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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gold Glove Winner Kevin Kiermaier Highlights

The Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermairer has won two gold glove awards in brief Major League career (2015, 2015) along with being awarded the 2015 Platinum Glove Award.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New York Yankees Catcher Elston Howard

Elston "Ellie" Howard was one of the best catchers in storied history of the New York Yankees. Following in the footsteps of a the great Yogi Berra. In his career with the Yankees, he would be on four World Series champion teams. His career started in the Negro Leagues with the famed Kansas City Monarchs under Buck O'Neill.  Where he would be the roommate of a future member of the baseball Hall of Fame, a kid named Ernie Banks. In 1950, he was signed by the New York Yankees. Howard was signed as an outfielder, and it wasn't until the spring training of 1954.

In 1955, he made his debut with the Yankees.  He would spend his first three seasons playing between outfield, and serving as the backup catcher. In his first season, he hit .290/.336/.477 slash line with 10 home runs, with 43 RBI, in 305 plate appearances. On April 14, 1955, he became the first black player to wear the uniform of the New York Yankees. 

During the course of his career, he was a 12 time all-star in as a member of the New York Yankees. 1963 was his best season, he hit 28 home runs with 85 RBI, and a slash line of .287/.342/.528. He would be named Most Valuable Player in the American League, and becoming the first black player to win the award in the junior circuit. He also was the Gold Glove award winner that season, and would capture the award again in 1964. 

He finished his playing career with the Boston Red Sox. After his playing days, he would return to the Yankees as a coach for two seasons, and being a part of the staff on the World Series champions in 1977 and 1978. Tragically Howard would die at the young age of 51 of heart failure after being diagnosed with myocarditis. His #32 was retired by the Yankees. 

The Alou Brothers

They were three brothers that all escaped poverty in the Dominican Republic, and were each signed by the San Francisco Giants.  The Alou brothers were the first set of three siblings to play in the outfield together on September 15, 1963. They were also the first set of three siblings to bat in the same half inning only 5 days earlier. They never started a game together in the outfield.
Jesus Rojas Alou at the time of his signing the Giants considered him the best prospect of the three brothers. The Giants signed him for $4,000. July 10, 1964 was the best game of his career going 6 for 6 with a home run and five singles. He never developed the power the Giants expected. He had a career high of 9 home runs in  1965. 1970 with the Houston Astros was his best offensive season slashing .306/.335/.384, but with only one home run his was traded to the Oakland Athletics. In Oakland, he would be part of the 1973-1974 Oakland A's World Series Champions. Always a solid outfielder, he had a long career with 15 seasons in the Major Leagues.
Mateo "Matty" Rojas Alou made his Major League debut for the Giants on September 26, 1960.  His career was wasting away in San Francisco as platoon player. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and under the instruction of Harry "The Hat" Walker his career was revived. In his first season with the Pirates in 1966, he won the National League batting title hitting .342/.373/.421. It was the start of a four-year stretch where he hit .330 or above. He was a National League all-star in 1968-1969. He was also a member of the 1972 Oakland A's World Series Champions. He closed out his career with the Cardinals, Yankees, Padres, and a three-year stint in Nippon Professional Baseball.
Felipe Rojas Alou signed with the Giants in 1955 for$200. When he made his debut in 1958, it would be the start of a 17-year career in Major League Baseball. It wasn't until 1961 that he started to get enough playing time for his power to blossom. He hit 18 home runs that season, he would hit 25 and 20 respectively before being traded to the Milwaukee Braves. In 1966, he enjoyed the best season of his career hitting 31 home runs with 74 RBI. He topped the National League in runs scored (122), hits (218), and had the best slash line of his career .327/.361/.533/.894. 1968, he again led the NL in hits with 210 hits, but at 33 his power was tapering off at a rapid rate. He would bounce between the Oakland A's, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, and Milwaukee Brewers to close out his career. He was 3-times all-star (62, 66, and 68). He served as manager of the Montreal Expos from 1992-2001, and was National League Manager of the Year in 1994. He also managed the San Francisco Giants from 2003-2006. In 2015 he was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and 2016, Alou was elected to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame.

