This Day In Baseball September 5

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

September 5th, 1954, Hank Aaron goes 4 for 4 in a 9 – 7 triumph over the Cubs, but breaks his ankle in the second game of a doubleheader and is lost for the remainder of the season.

September 5th, 1995, Cal Ripken ties Lou Gehrig’s all-time mark by appearing in his 2,130th consecutive game. In the fifth inning, when the game became official the crowd erupted in applause. The 35 year old shortstop played every game of the Orioles schedule for 14 years and would continue to do so for another three seasons.

September 5th, 1998:  A banner day for the performance enhanced.

Giant’s outfielder Barry Bonds sets a new National League mark reaching base in 15 consecutive plate appearances breaking Dodger Pedro Guerrero’s mark of 14 established in 1983.

Mark McGwire slugs his 60th home run of the season to become the 3rd player in history to reach the milestone. The 1st-inning blast off lefty Dennys Reyes helps the Cards on their way to a 7 – 0 blanking of the Reds.

Sammy Sosa hits home run #58 in Chicago’s 8 – 4 win over the Pirates, as the Cubs maintain their lead in the race for the wild card spot.

September 5th, 2002 Texas pounds Baltimore 11 – 2 as SS Alex Rodriguez homers twice to give him 50 for the year. He becomes the 5th player in history to record successive 50-home run seasons.

Events for September 5