100 YEARS AGO
In an attempt to increase offense, former player and manager Harry Wright suggests that umpires keep the ball-strike count secret until the at bat is concluded. Despite this, Wright, who managed the undefeated 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings and is credited with introducing the practice of one fielder's backing up another, will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.
95 YEARS AGO
Phillie pitcher Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam in his first major league at bat—a feat never accomplished before or since.
90 YEARS AGO
Washington outfielder Ed Delahanty, who has a .346 career average, has been unhappy playing for the Nationals and wants to join the Giants. After Washington refuses to release him, Delahanty walks out on the team and boards the Michigan Central No. 6 train traveling from Detroit to Buffalo. By the time the train arrives in Fort Erie, Ont., on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Delahanty has downed several whiskies and is brandishing a razor and terrifying passengers. The conductor kicks him off the train, and Delahanty begins walking across the International Bridge, a drawbridge that—most of the time—spans the Niagara River. Unfortunately the bridge has opened for a passing ship on this night. Delahanty's body will be found a week later, below the Falls."
85 YEARS AGO
Giant shortstop Al Bridwell singles in Moose McCormick from third base in the bottom of the ninth, giving New York what appears to be a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Giant Fred Merkle (left), who was on first, retreats to the clubhouse to escape the swarming fans. In the pandemonium Chicago second baseman Johnny Evers, noticing that Merkle did not touch second base, retrieves a ball (not necessarily the ball) and tags second. Merkle is called out. When the game is replayed on Oct. 8, the Cubs win, giving them the pennant by one game over the Giants.
75 YEARS AGO
In a Pacific Coast League game, Los Angeles Angel pitcher Doc Crandall is throwing a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth when, on a 1-and-2 count, Salt Lake City's Karl Crandall, Doc's brother, hits the ball between short and third for a base hit.
70 YEARS AGO
Insurance agent—and Detroit Tiger outfielder—Harry Heilmann, who beat Babe Ruth for the batting title by 10 points, sells Ruth a $50,000 life-insurance policy.
60 YEARS AGO
The American League, on a two-run homer by Babe Ruth, beats the National League 4-2 in the first All-Star Game, at Comiskey Park.
55 YEARS AGO
Four days after throwing a no-hitter against Boston, Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Vander Meer (below) hurls a second one, beating the Dodgers 6-0 in the first night game at Ebbets Field.
50 YEARS AGO
Their rosters ravaged by the war, teams advertise for players in The Spoiling News.
45 YEARS AGO
The Yankees retire Babe Ruth's number 3 in the Babe's final appearance at Yankee Stadium.
Pittsburgh outfielder Ralph Kiner hits a home run. It is the eighth straight Sunday on which he has done so.
The Washington Homestead Grays beat the Birmingham Black Barons in the last Negro leagues World Series.
40 YEARS AGO
Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are elected to the Hall of Fame. Bill Terry finishes third, followed by Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville, Dazzy Vance and Ted Lyons. In his first year of eligibility, Joe DiMaggio comes in eighth.
25 YEARS AGO
Oakland pitcher Cattish Hunter drives in all three runs as the A's beat the Twins 3-0. He also throws a perfect game.
20 YEARS AGO
New York Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich arrive at spring training and announce that they have swapped wives, children and dogs.
15 YEARS AGO
Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent hits the shot heard 'round New England: His three-run homer leads New York to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox in a one-game playoff for the American League East title.
10 YEARS AGO
With two outs in the ninth, Kansas City third baseman George Brett hits a two-run homer to give the Royals a 5-4 lead over the Yankees. But when New York manager Billy Martin points out that the pine tar on Brett's bat exceeds the 18 inches allowed by the rules, the umpires call Brett out and the Yankees are awarded the win. League president Lee McPhail then overrules the umpires. The game is resumed on Aug. 18, and 16 pitches later the Royals are 5-4 winners.
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