magic number to clinch a third straight AL East title remains at 2 as they lose to the Yankees, 10 – 1, their second straight loss against their nearest pursuers. Luis Severino pitches 7 strong innings for his 18th win and 1B Luke Voit adds to his Cinderella story as he goes 4-for-4, homers twice and scores 4 runs to lead New York’s offence.