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This Day in Baseball History
June 10th

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1902 Baseball lifer Horace Fogel, also known for his career as a sportswriter, is fired as the Giants' manager just 44 games into the season. The 51-year-old former skipper, who will go on to an administrative position with the Phillies, will be best remembered for his attempt to turn future Hall of Fame sophomore hurler Christy Mathewson, a 20-game winner last year, into a position player.
1930 After seven consecutive victories from the start of the season, A's right-hander Lefty Grove loses in eleven innings to the White Sox, 7-6. The future Hall of Famer will finish the season 28-5, along with a 2.54 ERA for the eventual World Champion club.
1937 The Senators trade Bobo Newsom (3-4, 5.85) and outfielder Ben Chapman (.262, 0, 12) to the Red Sox for the brother battery of Wes (3-6, 7.61) and Rick Ferrell (.308, 1, 4), as well as outfielder Mel Almada (.236, 1, 9). Rick, the catcher, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984, but his brother Wes, the pitcher, will hit more career home runs.
1938 With his team trailing Chicago, 13-1, at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Joe Cronin lets Bill Lefebvre bat for himself in the eighth inning and watches the rookie hurler homer off Monty Stratton. The 22-year-old southpaw from Natick (RI), who will have only one at-bat this season, doesn't fare as well on the mound when he gives up six runs in four innings in his only appearance on the mound this season.

"I was pitching against seventh, eighth, and ninth graders, kids 13 and 14 years old... All of a sudden, I look up, and there's Stan Musial and the likes. It was a very scary situation." - JOE NUXHALL, speaking of his major league debut as a 15-year-old.

Six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest player in a major league contest in this century, beginning a 60-year tenure with the Reds organization, including becoming best known as the voice for the team's radio broadcasts. Being called in the ninth inning into a 13-0 rout by the eventual World Champions Cardinals at Crosley Field, the 15-year and 316-day-old Hamilton High School southpaw retires George Fallon, a batter almost twice his age batter, but is unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks, two hits, one wild pitch, and five runs.

1953 Against five different pitchers, Jimmy Piersall ties a major league record, going 6-for-6 when Boston bombs the Browns in the first game of a doubleheader, 11-2. The Red Sox right fielder is hitless in the Sportsman's Park nightcap and is sent sprawling to the ground by Satchel Paige, a pitcher he had infuriated during a game in his rookie season by mimicking the right-hander's every move.
1954 At County Stadium, Bill Taylor's pinch home run in the 10th inning off Gene Conley gives the Giants an eventual 1-0 win over Milwaukee. Taylor's first major league home run accounts for all the scoring, making it the first time a solo pinch-hit round-tripper is the game's only tally.
1954 Reds' southpaw Fred Baczewski goes the distance, blanking Pittsburgh at Crosley Field, 6-0. 'Lefty,' a former college basketball player at the University of Tennessee, gives up 11 hits and walks a batter, but the Pirates strand 12 players on the bases.
1959 In Baltimore, Rocky Colavito becomes the sixth player to hit four home runs in one game, helping the Indians defeat the Orioles, 11-8. The New York City native joins Lou Gehrig as the only player to accomplish the feat with four consecutive shots.
1966 Indian hurler Sonny Siebert throws the season's only no-hitter, defeating the Senators, 2-0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters in his Cleveland Stadium gem, walking only one.
1966 In his big league debut, Dick Rusteck pitches a four-hit masterpiece, blanking the Reds at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 24-year-old rookie southpaw will pitch in seven more games, including two more starts, without ever winning another major league contest, finishing his career with a 1-2 record and a 3.00 ERA.
1967 In front of his family and friends, Astros outfielder Jimmy Wynn, a Cincinnati native, hits the longest home run in the history of Crosley Field. The Toy Cannon's monstrous shot off the right-handed Mel Queen in the team's 9-4 loss to the Reds clears the 58-foot scoreboard in left-center and bounces onto Interstate 75 outside the stadium.

