September 12: This Day In Baseball History
Some interesting things you might know, and some you may not, that occurred on September 12 throughout Major League Baseball history.
1900 - The Reds commit 17 errors in a doubleheader at Brooklyn, the most errors in one day by any team in the 20th century. They lose both games – surprise!
1911 - Boston’s Cy Young and the Giants’ Christy Mathewson face each other before Boston’s largest crowd of the year. Young gives up 3 homers and 9 runs in less than 3 innings. After pitching just 2 innings, but with a 9-0 lead, Mathewson is pulled from the game, being rested for a tight pennant race. This is the only time the 2 pitching legends ever face each other.
1930 - Brooklyn catcher Al Lopez hits a ball that bounces over the outfielder’s head and into the stands, recording the major leagues’ last bounce home run. The NL, following the AL’s example of the previous year, will change such a hit to a double after the 1930 season.
1947 – Pirates’ outfielder Ralph Kiner hits his record 8th HR in 4 games, exceeding the 7 in 4 games hit by Tony Lazzeri in 1936. Kiner has now hit 20 home runs in the past 30 days-from August 14 through today-to set a record that will be tied by Roger Maris in 1961 and broken by Sammy Sosa in 1998.
1953 - Carl Erskine defeats the Braves 5-2‚ as The Dodgers clinch the pennant earlier than any other NL team in history.
1955 - The Giants’ Johnny Antonelli collects four hits against the Braves (two singles‚ a double and a home run), drives in four runs AND pitches a complete game 9-1 win.
1962 – Twenty-seven year old Senator fireballer Tom Cheney sets a major league mark for K’s in a single game by striking out 21 batters in a complete-game 16 inning, 2-1 victory over the Orioles.
1979 - Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski singles for his 3‚000th career hit. Yaz becomes the first AL player to collect both 3‚000 hits and 400 HRs.
1984 - Dwight Gooden breaks the season strikeout record for a rookie. By whiffing 16 Pirates, Doc’s total of 251 is six more than Herb Score’s 1955 mark.
1987 - Passing Boog Powell, Eddie Murray becomes the Orioles all-time home run leader hitting his 304th at Fenway Park. Cal Ripken will move past his buddy for first-place honors hitting his 334th four-bagger in 1996.
1991 - Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan wins his 10th game‚ becoming just the second pitcher ever to record double digit wins in 20 different seasons. Don Sutton did it 21 seasons.
1993 - Paul Molitor drives in his 100th run of the year and becomes the oldest player in ML history to post his 1st 100-RBI season.
1996 - Mariners’ Alex Rodriguez sets a major league shortstop record for with his 88th extra base hit.
1998 - Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa becomes the 4th ML player to hit 60 home runs in a season, joining Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and Mark McGwire.
2000 – Dodger Dave Hansen’s sets the ML record hitting his 7th pinch-hit home run of the season.
2004 - The Orioles set an AL record by using 10 pitchers in a loss to the Yankees.
2006 – A Mets victory over the Marlins officially eliminates the Braves from the NL East race, ending Atlanta’s incredible streak of 14 straight division championships.
2008 - The Marlins become the 1st team in ML history to have four infielders hit 25 home runs – 3rd baseman Jorge Cantu, 1st baseman Mike Jacobs, 2nd baseman Dan Uggla and SS Hanley Ramirez.