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”.
Braves hurler George Davis, a Harvard Law School student who will retire after four seasons in the major leagues with a 7-10 record, no-hits the Phillies, 7-0, giving him the distinction of being the first pitcher to throw a no-hiter at Fenway Park, the home of the American League Red Sox. Only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer career victories for pitchers who have thrown no-hitters than the 24 year-old right-hander teammates call Iron.