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September 24th

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1903 Bill Bradley hits for the cycle, accumulating 12 total bases in the Naps' 12-2 rout of Washington at American League Park. Last month, the Cleveland third baseman collected three triples in a game to tie a still-standing AL record.
1916 At Cleveland's League Park, Marty Kavanaugh hits the first-ever pinch-hit grand slam in baseball history. The infielder's historic homer proves to be the difference as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 5-3.
1919 With a blast that clears the roof of the Polo Grounds, Red Sox outfielder Babe Ruth ties the game in the top of the ninth in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Yankees that takes 13 innings to complete. The Bambino's round-tripper, his 28th of the season, breaks the 19th century home run record established in 1894 by Ned Williamson of the NL's Chicago White Stockings.
1922 Cardinals outfielder Rogers Hornsby hits home runs off Giant hurlers Jesse and Virgil Barnes. The homers served up by the brothers enable the 'Rajah' to set the National League record for round-trippers in a season with 42.
1925 With the Yankees trailing by three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Babe Ruth hits a Sarge Connally pitch for a game-winning home run which beats the White Sox, 6-5. The 'Sultan of Swat' becomes the first modern player to blast a walk-off homer with the bases full which wins the game by one run.
1925 The Senators clinch their second consecutive American League pennant when they sweep a doubleheader from Cleveland at Griffith Stadium, 4-3 and 6-2. Washington will have a week to get ready before facing Pittsburgh in the Fall Classic.
1926 The Cardinals clinch their first pennant in the 35-year history of the franchise when they beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Billy Southworth's second inning two-run home run off his former team proves to be the difference in St. Louis' 6-4 victory at the Polo Grounds.
1928 A Monday afternoon crowd of only 404 watches the Tigers blank the last-place Red Sox, 8-0. The meager amount of fans at Navin Field is the lowest American League attendance ever recorded in Detroit.
1940 At Shibe Park, Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx blasts his 500th career home run off A's pitcher George Caster. The historic homer is one of four round-trippers hit in the inning, setting an American League mark.
1948 The Red Sox loss to the Yankees, along with Detroit's defeat of the Indians, results in a three-way tie for first place with Boston, Cleveland, and New York finishing the day with identical records of 91-56 with only seven games to play. A one-game playoff, between the Tribe and BoSox, will be needed to crown Cleveland as the American League champs.
1950 With 66,924 fans in attendance, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 9-5, on Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium. The 38 year-old first baseman and future Hall of Famer contributes to the victory over the fading Boston team, now four games behind the Bronx Bombers, with a single and double.
1957 In front of a meager crowd of 2,598 at Griffith Stadium, Senator right-hander Hal Griggs ends Ted Williams' streak of reaching base in 16 straight times when he induces the Red Sox outfielder to ground out to second base in the top of the first inning. In his next at bat, the 'Splendid Splinter' homers off the Washington starter to begin the fourth inning, which will prove to be the difference in Boston's 2-1 victory over Washington.
1957 Grounding out, Pirates left-handed first baseman Dee Fondy becomes last player ever to bat in Ebbets Field when the Dodgers blank the Bucs, 2-0, in the final major league game ever played in Brooklyn.
1967 Gary Nolan becomes only the second pitcher in baseball history to strike out 200 batters in a season as a teenager when he fans Adolfo Phillips in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Reds' 3-2 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The 19 year-old right-handed fireballer joins Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who accomplished the milestone before reaching the age of twenty in 1938, hurling for the Indians.
1968 Mets manager Gil Hodges, during a game against the Braves in Atlanta, suffers a mild heart attack. The New York skipper, who will die of a massive coronary in 1972, is hospitalized until October 20, when doctors give him a clean bill of health, but warned him about the continued risks of stress and smoking.
1969 In the inaugural season of divisional play, the Mets clinch the first-ever National League East title. Gary Gentry fires a four-hitter, blanking the Cardinals, 6-0, in front of a frenzied Shea Stadium crowd, which spills onto the field en masse after the game to celebrate their team's amazing accomplishment.
1971 In the top of the fourth inning of a losing effort to Philadelphia, Cubs' starter Milt Pappas strikes out the side, throwing just nine pitches. Greg Luzinski, Don Money, and Mike Anderson are the victims of the right-hander's immaculate inning.
1971 Al Downing becomes a 20-game winner when he blanks the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 2-0. The Dodger left-hander, best remembered for giving up Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run, will compile a 123-107 record during his 17-year major league career.
1974 At Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss to the Birds, Tigers outfielder Al Kaline gets his 3000th hit. The milestone hit is given up by Orioles hurler Dave McNally, a two-bagger down the right-field line.
