On August 4, 1983 — While warming up before the 5th inning of the Yankees’ 3 – 1 win over the Blue Jays at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium, New York OF Dave Winfield accidentally kills a seagull with a thrown ball. After the game, Winfield is brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station on charges of cruelty to animals and is forced to post a $500 bond before being released. The charges will be dropped the following day.
The Yankees hit five homers – number 28 by Mickey Mantle and numbers 29 and 30 by Roger Maris – to easily beat the Senators, 13 – 4.
July 2, 1961
1912 – The Red Sox run their record to 87-37 with a 2 – 1 win over the A’s. Following the game, Connie Mack says he never realized how strong the Sox were, and concedes the pennant to them. There are 30 games left for Boston.
August 31, 1912
During the Old Timers’ Game played at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle homers off his old teammate and best buddy, Whitey Ford. After launching a shot that lands foul in the upper deck, the slugger sends the southpaw’s next pitch over the fence, much to the delight of the large crowd gathered for the festivities.
August 11, 1973
In his first big league at-bat, Cubs pinch hitter Adam Greenberg is struck in the back of the head by the first pitch he sees from Marlin hurler Valerio de los Santos. The 24-year old Guilford, Connecticut native is forced to leave the game, but will be okay after the dizziness and headaches caused by a mild concussion wear off. The at-bat will remain his only taste of major league action until the Miami Marlins give him a chance to have the “at-bat he never completed” on the last day of the 2012 season.
July 9, 2005