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Rickwood Field, the first concrete-and-steel ballpark in the minor leagues, opens in Birmingham with the hometown Barons scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth in their exciting 3-2 walk-off victory over Montgomery. The Alabamian landmark, which will become the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the country, is well attended by the citizens of the booming iron-and-steel town, often drawing standing-room-only crowds over 10,000 fans in the first decade of its existence.

1910       Rickwood Field, the first concrete-and-steel ballpark in the minor leagues, opens in Birmingham with the hometown Barons scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth in their exciting 3-2 walk-off victory over Montgomery. The Alabamian landmark, which will become the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the country, is well attended by the citizens of the booming iron-and-steel town, often drawing standing-room-only crowds over 10,000 fans in the first decade of its existence.

1913       In the top of the ninth inning at the Baker Bowl, the Cubs stroke nine straight hits, including six singles, two doubles, and a home run, off reliever Erskine Mayer. Chicago’s late offensive barrage produces six runs, helping the team coast to an easy 10-4 victory over the Phillies.

1915       Boston defeats the Cardinals in their debut at Braves Field, 3-1. The concrete and steel facility, which took only five months to construct, becomes the first ballpark to seat more than 40,000 fans.

1940       Jimmy Powers, the sports editor of the Sunday New York Daily News, causes a flap when he suggests the Yankees’ poor play this season can be attributed to “a mass polio epidemic” contracted from Lou Gehrig. The former Yankee first baseman and his roommate, Bill Dickey, filed suit, resulting in the newspaper apologizing and retracting its story at the end of next month.

1948       The Indians’ streak of not giving up a run is extended to 30 innings when Sam Zoldak tosses a nine-hit shutout against St. Louis. Cleveland right-fielder Allie Clark scores all of the Tribe’s runs in the 3-0 victory played at Cleveland Stadium.

1951       Hank Borowy, giving up five hits and walking four batters, becomes the first pitcher in major league history to surrender nine runs without recording an out when he appears in relief in the Tigers 20-9 loss to the Browns at Sportsman’s Park. In 2014, the Detroit right-hander dubious feat will be matched in an exhibition game when the nine batters White Sox starter Jose Quintana faces reach base and eventually score in the team’s 16-6 loss to the A’s at Camelback Ranch.

1956       In their 13-4 victory at Crosley Field, the Reds hit eight home runs (Bob Thurman [3], Ted Kluszewski [2], Frank Robinson [2], and Wally Post [1]) to tie a major league mark. The Braves add two more to set a National League mark for total homers for a nine-inning game.

1959       Longtime baseball executive Branch Rickey is named president of the newly formed Continental League. The 77-year-old former Dodger general manager is currently serving as an advisor with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1960       In a Midwest League contest, Bob Sprout throws a seven-inning no-hitter, striking out 22 batters as the Decatur Commodores defeat the Waterloo Hawks, 3-0. The 18-year-old minor league southpaw will pitch in just one big-league game, appearing with the Angels in 1961.

1960       Lew Burdette pitches a no-hitter, beating Gene Conley and the Phillies at County Stadium, 1-0. The Braves right-hander hits Tony Gonzalez with a one-out, fifth-inning pitch, preventing perfection, but still faces the minimum 27 batters by getting Lee Walls to ground into a double play.

1962       After the umpiring crew asks Indians’ starting pitcher Pedro Ramos to change his uniform, the right-hander complies by first changing his shirt, then returning to the Memorial Stadium locker room for a different jersey and hat. The request, prompted by the ump’s suspicion that the Cleveland right-hander may be doctoring the baseball, causes two delays in the game against Baltimore.

1965       Home plate umpire Chris Pelekoudas denies Braves outfielder Hank Aaron a homer calling him out after the ball lands on top of the pavilion at Sportsman’s Park. The arbitrator’s decision is influenced by Cardinal catcher Tim McCarver, who is jumping up and down, insisting the eventual home champion had stepped out of the batter’s box.

