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September 3rd

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1894 Taking over for the fired manager Ned Hanlon, Connie Mack leads the Pirates to a 22-1 rout of his former team, the Washington Senators.
1906 The Philadelphia Giants, with Rube Foster on the mound, win the first Negro Championship Cup when they beat the Cuban X-Giants, 3-2. The game attracts 10,000 fans, the largest crowd ever to watch a black baseball game.
1917 Phillies hurler Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance in both games of a doubleheader as Philadelphia sweeps the Dodgers, 5-0 and 9-3.
1936 Red Sox hurler Wes Ferrell ends Luke Appling's White Sox club-record 27-game hitting streak.
1947 At Fenway Park, Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio lead the way with four hits each as the Yankees bang out a total eighteen hits, all singles, defeating the Red Sox, 11-2.
1947 At Shibe Park, A's right-hander Bill McCahan throws a no-hitter as a rookie beating the Senators, 3-0. The WW II test pilot, whose baseball career is cut short when he hurts his arm lifting barrels of oil in his off season job, is the seventh player in baseball history to toss a no-hitter in his freshman year.
1953 South Bend Blue Sox right-hander Jean Faut tosses a perfect game, beating the Kalamazoo Lassies, 4-0, becoming the only professional pitcher in history to accomplish the feat twice. The AAGPBL Player of the Year, who also didn't allow a Rockford Peaches batter to reach base in a 1951 contest, will pitch only one more game before retiring at the end of the season.
1957 The Braves' Warren Spahn's 8-0 blanking of the Cubs sets a major league record for shutouts thrown by a lefty. The future Hall of Famer (1965) has now held his opponents scoreless 41 times.
1961 Yankee outfielders Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle become the first teammates to both hit 50 home runs in the same season when 'the Mick' goes deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Tigers, 5-5. Mantle also finished the 1956 season with 52 dingers.
1963 Ron Santo ties the National League record by a third baseman for errors committed in an inning. The Cub infielder's three miscues in the second frame lead to a seven-run inning, and an eventual 16-3 victory for San Francisco at Candlestick Park.
1965 In preparation of their move to Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels change their name to the California Angels.
1967 At Crosley Field, the Reds intentionally walk Willie McCovey during his first three plate appearances in the game. Although the two-out strategy works every time, the Giants prevail as Ray Sadecki hurls a three-hit shutout for the 4-0 San Francisco victory.
1970 Cubs' outfielder Billy Williams asks to sit out thus ending his National League record for consecutive games at 1,117. Steve Garvey will better the mark in 1983.
1975 Future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson gives up a grand slam to Chicago's Pete LaCock, the son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall. The Cardinal right-hander faces one more batter to end the inning, retiring Don Kessinger on a ground out, and never returns to a big league mound.
1977 Japanese superstar Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career homer to surpass Hank Aaron as the All-time career home run leader in professional baseball.
1978 At Dodger Stadium, Lee Mazzilli becomes the first Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game. The center fielder's first (off T. John) and seventh (off C. Hough) inning blasts pace the last place club to an 8-5 victory.
1981 The Red Sox and the Mariners play nineteen innings to a 7-7 tie. The game ends with the Mariners winning 8-7 in 20 innings when the suspended game is resumed the next day making it the longest game played in Fenway Park history.
1985 Future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson becomes the first major leaguer to hit one hundred home runs for three different clubs. The former A's and Yankees outfielder's second homer for the Angels in a 14-8 loss to Detroit, his 525th career round-tripper, accomplishes the milestone.
1986 After using a record 53 players in a 14-inning affair yesterday, the Astros edge the Cubs in the 18th inning, 8-7, thanks to Billy Hatcher's home run.
1990 Bobby Thigpen sets a major league record with his 47th save as Chicago defeats the Royals, 4-2. The White Sox reliever breaks Yankee Dave Righetti's mark established in 1986.
1994 With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Jackson Generals overcome a 1-0 deficit when Tom Nevers and Jeff Ball hit back-to-back homers at Mississppi’s Smith-Wills Stadium. The dramatic decisive Game 5 victory over the Shreveport Captains enables the Astros' AA minor league farm club to capture the Texas League East championship series.
1996 Todd Stottlemyre and the Cardinals beat the Astros at Busch Stadium, 12-5. With his win, the Redbirds' right-hander and his dad Mel set the major league record with 259 victories by a father (164) and son (95), surpassing Dizzy and Steve Trout.
2000 Kenny Lofton's first inning run ties a 1939 major league record set by Yankees' Red Rolfe for scoring in eighteen consecutive games. The speedy Indian outfielder, besides hitting the game-winning homer in the 13th, also steals five bases tying Cleveland's single-game record set by Alex Cole (8/1/90 & 5/3/92).
