On This Day in Baseball History

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Heathcliff Slocumb was born, half a century ago

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 01:37 (three years ago) link

27 years ago today, the pirates scored 10 runs in the top of the first in philadelphia, prompting pittsburgh color commentator jim rooker to say 'if the pirates lose this game i'll walk back to pittsburgh'. they did, 15-11, and rooker did so after the season, for charity

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 23:24 (three years ago) link

Cubs radio broadcasters were talking about that during today's game.

Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 9 June 2016 02:10 (three years ago) link

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happy 37th to (scranton/wilkes-barre) yankees legend kei igawa

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 July 2016 16:35 (three years ago) link

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Big This Date in Baseball History: Seaver 300, Carew 3000, A-Rod 500, Ventura v Ryan, Winfield v Seagull

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 August 2016 14:19 (three years ago) link

happy 87th to Hodges/Berra-era Mets bullpen coach Joe Pignatano

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 August 2016 17:49 (three years ago) link

and 74th to cleon jones

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 August 2016 17:54 (three years ago) link

Today in 1957, Richie Ashburn hit a fan with a foul ball, breaking her nose. As she was being removed on a stretcher, he hit her again.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:01 (three years ago) link

where is she now

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:03 (three years ago) link

she was a grandmother then, so

mookieproof, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:08 (three years ago) link

Today in 1983, Don Mattingly became the last lefty in @MLB to play 2B, when the George Brett pine tar game resumed.

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 August 2016 14:38 (three years ago) link

interesting! 2b is v awkward as a lefty I attest

johnny crunch, Thursday, 18 August 2016 14:40 (three years ago) link

suspect Billy Martin was just being an asshole. Or had he been fired by the day they resumed that game?

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 August 2016 14:42 (three years ago) link


mookieproof, Friday, 19 August 2016 19:37 (three years ago) link

Huh! Never thought of that -- would pivoting in a clockwise direction to set up a throw not work?

write sed fread (Leee), Friday, 19 August 2016 20:15 (three years ago) link


lasorda gets youppi! ejected, 1989

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 August 2016 15:53 (three years ago) link

in 1992, clearwater's andrew carter and winter haven's scott bakkum threw no-hitters against each other, one of three such games in minor league history

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 August 2016 18:55 (three years ago) link

8/24/89 - Bart Giamatti announces Pete Rose banned from baseball for life for gambling on baseball.

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:20 (three years ago) link



mookieproof, Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:39 (three years ago) link

in 1975, johnnie lemaster hit an inside-the-park homer (off don sutton) in his first major league at bat, becoming the third-ever and most recent rookie to do so

for me his previous claim to fame was playing for three of the four last-place teams in 1985

mookieproof, Friday, 2 September 2016 19:28 (three years ago) link

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1945 - A goat and its owner make an appearance at Wrigley Field for Game 4 of the World Series. The pair is told to leave before the game ends, angering the owner. The Chicago Cubs lose to the Detroit Tigers, 4-1. Detroit will go on to win the Series in seven games and the Cubs won't win another National League championship for the rest of the 20th century. A belief that the Cubs were cursed by the goat will eventually develop.

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 October 2016 16:09 (three years ago) link


mookieproof, Thursday, 13 October 2016 16:37 (three years ago) link

today marks 20 years since the last world series ejection, courtesy (i think) of tim welke. fittingly, that made bobby cox the only person tossed from two world series games.

tbf, he had a point.


mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 16:03 (two years ago) link

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sandy koufax announced his retirement 50 years ago today

mookieproof, Friday, 18 November 2016 19:58 (two years ago) link

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1991: In one of the most unbalanced trades ever made in major league history, the Baltimore Orioles send pitchers Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch and outfielder Steve Finley to the Houston Astros for first baseman Glenn Davis. Davis, who averaged 27 home runs in six seasons playing in the Astrodome with Houston, will hit only 24 homers in three injury-filled years as Schilling becomes one of the most dominant pitchers in the game and Harnisch and Finley develop into solid major league players.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 19:37 (two years ago) link

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mookieproof, Thursday, 2 February 2017 17:03 (two years ago) link

