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August 19th

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1900 In Western League action, Rube Waddell throws two complete games as Milwaukee sweeps a doubleheader from the White Sox, 2-1 and 1-0. After throwing 17 innings in the first game, the colorful southpaw is coaxed by skipper Connie Mack, who promises him a few days off to go fishing to pitch the night cap, and he hurls a five-inning one-hitter.
1903 The Phillies do not play a scheduled game for a unprecedented ninth consecutive time. None of the games from August 10 to 19 are played due most likely to inclement weather.
1917 In the first major league game ever played on Sunday in New York, the Reds beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 5-0. After the contest, managers John McGraw and Christy Mathewson are arrested for violating the blue laws which prohibits playing the national pastime on the Sabbath.
1921 At the age of 34, Ty Cobb becomes the youngest player to collect 3000 hits when he singles of off Red Sox hurler Elmer Myers. The 'Georgia Peach' will end his career with 4,191 hits, the most ever in the major leagues until Pete Rose surpasses the mark in 1985.
1945 Better known for his home run prowess, Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx starts and throws 7.2 innings giving up just 4 hits in the Phillies' 4-2 nightcap victory over Cincinnati at Shibe Park. The 37-year old corner infielder, playing in his final season, will take the mound a total of 9 times posting a remarkable 1.59 ERA during 22.2 innings of work for the last place team.
1949 The Phillies host 'Eddie Waitkus Night' at Shibe Park and showered their injured first baseman with gifts. The All-star infielder, in uniform for the first time since June, had been shot in the chest at Chicago's Edgewater Beach Hotel by Ruth Ann Steinhagen, an obsessed fan upset with his trade from the Cubs to Philadelphia.
1951 Forty-three inch tall Eddie Gaedel walks on four pitches in his only major league appearance. Bill Veeck's idea of playing the midget was legal at the time but is later outlawed.
1955 For the sixth consecutive season, Robin Roberts is a 20-game winner. The Phillies right-hander, who will finish the season with a 23-14 record, beats Don Newcombe and the first place Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 3-2.
1957 Citing poor attendance as the reason, Giants' president Horace Stoneham, ignoring baseball's edict of banning announcements about relocation of franchises until after the World Series, informs the press the club has signed a lease to play its home games in San Francisco next season. The club's Board of Directors voted 8-1 approving the shift to the West Coast, with the only dissenting vote cast by M. Donald Grant, who will become the chairman of the Mets, an expansion team located in New York to fill the National League void created by the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to California.
1963 At Fenway Park, Dick Stuart's towering fly ball becomes an adventure for Indians' outfielder Vic Davalillo when it strikes the ladder attached to the wall above the scoreboard. After ricocheting off the fence, the ball bounces off the head of the center fielder, and before he can retrieve it, the slow-footed Red Sox first baseman crosses the plate for a very improbable inside-the-park home run in Boston's 8-3 loss to Cleveland.
1965 At Wrigley Field, Reds' hurler Jim Maloney no-hits the Cubs 1-0 with the only run scoring on a Leo Cardenas homer in the tenth inning. Earlier in the season the Fresno native had also no-hit the Mets for ten innings, but lost the game in the eleventh when Johnny Lewis homered.
1966 After guiding the club to fourteen victories in their first fifteen games, Birdie Tebbetts, who will remain in the organization, resigns as the manager of the Indians. George Strickland will take over the third-place Cleveland team with a 66-57 record.
1968 In the top of the seventeenth inning at Shea Stadium, Ron Hunt's two out single scores Hal Lanier for the game’s only run as the Giants beat New York, 1-0.  Bobby Bolin throws the first 11 shutout innings, with reliever Frank Linzy getting the victory and Mike McCormick picking up a save.
1969 At Wrigley Field, Ken Holtzman no-hits the Braves, 3-0 with Ron Santo's first inning homer off Phil Niekro providing all of the Cubs' runs. It is the fifth no-hitter of the season, and the first since 1923 (Sad Sam Jones) in which no strikeouts are recorded.
1989 Cubs' center fielder Jerome Walton extends his hitting streak to 29 games in an 8-4 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. With his seventh-inning single, the 24-year old rookie establishes the longest consecutive-game hit streak in modern franchise history, surpassing the mark set by Ron Santo in 1966.
1990 Bobby Thigpen records his 40th save when he pitches a perfect ninth inning in the White Sox's 4-2 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium. The right-handed reliever becomes only the eighth closer in major league history to reach the milestone.
1992 When Bret Boone takes the field at Camden Yards against Baltimore, the Mariner second baseman becomes part of the first three-generation family to ever play in the major leagues. The 23 year-old Seattle rookie is the grandson of Ray Boone (1948-60) and son of Bob Boone (1972-90).
1997 Wade Boggs makes his pitching debut throwing 16 knuckleballs and one fastball in a 12-4 loss to the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. The Yankee third baseman, a future Hall of Famer, hurls a scoreless eighth inning giving up no hits, walking one batter and striking out Todd Greene swinging to end the frame.

