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This Day in Baseball History
August 25th

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1922 After leading 25-6, scoring ten second-inning runs and adding another 14 in the fourth, the Cubs need to hold on to defeat Philadelphia 26-23. The slugfest, which sets the major league mark for most tallies scored in one game and the most hits with a combined total of 51, ends with the Phillies leaving the bases loaded in the ninth.
1929 The Giants become the first to employ a public address system, placing a microphone connected inside the mask of home plate umpire Charles Rigler. The team's effort to have the ump broadcast ball-and-strike calls to the Polo Grounds crowd doesn't work very well.
1934 Schoolboy Rowe wins his 16th consecutive game, tying the American League record shared by Smoky Joe Wood, Walter Johnson, and Lefty Grove. The 24-year-old right-hander from Waco, Texas, who goes 3-for-4 in the contest, singles home the eventual winning run in the ninth inning in the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium.
1936 The Braves establish a new major league record, hitting seven doubles in one inning. The two-bagger barrage occurs in the first frame of the Cardinals' 20-3 rout at Sportsman's Park.
1946 The Yankees become the first team to draw over two million paying patrons when 42,908 fans show up at the Bronx ballpark to watch the Bombers drop a 7-2 decision to Detroit's Hal Newhouse. Today's crowd brings the season's total to 2,027,087, three-quarters of a million more than the previous American League record set by the team when they played at the Polo Grounds in 1920.
1952 At Yankee Stadium, Tiger Virgil Trucks (5-14) throws the second of his two no-hitters this season, blanking the Bronx Bombers, 1-0. Originally scored an error, Phil Rizzuto's third-inning grounder is changed to a hit and reversed again in the sixth inning, making the no-hitter a bit controversial.
1956 General Manager George Weiss and skipper Casey Stengel consult with Phil Rizzuto, wanting the shortstop's input concerning a player move necessitated by reacquiring Enos Slaughter off waivers from the A's. After listening to Scooter's suggestions about who should go, the GM cuts the veteran infielder from the squad.
1959 The White Sox exchange minor leaguers Bob Sagers and Harry Simpson to the Pirates for first baseman Ted Kluszewski. The 34-year-old 'Big Klu,' obtained for the team's stretch run, will hit .391 and drive in 10 runs during the World Series for the AL champs.
1967 Dean Chance throws his second no-hitter of the month, defeating the Indians 2-1 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. On August 5, the Twins' 26-year-old right-hander hurled five perfect innings in an abbreviated game against the Red Sox.
1968 Rocky Colavito, giving up just one hit in 2â…“ innings of relief, gets credit for the win when the Yankees beat Detroit, 6-5. The Yankees outfielder, who also homers in the game, will be the last position player to notch a major league victory until Rockies' catcher Brent Mayne accomplishes the feat in 2000.
1969 The Cubs trade Joe Niekro, Gary Ross, and Francisco Libran for right-hander Dick Selma. The 22-year-old never became a favorite of Chicago skipper Leo Durocher due to his insistence on throwing a knuckleball, the signature pitch that results in 221 career victories.
1979 At Dodger Stadium, Robin Williams, the star of Mork and Mindy, a TV show where he plays an alien, runs the bases backward in a Hollywood Stars vs. the Media game. The comedian explains that circling the bags clockwise is common on his Planet Ork, the character's home in the universe.
1979 In the third inning of the Cubs’ 5-2 loss to Giants at Candlestick Park, Lynn McGlothen retires the side in order, striking out three batters on nine pitches. The victims of the 29-year-old right-hander’s immaculate inning include Larry Herndon (looking), Joe Strain (swinging), and Jack Clark (swinging).
1983 The Louisville Redbirds become the first minor league team to draw over a million fans. A total of 1,052,438 people will watch the St. Louis AAA farm team play their American Association rivals at Cardinal Stadium, formerly the Fairgrounds Stadium.
1985 At the age of 20 years, nine months, nine days, Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest 20-game winner ever when the Mets beat San Diego at Shea Stadium, 9-3. Doc is 27 days younger than Bob Feller, who accomplished the feat in 1939 with the Indians.
1986 A's rookie Mark McGwire hits his first major league home run, going deep in the fifth inning off Walt Terrell in Oakland's 8-4 victory at Tiger Stadium. The round-tripper is the first of 583 round-trippers that Big Mac will hit during his 16-year career.
1991 At Busch Stadium, Lee Smith becomes the fifth major leaguer to record his 300th save when he pitches a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the Cardinals' 5-2 win over the Dodgers. The Louisiana native will retire with the most saves in major league history with 478, compiled during 18 seasons with eight different teams
1992 After posting a 12-14 record during the longest scheduled road trip in big league history, the Astros return to Houston to play a home game. The twenty-six-game journey to eight cities became necessary when the Astrodome hosted the Republican National Convention.
1995 Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle at Veterans Stadium when Philadelphia crushes the Dodgers, 17-4. The Phillies' first baseman, who has four RBIs and scores four runs, collects all his extra-base hits off LA starting pitcher Hideo Nomo.
1996 The Yankees dedicate a centerfield monument to Mickey Mantle, who died of liver cancer last year. The commemorative structure, the first erected by the team in 47 years, joins three other monuments in the Bronx ballpark that honor the legacies of Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig.
1996 Brian Lesher becomes the first person born in Belgium to appear in a major league game. The 25-year-old from Wilrij starts in right-field and enjoys a 1-for-3 day at the plate, including a run-scoring single in the sixth inning off Andy Pettitte in the A's 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium.
