August 14: This Day In Baseball History
A few August 14th highlights and events from Major League Baseball’s past.
1932 – A 2-1 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds makes Brooklyn reliever John Quinn, 49, the oldest player to win a major league game.
1933 - Jimmie Foxx drives in 9 runs in the A’s 11-5 victory over the Indians, breaking an American League record.
1937 – The Tigers set a major league record, not broken until 2007, scoring 36 runs in a double header against the Browns.
1939 – The first night game is played at Comiskey Park – the White Sox defeat the visiting Browns 5-2.
1958 - Vic Power becomes the first player in 70 years to steal home twice in one game.
1960 - Mickey Mantle is booed by the fans at Yankee Stadium and benched by Casey Stengel for not running out a routine ground ball that results in an ‘ugly’ inning-ending double play. The Yanks lose Roger Maris to injury trying to break up the double play sliding into second.
1961 – The definition of futility. The Phillies drop their seventeenth consecutive game, this time to the Cubs. For the eleventh straight time, the opposing pitcher throws a complete game against the Phils.
1962 – Mets’ starter Al Jackson goes the distance in a 15-inning loss to Philadelphia. Jackson throws a whopping 215 pitches, allowing only 6 hits.
1971 – Ace Cardinal fireballer Bob Gibson no-hits the Pirates, 11-0.
1982 – The Phillies’ Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron to become the all-time leader in plate appearances with 12,365.
1987 – The A’s Mark McGwire hits his 39th home run to break the major league record for home runs by a rookie. McGwire will go on to finish the season with 49 homers, leading the American League.
1998 - The A’s Rickey Henderson, 39 years of age, becomes the oldest player to steal 50 bases in a season.
1999 - Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez steals his 20th base and becomes the first catcher in major league history with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season.
2006 – Atlanta’s Matt Diaz goes 4 for 5 in a victory over the Nationals, tying a National League record and establishing a club mark by collecting a hit in 10 consecutive at-bats.
2007 - Phil Rizzuto, the oldest-living Hall of Famer at 89, dies in his sleep at a New Jersey nursing home from complications of pneumonia. Rizzuto was enshrined at Cooperstown for his play at a shortstop during the Yankee dynasty years of the 1940’s and 50’s.
2008 - In the 6th inning of a 9-2 win over the Royals, the White Sox become the 6th team in MLB history to hit four consecutive home runs in an inning. Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe all go yard for the Sox.
2010 - Mike McClendon becomes the first rookie in Brewers’ history to retire the first nine batters he faces.