Tuesday, June 8, 2010

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - JUNE 8

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1927 Tony Lazzeri becomes the first Yankee to hit three home runs in one game, including a ninth inning blast that ties the game. The four-bagger closes a five-run deficit, and New York goes on to beat the White Sox in the 11th inning at the Stadium, 12-11.


1939 At Shibe Park, the Yankees, using the long ball, rout the hometown A's 22-3. The Bronx Bombers set a franchise record hitting eight home runs during the contest, a mark which will not be tied for 68 years.

1955 After only eight games and 13 innings of work, the Dodgers option rookie left-handed pitcher Tom Lasorda to Montreal to make room for a bonus baby who is also a southpaw. Sandy Koufax, who had injured his ankle, comes off the 30-day disabled list.

1968 Don Drysdale's scoreless streak ends at a record 58 2/3 consecutive innings when Phillies' Tony Taylor is driven in by Howie Bedell's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. It will be the outfielder's only RBI for the season.

1969 On Mickey Mantle Day, the Yankees retire uniform number 7 in front of a crowd of 60,096 at the ballpark in the Bronx. The Mick, also receives a plaque from Joe DiMaggio that will be hung on the center field, and, then in turn, he gives the 'Yankee Clipper' a similar plaque, telling the crowd, "His should be just a little bit higher than mine."

1977 For the fourth time in his career, Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 batters in a game. The right-hander matches the mark in ten innings of work, with 18 punch outs coming during the first nine frames, in the Angels' eventual 2-1 victory.

1979 Dan Marino and John Elway are selected fourth and seventeenth, respectively, by the Kansas City Royals during the free-agent baseball draft. The two future NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks will never play a day of professional baseball.

1986 The Orioles beat the Yankees 18-9 in in the longest nine inning game ever played in American League history. The contest takes four hours and sixteen minutes to complete.

1989 After the Pirates take a 10-0 lead in Philadelphia by sending 16 batters to the plate in the first inning, Pirates' broadcaster Jim Rooker announces if the Bucs lose the game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. True to his word, the radio by-by-play man organizes a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh after the season as a result of the Phillies comeback win over the Pirates, 15-11.

1997 En route to a 2-0 shut out of the Tigers, Mariners' southpaw Randy Johnson strikes out 15 batters. It is the 74th time in the career of the 'Big Unit' he has has reached double digits in punch outs.

2001 Damon Easley becomes the ninth player in Tiger history to hit for the cycle, and the first Detroit player since 1993 when Travis Fryman accomplished the feat. The New York City native's eighth inning right-field triple completes the deed in the 9-4 victory over the Brewers.

2005 The Phillies trade infielder Placido Polanco to the Tigers for right-hander reliever Ugueth Urbina and utility infielder Ramon Martinez. Urbina, a two-time All-Star closer, will become the setup man for Billy Wagner in Philadelphia and Polanco will become the starting second baseman in Detroit.

2007 In the third inning of a 10-3 loss to Boston at Chase Field, a surprised Alberto Callaspo is tagged out by Julio Lugo after he takes a lead from second base. The Diamondbacks’ base runner is the victim of the hidden ball trick when he doesn’t realize the Red Sox shortstop had never returned the ball to the pitcher.

2007 With their 3-0 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park, the Mets begin a span of 18 games to become the first team in baseball history to play six consecutive series against six different clubs that all participated in the playoffs the previous season. New York will compile an 8-10 record during the stretch playing against the Tigers, Dodgers, Yankees, Twins, A's, and the Cardinals.

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