This Busy Day In Baseball History: August 7th
A little trip down Baseball’s memory lane – some of this day’s events in history that helped shape today’s National Pastime.
1902 – Boston’s Cy Young gives up 6 runs in the first inning and is lifted. He will go on to complete 41 of 43 starts the remainder of the year.
1907 – Washington Senators’ hurler Walter Johnson wins his first major league game. It is the first of 417 victories in a 21-year career.
1929 – Babe Ruth hits a grand slam for the second game in a row.
1943 - The Giants tie a National League record leaving 18 runners on base.
1950 - Three Chicago American Giants white players are barred by police from participating in a Negro American League doubleheader against the Birmingham Black Barons.
1956 - 57,000 at the Orange Bowl, the largest crowd ever to attend a minor league game, watch ageless 51-year old Satchel Paige hit a double and get the win as the Miami Marlins beat the Columbus Jets.
1963 – The Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax duels the Cubs’ Dick Ellsworth‚ a battle that ends in a 1-1 draw. Koufax is removed with one out in the 10th‚ while Ellsworth is replaced after the 10th.
1971 – Oakland’s Vida Blue becomes the first 20-game winner in the majors this season with a 1-0‚ 3-hitter against the White Sox. Joel Horlen balks in the game’s only run.
1974 – Against the White Sox, the Angels’ Nolan Ryan strikes out 13 and doesn’t allow a hit until a one-out‚ 9th inning single by Dick Allen. This is the first of 5 times that Ryan will take a no-hitter into the 9th‚ only to lose it.
1982 – Boston’s Jim Rice climbs into the Fenway Park stands from the dugout to assist a young boy who had just been hit in the head by a savage line drive foul ball. The Red Sox slugger’s quick response of picking up the four-year old boy and running through the dugout to a waiting ambulance is credited with possibly saving the child’s life.
1991 - Deion Sanders makes the transition from baseball to football‚ practicing with the Atlanta Falcons for the first time. Neon Deion hits .304 in 97 games with the Braves‚ and leads the majors with 14 triples.
1999 – One day after Tony Gwynn gets his 3000th hit, Wade Boggs homers for his 3000th hit. Boggs becomes the first to reach the milestone with a home run.
2001 - Braves right-hander Greg Maddux sets the NL record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk, pitching six innings and extending the record to 70 1-3 innings.
2002 – MLB players end their long-held opposition to mandatory drug testing by agreeing to be tested for illegal steroids beginning in 2003.
2003 - Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only players in major league history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs in each of his first three seasons.
2004 - Greg Maddux leads the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Giants for the 300th win of his career as he becomes the 22nd pitcher to reach that mark.
2007 - Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader with 756.
2010 - James Shields ties the major league record for home runs allowed in one game when he gives up six round-trippers to Toronto.