1975 In Oakland, the A's clinch their fifth consecutive AL West title with a 13-2 rout of Chicago. Reggie Jackson leads the 13-hit attack at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with home runs in his first two at bats, and Vida Blue tosses six innings to earn his 21st victory.
1975 Tom Seaver learns the adage the "third time's the charm" isn't always true when he loses his bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning for the third time in his career. After striking out Don Kessinger and Rick Monday, rookie outfielder Joe Wallis, playing in his 15th career game, singles to right field for the Cubs' first hit off the Mets' starter in the Wrigley Field contest.
1977 Gene Richards of the Padres and Pirates outfielder Omar Moreno both swipe their 50th base of the season to surpass Sonny Jackson's rookie record set with the Astros in 1966. The Friars' first baseman will establish a new freshman mark, ending the campaign with 56 thefts, three more than the Bucs' flychaser.
1978 Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry ties the American League record for shutouts tossed in a season by a lefty when he blanks Cleveland, 4-0. 'Gator', with his ninth complete scoreless game, equals Babe Ruth's mark, who accomplished the feat in 1916 with the Red Sox.
1984 The Cubs clinch the National League East flag with a 4-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium. Rick Suttcliffe's two-hitter gives the North-siders their first title since 1945.
1985 Andre Dawson hits two homers in the same inning for the second time in his career, becoming the second major leaguer to accomplish the feat. The Expo outfielder also went yard twice in the same frame on July 30, 1978.
1988 Julio Franco's two-out, two-strike ninth inning bad-hop single spoils Dave Stieb's bid for a no-hitter. The Blue Jays' starter settles for a 1-0 one-hit victory over the Indians.
1991 With his 37th homer of the season, Howard Johnson establishes a new NL record for round-trippers by a switch-hitter when he goes deep off Bob Walk in the Mets' 10-8 loss to Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. HoJo, who will extend the mark, finishing the season with 38 home runs, had set the previous mark in 1987.
1992 At the age of 40, Dave Winfield drives in four runs with a homer and a two-run double, becoming the oldest player to drive in 100 runs. The future Hall of Famer's offensive outburst helps the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 8-2.
1992 Kenny Lofton establishes an Indian record when he steals his 62nd base of the season, a swipe of second base in the first inning. The Tribe's rookie center fielder surpasses the previous franchise mark established by Miguel Dilone in 1980.
1993 Defeating Cincinnati, 9-2, the Rockies set a National League record for wins by an expansion team. Colorado's 65th win of the season surpasses the mark established by the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.
1998 Tom Gordon sets a major league record for the most consecutive saves when collects his 42nd in the Red Sox’s 9-6 win over the Orioles. 'Flash' pitches a perfect ninth inning, striking out the three batters he faces.
2001 Batting for reliever Joe Beimel in the bottom of the sixth inning, Craig Wilson drives the first pitch he sees into the seats in left center for his seventh pinch-hit home run, tying the major league mark established last season by Dodger infielder Dave Hansen. The Pirate rookie's two-run round-tripper sparks a five-run frame, enabling the Bucs to overcome a 5-0 deficit in their eventual 7-6 victory over the Chicago at PNC Park.
2001 Former American major leaguer Tuffy Rhodes ties the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 when he takes fireballer Daisuke Matsuzaka deep for his 55th home run of the season. The Kintetsu Buffaloes outfielder has five games left to break the record, but opposing pitchers will intentionally walk him to prevent the immortal Oh's record being broken.
2002 The Astros have their first rain delay at home since July 15, 1976. To save time, officials decide to cover the Minute Maid field with a tarp during the 19-minute delay, rather than use the retractable roof.
2002 Thanks to Jason's two home runs in the Yankees' 6-0 whitewash of the Devil Rays, the Giambi brothers (Jason 40, Jeremy 20) pass the DiMaggio siblings for the highest single-season total for homers with 60. The DiMaggios (Joe 46, Vince, 13) went yard 59 times in 1937.
2003 Eric Gagne ties John Smoltz's National League mark for saves with 55 when he helps the Dodgers defeat the Padres, 5-3. The Los Angeles closer equals the NL mark in consecutive opportunities, which is also a record.
2004 Atlanta's streak of consecutive division titles is extended to 13, with the Braves clinching the NL East as a result of an 8-7 victory over the Marlins. The record run, which excludes the strike-shortened season of 1994, includes the three titles won in the NL West prior to the re-alignment of teams in 1993.
2004 After he gives up five runs in the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park, Pedro Martínez tells the media, "they beat me. They're that good right now. They're that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy." The words will come back to haunt the Dominican right-hander when the fans begin chanting "Who's your daddy?" every time he takes the mound in New York during the American League Championship Series.
