This Day In Baseball September 9
This Day In Baseball September 9 Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on September 9th This Day In Baseball.
September 9, 1953 – Mickey Mantle’s 2-run home run off Chicago’s Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning, as New York wins 9 – 3 at Yankee Stadium. Returning to Center Field after the 5th, Mantle is photographed blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Manager Casey Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick, who will apologize for the indiscretion. However, Mantle does get an endorsement fee from the Bowman Gum Company. Mantle was a Madison Avenue darling. He was so beloved that he was able to simultaneously endorse cigarettes and aids to quit smoking.
September 9, 1931 — With the country in the grip of the Great Depression, New York’s Major League teams; the Yankees, Giants, and Robins agree to a series of benefit games for the unemployed. Sixty thousand fans, paying regular prices, raise $59,000 in the first matchup, as Babe Ruth homers and the Yankees beat the Giants 7 – 2.
September 9, 1960 – Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams hits career homer 511 tying him with Mel Ott for third on the all-time home run list behind Babe Ruth
Chicago Cubs pitcher Bob Hendley allowed one hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 9, 1965. Unfortunately for him, opposing starter Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game – setting a record for least amount of hits by two teams in nine innings. The game’s lone run was scored by the Dodgers in the fifth on a walk, sacrifice bunt, stolen base, and error.
Events for September 9
In Philadelphia, 17,291 see the Athletics beat Baltimore twice, while 172 watch the Phils play Pittsburgh. With the A’s 1902 attendance almost four times that of the Phillies, and the American League planning to oppose the weak Giants in New York, pressure mounts among National League directors for peace talks.
1908 – In a 7 – 3 New York win, the Giants steal nine bases off Brooklyn’s Billy Maloney, an OF pressed into service as a catcher. That’s enough to make him quit the game. Following the game John McGraw makes his stage debut in a show at the Hippodrome. He has a small part in the show “Sporting Days”.
In Chicago, with the score tied 3 – 3 in the 10th inning between the Sox and the Indians, umpire Brick Owens forfeits the game to Chicago, 9 – 0, because of the ‘dilatory tactics’ of the Tribe. Chicago now leads the American League by seven games. The Cleveland players protest Owens’ ruling in the 10th when, with two on and no outs, he calls Jack Graney out on a close play. The ensuing argument delays the game ten minutes with several Indians rolling on the ground and tossing their mitts. When Chicago’s first hitter, pitcher Dave Danforth, strikes out to open the bottom of the inning, Indian catcher Steve O’Neill fires the ball into CF, whereupon Owens calls the forfeit.
In Game 4 of the World Series, Babe Ruth bats in two runs on a triple in the 4th and pitches seven scoreless innings before the Cubs tie it in the 8th, ending Ruth’s World Seriesrecord of 29 2/3 scoreless innings. Phil Douglas relieves Lefty Tyler for Chicago in the last of the 8th and throws away the game, first by a wild pitch, then with an error. Ruth is the winning pitcher, but Carl Mays relieves with two on and no out in the 9th.
1923 – In an International League game, the Syracuse Stars are leading 3 – 2 in the 7th and final inning when umpire George Magerkurth calls a Baltimore runner safe, giving the Orioles a last chance at bat. Stars manager Frank Shaughnessy protests and the fans agree with him by pouring out onto the field, and the ump awards the forfeit win to the O’s.
1926 – Trailing 6 – 3 at the end of eight innings, Brooklyn then makes nine hits and adds two walks to win going away, 12 – 6. A National League record five Brooklyn pinch hitters all deliver, including pinch hitter Dick Cox, who gets two hits, scores twice, and has two RBI in a 9-run 9th inning. Pinch hitter Moose Clabaugh bats twice in the 9th, collecting a hit: the six pinch hits set a major-league record and the three pinch runners scoring ties a mark set in 1900. The Phils use a record-tying five pitchers in the 9th with Wayland Dean taking the loss. The Phils are again paced by Cy Williams, who clubs two homers in his first two at-bats (three in a row), before striking out in his next.
At Ebbets Field, the Robins come from behind to edge the Giants, 3 – 2, behind Dazzy Vance. Harvey Hendrick dinks a 2-run homer in the 8th, off Larry Benton, to tie, and Jake Flowers singles with two out in the 9th to drive home the winner. The ecstatic fans respond by covering the field with straw hats.
A total of 85,265 jam Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees sweep two from the A’s, 3 – 0 and 7 – 3, to move back into first place to stay. George Pipgras is the winner in the first game while the Yankee star of the nitecap is Bob Meusel, who takes an Ed Rommel knuckler out of the park for a grand slam in the 8th. Waite Hoyt is the winner.