2000 For only the third time in major league history and second this season by the Yankees, a team is credited with three sacrifice flies in one inning. Bronx Bombers Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius and Clay Bellinger join teammates Jose Vizcaino, Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams (June 29, 2000) and the White sox trio of Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith who accomplished the feat against the Indians (July 1, 1962).
2004 Pitching a perfect bottom of the ninth inning, John Smoltz establishes the franchise record with his 142nd save in a Braves uniform. The right-handed reliever surpasses Gene Garber as Atlanta beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 6-5.
2005 A new internship, announced by the independent minor league team, the Brockton Rox will be dedicated in the memory of the Emerson journalism student accidently killed by the Boston police during a near riot around Fenway Park after the Red Sox beat the Yankees to win the pennant. "The Victoria Snelgrove Media Internship", which will be awarded to an aspiring journalist will host pre- and post-game radio shows, hopefully will focus attention on the senseless violence that sometimes follows sporting contests.
2005 Losing to the A’s at Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum, 4-0, the Royals establish a franchise record by losing their 19th consecutive game and tie the club’s mark by dropping its 12th straight road game. The 38-82 squad needs two more defeats to match the American League record of 21 losses accomplished by the 1988 Orioles, and four more will tie the major league mark of 23 endured by the 1961 Phillies.
2006 In an effort to bolster their starting rotation as the team makes a run for the NL wild card, the Phillies acquire Jamie Moyer and cash from the Mariners for two minor league righties named Andrew; Baldwin and Barb. The 43-year-old veteran southpaw compiled a 6-12 record with a 4.39 ERA for the struggling Mariners this season.
2006 John Hattig becomes the first person born in Guam to appear in a major league game. The 26-year old Toronto third baseman from Tamuning, who replaces Troy Glaus in the bottom of the fourth, bats clean-up and strikes out looking in both his at bats in the Orioles' 15-0 rout of the Blue Jays.
2007 John Smoltz becomes the Braves' all-time strikeout leader when Diamondbacks' third baseman Mark Reynolds becomes the 40-year old right hander's 2,913th victim. Phil Niekro previously established the franchise record pitching for the club in Milwaukee and Atlanta for twenty seasons (1964 to 1983).
2007 At the Metrodome, Johan Santana two-hits the Rangers over eight innings striking out 17 batters to establish a Twins team record for strikeouts in a game. Designated hitter Sammy Sosa collects both hits for Texas.
2008 Not wanting to be a distraction to the team, B.J. Upton apologizes to the Rays for a “mental lapse” on the bases in which he was thrown out at second base on what many believed should have been an easy double. The 23-year old center fielder has been benched three times in the past two weeks for not hustling for his first-place club.
2008 The Nationals lose their 11th consecutive game dropping a 5-4 decision to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The streak is the team's longest skid since they moving to Washington from Montreal prior to the 2005 season.
2008 The Dodgers reacquired Greg Maddux (6-9, 3.99) from the Padres for cash and two minor leaguers to be named or an additional monetary sum. The 42-year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander, obtained to help the club down the stretch run, played in LA for part of the 2006 season winning six of nine decisions.
2008 Kevin Gracie, an Ellicott City, Maryland native, becomes the 50 millionth fan to attend a game at Oriole Park. As a result, the 24-year-old second-year University of Baltimore law student wins five years worth of season tickets as well as a cash prize of $50,000.
2010 The Cardinals obtain third baseman Pedro Feliz from the Astros in exchange for minor league pitcher David Carpenter. The Redbirds replace a slumping Felipe Lopez, a fill in for the injured David Freese at the hot corner, with the 35-year-old veteran, good-fielding infielder.
2012 Gio Gonzalez, with his 16th victory, sets a team record when Washington beats New York, 5-2, at Nationals Park. The 26 year-old southpaw, obtained in an offseason trade with Oakland, surpasses Livan Hernandez, who in 1995 posted a 15-10 record in the Nats' inaugural season in the nation's capital.
2012 In Washington, D.C., play comes to a stop in the bottom of the sixth inning of the National game against the Mets when a praying mantis is discovered in the outfield at Nationals Park. The contest continues after New York outfielder Andres Torres carefully picks up the beneficial insect and gently hands it over to a member of the Nats ground crew.

33 Fact(s) Found