This Week in Baseball – Week 38

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September 13th

In 1991, 55-ton block collapses in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. The Expos, already in last place, will have to play the rest of their home games on the road.

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September 14th

In 1994, The baseball season, already shut down by a month-long strike, was canceled along with the World Series.

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September 15th

In 1997, Baltimore outfielder Eric Davis played five innings in the opening game of a day-night doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, his first game since colon cancer surgery in June.

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September 16th

In 1968, American League President Joe Cronin fires umpires Al Salerno, an eight-year veteran, and Bill Valentine, with seven years. They say they have been fired for activities related to starting an umpires union.

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September 17th

In 1996, Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers and beat the Colorado Rockies, 9-0.

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September 18th

In 1984, The Detroit Tigers clinched the American League East Division with a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, making the Tigers only the fourth team in Major League history to lead from start to finish.

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September 19th

In 1997, Mark McGwire hit his 54th homer and became the first in the majors to hit 20 or more homers for two teams in the same season.

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This Week in Baseball – Week 37

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September 6th

In 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2,131st consecutive Major League game to surpass Lou Gehrig’s 56-year record. Ripken received a 22-minute standing ovation.

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September 7th

In 1998,  Ken Griffey, Jr. homered twice against Baltimore, giving baseball three 50-homer players in a season for the first time.

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September 8th

In 1995, Cleveland ends a postseason drought of forty-one years by clinching the American League Central Division

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September 9th

In 1993,Baseball joins the other major sports and expands the postseason as well as its divisions. The measure passes by a 27-1 vote. Texas was the only team to vote against, being the only team that never made the post season in the original format. Below is the actual sales pitch video from 1991.

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September 10th

In 1989, Five days after hitting a home run for the Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons.

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September 11th

In 1922, The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated crowd of 40,000 overflows the stadium with another 25,000 turned away.

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September 12th

In 1979, Carl Yastrzemski got his 3,000th hit

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This Week in Baseball – Week 36

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August 30th

In 1988, Kent Tekulve becomes the second pitcher in major league history to appear in 1,000 games by pitching 2 innings in a 7-5 Philly win over the Giants

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August 31st

In 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father son duo to appear as teammates in a Major League Game in a 5-2 Mariners win over the Royals.

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September 1st

In 1995, Sparky Anderson manages his four-thousandth Major League game.

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September 2nd

In 1995,Tim Raines achieves an American League record streak of 40 consecutive stolen bases.

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September 3rd

In 1981, The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park’s history, 19 innings, before the game was suspended with the score tied 7-7. The Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings when the game resumed the next day.

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September 4th

In 1993, Jim Abbott pitched the New York Yankees’ first no-hitter in 10 years in a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Check out the full game below.

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September 5th

In 1998, Mark McGwire became only the third player to reach sixty home runs, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. Thanks Steroids’!

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This Week in Baseball – Week 35

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August 23th

In 1980, Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley sells the club for $12.7 million to the Haas family of San Francisco keeping the team in Oakland. Check out this video of the 1980 Oakland A’s season

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August 24th

In 1989 Commissioner Giamatti permanently bans Pete Rose from baseball for his alleged gambling on major league games. Although the five-page document signed by both parties includes no formal findings, Giamatti says that he considers Pete Rose’s acceptance of the ban to be a no-contest plea to the charges. Because of this Pete Rose, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Below is the statement from Giamatti to the Press about the issue.

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August 25th

In 1986, Mark McGwire hits his first major league homerun a 450 foot bomb against Detroit.

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August 26th

In 1939, Ebbets Field is the site of the first telecast of a major league baseball game. The Reds play the Dodgers in a doubleheader. Red Barber handles the broadcasts over W2XBS. The Dodgers take the first game 6-2, and the Reds take the second 5-1. The broadcast also included features of the Worlds Fair. Below is footage from the 1939 World Series between the Yankees and the Reds.

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August 27th

In 1988, Tommy Lasorda wins his 1,000th game as a manager as Los Angeles tops Philadelphia 4-2. The Dodgers went on to win the World Series that year.

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August 28th

In 1992, the Milwaukee Brewers set an American League record with 31 hits and 26 singles in a 22-2 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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August 29th

In 1993, George Brett got his 200th stolen base to joining only Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players with 3,000 hits, 300 homers and 200 steals. However, he is probably most known for his Pine Tar Incident.

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August 30th

In 1988, Kent Tekulve becomes the second pitcher in major league history to appear in 1,000 games. Kent was most known for his time with the Pirates in the 1979 World Series Championship pitching closer in Game 7 to win.

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This Week in Baseball – Week 34

August 16th

In 1984, Pete Rose is reunited with the Cincinnati Reds when the Expos trade him for infielder Tom Lawless. The Reds then name him player-manager, replacing Vern Rapp. Watch his press conference accepting the position as Player/Manager.

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August 17th

Back in 1973, Willie Mays hit his 660th homerun the last of his career of his major league career against Cincinnati.

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August 18th

In 1995, Cardinals reliever Tom Henke earns his 300th career save in a 4-3 win over the Braves. Also, how awesome are those glasses.

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August 19th

In 1957, New York Baseball Giants owner Horace Stoneham announced that the team’s board of directors had voted 9-1 in favor of moving to San Francisco.

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August 20th

In 1998, Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in three consecutive years. Thanks Steroids!