Chicago’s Alex Metzler breaks up a pitching duel between Ted Lyons and Willis Hudlin by cracking an 8th-inning pinch homer to tie Cleveland, 1 – 1. The Sox get one more, then explode for eight runs in the 9th inning to coast, 10 – 1. This is Metzler’s 3rd and last roundtripper of the year and he will tie Bill Barrett for the team lead. His 55 RBIs will be 2nd on the Sox.
The Cards blow a 7 – 3 lead and lose to Pittsburgh, 8 – 7. Their lead is cut to 2 1/2 games. Pete Alexander blows the lead, but the loss goes to reliever Art Reinhart. Chick Hafey and Jim Bottomley homer for the Cards, but the Bucs answer with the seven hits from the Waners. Paul, leading the National League with a .381 batting average, has four of them.
1932 – The Tigers beat the Yankees, 14 – 13, in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in eight runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out four times in the game, including twice in one inning. Detroit also tops the Yanks, 4 – 1, in five innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st, and the tie of yesterday. The Yanks score their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.
The Tigers and White Sox finally finish a game that started in April. The game was originally scheduled as the nitecap of a doubleheader on April 30th, but was halted by darkness after 9 innings deadlocked at 7 – 7. Rescheduled for August 10th, the contest was halted in the 7th with the score 1 – 1. Art Houtteman finally settles it with a 1 – 0, 12-inning win. Hoot Evers triples and scores on a single by Johnny Groth. The league leaders fail to cash in by losing the nitecap, 5 – 4, cutting their lead to a half game over New York and a game ahead of Boston.
With the Phillies in the thick of a pennant race, their southpaw starter Curt Simmons will miss the rest of the season, as well as the entire 1951 campaign, when his National Guard unit is activated due to the Korean conflict. The left-hander, who is stationed at Indiana’s Camp Atterbury, will be granted a leave to watch his team in the World Series, but Philadelphia decides not to request he be made eligible to participate in the Fall Classic.
Sal Maglie wins his 20th game to give the Giants a 2 – 1 win over the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca. Monte Irvin’s two-run homer in the 4th gives New York all its scoring, The Dodgers score in the 8th on a double by Duke Sniderand a triple by Jackie Robinson. But 3B Bobby Thomson snags a ground ball, tags Robby, and throws to first for a double play.
The Yanks hit five homers – 4 off the Nats’ Dick Starr – to win, 7 – 5. Mickey Mantle’s leadoff homer on the first pitch, which starts the scoring, slams against the bottom of the flag holder on the top of the right field stands. Vic Raschi then wins the nitecap, 2 – 0, in a game called after the 6th inning because of “darkness.” Though Yankee Stadium has lights, unlike the National League, these cannot be used on Sunday. The Yankees (88-49) remain virtually tied with the Indians (88-51).
Mickey Mantle’s 2-run home run off Chicago’s Billy Pierce caps a 7-run 5th inning, as New York wins, 9 – 3, at Yankee Stadium. Returning to CF after the 5th, Mantle is photographed blowing a huge bubble with a wad of gum. Manager Stengel will publicly rebuke the Mick, who will apologize for the indiscretion. However, Mantle does get an endorsement fee from the Bowman Gum company
The Angels waive Lou Clinton and both the Indians and the Athletics claim him. Since the rule on waivers is that the team lowest in the standings gets first dibs, Clinton joins the Athletics. He arrives in mid-game and appears as a pinch-hitter, striking out, as California beats the A’s, 7 – 2. He and the Athletics then learn after the game that Clinton has been awarded to the Indians because the Athletics’ claim was filed after the 24-hour claiming period had expired. Charlie Finley knew this before Clinton reported to the Athletics, but manager Haywood Sullivan, fed up with Finley’s second-guessing, didn’t answer the telephone during the game, and therefore didn’t find out.
Joe Gordon will have the distinction of managing his second team in Kansas City when he is hired to be the skipper for the new American League expansion team. The former A’s manager, in his only year with the club, will pilot the Royals in their inaugural year to a fourth-place finish in the six-team AL West Division, finishing the season with a 69-93 record.
California’s Alex Johnson becomes the 3rd player in history to put one into the CF bleachers at Comiskey Park when he connects in the 6th against Chicago’s Billy Wynne in a 2 – 1 loss in eight innings. The Sox also win the opener, 11 – 4, to break their eight-game losing streak. Bill Melton leads the 5-homer offense with a pair and five RBIs.