2001 On Labor Day, in just his 11th start, Cardinals' freshman hurler Bud Smith no-hits the Padres, 4-0. The 21-year-old becomes the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter since 1900 to accomplish the feat.
2002 Losing their 15th straight game at Shea Stadium, the Mets pass the dubious mark set by the 1911 Braves to establish a new National league record for consecutive losses at home.
2002 In a 7-1 victory at Camden Yard, Joaquín Benoit pitches seven innings of one-hit ball in relief against the Orioles. The Rangers reliever's performance is the longest save ever recorded in major league history.
2006 In the opener of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia's Ryan Howard belts three home runs bringing the first baseman's total to 52. The sophomore slugger, the 24th major leaguer to reach the milestone, becomes the first Phillies player to hit 50 home runs and passes Ralph Kiner, who hit 51 for the Pirates in 1947, for the most homers hit by a second-year player in big league history.
2006 The Marlins, who were 11-31 in late May, become the first team since 1899 to reach .500 record after being 20 games below the mediocre mark. Their 10-3 victory over the Brewers gets the team even at 68-68, and places the 'Fish' two games behind the Padres in the wild-card standings.
2007 Making his first start of the season, Mets right hander Pedro Martinez whiffs Reds hurler Aaron Harang to become the 15th major league pitcher to record 3,000 career strike outs. The three-time Cy Young winner has missed most of the season recovering from rotator cuff surgery.
2007 With a home run against Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, Ichiro collects his 200th hit for the season for the seventh consecutive year. The Mariner outfielder joins Wee Willie Keeler (Orioles and Brooklyn Grooms/Supurbas, 1894-1901) and Wade Boggs (Red Sox, 1983-1989) as only the third player to accomplish the feat, and will tie Keeler's record of eight staight seasons if he reaches the milestone next year.
2008 Yankee Alex Rodriguez's towering fly ball, which bounces off the Tropicana Field catwalk behind the foul pole in left field, is immediately ruled a home home run by Brian Runge. The third base umpire's decision, which is disputed by Rays catcher Dioner Navarro, proves to be correct as the men in blue take 2 minutes, 15 seconds to review the video becoming the first crew to use new instant-replay system since its implementation last week.
2008 Although the official attendance, which is based on tickets sold, is 11,211, fewer than 600 fans actually attend the Marlins game at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium. The Fish, who had beeen in contention for most of the season, beat the Braves on the hot and humid Florida afternoon, 5-3.
2009 Pedro Martinez, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park in the Phillies' 2-1 victory over the Giants, becomes just the tenth pitcher in major league history to win 100 games in both leagues. The right-hander compiled a 117-37 record pitching for Boston during his seven year stint in the American League.
2009 After starting 13 games with two different clubs, Pat Misch's team finally wins a game he starts when the Mets beat the Rockies, 8-3. The former Giants' starter, who earned the Coors Field victory for New York, had tied a dubious mark established over the 1993-94 seasons by Seattle's John Cummings for the longest winless streak endured by a team with the same starter of the mound.
2010 Major League Baseball penalizes six players, both skippers and a coach following an ugly brawl between the Nationals and Marlins two days ago in Miami that was a result of Chris Volstad throwing at Nyjer Morgan for the second time in the game. The Florida outfielder, who became a target when he ran over Brett Hayes separating the catcher's shoulder in yesterday's contest, retaliated to being hit in the fourth by stealing two bases, but charges the mound after the sixth inning incident setting off the melee.
2010 Stephen Strasburg undergoes reconstructive elbow surgery in which Dr. Lewis Yocum takes a piece of ligament from the 22-year old right-hander's left leg and transplants it into the rookie's pitching elbow. The 'Tommy John' surgery might keep the Nationals much-heralded phenom out of the starting rotation until the start of the 2012 season.
2011 Needing a two-bagger to become the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle this season, George Kottaras strokes an apparent triple, but accomplishes the feat when the ball bounces off of Tal's Hill, a 20 degree angled incline located in centerfield, over the fence for an unexpected ground-rule double. The Brewers backstop also hit a solo homer in the fourth, a sixth inning triple, and singled in the seventh in Milwaukee's 8-4 victory of Houston at Minute Maid park.
2012 The Nationals win their 82nd game when they beat Chicago at home, 2-1, assuring the team of their first winning season since leaving Montreal to play in Washington. The transplanted team finished at exactly .500 after their first year in the nation's capital, posting an 81-81 record in 2005.

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