1967       A Jack Hamilton fastball shatters Tony Conigliaro’s left cheekbone. The 22-year-old Red Sox slugger will miss the rest of 1967 and all next year, never coming close to the Hall of Fame potential displayed during his first three seasons.

1972       After playing in 414 games and accumulating over 1500 career at-bats, Larry Bowa hits his first major league home run, an inside-the-park round-tripper at Veterans Stadium. It will take another two years before the 26-year-old shortstop, who will go deep only 15 times in his 16-year career, puts a ball over the fence for a homer.

1975       Ralph Kiner, who hit 369 home runs in his brief ten-year career, is inducted into the Hall of Fame after being named on 75.4% of the ballots cast by BBWAA. The slugger, best known for his playing days with Pirates, is joined by the Veterans Committee’s selection of Earl Averill, Bucky Harris, Billy Herman, and Negro League player ‘Judy’ Johnson.

1982       In the franchise’s second-longest game in terms of innings, the Cubs lose to the Dodgers, 2-1. The six-hour and 10-minute Wrigley Field contest played over two days takes a Dusty Baker sacrifice fly that plates Steve Sax and 21 innings to complete.

1982       At the Astrodome, Pete Rose becomes the all-time leader in plate appearances when he steps up to the plate for the 13,941st time. The Phillies’ first baseman surpasses Cardinal legend Stan Musial, who had established the mark in 1963.

1989       With his third-inning single off Jim Clancy, Jerome Walton extends his consecutive-game hitting streak to 28 games in a 6-5 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. The 24-year-old freshman outfielder ties a modern Cubs’ record established by Ron Santo in 1966.

1989       Bucky Dent replaces Dallas Green (5th place, 56-65) as the Yankee manager. The turnover marks the 17th time the team has changed skippers during George Steinbrenner’s 17-year tenure as the club’s owner.

1989       The Orioles’ Cal Ripken passes Steve Garvey, the National League leader, for the third-longest major league consecutive-game streak when he plays in his 1,208th straight contest, an 11-6 victory over the Blue Jays at Memorial Stadium. The 28-year-old shortstop trails only Everett Scott (1,307 games – Red Sox, 1916-25) and Lou Gehrig (2,130 games – Yankees, 1925-1939).

1995       Despite a Braves’ rally in the ninth, right-handed reliever Tom Henke, issuing three walks and a hit, records his 300th career save when the Cardinals edge Atlanta at Busch Stadium, 4-3. The 37-year-old Kansas City native, earning his 25th save of the season, becomes the seventh pitcher in major league history to reach this milestone.

1996       After arriving at the ballpark feeling ill, Padres’ third baseman Ken Caminiti, refusing to be taken out of the lineup, goes on to hit two home runs and drives in four runs in the team’s 8–0 win over the Mets at Mexico’s Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey. The eventual National League MVP, a food poisoning and dehydration victim, recovers when he receives two liters of fluids and eats a Snickers bar before the game starts.

1998       Braves right-hander Greg Maddux wins his 200th career game, beating the Giants at Turner Field, 8-4, in a contest where all of Atlanta’s nine hits are doubles. The 33-year-old All-Star hurler will finish his 23-year Hall of Fame career with a 355-227 (.610) won-loss record.

2000       After beating out a potential double-play ball to prolong a five-run ninth-inning rally, which ties the game, Angel flycatcher Darin Erstad makes a 10th inning game-saving catch and follows it with a game-winning homer in the 11th to beat the Yankees, 9-8.

2000       Tim Salmon becomes the franchise leader in home runs with his fourth-inning solo shot off Roger Clemens in the Angels’ eventual 9-8 extra-inning victory over New York at Yankee Stadium. The Anaheim DH’s 223rd career round-tripper surpasses the total of Brian Downing, who had established the Halo mark in 1990.

2002       In a pregame ceremony, Tommie Agee is inducted posthumously into the Mets Hall of Fame. The Mets’ center fielder, best remembered for his two great catches in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series, played five seasons for the team, beginning in 1968.