1999 Royals' right-hander Jeff Montgomery becomes the first closer to save 300 games for the same team. The three-time All-Star (1992, 1993, 1996) reaches the milestone when he records the final out after giving up a pair of singles to the first two men he faces in the team's 8-6 victory over the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium.
2000 The Giants tie a franchise record by hitting eight doubles (Bill Mueller (2), Jeff Kent, Marvin Benard, J.T. Snow, Rich Aurilia, Felipe Crespo, and Ramon Martinez) en route to a 16-3 rout of the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. Except for Bobby Estalella, every San Francisco player in the lineup participates in the 21-hit attack, including starting pitcher Russ Ortiz, who goes 3-for-3.
2004 In the 21-6 rout of Kansas City at Angel Stadium, Jeff DaVanon becomes the first Anaheim player to hit for the cycle since Dave Winfield accomplished the feat for the Halos in 1991. The DH's offensive output helps the club sweep an American League opponent in a season series for the first time in its 44-year history.
2006 Alfonso Soriano becomes the fastest of the 40 major leaguers that have stolen 200 bases and hit 200 home career home runs. After being walked in the third inning of the team's 7-6 victory over Atlanta at Turner Field, the 30-year-old Nationals outfielder, who started the game with 203 homers, steals second to reach the milestone.
2007 🇸🇦 Craig Stansberry makes his big league debut with a seventh-inning pinch-hit single in the Padres' San Diego's 4-3 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The 25-year-old, who moved to the United States as an infant, becomes the first person born in Saudi Arabia to participate in a major league game.
2008 After being swept in a four-game series earlier in the month in L.A., the Phillies return the favor, beating the Dodgers, 5-0, to complete a four-game sweep against their opponents. The victory marks the first time in franchise history that Philadelphia has swept the Dodgers in a four-game series at home.
2008 The Twins get 37-year-old Eddie Guardado, their former reliever from 1993-2003, from the Rangers in exchange for 21-year-old right-hander Mark Hamburger. The veteran "Everyday Eddie" will assume the setup role for Minnesota during the stretch run.
2008 Hitting a home run to lead off the game, Grady Sizemore becomes the second Indian and 14th American League member of the 30-30 club. The Cleveland outfielder joins Joe Carter (1987) as the only other player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
2008 Mike Pelfrey becomes the first Mets hurler with back-to-back complete-game victories since Bret Saberhagen accomplished the feat in 1995. With the help of a pair of Carlos Delgado's three-run home runs, the 24-year-old right-hander beats the Astros, 9-1.
2009 With a 5-4 win in ten innings over the Dodgers, the Rockies move 18 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The wild-card leader, winning 52 of their last 74 games, the latest on a Troy Tulowitzki bases-loaded single, has cut LA's Western Division lead from 15.5 games on June 3 to just two games.
2010 After blowing a nine-run lead over the Giants, the Reds tie the game on Paul Janish's ninth-inning single, winning the contest, 12-11, on Joey Votto's two-out hit in the 12th frame. The Braves squandered the same size lead at Coors Field earlier in the day to lose 12-10 to the Rockies, who matched their largest comeback in franchise history.
2010 Felix Hernandez, the fourth youngest ever to reach the milestone, collects his 1000th strikeout, fanning David Ortiz in the sixth inning of the Mariners' 4-2 victory over Boston at Safeco Field. Joining Randy Johnson (2,162), Jamie Moyer (1,239), and Mark Langston (1,078), the 24-year-old Seattle superstar becomes the fourth pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
2011 The Yankees become the first team to hit three grand slams in one game in a 22-9 annihilation of the A's. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson go deep with the bases loaded at the Bronx ballyard.
2012 In a nine-player blockbuster trade, the Dodgers obtain Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and cash considerations for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, Jr., and two players to be named later (Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands). The deal allows the new Dodgers ownership to show they are serious about making a run for the postseason while giving an under-performing Boston team more financial flexibility in the offseason.
2013 When he goes deep off KC's Ervin Santana, Bryce Harper becomes the third player in baseball history to hit 40 homers before his 21st birthday. The Washington outfielder joins Mel Ott and Tony Conigliaro, who hit 61 and 56 round-trippers, respectively, for the Giants and Red Sox before reaching their age of majority.
2013 For the first time in nearly six decades, a brother homers, supporting his sibling's effort on the mound when Jordan Danks goes deep in the White Sox' 5-2 win over Texas, with his older bro John, throwing six innings to earn the U.S. Cellular Field victory. In 1955, A's catcher Billy Shantz also homered in a game whose batterymate was his brother Bobby.
2015 Calling his tweet completely unacceptable, ESPN pulls analyst Curt Schilling from the network's Little League World Series broadcasts. The former major league pitcher's post, quickly deleted, connected Muslim extremism to Nazi Germany.
2020 At Guaranteed Rate Field, White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito no-hits the Pirates, 4-0, recording the 19th no-hitter in franchise history. The 26-year-old California native faces 28 batters, throwing 101 pitches en route to striking out 13 while issuing just one base-on-balls, a four-pitch free pass to Pirates’ shortstop Erik González to open the fourth frame.
2020 Jon Berti becomes the first Marlin to steal three bases in an inning, pulling off the rare stolen-base cycle against catcher Ali Sánchez in the team's 3-0 victory over the Mets. At Citi Field, the Miami center fielder swipes second and third in the sixth frame before scoring on a delayed steal of home.

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