1901 - Giants and Pirates outfielder Tom O'Brien, 28, dies in Phoenix, AZ. A popular player with the Giants, O'Brien played for Pirates in 1900, then accompanied the Giants and Superbas last fall on a trip to Cuba for a series of exhibition games. On the boat trip over, he was told that if he drank enough sea water he'd be sick, but would then be cured of any sea sickness. Both O'Brien and Kid Gleason became violently ill following the prescription, but O'Brien was so affected that all his internal organs were damaged, and he never recovered.

mookieproof, Thursday, 9 February 2017 21:29 (two years ago) link

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Jim Bibby allowed a single to the first batter (Terry Harper of the Braves) on this date in 1981, then retired the next 27 batters #Pirates pic.twitter.com/Ql8jhFlMSf

— John Dreker (@JohnDreker) May 20, 2017

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:51 (two years ago) link

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100 years ago today: Babe Ruth walks leadoff batter, punches ump in face, ejected. Ernie Shore comes in. 1st pitch CS, retired 26 in a row.

— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) June 23, 2017

mookieproof, Friday, 23 June 2017 15:29 (two years ago) link

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yesterday actually

Today In 1969: The American & National League teams at the #MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. - Great uniforms! @UniWatch @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/Nq05gX3WDW

— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) July 23, 2017

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 July 2017 17:03 (two years ago) link

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40 years ago, my mom and I were at Shea for this



ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 August 2017 15:18 (two years ago) link

happy 37th to kevin correia

of the 632 pitchers in major league history to make at least 220 starts, none was worth less than his 7.1 fWAR

(b-ref has him at 2.5)

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 August 2017 17:47 (two years ago) link

when men were electrified

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 25 August 2017 01:41 (two years ago) link

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mickey morandini's unassisted triple play, 1992

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:49 (two years ago) link

60 years ago today, Duke Snider hits the last homerun ever at Ebbetts Field. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/8W0QFDTCtX

— Baseball Photos (@Baseball_Photos) September 22, 2017

mookieproof, Friday, 22 September 2017 14:56 (two years ago) link

#OTD in #Reds history, 1880: The Reds are expelled from the National League for selling beer and refusing to close their park on Sundays. pic.twitter.com/pcubeOZsrl

— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) October 6, 2017

mookieproof, Friday, 6 October 2017 22:05 (two years ago) link


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 15 October 2017 10:16 (two years ago) link

Pregame analysis by Mantle and Koufax!


ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 October 2017 23:57 (two years ago) link

Morbs, did you ever meet Karl Erhardt?

timellison, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 02:28 (two years ago) link

I spelled his name wrong - Ehrhardt

timellison, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 02:28 (two years ago) link

I did not. I think he made a comeback in the '90s.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 02:37 (two years ago) link

#OTD in #Reds history, 1939: Bucky Walters is named NL MVP after winning the Pitching Triple Crown with 27 wins, 2.29 ERA and 137 K. pic.twitter.com/FHm3cylHeI

— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) October 17, 2017

137 K!!!

mookieproof, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:15 (two years ago) link

pitched to contact (that's why the games were shorter)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:45 (two years ago) link

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happy 30th to pete kozma, a career .215/.282/.285 hitter in 666 at bats

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 15:14 (one year ago) link

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Tony Gwynn was a hit in Padres debut — 36 years ago today https://t.co/5uq5rQC6NZ pic.twitter.com/grFnlxWQJD

— San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut) July 19, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:24 (one year ago) link

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August 7th is a big day in MLB history!

8/7/1999: Frank Thomas' 300th HR & Wade Boggs' 3000th hit

8/7/2004: Greg Maddux's 300th win

8/7/2007: Barry Bonds breaks HR record hitting his 756th

8/7/2016: Ichiro Suzuki's 3000th hit

8/7/2017: Mike Trout's 1000th hit

— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 7, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 14:22 (one year ago) link

and yet only one of those events caused Bud Selig to fold his arms

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 14:29 (one year ago) link

two important institutions were created 47 years ago today: the society for american baseball research and sal fasano

mookieproof, Friday, 10 August 2018 16:53 (one year ago) link

No true outcomes here: On this day in 1989 Orioles pitcher Jeff Ballard pitched a complete game against the Brewers without allowing a walk, strikeout or home run. It's only been done four times since. https://t.co/7ua4O9Cmih