1978 – Ron Guidry (21-2) gives up two singles in the 1st inning and that’s it. New York sends 12 runners to the plate and scores seven runs in the 4th inning to win, 7 – 0, against Dennis Eckersley and cut the Boston lead to a single game. For Guidry, it is his 7th shutout of the year, and the first lefty shutout in Fenway Park since Ken Holtzman fired one on August 5, 1974.
Tiger RF Scott Lusader loses the battle to bright sun and soggy turf and makes three errors (two fielding and one throwing) in the 1st inning against the White Sox. It’s a first in the American League since 1925. The Sox score seven runs in the inning and coast home, 13 – 3, snapping the Tigers’ 7-game winning streak.
With the score tied, 7 – 7, in the bottom of the 6th, with two on, one out and first base open, the Cubs elect not to pitch to the red-hot Barry Bonds. Its the 28th intentional pass this season for Pittsburgh’s left fielder, thus breaking the Bucs’ single season record, set in 1968 by Roberto Clemente. By season’s end, Bonds will extend his record total to 32. Today, however, the strategy in question will prove an absolute and instantaneous bust when Jeff King hits the first pitch following Bonds’ freebie over the left-field wall for his second career grand slam.
The Padres defeat the Expos, 10 – 3, in a game in which they are nearly allowed four outs in the 7th inning. When San Diego’s Reggie Sanders strikes out for the 3rd out, the umpires don’t notice and the players do not leave the field. Phil Nevin comes to the plate and runs the count to 2-1 against Expos P Ted Lilly before someone in the Montreal dugout points out the problem to home plate umpire Jerry Layne.
Lino Urdaneta’s first major league appearance results in an earned run average of infinity when the Tigers rookie does not retire a batter, giving up five hits, one walk, and six earned runs. Fortunately for the right-hander, the Mets will give him the opportunity to appear in two games in 2007, in which he allows one run in one inning of work, to bring down his ERA to a much more respectable 63.00.
In the first inning at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Curtis Granderson steals his 20th base of the season to become only the third major leaguer to belong to the 20-20-20-20 club. The Tigers center fielder joins Frank Schulte (1911 – Cubs) and Willie Mays (1957 – Giants) as the only players to record 20 home runs, 20 triples, and 20 doubles, as well as swiping 20 bases in a season.
Removed from the starting lineup when his cab is stuck in traffic en route to Fenway Park, Dan Johnson, called up today from the Triple-A minor league Durham Bulls, pinch hits in the ninth inning with the Rays trailing 4-3, and belts a game-tying home run off closer Jonathan Papelbon. The homer, which comes in his first at-bat with the team and is his first pinch hit in 16 major league attempts, is believed to be the turning point of Tampa Bay’s season, as the timely round-tripper helps to snap a four-game losing streak and prevents the Red Sox from taking over first place.
Derek Jeter ties the New York Yankees franchise record for hits held by Lou Gehrig, with his 2,721st hit in the 7th against the Rays. He will pass Gehrig in two days. In the game, Jorge Posada belts a three-run pinch homer in the 8th to give the Yanks a 4 – 2 win. The Rays, the AL East champions last year, have now lost 8 straight and are almost out of the playoff race.
The Angels complete a three-game sweep of the Tigers with a 3 – 2 win. Rookie OF Mike Trout hits a lead-off homer for the second straight game and Zack Greinke pitches a five-hitter. After winning 15 of their last 18 games, the Angels have inserted themselves back into the playoff picture as they are now even with Tampa Bay, and one game behind Baltimore and Oakland.
2013 – In a rare highlight for the Nationals this season, Gio Gonzalez pitches a one-hitter and is backed by five homers as the team rolls to an easy 9 – 0 win over the Mets. The Nats start off with a bang as Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman greet Mets starter Carlos Torres with back-to-back long balls. Pinch-hitter Zach Lutz has the Mets’ only hit, a soft single that lands on the first base foul line to open the 7th.
The Tigers are again even with the Royals in the AL Central following a 4 – 2 win over their rivals. Max Scherzer is the winner while J.D. Martinez and Rajai Davis both go deep. In the 9th, Tigers closer Joe Nathan escapes a two-on, none out jam with two strikeouts around picking Jarrod Dyson off second base.
2017 – Jose Abreu hits for the cycle in the White Sox’s 13 -1 rout of the Giants in an interleague game pitting the holders of the worst record in each league. He starts things off by homering off Jeff Samardzija in the 1st, the first of six Chicago players to go deep in the game as James Shields wins for only the third time this year.
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