1969 The Mets win their 11th consecutive game, a 9-4 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park, to establish a franchise record. Later in the season, the Amazins will also post a ten-game (Sept. 6-13) and a nine-game winning streak (Sept. 21-Oct. 1).
1972 Hank Aaron passes Willie Mays, moving into second place on the all-time home run list. The Braves outfielder connects for a grand slam, his 14th, to tie Gil Hodges' NL mark against the Phillies for his 649th career homer, 65 shy of Babe Ruth's total.
1973 Ranger reliever Charlie Hudson accidentally shoots himself in the middle finger of his pitching hand while cleaning a .38 revolver at home. The 24-year-old left-handed knuckleballer returns to the team at the end of July and, as a starter, blanks the Twins, 2-0, on September 2 at Arlington Stadium.
1974 Mike Schmidt collects one of the longest singles in big-league history when the umpires rule the ball he hit off Astros hurler Claude Osteen that carom off the public address speaker hanging 117 feet in the air and 329 feet from home plate in play due to the ballpark's ground rules. The Rice University mathematics department calculates the Astrodome blast would have traveled 550 feet if left unimpeded.
1979 Trailing by a run, Orioles right-hander Dennis Martinez induces Ranger third baseman Buddy Bell to line into a 5-4-3 triple play to end the sixth inning. Baltimore's triple killing, their eighth since moving to the Charm City, contributes to the team's 5-4 walk-off victory at Memorial Stadium.
1981 In front of 57,386 hometown fans, Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's National League record, collecting his 3,630th hit when he singles to left-center field off Nolan Ryan in the bottom of the first inning in the Phillies' 5-4 victory over the Astros at Veterans Stadium. The eventual all-time hit leader does break Stan the Man's mark tonight, striking out in his next three at-bats against the future Hall of Fame right-hander.
1992 A's first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 200th career home run when he goes deep in the second inning off Chris Bosio in the team's 5-2 victory over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The 28-year-old slugger will end the season with 42 round-trippers en route to a career total 583.
1995 Jeff Manto hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, equaling Johnny Blanchard's 1961 accomplishment. The Orioles' third baseman, who hit two homers against the Angels last night and one the previous night off of the Mariners' Rafael Carmona, goes deep in the bottom of the second inning during Baltimore's 6-2 victory over the Halos at Camden Yards.
1995 Legendary Hall of Fame announcer Lindsey Nelson, who for 17 years, along with Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner, made up the original broadcast team for the expansion Mets in 1962, dies of complications of Parkinson's disease at 76. In addition to doing play-by-play for the San Francisco Giants from 1979 to 1981, the colorfully attired announcer also called football games, including 26 Cotton Bowls, five Sugar Bowls, four Rose Bowls, and announced syndicated Notre Dame gridiron contests for 14 years.
1997 Marlins' hurler Kevin Brown no-hits the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. The right-handed sinkerballer, who faces 28 batters, misses a perfect game when he barely grazes Marvin Benard with a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth inning.

