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This Day in Baseball History
August 8th

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1903 In the third inning of the 4-3 nightcap loss to New York at the Polo Grounds, Dodger starter Henry Schmidt is thrown out of the game after he throws the baseball out of the park. The Brooklyn hurler became very angry when opposing pitcher Joe McGinnity dashed home from third base while his infielders argued the close call at the bag.
1913 With the score tied 1-1, the American Association's April 25th minor league contest ended due to rain and replayed on June 15, resulting in a 6-6 tie after nine innings when the game ended because of darkness. The game starts again on August 7, and after the 13th frame, the 2-2 contest is halted once more due to darkness, but after four attempts, Minneapolis finally beats Indianapolis today, 11-2.
1915 Gavvy Cravath ties a major league mark when he hits four doubles in the Phillies' 14-7 victory over Cincinnati. The Philadelphia outfielder also establishes a franchise record when he drives in eight runs in the Redland Field contest.
1921 Appearing as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth inning, Browns' second baseman Luke Stuart hits a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 29-year-old rookie infielder, the first American Leaguer to accomplish the feat, strokes his only career round-tripper in a 16-5 loss to Washington at Griffith Stadium off future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.
1922 Pittsburgh bangs out another 19 hits in their 7-3 win after collecting 27 safeties in their 19-8 rout in the first game of the twin bill. The Pirates' barrage at Philadelphia's Shibe Park establishes a major league record with 46 hits in a doubleheader.
1933 William Veeck, president of the Cubs, proposes a series of Midsummer Classic games. Although the idea receives some support, it will be 64 years before a team from the American League plays a club from the National League during the regular season.
1941 In New York, Les Brown and his Orchestra record "Joltin' Joe" for Columbia Records. The song about Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak plays incessantly on radio stations across the country, eventually reaching number 12 on the charts.

1947 Phillies right-hander Schoolboy Rowe pinch hits for Johnny Sain to become the first major leaguer to appear in different All-Star Games representing National League and American League teams. In the 1936 Midsummer Classic, the former Philadelphia A's ace threw three innings of relief against the NL stars.
1953 Southpaws Whitey Ford and Bob Kuzava blank the White Sox, 1-0 and 3-0, respectively, for a Yankee doubleheader sweep. Kuzava gives up his only hit in the ninth inning, a one-out double to Bob Boyd.
1954 Gil Hodges bats three times in the eighth inning when the Dodgers score 13 runs en route to a 20-7 rout of the Reds at Ebbets Field. The first baseman will go 1-for-3 in the frame with a leadoff triple but will be responsible for all three outs when he hits into a double play and flies out to centerfield to end the Brooklyn barrage.
1956 Robin Roberts gets his fourth victory in the past ten days when the Phillies beat New York at the Polo Grounds, 8-3. Philadelphia's shortstop Ted Kazanski becomes just the fourth player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park grand slam.

Five years after the Mets bestow the honor to their first skipper, the Yankees retire Casey Stengel's uniform #37 during Old Timers Day at the Stadium. The 'Old Perfessor,' who won seven World Series during his twelve-year tenure with the team, managed the Bronx Bombers from 1949 to 1960.