— Kyle Lobner (@BrewFrostyMug) August 21, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 14:16 (one year ago) link

On This Date, 1979, a protest from the Astros opened the book on what had seemed an easy Met victory. Ahead five runs, the Mets settled under a fly ball for the final out -- until an umpire informed the clubs there was no play; he had called time. Jeff Leonard, the Houston batter, made use of the opportunity by slapping a single. But this too was called back -- Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool had thought the game was over and was not on the field. Houston protested that this was nobody's fault but Kranepool's and the single should stand. But the umpire instead forced a third go-round that resulted in an apparently game-ending out -- until Major League Baseball upheld the protest. So play resumed the following day with 5-0 on the scoreboard and a runner on first with two out. Mets pitcher Kevin Kobel induced the final out immediately before losing his regularly scheduled start 3-1.


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 14:26 (one year ago) link

Today in 1989, after an irate Tom Lasorda complains about his antics, the Expos' Youppi! is the first MLB mascot ever ejected from a game. pic.twitter.com/CASYlJJ8tn

— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) August 23, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:09 (one year ago) link

9 years ago i saw Jeff Francoeur hit into an unassisted TP

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:10 (one year ago) link

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mookieproof, Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:16 (nine months ago) link

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Yesterday, actually: in a 1967 exhibition game, Eddie Feigner struck out Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew consecutively. Does that name mean anything to anyone? My dad took me to see him when I was really young.


clemenza, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:54 (eight months ago) link

i saw eddie feigner and his entire team of offspring at some point in the 80s!

mookieproof, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:17 (eight months ago) link

I probably saw him a little earlier than that, sometime in the '70s. I think it may have even been in my hometown, which was was small (15,000 people) but had a few softball leagues.

Striking out those six guys is pretty amazing, even if two of them weren't big bats.

clemenza, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 04:22 (eight months ago) link

mickey mantle announced his retirement 50 years ago today

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 March 2019 01:59 (seven months ago) link

1973 - New York Yankees pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson make a stunning declaration. The left-handers announce that they have traded wives, children, and family dogs. The announcement sends shock waves through the baseball world and beyond.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:07 (seven months ago) link

things that sound like clickhole oral histories of the yankees but aren't

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:09 (seven months ago) link

iirc one of the (new) couples is still together

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:16 (seven months ago) link

i remember that event

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:38 (seven months ago) link

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...Vlad Guerrero Jr. debuted.

clemenza, Friday, 26 April 2019 19:42 (five months ago) link

4-30-1996, Pirates Jeff King joined Andre Dawson and Willie McCovey as the only players in baseball history to homer twice in the same inning twice. pic.twitter.com/AJAFDTT7dK

— Scott F (@TheFrizz87) April 30, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:19 (five months ago) link

On this day in 1991, Rickey Henderson set the record for career stolen bases. Then, after that, he played in more games than Vince Coleman did in his entire career

— Patrick Dubuque (@euqubud) May 1, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 20:35 (five months ago) link

Three years ago today, the impossible happened. #BigSexy pic.twitter.com/YaonHUSrOq

— New York Mets (@Mets) May 7, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:26 (five months ago) link

Announcer: "As soon as he hit it, he dropped the bat; and he never watched it leave the park"
cut to: Bart jogging up first base line, holding bat & looking into stands

francisF, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:49 (five months ago) link

It's Lee Elia Day (Observed) in Chicago

audio NSFW, obviously

Today our friends at @NiseiLounge celebrate a great day in baseball, a few days late of the anniversary. Proceeds will benefit gene research in honor of Rich Hill’s late son. Elia himself recently signed balls for charity in a sanitized way. https://t.co/b4HG6oaK3Z

— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) May 9, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 May 2019 20:06 (five months ago) link

8th year anniversary of this amazing double play by one of the worst defensive shortstops ever:


frogbs, Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:01 (five months ago) link