2004       The Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers) edge the Tri-City Dust Devils (Colorado Rockies) 2-1 in 23 innings. The six-hour and 37 minute Northwest League game was scoreless for 19 innings and then suspended in a 1-1 tie in the 21st inning the previous night.

2006       Alfonso Soriano becomes the third player in big-league history to compile four seasons of 30 homers and 30 stolen bases. With his second-inning swipe of second base in a 6-4 victory over the Phillies, the Nationals outfielder joins Barry and Bobby Bonds in accomplishing the feat for the fourth time.

2006       At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the nightcap to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep. The 14-11 slugfest, in which the Al East Division rivals bang out a total of 34 hits, takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to play, making it the longest nine-inning game in big-league history. A team scores in nine of the 18 half-innings.

2006       Mike Lieberthal passes Red Dooin, who caught 1,124 games from 1902-14, to become the Phillies’ all-time leader as a catcher. The former backstop, credited as the first major leaguer to wear shinguards (1906), tried but failed in 1914 as the team’s player-manager to convince owner William Barker to buy three promising players from Baltimore’s International League franchise, which included a pitcher named Babe Ruth.

2006       Jered Weaver, blanking the Mariners for seven innings at Angel Stadium, joins Whitey Ford (Yankees, 1950) to become only the second American League rookie to begin a career with nine straight victories as a starter. The 23xyear-old Angel hurler will need to win his next four games to match the mark established by Hooks Wiltse, who started his freshman season in 1904 with 13 consecutive wins.

2006       Before the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Yankees, reality TV show host and future U.S. president Donald Trump throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park. During his four years in office, the 45th Commander-in-Chief will decline the Nationals’ invitation to throw out the Opening Day CFP, a tradition every President has participated in since William Taft’s toss in 1910, except for Jimmy Carter, who threw one before Game 7 of the 1979 World Series.

2007       Micah Owings, with two home runs, a double, and a single, compiles 11 total bases in the Diamondbacks’ 12-6 victory over the Braves, the most for a hurler since Braves right-hander Jim Tobin had 12 with his three homers in 1942. In addition to driving in six runs and scoring four times, the Arizona rookie tosses seven innings of three-hit ball to win his sixth game of the season.

2010       The front-running Braves acquire slugger Derrek Lee from the Cubs for three minor league pitchers. As a ten-year veteran, who had played at least five years with the same team, the 34-year-old first baseman rejected a trade to the Angels last month because he thought LA had too much of a deficit to make up in the AL West race.

2011       Mike Jacobs becomes the first professional baseball player suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone. The 30-year-old Rockies minor league first baseman, a former player for the Mets, Marlins, and Royals, receives a 50-game suspension for using HGH.

2012       Adam Dunn becomes the 50th major leaguer to hit 400 career runs when he goes deep in the eighth inning with a two-run blast off Tim Collins in a White Sox loss to Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The 32-year-old Chicago first baseman joins Paul Konerko in reaching the milestone this season, making them the first teammates in baseball history to hit their 400th round-tripper in the same year playing for the same team.

2015       The Red Sox hire Dave Dombrowski, who was replaced as the president and general manager of the Tigers earlier this month, to run the organization’s baseball operations. After leading Boston to the World Series two seasons ago, Ben Cherington declines to continue as the GM of the last-place team but will assist during the club’s transition.

2017       Orioles third baseman Manny Machado goes deep three times, including a walk-off grand slam off Keynan Middleton in the team’s 9 -7 victory over the Angels. The 25-year-old infielder’s trio of round-trippers accounts for seven RBIs and three runs in the Camden Yards contest.

2021       First baseman Freddie Freeman becomes the seventh player in franchise history to hit for the cycle and the first to do so more than once in a Braves’ uniform when he connects for a two-run home run in the top of the sixth at Miami’s loanDepot Park. The 2020 National League Most Valuable Player also doubled in the first inning, tripled in the fourth, and singled in the fifth in the team’s 11-9 win over the Marlins.








Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs Chicago White Sox (2)

The 1950’s had witnessed many changes throughout Major League baseball and as the game prepared to move into the ’60’s many had hoped that they would even the chances for parity across both leagues. The New York Yankees had dominated the entire decade, appearing in eight out of the last ten World Series. As a result, the Office of the Commissioner had unsuccessfully attempted to limit the “dynasty syndrome” and tired predictability of the postseason. First the league underwent its first alignment switch in fifty years in ’53 with the transfer of the Boston Braves to Milwaukee. Then the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in ’54 followed by the shifting of the Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City in ’55. The biggest move however took place in ’58, when the Brooklyn Dodger’s moved to Los Angeles and their cross-town rival Giants left for San Francisco leaving the Yankees as the only remaining ball club in America’s biggest city.

The California fans were eager for the arrival of their new franchises, especially Los Angeles, where the Dodgers were riding high after winning four National League pennants in six years. However, the newly penned “west coast rookies” crashed and burned their debut season, finishing two games out of last place. After some adjustment and changes in the clubhouse, the former “Bums from Brooklyn” rebounded for their seventh flag in thirteen years rising to the top of the National League in ’59. In doing so they had also dethroned the two-time defending National League champs by beating the Milwaukee Braves in two consecutive games in a best-of-three playoff after the clubs finished in a first-place tie with 86-68 records. 1959 also saw the long-time return of the Chicago White Sox to the Fall Classic. The American League champs had not made a post-season appearance in four decades after the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal. Regardless, this year’s effort was forty years coming and promised to be a legit outing.

Game 1 featured a standout effort from Chicago’s Luis Aparicio who contributed at the plate (and around the bases) while pitchers Early Wynn (seven-plus innings) and Gerry Staley who took care of business the mound. Ted Kluszewski, (a late-August acquisition who hit forty or more home runs in a National League season three times) drove in five runs with a pair of two-run homers and a run-scoring single as Chicago embarrassed Los Angeles, 11-0.

In Game 2, Chicago right-hander Bob Shaw was guarding a 2-1 lead with two out in the seventh when Dodgers Manager Walter Alston sent up Chuck Essegian to bat for Johnny Podres (who had clinched Brooklyn’s previous title in ’55, but missed the entire ’56 season due to military service.) Essegian came up clutch and launched a game-tying blast to left field. Jim Gilliam followed with a walk and Charlie Neal kept pace with a two-run homer to center. Larry Sherry (a twenty-four year old right-hander) was then called in to finish the final three innings and responded by holding the Sox to one run and three hits. The victory had sparked the National League champs as they eagerly returned to their new home for Game 3.

When the Dodgers last played at home in a World Series game it was in the cramped settings of Ebbets Field in front of 33,782 fans. This year they were sprawled out in the spacious Memorial Coliseum with an attendance of 92,394. In the “decade of change” it was no surprise that the line-up had also been modified significantly over the four year span. Roy Campanella, a ’56 Series standout was now in a wheelchair after a 1958 automobile accident. In addition, Pee Wee Reese was now the team’s coach and Don Newcombe, who had led the Dodger’s rotation, was now in Cincinnati pitching for the Reds. Both teams remained in a deadlock for seven innings until Carl Furillo broke through with a two run single for a 3-1 win that also debuted the postseason pitching of a young Don Drysdale. Things remained quite the same for Game 4 as Los Angeles managed once again to break another tie late in the eighth for a 5-4 victory.

Anticipating ending the Series at home, the Dodgers introduced another up-and-coming talent from their young rotation, a twenty-three year old named Sandy Koufax. He was chosen to face Bob Shaw who had an 18-6 record during the regular season. The young lefty had not yet matured into the hall of famer that we know today and had compiled an unspectacular 28-27 record. Shaw, getting 1 2/3 innings of crucial help from reliever Dick Donovan, managed a 1-0 win in a game where the only run was scored on a double-play grounder (Lollar, in the fourth). The score would have been higher if not for a great defensive play from the Sox’s Jim Rivera in the seventh. Inserted into the game just minutes earlier, the reserve right fielder made an outstanding running catch of Charlie Neal’s two out blast that carried near the fence in center, with runners at both second and third.