Monday, November 21, 2016

.The Cleveland Indians Sudden Sam McDowell

Sam McDowell was 6-5 southpaw with a nice easy motion when he delivered the ball to plate gave rise to the nickname Sudden Sam. McDowell broke in with the Cleveland Indians as an 18-year old. When in his only appearance he walked five, and fanned 5 hitters in a 6.1 innings of work. It was an omen of things to come for McDowell.  in 1962 & 1963, he struggled to find his spot on the pitching staff. 
1964 was to be McDowell's break out season. He finish with a won-loss record of 11-6 with an ERA of 2.70, he walked 100 batter, while striking out 177, in 173.1 innings of work.  In 1965, he would go 17-11 with a league leading ERA of 2.18. He would lead the league in strike outs with 325, walks 132, and 17 wild pitches. Effectively wild?  Five of the next six seasons he would lead the American League in strikes outs.  Five of the next seven seasons, he would lead the league in walks.  1970 would be his only 20 win season of his career, and after that season his numbers began to tail off. 
After the 1971 season he was traded to the San Francisco Giants where he won 10 games in 1972. McDowell would make stops at the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates before calling it a career. He was six time American League all-star (1965, 1966, 1968-1971).  His won loss record was 141-134 with an ERA of 3.17, and finished with 2,453 strike outs.

Remembering Gil Hodges

It is a mystery to many why Gil Hodges isn't in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hodges was key member of the great Brooklyn Dodger teams of the late 1940's and 1950's. He hit 20 or more home runs in 11 consecutive seasons for the Dodgers, including six seasons of 30 or more home runs.
Hodges made his Major League debut at 19 in 1943, but he would miss the 1944-1945 due to military service in World War II, and didn't make it back to Brooklyn until 1947. 1949 was his break out season, when Hodges hit 23 home runs and knocked in 115 runs.  His slash line was .285/.360/.453.  He would drive in over 100 runs in seven consecutive seasons.  He wasn't just a slugger, but also considered to be one of the best defensive first basemen in the game during his career. 1957-1959, he was award the Gold Glove. On August 31, 1950, he would hit four home runs in one game against the Boston Braves. He would play his last two seasons with the hapless New York Mets. After his playing career was over he managed the Washington Senators and New York Mets. He died while playing golf at the age of 47 on April 2, 1972.
Hodges was an eight-time all-star, he part of two World Series champions. The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, and the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1969, he would manage the Amazing Mets to the World Series championship. During his career he hit 370 home runs with 1,274 RBI. His #14 has been retired by the New York Mets, and he is a member of the New York Mets Hall of Fame.

St. Louis Cardinal Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer was only the second third baseman to cross the 250 home runs mark (Pie Traynor was the other at the time). He was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949, and made his major league debut in 1955.  He would hit 18 home runs and knock in 62 runs in his rookie campaign, and would solidify the third base position for the Cardinals for 10 of the next 11 seasons (In 1957, he played centerfield).
From 1958-1964, he would hit over twenty home runs. Seven time he would drive in 90 or more runs in a season. Including a league leading 119 in 1964.  He would finish his career with 282 home runs and 1,141 RBI. He was the 1964 National League Most Valuable Player.  Boyer was a National League All-Star eleven times, was a member of the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. He was a five-times Gold Glove winner.
In October 1965, St. Louis traded him to the New York Mets, where played until be traded to the Chicago White Sox. Boyer signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in May of 1968 after being released by the White Sox. Boyer would retire after the 1969 season. He managed the St. Louis Cardinals 1978-1980. Tragically, he would die from cancer at the age of 51, and the St. Louis Cardinals retired his #14. He is also a member of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, but didn't get enough support for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Detroit Tigers Mickey Lolich

