On Labor Day at Brooklyn's Washington Park, the Bridegrooms, later to be known as the Dodgers, win all three games against Pittsburgh in the first tripleheader ever played. The home team sweeps the visiting Alleghenys, who will be renamed the Pirates next season, 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4.
In the longest game in American League history, Philadelphia beats the Red Sox in 24 innings, 4-1. Each starter goes the distance when A's hurler Jack Coombs bests Boston's Joe Harris in the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds contest.
Bill O'Hara, inserted as a pinch runner, becomes the first major leaguer to steal two bags in the same inning when he swipes second and third base in the Giants' 9-6 victory over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. The 28 year-old New York outfielder, who will end the season with a total of 31 stolen bases, will duplicate the feat tomorrow against the same opponents.
The major league regular season, scheduled to end today due to World War I, is extended when the owners decide to play through Labor Day. The Browns want the Indians fined and believe that Cleveland should forfeit the two games for refusing to play the additional contests.
Lou Gehrig, for the third time in four days, hits a grand slam. The Bronx Bomber first baseman's third-inning base-loaded home run off Ed Morris proves to be the difference in New York's 5-1 victory over Boston at Yankee Stadium.
Philadelphia outfielder Vince DiMaggio's bases-loaded home run paces the Phillies to an 8-3 victory over Boston at Braves Field. Joe and Dom's older brother ties a major league mark with his fourth grand slam of the season.
The Giants surpass the mark established by the Yankees in 1936 for the most home runs hit in a season by a team. The three Polo Grounds homers in today's twin bill sweep over Boston raise the record total to 185, and the New York National League club will finish the season with 221 round-trippers.
The Cardinals tie a major league mark, hitting five homers in a 12-5 loss to Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. The solo shots hit by Stan Musial, Harry Elliot, Rip Repulski, and Steve Bilko (2), all off starter Preacher Roe, aren't enough to offset the Dodgers' 17-hit attack, which includes six doubles but no round-trippers.
Cardinals moundsman Vinegar Bend Mizell beats the Reds, 1-0. The southpaw, who is from Vinegar Bend, Alabama, establishes a National League record by walking nine batters without giving up a run.
Cuno Barragan, in his first major league at-bat, hits his only big league home run, taking Dick LeMay deep over the left-field fence at Wrigley Field in the second inning of the Cubs' 4-3 loss to San Francisco. The 29 year-old catcher will play in 69 games for Chicago over three seasons.
Curt Simmons becomes the last pitcher ever to steal home with his second inning dash to the plate in the Cardinals' 7-3 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The Redbird hurler scores on an aborted squeeze play when Chris Short uncorks a pitch that cannot be bunted.
Masanori Murakami becomes the first native-born Japanese player to appear in the U.S. major leagues when throws a scoreless eighth inning in the Giants' 4-1 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium. The 20 year-old southpaw, who was to play only minor league ball until June as an 'exchange player', will be allowed to stay and play in one full season with San Francisco next year, before returning to the Nankai Hawks, ending his brief American stint with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 3.75.
Tim McCarver's third-inning triple, his 13th and final one of the season, plates Orlando Cepeda in the Cardinals' 7-4 victory over Atlanta at Busch Stadium. The 22 year-old Memphis, TN native will become the first backstop to ever lead the National or American League in three-baggers.
After 20 scoreless innings, which equals the major league mark, Dick Groat draws a bases loaded walk, giving the Giants a 1-0 victory over the Reds. In 1918, the Braves and Pirates also matched zeros for twenty frames, until the Bucs scored two runs in the top of the 21st for an eventual 2-0 victory in the Boston ballpark.
Gaylord Perry, in the midst of his franchise record-setting of pitching 40 consecutive inning without allowing a run, extends his scoreless streak when he hurls 16 innings of shutout ball in the Giants' 1-0 victory over the Reds. Frank Linzy keeps Cincinnati scoreless for the final five frames to get the victory for San Francisco in the 21-inning Crosley Field contest.
At Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis ties the franchise record by hitting in 29 consecutive games with his second-inning single in LA's 10-6 victory over New York. The mark was established by Zack Wheat in 1916.
At Parc Jarry in Montreal, the Pirates become the first major league team to start an all-black team. The lineup includes infielders Al Oliver (1b), Rennie Stennett (2b), Jackie Hernandez (ss), Dave Cash (third base), and outfielders Willie Stargell (lf), Gene Clines (cf), Roberto Clemente (right field), with Dock Ellis (p) and Manny Sanguillen (c) making up the battery.
Tom Seaver, when he whiffs Pirate Manny Sanguillen in the top of the seventh inning, becomes the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons. The 3-0 victory is also 'Tom Terrific's' 20th of the season, making it the fourth time the right-hander has reached that plateau in his career.
Carney Lansford hits three consecutive home runs in California's 7-4 victory over the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium. The Angels third basemen's trio of round trippers come in the first, third, and fifth innings, each time with the bases empty.
Ed Farmer, who had been accosted on the mound in June by Al Cowens, agrees to drop the assault charges brought against the Tiger center fielder by the Illinois authorities in exchange for a handshake and an apology from his attacker. Prior to the Comiskey Park contest, the two former combatants bring out the lineup cards, smile, and shake hands, but the White Sox fans will continue to boo the Detroit player and a "Coward Cowens" banner will express the Southsiders' sentiments.
On the final day of the season, PawSox infielder Wade Boggs loses the International League batting title when he grounds out to first base in his final turn at-bat of the season. The plate appearance is necessitated when the Mud Hens, who are ahead 6-0, issue a two-out intentional walk in the ninth inning to light-hitting Ray Boyer, who makes every attempt to be put out to end the game, but is allowed to stroll around the bases and score on a deliberate error by the Toledo pitcher, forcing Boggs to make one last unnecessary plate appearance that will put him .007 of a percentage point behind Dave Engle, who plays in the outfield for the opponents.†
During the fourth inning of the Astros' 3-2 loss to Chicago at home, Billy Hatcher has an apparent infield hit taken away and is immediately ejected from the game after his shattered bat reveals to have been corked. The Houston left fielder, who will be suspended for ten days, claims he mistakenly picked up Dave Smith's bat, which was used by the pitcher during batting practice prior to the game. †
At Tiger Stadium, Rick Aguilera pitches a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 35th save of the season in the Twins' 5-4 victory over Detroit. The save is the closer's 109th, making the right-handed reliever the franchise's all-time saves leader.
Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire, in a 7-1 victory over Florida, homers twice to break Hack Wilson's National League single season home run record of 56. Big Mac's seventh inning shot ties the 1930 mark set by the Hall of Fame Cubs' outfielder, and he establishes a new record in the ninth, hitting a Don Pall pitch 472 feet over the center field wall at Miami's Pro Player Stadium.
Due to the union chief Richie Phillips' ill-advised ploy to use mass resignations to force the owners into a new collective bargaining agreement, twenty-two of baseball's regular 68 umpires find themselves unemployed. In a deal mediated by U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner, the Umpires Association agrees to a deal, costing those members their jobs, but allows for an arbitration proceeding that could permit some of the displaced umps back into the game at some point.
In an unusual play, the Orioles turn a triple play as shortstop Melvin Mora purposely lets a short fly drop in left field with runners at first and second. The runner at second (Travis Fryman) is tagged out, and the runner at first (Wil Cordero) is forced at second, and the batter (Sandy Alomar), thinking the infield-fly rule would be enforced, does not go to first and is called automatically out for going back to the dugout.
Darin Erstad breaks the Angels' club record for total hits in a season when he doubles in the second inning of the team's 9-8 loss to the White Sox at Chicago's Comiskey Park. The 26 year-old Halo outfielder will finish the season with 240 hits, far surpassing Alex Johnson's mark of 202, established in 1970.
Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history when his two-run shot, the outfielder's 53rd of the season, travels 471 feet to straight away center field. The historic homer comes in the first inning off four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux in the team's 5-3 victory in Atlanta.
Thanks to Miguel Tejada's three-run ninth inning walk-off home run, the A's beat the Twins, 7-5, extending their winning streak to 18. The dramatic victory marks the longest streak in franchise history, established by the Philadelphia A's with 17 consecutive victories in 1931.
The Pacific Coast League announces the total attendance for the circuit saw over seven-million fans turn the turnstiles this season. The PCL had set a new single season record in minor league history when the 16-team circuit passed the 6.8 million mark earlier in the month.
The first bus loads of Hurricane Katrina refugees, formerly housed at the SuperDome in New Orleans, begin to arrive early this morning at the Houston Astrodome. The former home of the Astros will afford the displaced an opportunity to escape the unhealthy horrendous conditions of their former shelter by supplying air conditioning, cots, food, and showers for eventually 25,000 people who are expected to arrive from Louisiana.
In only his second major league start, Clay Buchholz, using an assortment of fastballs, curves, and changeups, becomes the 20th rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Orioles in front of a very supportive Fenway crowd, 10-0. The 23 year-old right-hander, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make the start, becomes the youngest of the seventeen players to have accomplished the feat in Red Sox history.
Cliff Lee shuts out the White Sox, 5-0, to become the Indians' 56th twenty-game winner in franchise history, but the first to accomplish the feat in 34 years. The last Tribe's moundsman to win as many games was Gaylord Perry, who posted a 21-13 record in 1974.
In Arizona's 8-6 comeback victory over the Cardinals, Stephen Drew singles in the first, triples in the third, homers in the fifth, and doubles in the seventh to complete the cycle. The Diamondbacks' shortstop becomes the third player in franchise history and the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat at Chase Field, which was formerly known as the Bank One Ballpark.
Adrian Beltre triples in the eighth inning off Rangers' right-hander Josh Rupe to become the fourth player in franchise history, joining Jay Buhner (1993), Alex Rodriguez (1997), and John Olerud (2001), to hit for the cycle. The rare event is accomplished twice today as Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew also collects a single, double, triple, and home run in a game against the Cardinals at Chase Field.
In his complete game effort against the Pirates, C.C. Sabathia gives up only a questionable infield hit to Andy LaRoche in the fifth inning of the Brewers' 7-0 victory at PNC Park. The club plans to forward a DVD of the play to Major League Baseball, hoping somehow official scorer Bob Webb, the only person allowed to reverse his own call according to the rule book, can be convinced to change the scoring of the grounder to the mound to an error.
In his first game back from the DL after suffering a torn right testicle when a bad hop grounder hit him in the groin last month, AdriŠn Beltre hears the The Nutcracker Suite when he steps into the batter's box. Mariner teammate Ken Griffey Jr. arranged to have the Safeco Field PA system play the waltz to have some fun with the third baseman, who decided not wear a protective cup until today's game.
"This is the major leagues. This is not college any more. You're not on scholarship. You're being paid to do the job and guys depend on you, and I think it's unfortunate that the Nationals and the team are in a situation here where this kid now, he feels any kind of arm pain, he's gonna call you out?... You give these guys (today's players) $15 million bucks, please. Get your butt out there and play every fifth day." - ROB DIBBLE, comments as a Sirius XM Radio show host
The Nationals announce Rob Dibble will no longer be employed as a TV analyst for the teamís games on MASN, the network that telecasts the Washington games. The former major league reliever, as a host on a Sirius XM Radio show, severely chastises Stephen Strasburg for not pitching through pain, before the rookie phenom is diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament.
The Phillies become the eleventh team in baseball history to throw a combined no-hitter when four of their hurlers do not yield a hit in the teamís 7-0 victory over the Braves. Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels goes the first six innings in the Turner Field contest with relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon each tossing a perfect inning to accomplish the rare feat.