Sep 21: Out of left field

Sep 21: Out of left field SEPTEMBER 21, 1888 | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – According to Mark Lamster‘s book, Spalding’s World Tour, three Chicago White Stockings (later known as the Cubs) players were arrested on this date in 1888 for flirting with Mrs. Seth Blood, the proprietor of a house just beyond the wall at old…

Sep 20: Ripken ends streak

Sep 20: Ripken ends streak SEPTEMBER 20, 1998 | BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Cal Ripken didn’t play for the Baltimore Orioles on this date in 1998, the first time he was not in the lineup in over 16 years. It marked the end of his 2,632 consecutive game streak, a record Ripken held since breaking Lou…

Sep 18: Sometimes it is over

Sep 18: Sometimes it is over SEPTEMBER 18 | VARIOUS CITIES – So you’re down because your team is out of the race, maybe not mathematically but, what are the odds? Well, not good, but it has happened. Here are some historic comebacks, and collapses, and where the teams stood on this date — September 18th.…

Sep 17: End of an ERA

Sep 17: End of an ERA SEPTEMBER 17, 1980 | ARLINGTON, TEXAS – An era came to an end on this date in 1980. Oakland A’s starter Rick Langford got the hook after giving up a two-run homer to the Texas Rangers‘ Rusty Staub. Langford had pitched 22 consecutive complete games (he was one out…

SEP 16: RBI machine

SEP 16: RBI machine SEPTEMBER 16, 1924 | BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – Twelve runs batted in is a pretty good month for many ball players. Jim Bottomley of the St. Louis Cardinals had twelve RBI in one game on this date in 1924. He went six for six that day; three singles, a double and…

Sep 15: 1st to 50

Sep 15: 1st to 50 SEPTEMBER 15, 1990 | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox became the first pitcher in major league history to record 50 saves in a season on this date in 1990. He went on to set the seasonal record for saves at 57. Thigpen finished his 8-year…

Sep 14: McLain wins 30th

Sep 14: McLain wins 30th SEPTEMBER 14, 1968 | DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers won his 30th game of the year on this date in 1968. The Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Reggie Jackson‘s second home run of the game had put the A’s ahead 4-3. The Tigers scored two…

SEPT 12: Growing Pains

SEPT 12: Growing Pains SEPTEMBER 12, 1883 | PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – The Union Association formed on this date in 1883. It was one of many professional baseball leagues to surface in the late 1800’s as baseball established itself as a significant industry, as well as pastime. According to Koppett’s Concise History of Major League Baseball,…

Sep 11: Move over Cobb

Sep 11: Move over Cobb SEPTEMBER 11, 1985 | CINCINNATI, OHIO • Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds became the all-time hits leader on this date in baseball history (1985). Charley Hustle, as he was known, got hit number 4,192 in the first inning to break Ty Cobb‘s record. Rose was 44 years old and…

Sept 10: Mantle’s tape measure

Sept 10: Mantle’s tape measure SEPTEMBER 10, 1960 | DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Some say the ball traveled over 600 feet. That’s probably more hyperbole than fact, but there is no doubting that on this date in 1960 Mickey Mantle hit a tape measure home run to beat all tape measures – well, except maybe for…