In the 1968 World Series southpaw Mickey Lolich registered three complete game wins, and walked away with the MVP trophy. He sparked the Tigers to comeback from a 3 games to 1 deficit to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.  He his three complete game victories haven't been matched in World Series play since. It wasn't until 2001, when another southpaw Randy Johnson would get three World Series wins. In game two of the World Series (8-1 Tiger win), he would hit the only home run of his career.
Lolich would sign with the Detroit Tigers out of high school and toiled in their farm system for five seasons until making his major league debut in the fifth season in 1963, when he went 5-9 splitting time between being a starter and reliever. It all changed in when he had a won-loss record of 18-9, tossed six shutouts finished with an ERA of 3.26.  Lolich would be a consistent starter for the Tigers, he won 14 or more games in 11 consecutive seasons.  From 1969 through 1974, Lolich would strike out 200 or more in six consecutive seasons. His best season would be in 1971, when he would lead MLB with 25 wins, 308 strike outs, 45 starts, 29 complete games, 376 innings pitched. He was an American League all-star three times in 1969, and 1971-1972. He would follow up the 1971 with 22 wins in 1972, and sending the Tigers into postseason as the American League East champions.
Lolich would be traded after the 1975 season to the New York Mets. He went 8-13 with a 3.22 ERA, and retired at the end of the season. After sitting out the 1977 season, he signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres pitching two seasons making only seven starts in 47 appearances. 
He retired with a career won-loss record of 217-191 with an ERA of 3.44, and 2,832 strike outs. 

The Baltimore Orioles Boog Powell

Boog Powell has a storied career for the Baltimore Orioles. He made his debut as a 19 year-old appearing four games in 1961, and in his first full season in 1962, he clubbed 15 home runs, a glimpse of the power that was to come for the slugger. He started off playing both leftfield, and first base. By 1966, when the Orioles won the World Series, he was the every day first baseman. At 6-4, 230 pounds Powell was an intimidating presence in the batters box.
Powell would hit 20 or more home runs in 9 seasons, and in four of those season, he would hit 30 or more. No easy feat with most of his early career when pitching dominated Major League Baseball. He hit 25 home runs with 82 RBI in 1963, and he followed it up with 39 home runs and 99 RBI, and end that season with a line of .290/.366/.606. 
The Orioles would sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966 in the World Series, and in that season Powell had his best to date, hitting 34 home runs and 109 RBI. He put together another good line .287/.372/.532. The Orioles dominated the American League, and the American League Eastern division beginning in 1969. The Orioles won the World Series in 1966 and 1970. 1969 and 1971, the Orioles won the American League pennant.  Powell hit 37 home runs with 121 RBI in 1969, followed by 1970 season 35 home runs with 114 RBI.  It would be the last time he would hit over 30 home runs in a season, and have over 100 RBI.
Earl Weaver's use of a platoon system started costing Powell playing time during the 1973-1974 seasons. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians, where in 1975, he responded with a 27 home runs and 86 RBI, and line of .297/.377/.524. He would play one more season in Cleveland. His number dropped dramatically. In 1977, his final season, he ended his career with the Los Dodgers used as a pinch-hitter.
He finished his career with .339 home runs with 1,187 RBI with a slash line of .266/.361/.462. Powell was an American League all-star from 1968-1971. He was the American League Most Valuable Player, and he is a member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.

