This Day In Baseball September 2

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on This Day In Baseball.  

September 22001 — A pitching duel between former Yankee teammates David Cone and Mike Mussina saw New York’s Mike Mussina came within one strike of pitching the first perfect game in the 89-year history of Fenway Park. Over eight innings Mussina did not allow a single Red Sox baserunner. Red Sox pitcher David Cone kept pace keeping the Yankees scoreless till the top of the 9th when the Yanks would push one across the dish. Mussina’s bid was broken up by a clean single from pinch hitter Carl Everett. Prior to this, Everett was 1 for 8 with seven strikeouts against Mussina. The Yankees would hold on to win 1-0. 

September 2, 1971, Houston Astros outfielder Cesar Cedeno pops a 200-foot fly ball to short right field in the fifth inning sending Dodger second baseman Jim Lefebvre back as right fielder Bill Buckner was coming in to make a play on the ball. The two would collide and with the bases loaded, Cedeno would collect an inside the park Grand Slam.  The hit launched the Astros to a 9-3 victory over the Dodgers. As of August 2011, there have been 224 inside-the-park grand slams in Major League history, 26 in the past 50 years, and only eight since 1990. Honus Wagner has the most in MLB history with five. 

September 2, 1990, Dave Stieb, who had lost three no-hit bids with one out to go in the previous two seasons, finally pitched one as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland 3-0. It was the record ninth no-hitter of the 1990 season and the only one in Blue Jays history. 

September 2, 1996, Mike “Gator” Greenwell set a major league record by driving in all nine Boston runs, the final one on a 10th-inning single to give the Red Sox a 9-8 victory over Seattle. 

September 2, 1999, Cal Ripken hit his 400th career home run joining an exclusive circle of sluggers. Ripken connected off right-hander Rolando Arrojo in the third inning of the Baltimore Orioles’ game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. 

September 2, 2003 Eric Gagne set a major league single season record with his 55th consecutive save in Los Angeles’s 4-1 victory over Houston. When added to the eight consecutive saves he made at the end of the 2002 season, Gagne had sixty-three consecutive saves, a new Major League record. 

 September 2, 2020 – The Franchise Tom Seaver passes away at age 75. 

Events for September 2

koufax strikes out 13 Astros

koufax strikes out 13 Astros

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