Still alive (and at Comisky Park) for Game 6, Chicago planned to force a Game 7, but unfortunately, the Dodger’s had other plans for the home team. Duke Snider led the charge with a two run homer off of Early Wynn in the third and Wally Moon added a two run shot off of Donovan in the fourth. While starter Podres failed to be the pitcher of record this time around in the Dodgers’ Series-clinching victory (lasting only 3 1/3 innings and surrendering a three run homer), Larry Sherry came through once more in relief. Pitching 5 2/3 innings of four hit baseball, he tallied his second victory of the contest. The Dodgers won the game (and the Series) 9-3, with Essegian “icing the cake” in the ninth with an unprecedented second pinch-hit homerun.

In the end, Chicago may have finished with Ted Kluszewski putting up record setting numbers (10 RBIs and a Series high .375 average), but the Dodgers went home with something a little more important than big numbers.



The 1968 game represented a new era of baseball as it was the first All-Star game ever to be played in an indoor arena on artificial turf. Many fans disapproved of the league’s selection and felt that it ruined the ambience of the Midsummer Classic. Whether or not the surroundings had an effect on the players is debatable, but the game resulted in the first 1-0 outcome in the series.

Willie Mays led off the bottom of the first by grounding a single to left off of Luis Tiant. A pickoff attempt by Tiant got past first baseman Harmon Killebrew and sent Mays to second. Then it got worse as he delivered a wild pitch to Curt Flood, moving Mays to third. With runners on first and third and still none out, Tiant induced Willie McCovey to ground into a double play and Mays scored.

The closest the American League came to scoring was in the seventh when Tony Oliva hit one off the left-field fence that just missed being a home run. He settled for a double and the American League eventually settled for its sixth straight loss.


Charles Albert Bender
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1953
Primary team: Philadelphia Athletics
Primary position: Pitcher

The winningest manager in baseball history saw his share of outstanding big-game pitchers. But when Connie Mack had everything on the line, Charles Albert Bender was his guy.

“If everything depended on one game, I just used Albert – the greatest money pitcher of all time,” said Mack of Charles Albert Bender, a full-blooded Ojibwa Indian often called “Chief” who pitched for Mack for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1903-14. “I’d tell Albert when I planned to use him in a crucial series. Then I relaxed. He never let me down.”

Born Charles Albert Bender on May 5, 1884 in Crow Wing County, Minn., Bender prepped at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. While pitching indoor batting practice at the age of 16, he caught the eye of Glenn “Pop” Warner, an innovative coach in the young sport of football. Warner was also Carlisle’s baseball coach – and upon witnessing Bender’s talent immediately assigned the lanky right-hander to the varsity squad.

In 1902 while playing for a semi-pro team down the road from Carlisle in Harrisburg, Pa., Bender caught Mack’s eye after beating the Chicago Cubs in an exhibition game. By 1903, Bender was in the major leagues.

As a 19-year-old rookie, Bender went 17-14 with 29 complete games and a 3.07 earned-run average. Two years later, Bender was 18-11 with the pennant-winning A’s, capturing Philadelphia’s only victory in that year’s World Series while losing his other start in the Fall Classic to Christy Mathewson.

Bender continued to improve over the next few years, peaking in 1910 with a 23-5 record and 1.58 ERA – the eighth season in a row where he lowered his ERA from the previous campaign. The A’s won the World Series in 1910, 1911 and 1913, with Bender winning five of his seven Fall Classic starts in that stretch.

In 1914, Bender went 17-3 – leading the AL in winning percentage for the third time in five seasons. But the A’s lost to the Boston Braves in that World Series, and soon after Mack dismantled his dynasty in the face of surging salaries brought on by competition with the new Federal League.

