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This Day in Baseball History
September 1st

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1890 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.
1906 In the longest game in American League history, Philadelphia beats the Red Sox in 24 innings, 4-1. Both starters go the distance as A's hurler Jack Coombs bests Boston's Joe Harris.
1909 Bill O'Hara becomes the first pinch runner to steal two bases in the same inning in the Giants' 9-6 victory over St. Louis at the Polo Grounds. The Giants' outfielder, who will swipe 31 bases this season, will duplicate the feat tomorrow off the same team.
1918 Due to World War I, the major league regular season is originally scheduled to end today, but the owners decide to play through Labor Day (September 2). The Browns want the Indians fined and believe that Cleveland should forfeit two games for refusing to play on the extended dates (September 1 & 2).
1931 For the third time in four days, Bronx Bomber first baseman Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam. The 'Iron Horse'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.
1945 Vince DiMaggio's bases-loaded home run paces the Phillies to an 8-3 victory over Boston at Braves Field. The Phillies outfielder ties a major league mark with his fourth grand slam of the season.
1947 The Giants break the 1936 Yankees record for the most home runs hit in a season by a team. The three Polo Grounds homers today raise the total to 185 and New York will finish the season with 221 round-trippers.
1953 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.
1958 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.
1961 Cuno Barragan hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat, when he takes 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.
1963 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.
1964 Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in the U.S. major leagues. In his debut, the Osuki native throws a scoreless inning against the Mets.
1966 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.
1967 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.
1967 In the midst of his franchise record of 40 consecutive inning scoreless streak, Gaylord Perry hurls 16 innings of shutout ball in the Giants' 1-0, 21-inning victory over the Reds at Crosley Field. Frank Linzy keeps Cincinnati scoreless for the final five frames to get the victory.
1969 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.
1971 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 (3b) and outfielders Willie Stargell (lf), Gene Clines (cf), Roberto Clemente (rf) with Dock Ellis (p) and Manny Sanguillen (c) making up the battery.
1975 When he whiffs Pirate Manny Sanguillen in the seventh inning of the Mets' 3-0 victory, Tom Seaver becomes the first pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons. The victory is also 'Tom Terrific's' 20th of the season, making it the fourth time in his career he has reached that plateau.
1979 Angel infielder Carney Lansford hits three consecutive home runs. The Halos' homers help California down the Indians, 7-4.
1980 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 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.
1980 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 last turn at-bat. The plate appearance is necessitated when the Mud Hens, who are ahead 6-0, issues 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 take one-last unnecessary at-bat that will put him .007 of a percentage point behind Dave Engle, who plays in the outfield for opponents.†
1987 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. †
1992 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. It is the right-handed reliever's 109th save, making him the franchise all-time saves leader.
1998 In a 7-1 victory over the Marlins, Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire homers twice, breaking Hack Wilson's National League single season home run record of 56. Mac's seventh inning shot ties the 1930 mark and a new record is established in the ninth when he hits a Don Pall pitch 472 feet over the Pro Player Stadium wall in centerfield.
1999 Due to the union's failure to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract with mass resignations, twenty-two of baseball's regular 68 umpires find themselves unemployed. In a deal mediated by J. Curtis Joyner, a U.S. District Judge, the union agrees the 22 will no longer provide services for major league baseball.
2000 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.
2000 Darin Erstad breaks the Angels' club record for total hits in a season (202) set in 1970 by Alex Johnson by getting three hits in a 9-8 loss to the White Sox, giving him 204 so far this season.
2001 Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history as his 53rd of the season travels 471 feet to straight away center. The historic homer comes in the first inning off four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux.
2002 Thanks to Miguel Tejada's three-run ninth inning walkoff 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.
2005 The Pacific Coast League announces the total season attendance for the circuit surpasses 7-million fans. 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.
2005 The first bus loads of Hurricane Katrina refugees, formerly housed at the SuperDome in New Orleans, begin to arrive early this morning at Houston's 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 from Louisiana.
2007 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 17 players who have accomplished the feat in Red Sox history.
2008 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.
2008 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.
2008 Adrian Beltre triples in the eighth inning off Rangers' right-hander Josh Rupe to become the fourth player in franchise history 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.
2008 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.
2009 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.
2010 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 loses his job after he severely chastising Stephen Strasburg, as a host on a Sirius XM Radio show, for not pitching through pain, before the rookie phenom was diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament.

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