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August 21st

In 1975, Pitching brothers Rick Reuschel and Paul Reuschel combine pitch a 7-0 Cubs victory over the Dodgers. This is the first time two brothers completed a shutout game.

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August 22nd

In 1989, Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson became the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 5,000 batters

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This Week in Baseball – Week 33

August 9th

In 1979, Walter O’Malley the long time owner of the Dodgers passed away at 75. O’Malley is most known for moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to LA back in the 1957. Most older fans especially those like my father still hate O’Malley for the move. Watch this video presented by ESPN Classic “Top 5 Reasons Why You Can’t Blame: Walter O’Malley.”

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August 10th

Back in 1971, SABR or the Society for American Baseball Research was born with its most notable leader being Bill James. Saber metrics as they are now called have become very popular over the last decade in baseball driving the decisions of most major league teams across the league. Some purists feel the use of Saber metrics is the downfall of baseball others view it as the secret to victory. The Simpsons have a funny sketch outlining the highs and lows of Saber Metrics.

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August 11th

In 1982, Terry Felton loses, dropping his career record to 0-13, the worst individual start in major league history. During Felton’s 4 year MLB career he would never win a game going 0-17 lifetime making him the worst pitcher in baseball history.

Terry Felton
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August 12th

In 1994, the players went on strike. Most fans equate the issue with the players being greedy and wanting more money and that there was no reason to have the strike from the beginning. The 1994 strike hurt the game of baseball tremendously turning a lot of fans away from the game. Bill Clinton even made a public briefing about the 1994 strike asking for congress to assist with binding arbitration.

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August 13th

In 1979, Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals hits number 3,000 etching his name forever in the halls of baseball.

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August 14th

In 1982 – Pete Rose during his tenure as a Philly against the the Montreal Expos, passed Hank Aaron moving into first place on the all-time at-bat list with 12,365. Below in my opinion is the one of the best pieces of baseball video you can watch as Pete Rose breaks down hitting to A-Rod and Frank Thomas both of which are blown away showing just how great of a hitter Pete Rose truly was.

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August 15th

In 1989, SF Giant Dave Dravecky in his second start since returning to the game from a fight with cancer he breaks his pitching arm in the middle of a game. Dave would never pitch again in the majors.

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This Week in Baseball – Week 32

August 2nd

In 1991 Mike Jeffcoat became the first pitcher since 1972 to record an RBI. It was the 3rd At Bat of this career. The first two he was walked to first. This was about the best highlight of his short career. He now resides coaching college baseball.

Mike Jeffcoat
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August 3rd

Back in 1989 the Reds scored 14 runs in the first inning. This resulted in 3 different record accomplishments: most singles in one inning at 12, most players with two hits in an inning at 7, and most hits in an inning at 16. The Reds beat the Astros 18-2 as the Reds finished with 26 hits on the game.

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August 4th

In 1996 one of our favorite managers of all time Earl Weaver was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Earl was known for letting his feels loose on more than one umpire during his career. Watch this magical performance by the great Earl Weaver. Warning there is language.

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August 5th

In 1979, Willie Mays is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Willie inspired so many people to love the game of baseball as much as we do. To truly understand how much he meant to people watch this video of The Legend Vin Scully meet Willie Mays. He lights up like he was a kid. They say never meet your heroes but I don’t anyone was as happy as Vin in this moment. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face I’m not sure what will.

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August 6th

In 1988 Jose Canseco became the 11th player in MLB history to hit 30 homers and have 30 stolen bases in a season. While steroids were obviously involved its hard not to enjoy the Bash Brothers in their heyday. Time to do the Monster Bash! Plus how do you not love those Green A’s uniforms.

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August 7th

In 1956, The largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000, saw 51-year-old Satchel Paige of Miami beat Columbus in an International League game played in the Orange Bowl. Below if video from 1958 just a few years later at the age of 51 playing in Miami against Havana.

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August 8th

In 1988, the first night game in Wrigley Field history was postponed due to rain. The Cubs were winning 3-1 before the game was called off. Watch the entire game below. It stops after the top of the 4th inning. You can even hear a young Mark Harmon on commentary who at the time was Famous for St. Elsewhere and now most known for his work on the TV show NCIS.

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This Week in Baseball – Week 31

July 26th

In 2011, the Pirates and the Braves played 19 innings with the Braves winning 4-3. The game took 6 hours and 39 minutes. The game ended on terrible call at home plate by Jerry Meals. This call wasn’t just bad it was dreadful. Check out how this game ended!

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July 27th

In 2000, Jim Fregosi wins his 1,000th game. Jim passed in 2014, see this tribute to this true legend.

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July 28th

In 2001, Billy Wagner gets taken downtown in the ‘Sayonara Slam’ when Brian Giles hits a Grand Slam Homerun in the bottom of the 9th to win the game.

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July 29th

In 2003, Bill Mueller hits 3 home runs 2 of which were Grand Slams the first time someone ever hit switch hitting two Grand Slams. Watch these dingers soar!

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July 30th

In 2017, Adrian Beltre joins the 3,000 hit club.

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July 31st

In 2011, The Braves became the second team to join the 10,000 loss club along with the Phillies who achieved this accomplishment in 2007.

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August 1st

In 1982, Hank Aaron is enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Get your tissues.

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