2005 Averaging more than 50,000 fans per game, the Yankees become the third franchise in major league history, and the first since the 1994 strike, to pass the four-million attendance mark. The 1993 Colorado Rockies and the 1991-1993 Toronto Blue Jays are the other teams which have reached the milestone.
2006 With the best record in the majors at 94-62, the Tigers clinched their first playoff spot since 1987. Detroit's 11-4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium ends the 19 season postseason drought.
2006 As the Petco Park sellout crowd roars, Trevor Hoffman retires all three Pittsburgh batters he faces in the ninth inning, ensuring a 2-1 San Diego victory. The Padres closer's 479th career save surpasses Lee Smith's total (1980-1997), making the 38 year-old reliever the all-time leader in saves.
2006 David Ortiz ties Babe Ruth's American League record with his 32nd round-tripper on the road. 'Big Papi's 53rd homer of the season comes in the Red Sox' 13-4 losing effort to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
2007 Baltimore completes a season sweep of the Royals with a 3-2 victory at Camden Yards. The Orioles, twenty-three games under the .500 mark, beat Kansas City seven times in seven tries, making it only the sixth time in team history that a season series has been swept from an AL opponent.
2008 Thanks to Mark Teixeira's eighth inning solo home run, the Mariners are defeated by the Angels, 6-5, making it the fourth time in franchise history the club has lost 100 games. Seattle has the distinction of being the first team with a $100 million payroll to lose 100 games.
2009 When his team beats Kansas City, 10-3, Red Sox skipper Terry Francona moves ahead of Mike Higgins with his 561st win piloting Boston, the second-most in franchise history. Joe Cronin, the club's all-time leader, accumulated 1,071 wins during his 13-year tenure with the team from 1935 to 1947.
2010 Rafael Soriano sets a club record when he earns his 44th save of the season in the Rays' 5-3 win over Seattle at Tropicana Field. The right-handed reliever, who will extend the mark to 45, had been tied with Roberto Hernandez, who saved 43 games for Tampa Bay in 1999.
2011 The 200,000th game played in major league history since 1876 goes overtime. At Minute Maid Park, it takes the visiting Rockies 13 innings to beat the Astros, 4-2, in the milestone meeting of big league clubs.
2011 With his strikeout of pinch-hitter Jose Lopez in the Brewers' 6-4 win over Florida, John Axford earns his 45th save of the year to set the single season franchise park for saves. The Milwaukee closer surpasses Francisco Cordero, who established the mark with 44 in 2007.
2011 Dillon Gee becomes the first Mets rookie to win 13 games in a season in 27 years when New York defeats Washington, 6-3. In 1984, Dwight Gooden compiled a 17-9 record as a freshman in 31 starts for the team.
2011 In a pregame ceremony before a nationally televised game with Boston, the Yankees celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris's record-breaking 61st home run. The festivities include New York captain Derek Jeter carrying to home plate the bat that the Rajah used to hit the Tracy Stallard pitch on October 1, 1961, and Sal Durante, the 19 year-old fan who caught the historic homer in the right field stands, bringing the ball onto the field.
2012 Curtis Granderson becomes only the fifth player in franchise history to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons when he goes deep into the upper deck at Target Field in the Yankees' 6-3 victory over Minnesota. The 31 year-old southpaw-swinging slugger joins Jason Giambi and Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mickey Mantle as the only other Bronx Bombers to accomplish the feat.
2013 The Marlins lose their 100th game of the year, dropping a 2-1 decision to Philadelphia en route to the second-worst record (62-100) in franchise history. The season follows a much-maligned fire sale that left the team without its prized players from the 2012 roster, including Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, as well as starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson.
2013 Michael Wacha just misses becoming the 22nd rookie ever to throw a no-hitter when Ryan Zimmerman beats out an infield grounder with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for Washington's only hit. The 22 year-old Cardinals right-hander comes within inches of fielding the ball that cost him his bid for history in the team's 2-0 victory at Busch Stadium.
2014 Twins' hurler Phil Hughes loses a $500,000 bonus when he doesn't return to the mound after a lengthy rain delay, having pitched a season total 209.2 innings, an out short needed to trigger a contract incentive worth a half-a-million bucks. The Minnesota right-hander, who held Arizona to one run over eight innings, finishes his first year with the team with an 11.63 K/BB ratio, the highest single-season mark for a starter in the history of the game, surpassing Bret Saberhagen's record of an 11.00 K/BB ratio accomplished with the 1994 Mets.

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