This Day In Baseball September 21

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

September 21, 1958 At Fenway Park, the Red Sox complete a three-game sweep of the Senators, all by 2 – 0 shutouts.. Today’s win, however, is marred when Ted Williams, after striking out looking with two aboard to end the third inning, flings his bat aside in a fit of anger.  

Unfortunately, the intended flip along the ground sails into the stands and striking, of all people, Boston GM Joe Cronin’s 69-year-old housekeeper, Gladys Heffernan, in the head. “I didn’t mean to throw the bat that way,” explains the distraught Williams. “I started to flip it along the ground but the sticky stuff on my hands stuck to it and it left my hands on the fly instead. I was sick.” Thankfully Heffernan was not badly hurt. 


September 21, 2001 A crowd of 41,235 at Shea Stadium witness the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11. Uplifting ceremonies before and during the game, which include singers Diana Ross, Marc Anthony and Liza Minnelli as well as bagpipers, pay tribute to victims of the tragedy.  


September 21, 1934 – The Dean Brothers shut out the Dodgers. After Dizzy gives up just 3 hits in a 13 – 0 victory, allowing no hits until the 8th, Paul wins a no hitter 3 – 0. Diz says: “If’n Paul had told me he was gonna pitch a no-hitter, I’d of throwed one, too.” 


September 21, 1970 The A’s Vida Blue no-hits the Twins 6 – 0, becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean, 36 years ago to the day.  An Oakland crowd of only 4,284 watches Blue’s 2nd ML start. 


September 21, 1981 – Steve Carlton fans 12 Expos in 10 innings to break Bob Gibson’s National League strikeout record. Carlton now has 3,128 K’s, but the Phillies lose to the Expos 1 – 0 in 17 innings.  


September 21, 1987 – With two stolen bases against the Cubs, Darryl Strawberry joins teammate Howard Johnson as a member of the 30/30 club. It is the first time in major league history players on the same team have hit 30 homers and have stolen 30 bases in the same year 


Events for September 21

Ted Williams out at home

Ted Williams out at home

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