1972 After much speculation about the team's future, the Yankees sign a thirty-year lease to play in the 'new' Yankee Stadium starting in 1976. After completing the Stadium's 50th Anniversary next season, the Bronx Bombers will play home games at Shea Stadium for the next two years while the team remodels the 'House that Ruth Built.'
1973 At Royals Stadium, Red Sox DH Orlando Cepeda collects four doubles in the team's 9-4 win over the Royals. 'Cha Cha,' who signed with Boston in January, was the first player since the inception of the new position added to a roster specifically as its designated hitter.
1976 In the first game of a doubleheader against Kansas City at Comiskey Park, the White Sox take the field wearing shorts. After a 5-2 comfortable win in the opener, Chicago dons long pants for the nightcap, coming out on the short end to the Royals, 7-1.
1982 The Yankees trade 1978 playoff hero Bucky Dent to the Rangers for outfielder/first baseman Lee Mazzilli. The popular Yankee infielder, batting only .191, was nearly elected to the All-Star Game by the Bronx Bombers' fans.
1982 In the 9-5 Angels' victory over the Mariners at the Kingdome, Doug DeCinces hits three home runs in a game for the second time in less than a week. The California third baseman poked a trio of round-trippers against Minnesota six days ago.
1988 In the first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field, the Cubs play host to the Phillies. The game does not become official when the contest ends in the third inning because of a fierce thunderstorm.
1989 In his major league debut, former Met farmhand Mauro Gozzo blanks the Rangers for eight innings, helping the Blue Jays go over .500 for the first time since Opening Day. Toronto will eventually win the American League East.
1990 Throwing just three pitches to one batter in relief at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Jeff Ballard records three outs when he snags A's second baseman Willie Randolph's line drive, starting a 1-6-3 triple play. The Orioles' left-handed reliever throws the ball to Cal Ripken to catch Terry Steinbeck off second base, with the shortstop relaying the ball to Sam Horn to triple up Walt Weiss at first base.
1997 At Busch Stadium, Mark McGwire, recently acquired from the A's, hits his 364th career home run on a pitch thrown by Phillies' right-hander Mark Leiter for his first National League round-tripper. The Cardinals slugging first baseman will go deep 220 times in the Senior Circuit, all for the Redbirds.
1998 The Twins' Paul Molitor becomes the fifth player in major league history to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases with his 5-for-5 performance and the theft of his 500th base. The 41-year-old joins Ty Cobb (4,191 hits, 892 steals), Honus Wagner (3,415, 722), Eddie Collins (3,315, 744), and Lou Brock (3,023, 938) as the only players to reach this milestone.
2000 In the bottom of the ninth, A's closer Jason Isringhausen throws just two pitches, and the Yankees go from losing 3-2 to winning 4-3. Bernie Williams and David Justice hit home runs on the first pitch they see from the Oakland reliever.
2000 Cubs hurler Phil Norton becomes the 18th pitcher in major league history to give up four homers in one inning in the Dodgers' 7-5 victory at Chavez Ravine. Kevin Elster, Darren Dreifort, Gary Sheffield, and Shawn Green all take the 24-year-old southpaw deep in the bottom of the fourth inning.
2000 After kissing one another in the seventh inning, the Dodgers ask a female couple to leave Dodger Stadium immediately, told never to "set foot back on the premises" for "lewd behavior." The pair had planned to sue the organization, deciding not to after the team apologized, promising to contribute 5,000 tickets to GLBT organizations and continue sensitivity training for all its employees.
2000 Darren Dreifort hits two home runs to help his cause in the Dodgers' 7-5 victory over the Cubs. The starting pitcher hurls 6.2 innings, going deep in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames.
2002 Closer John Smoltz records his 40th save in the 114th game of the Braves schedule, making it the earliest point a relief pitcher has reached that mark in a season. Lee Smith of the Cardinals accomplished the feat in his 117th game in 1993, and White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen turned the trick in 118 games en route to setting the major league record with 57 saves in 1990.
2004 At Yankee Stadium, less than an hour after the Blue Jays lose to New York for their fifth consecutive defeat, Toronto fires their manager, Carlos Tosca. First-base coach John Gibbons will be the team's interim skipper for the remainder of the season.
2006 Mark DeRosa makes two outs in one at-bat, ending the McAfee Coliseum contest in a most unlikely manner in the Rangers' 7-6 loss to the A's. The right fielder swings and misses, making the second out of the inning, but when his momentum causes contact with Jason Kendall, who is trying to prevent Jerry Hairston Jr. from stealing second, plate umpire Jim Joyce calls interference on the batter for the third and final out.
2009 Albert Pujols drives in three runs in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park, surpassing the 100 RBI mark for the ninth straight season to start his career. The only major leaguer with a longer streak was Hall of Fame outfielder Al Simmons, who accomplished the feat for 11 consecutive seasons, beginning with his rookie year with the A's in 1924.

At Chase Field, a sellout crowd is on hand to see the Diamondbacks retire Luis Gonzalez's uniform #20. The five-time All-Star, best remembered for his ninth-inning walk-off single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, played eight years in Arizona, leaving the team in 2006 as the franchise's all-time home run leader with 224.

2014 Bartolo Colon joins Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez in becoming the third hurler from the Dominican Republic to win 200 major league games. The 40-year-old portly right-hander accomplishes the feat when he goes eight innings, giving up six hits and one run, in the Mets' 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, 5-4.
2014 In the Braves' 7-6 victory over Washington at Turner Field, Justin and B.J. Upton both homer in the same game for the fifth time, setting the major-league record for brothers. Going deep off Stephen Strasburg, the Atlanta teammates surpass the mark they previously shared with the Giambis (Jeremy and Jason) and the Guerreros Vladimir and Wilton).

2015 At Safeco Field, Jamie Moyer, the winningest pitcher in Mariners' history, becomes the ninth member of the team's Hall of Fame. During his 11 seasons with Seattle, the left-hander compiled a record of 145-87 (.625), leading the franchise in wins, innings pitched (2,093), and starts (323).
2019 Bo Bichette, playing in Toronto for the first time, extends his doubles streak to nine games, setting a new record he shared with Yadier Molina (Cardinals, 2016) and Derrek Lee (Cubs, 2008). The 21-year-old Blue Jays shortstop also establishes a new mark by collecting 13 extra-base hits in the first 11 games of his major league career, becoming the first rookie with extra-base hits in nine straight games since Ted Williams' debut in 1939.
2020 With the first 11 pitches in his start at PNC Park, Derek Holland gives up four home runs before recording an out in the Pirates' eventual 11-5 loss to the Tigers. After leadoff hitter Niko Goodrum goes deep and Jonathan Schoop follows with a single, the 33-year-old southpaw allows consecutive round-trippers to Miguel Cabrera, C.J. Cron, and Jeimer Candelario.

36 Fact(s) Found