Friday, August 12, 2005

Today in Baseball History

One of my favorite daily stops on the Internet is to Today In Baseball History. When I clicked on today's entry, I got this. I was particularly struck by this entry:

1943 An Armed Forces All-Star team managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams play a fund-raising game against the Braves in Boston. The All Stars win on a Splendid Splinter's' home run, 9-8.

This sounds like it was a terrific game. Also listed:

1901 At Boston's Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Cy Young of the Americans seven-hits the A's, 5-3, to win his 300th game. The 34-year old will win an additional 211 games to establish an amazing major league record of 511 career victories.

1932 After setting a major league record in the first game with nine doubles, the Cubs and Cardinals combined to hit another twenty-three two-baggers in the second game for an incredible total of thirty-two doubles in their doubleheader.

1945 Braves' outfielder Tommy Holmes goes hitless ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at 37 which sets a National League record. The mark will stand until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1978.

1949 The first All-Star game which includes black players is played at Ebbets Field. Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe represent the National League in an 11-7 loss to Larry Dolby and his AL teammates.

1955 At Milwaukee's County Stadium, Stan Musial comes to bat in the bottom of 12th inning of a 5-5 All Star deadlock. American League catcher Yogi Berra complains about his feet hurting and Musial tells him "Don't worry, I'll have you home in a minute"......then 'the Man' hits a game-winning home run on the next pitch.

1979 After a delay of an hour and 16 minutes, the White Sox are forced to forfeit the second game of twi-night doubleheader against the Tigers when over 5000 adolescent fans refuse to leave the field during Disco Demolition Night. Mike Veeck's promotion involves admitting fans for .98 cents with a disco record, collecting the vinyl and then literally blowing up the LPs and .45s in center field.

1997 Pitching for the first time in Fenway not wearing a Red Sox uniform, Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen as the Blue Jays defeat Boston, 3-1. During the game, it appears the 'Rocket' is continually glaring up at Dan Duquette in the general manager's suite.

I took a little while to realize we had the month wrong--this all happened on July 12, not August 12, but it was still a great day in baseball history. Read the whole thing.

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