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Twenty years ago, Bobby Valentine snuck back into the dugout and woke up the Mets: https://t.co/RDpykKts8j pic.twitter.com/HHyT6cUqpR

— Deadspin (@Deadspin) June 10, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 10 June 2019 16:04 (four months ago) link

On this day in 1914, Montreal Royals pitcher Bob Couchman threw a ball over the center field fence in anger but time hadn't been called so three runs scored. (From: The Baltimore Sun) pic.twitter.com/Sx7syDPaLt

— Minor League Stories (@MinorsTeamNames) June 11, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:28 (four months ago) link

#OTD 50 years ago, President Nixon sees Reggie Jackson, 23, hit 2 homers to lift the @Athletics over the Senators. Nixon stayed the entire game and wrote to Jax: “I have nothing but the highest admiration for your performance on the night I saw you.” @dick_nixon @dougherty_jesse pic.twitter.com/ktUt7mhSkC

— fred frommer (@ffrommer) June 11, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:32 (four months ago) link

45 years ago today, Nolan Ryan threw 235 pitches and struck out 19 batters over 13 innings. 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/vp11K0eyHI

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 14, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 14 June 2019 17:29 (four months ago) link

only 18 pitches per inning, probably <10 walks

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:09 (four months ago) link

18 years ago today, Lloyd McClendon stole 1st base.

Literally. pic.twitter.com/IiavVGUWX0

— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 26, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 18:26 (three months ago) link

I missed that Bob Horner post above. Blue Jays management, please consider.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 15:06 (three months ago) link

born 65 years ago today:

  • andre dawson, who hit .186/.238/.237 in 15 playoff games
  • neil tennant, who wrote 'my october symphony'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 16:28 (three months ago) link

50 Years Ago Today: “They’re On The Moon" ~ Yankee Stadium fans are notified that Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin have landed safely on the lunar surface! (Washington Senators vs. New York #Yankees - July 20, 1969) #MLB #History #Apollo11 #Apollo50th pic.twitter.com/a2hIZeY4Cw

— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) July 20, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 July 2019 16:02 (three months ago) link

Happy 15th anniversary to Varitek's glove and A-Rod's face. https://t.co/9ifjGgCgqS

— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) July 24, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 15:00 (two months ago) link

we were so young then

#OTD-07/26/2012: In his major league debut, Matt Harvey tossed 5.1 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks on the road. He allowed three hits, three walks & struck out 11 on 106 pitches.

The 11 strikeouts are a #Mets record in a debut.@Mets @MetsMerized #LGM pic.twitter.com/3nPVlBu4Z7

— Mathew Brownstein (@MBrownstein89) July 26, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 26 July 2019 19:03 (two months ago) link

No one would have faulted Tug McGraw for not believing after the Mets dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Cardinals on August 5, 1973. Had a playoff odds calculator existed 46 years ago, it would have computed the Mets' chances of making the postseason at somewhere between nil and a stone cold impossibility. In the first game, Tom Seaver took a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, despite giving up just two earned runs over seven innings. Jm McAndrew couldn't stop the Redbirds in the nightcap, either, falling 4-1. The two losses left the Mets 12 games under .500 and 11.5 games behind the leader of the NL East with just 54 left to play. Less than two months later, the team was in first place for the first time since the beginning of April, thanks to an incredible stretch run that saw them win just under 65% of their remaining games.


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 August 2019 15:34 (two months ago) link

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100 years ago today, Joe Wilhoit's 69-game hitting streak for @MiLB Wichita Jobbers came to an end on August 20, 1919. His streak remains the longest in baseball history. Read his #SABR bio: https://t.co/MpDeuDUCfD pic.twitter.com/AzgAIg6oOK

— SABR (@sabr) August 20, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:05 (two months ago) link

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yesterday, 63rd anniv of Don Larsen

today, 23rd anniv of Jeffrey Maier

NYY heroes who both rode in the victory parades

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

110 years ago today the pirates beat the tigers to win the 1909 world series, sending pittsburgh sunday post writers into ecstasies of eloquence



mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 17:20 (one week ago) link

no picaroon banner, no credibility

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 19:17 (one week ago) link

i had to look that up

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 20:18 (one week ago) link

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