The Controversial Dick Allen

Dick Allen's rookie season gave Philadelphia fans their first glimpse of power that they hadn't seen since Jimmy Foxx or Chuck Klein. Phillies scout John Ogden stated in an article in the Philadelphia Bulletin on June 1, 1969, that Dick Allen was the only player saw hit the ball as hard as Babe Ruth. Allen would be the National League Rookie of the Year in 1964. He hit 29 home runs with 91 RBI with a slash line of .318/.382/.557. He led the league in with 13 triples, and striking out 138 times. It would be the first of the 9 straight seasons with 20 plus home runs.
In the racially charged 1960's Allen became a source of controversy. He was known as Dick most of his life, but the local media referred to him as Richie, a name Allen felt belonged to a boy, and not a man. He was involved in an incident with teammate Frank Thomas when Thomas hit Allen with a bat. The incident was covered up by the team with threats of fines iif the players spoke of the incident. Thomas was released the next day. He started wearing a battling helmet in field field as he was often showered with thrown objects and racial slurs in his home park in Philadelphia. Allen missed a double header in 1969 when he couldn't get to the ballpark being stuck in traffic. He had spent the day at a race track causing him to be suspended. 
Controversy seemed to follow Allen. Before the 1970 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Curt Flood. Flood refused to report, and sued baseball attempting to overthrow the reserve clause. The Cardinals would send first baseman Willie Montanez to the Phillies as compensation. Montanez would end up breaking Allen's rookie record for home runs by hitting 30 in 1971.  In St. Louis, he would hit 34 home runs with 101 RBI and slash .279/.377/. 560 Allen spent only one season in St. Louis before being traded to the Los Angeles. His numbers dropped for the Dodgers, by Allen's standards anyway. He hit 23 home runs with 90 RBI with a line of 295/.395/.468. He was traded after the 1971 season to the Chicago White Sox.
Chuck Tanner was the manager of the White Sox at the time, and decided to not move Allen around. Various teams had played him at third base, first base, and outfield. Some feel this contributed to his perceived poor defense, and rash of injuries he had suffered over the years. He rewarded Tanner by leading the American League in home runs (37), RBI (113), on base percentage (.420), slugging percentage (.603) and an outstanding 1.023 OPS.  He was named American League Most Valuable Player.  A fractured fibula cut short his 1973 season, where he had only 288 plate appearances.  1974 would be the last of the great seasons for Allen. He hit 32 home runs with 88 RBI, his slash line of .301/.375/.563, he slugging percentage led the American League. He feuded with Ron Santo (in his only season with the White Sox) and left the team two weeks before the end of the season.
Allen's contract was sold to the Atlanta Braves for $5,000, he refused to report and retired from the game. The Phillies talked him out of retirement, and we spend two seasons a shadow of his former self, and close out his career with the Oakland A's in 1977. 
Allen's career numbers of .292 batting average 351 home runs, and 1,119 RBI make him one of the most prolific hitters in the game that isn't in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He missed (along with Tony Olivia of the Minnesota Twins) being selected for the Hall of Fame by one vote in 2014  by the Golden Era Committee,  which votes every three years.

The Baltimore Orioles Dave McNally

Dave McNally is now remembered as being part of the 1975 Seitz decision, which ushered in the free agent era, but from 1968-1971, he was one of those most dominating pitchers in baseball. He won 20 games or more in each of the four seasons. Including the best season of his career in 1970, when he led American League in wins with 24, and had a 3.22 ERA in 40 starts.
He made his debut as a 19 year-old with the Baltimore Orioles in 1962.  In 1963, he would become a starter for the Orioles, and would pitch for them for 13 seasons. He would finish with 181 wins and 113 losses as a Baltimore Oriole. He was 184-119 with a career ERA of 3.24. At one point between the end of the 1968 season, and a 15-0 start to the 1969 season winning 17 straight decisions.
He pitched for the 1966 and 1970 World Series champion Baltimore Orioles.  In game 3, of the 1970 World Series, McNally became the only pitcher in Major League history to hit a grand slam in a World Series game.  The Orioles would also win the American League pennant in 1969, and 1971.
McNally was a 3 time all-star in 1969, 1970, and 1972.  In 1971, he was part of the Orioles staff that produced four twenty game winners (Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson and Jim Palmer were the other three). McNally would die from lung cancer on December 1, 2002.