Bender jumped to the Baltimore Terrapins of the FL in 1915, but went 4-16 with a 3.99 ERA. He returned to Philadelphia to pitch for the Phillies in 1916 and 1917, then made his last big league appearance in 1925 with the White Sox.

Bender retired with a career record of 212-127, good for a .625 winning percentage.

Bender was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953. He passed away on May 22, 1954.


August 18, 1981 – University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker takes out a $1 million insurance policy through Lloyd’s of London, for compensation in the event he would get injured prior to a big pay day as a professional. The great rusher would eventually start his career in the USFL before later playing in the NFL.

August 18, 1986 – Former USFL and University of Miami star quarterback, Jim Kelly signs a five-year NFL contract with the Buffalo Bills for $75 million. Kelly would end up leading the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances.

August 18, 1987 – Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell formerly of the Houston Oilers announced his retirement. The Tyler Rose played his college ball at the University of Texas.

August 18, 1989 – Arena Bowl III is played as the Detroit Drive knocks off the Pittsburgh Gladiators 39-26 at Detroit’s home track, Joe Louis Arena.

Hall of Fame Birthdays

August 18, 1890 – Everett Bacon was a quarterback from Wesleyan College that became enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966. Bacon was voted as an All-American after the 1910 and 1912 seasons. He was also a star athlete on the baseball diamond, basketball court and excelled at tennis and golf too! Starting in 1936 Wesleyan has awarded the C. Everett Bacon Award to the school’s Most Valuable Football Player.

August 18, 1943 – Cosmo Iacavazzi was a fullback from Princeton who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Though he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1965 NFL Draft, Cosmo ended up playing in the AFL for the New York Jets for two games. He later played in the Atlantic Coast Football League for the Scranton Miners and the Seattle Rangers of the Continental Football League.

August 18, 1946 – Bob Johnson was a center from the University of Tennessee who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. He was voted as an All-American in both 1966 and 1967 for the Vols. He was also an Academic All-American in 1967. Johnson went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals both the in AFL and the NFL and in fact he was the second overall draft pick in the 1967 AFL Draft. At the time of this writing his number 54 jersey is the only Bengal number to be retired.

August 18, 1951 – Greg Pruitt was a running back from Oklahoma who entered the College Football hall of Fame as part of the induction class of 1999. Pruitt played in the NFL for 11 seasons most notably with the Cleveland Browns but also with the LA Raiders. He was selected to 5 Pro Bowls during his career. In Cleveland he made quite the one two punch with another Pruitt in the backfield, Mike, no relation.


August 18, 1941 – Garfield, Georgia – Former Ohio State running back Matt Snell was born. Snell was selected as the third overall pick by the New York Jets in the 1964 AFL Draft as well as being taken 49th overall by the New York Giants in the 1964 NFL Draft. He chose the Jets offer and played his entire career with the franchise. says that for his career Matt posted 1,057 carries for 4,285 yards and 24 TDs; 193 receptions for 1,375 yards and seven touchdowns. Snell was a three-time AFL All-Star (1964, 1966, 1969). He was instrumental in the Jets’ ball control game plan that helped them win Super Bowl III.

August 18, 1968 – Fort Polk, Pennsylvania – Return specialist Brian Mitchell the former player at Louisiana-Lafayette from 1986-89 arrived into this life. Mr. Mitchell according to was selected as the 130th overall player taken in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He also played with the Eagles and Giants. His amazing career saw him record 463 punt returns for 4,999 yards and nine touchdowns, 607 kick returns for 14,014 yards and four touchdowns; 388 carries for 1,967 yards and 12 touchdowns, and 255 receptions for 2,336 yards and four touchdowns.

August 18, 1980 – Ada, Oklahoma – Former University of Miami Florida tight end Jeremy Shockey was born. Shockey was selected as the 14th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He also spent time with the Saints and the Panthers organizations as he caught 547 receptions for 6,143 yards and 37 touchdowns per