2000 In a pregame ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals commemorate David Glass's ownership of the team. The former Walmart executive, who became Kansas City's interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1993, had his $96 million offer to buy the team approved by the Board in April, despite a competing bid of $120 million by New York-based attorney Miles Prentice.
2000 Darin Erstad's second-inning two-run double off Arizona's Omar Daal is the Angels' leadoff hitter's 100th hit of the season. The two-bagger, coming in the Halos' 61st game, makes the 26-year-old left fielder the fastest major leaguer to reach the milestone since Hall of Famer Heinie Manush accomplished the feat with the Senators in 1934.
2002 Former Japanese Orix Blue Wave teammates Ichiro Suzuki and So Taguchi play against each other when the Mariners blank the Cardinals, 10-0. The Safeco Field contest marks the first time two Japanese position players have played in the same major league game.
2002 In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.
2003 In a game against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Sammy Sosa becomes the target of a man who runs onto the field throwing corks. Last week, the umps discovered the Cubs' slugger used the illegal substance after breaking his bat in a game against the Devil Rays.
2005 The document, believed to be the precursor to the 'Curse of the Bambino,' is acquired for $996,000 when Gotta Have It Collectibles submits the winning bid for the 1919 contract, signed by owners Harry Frazee of the Red Sox and Jacob Ruppert of Yankees, which sold Babe Ruth to New York. The cost of the five typed pages is nearly ten times the value the 'Bronx Bombers' paid to get the emerging 'Sultan of Swat.'
2005 For the first time in nearly 90 years, the Red Sox play the Cubs in Chicago, making their first visit to Wrigley Field. The two teams that had their fates influenced by curses last met at Comiskey Field, the more spacious home of the White Sox, in the 1918 World Series, won by Boston in six games behind the solid pitching of Babe Ruth.
2006 Using a fishing rod with a baseball attached to the hook at the end of a heavy-duty line he designed, Pro Bass Angler Kevin Wirth throws out the ceremonial "First Cast" from the pitcher's mound before the Louisville Bats take on the Indianapolis Indians at Slugger Field. The catcher uses a fishing net to capture the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Angler toss at home plate.
2006 In the Royals' 9-5 loss to Tampa Bay at Kauffman Stadium, Reggie Sanders hits his 300th career home run off Chad Harville. The Kansas City outfielder becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 300 home runs and steal 300 bases, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.
2007 🇯🇵 Masumi Kuwata becomes the first Japanese player in Pirates' history, making his major league debut in the team's 13-6 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx. The 39-year-old Osaka native, the oldest person to start a big-league career in the post-World War II era except for Satchel Paige and Diomedes Olivo, gives up two runs in two innings when Alex Rodriguez takes him deep.

In addition to the Reds wearing a dark patch with the word "NUXY" printed in white on their uniform, the team honors broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, Marty Brennaman, and Waite Hoyt, with replica microphones to hung on the wall near the radio booth. The recognition commemorates the 63rd anniversary of the 'ol' left-hander' becoming the youngest person to play in the major leagues in the modern era.

2008 Tiger general manager Dave Dombrowski announces the team is optioning Dontrelle Willis, acquired in an off-season blockbuster trade, to their Class A minor league team in Lakeland. The former Marlin southpaw, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, compiled a 22-10 record with the Fish just two years later and recently signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit.
2010 White Sox third baseman Omar Vizquel becomes the fourth player to hit a home run in four different decades when he goes deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning of the team's 3-0 victory over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The 43-year-old Venezuelan infielder, who made his major league debut in 1989, joins Ted Williams (1939-1960), Willie McCovey (1959-1980), and Rickey Henderson (1979-2003) on the shortlist of big leaguers who have accomplished the rare feat.

2011 Tony La Russa manages his 5,000th major league game, a disappointing 8-0 Cardinal loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park. The 66-year-old skipper, whose 33-year managerial career includes stints with the A's and White Sox, is the second manager to reach the milestone but remains far behind Connie Mack's record of 7,755 contests.
2011 Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Michael Acosta, a longtime Twins fan, gets to manage the team for a day. ESPN SportsCenter's "My Wish" episode features the testicular cancer survivor's big day at Target Field.

2012 The Orioles win their ninth straight extra-inning game when Matt Wieters lines a one-out RBI double in the 10th to give the club a 5-4 walk-off victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The streak of overtime victories, which includes yesterday's 12-inning win, breaks the team's previously twice-accomplished record of eight.
2012 Bobby Abreu, tied with Mickey Mantle for 109th place on the all-time hit list, surpasses the Yankee legend with a second-inning double in L.A.'s 8-2 interleague victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The 38-year-old outfielder has collected 2,416 hits for the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and Dodgers.
2012 The Red Sox pass the NBA's Portland Trailblazers for the most consecutive sellouts for a North American pro franchise with their 745th straight capacity crowd at Fenway Park. The streak, featuring an average paid attendance of 36,544 fans, started on May 15, 2003, a year after the team's new ownership bought the Boston ball club.
2019 The Diamondbacks (8) and Phillies (5) hit the most combined home runs in a single game, collectively going deep 13 times in Arizona's 13-8 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The Tigers and White Sox, accomplishing the feat twice, first on May 28, 1995, and then on July 2, 2002, set the previous mark of 12.

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