The Toy Cannon: Jimmy Wynn

The Toy Cannon hit this shot over the 58 foot scoreboard at Crosely Field with the ball bouncing onto Interstate 75.  It occurred in the 8th inning on June 10, 1967, only five days later he would become the first Houston Astro to hit three home runs in one game. He would go on to hit total 37 home runs with 107 RBI in 1967, losing the home run crown in the last few games of the season to Hank Aaron of the Braves, who would finish with 39.
Wynn's first two trips  to the major leagues were unremarkable. He hit only nine home runs and had 45 RBI total in his first 468 at-bats.  The Colt .45s stuck with their young power hitting outfielder, and in 1965 at only 23 years old, Wynn produced his break out season hitting 22 home runs with 73 RBI. He was no slouch on the bases swiping 43 that season in 47 attempts. His slash line for that season was .275/.371/.470.
Before the 1974 season the outfielder was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher Claude Osteen.  In his first season in LA, he 32 home runs with 108 RBI with a slash line of .271/.387/.497. Shoulder problems in the 1975 necessitated a move from centerfield to leftfield for Wynn. The Dodgers traded him to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Dusty Baker after the 1975 season. Wynn would be make brief stops with the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers to finish his career.
In his career he would hit 20 or more home runs in eight seasons.  Three times he would hit thirty or more home runs. He was named as a National League all-star three times 1967, 1974 and 1975.  He would hit 291 home runs in his career with 964 RBI. Playing in the Astrodome no doubt suppressed his home run totals. I would have enjoyed seeing what damage he could at the current Astros home at Minute Maid Park with the short leftfield fence.  His #24 has been retired by the Houston Astros.

The Big Bopper: Lee May

Lee May left his mark on Major League baseball by hitting 20 or more home runs, and driving in 80 runs in 11 consecutive seasons.  During his streak he played for the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, and Baltimore Orioles.   In 1969, he would hit 38 home runs which was good for third in the National League, and he established a career high for home runs by blasting 39 in 1971. 
The Cincinnati Reds included May in a blockbuster trade to the Houston Astros. The Reds sent first baseman Lee May,  second baseman Tommy Helms, and utility player Jimmy Stewart. The Reds would obtain future Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, outfielder Cesar Geronimo, and Jack Billingham.  The three players would become significant pieces on the Big Red Machine teams of the mid-70's. 
May continued produced the long ball despite playing in the Astrodome in Houston, one of the hardest places in Major League baseball to hit home runs. He had 29, 28, and 24 before being sent packing to the Baltimore Orioles.  In 1976, he led the American League in RBI with 109, to go with his 24 home runs.  In 1979, at age 36, his streak of 11 consecutive seasons with 20 plus home runs came to a close when he hit only 19. He would hit only 10 more over the course of the next three seasons, and finished his career with the Kansas City Royals.

Fernando Valenzuela: A Look Back At Fernandomania

He made his debut out of the bullpen the Dodgers.  In 1981, he earned a spot in the Dodgers rotation which would set off in Los Angeles in what is remembered as Fernandomania. He won his first eight starts in the major leagues, and a remarkable five of those were shutouts. In the strike shortened season of 1981, he would make 25 starts, 8 shutouts, and 11 complete games, and finished a won-loss record of 13-7.  He was the first to win the Cy Young award, and Rookie of the Year award in same season. The Dodgers won the World Series, 
He was a six-time National League all-star, in 1986, he would win the Gold Glove. A good hitting pitcher, Valenzuela would earn Silver Slugger awards in 1981 and 1983. On June 29, 1990, Valenzuela would toss his only no-hitter in beating the St. Louis Cardinals.  1986 was the only season he was a twenty game winner, winning 21 that season. 
The Dodgers would release him after a power showing in spring training 1991. After a brief appearance with the California Angels, and spent time in the Mexican league before returning to the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles. He would never enjoy the same success as he did in Los Angeles. He would finish career 173-153 with an ERA of 3.54. He was inducted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Bob Feller: The Heater From Van Meter

Bob Feller was only 17 years old when he broken into the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 1936. The hard throwing right-hander also known as Bullet Bob and Rapid Robert. Arguably the hardest throwing pitcher of his era. He was the youngest pitcher to win 24 games in a season, he accomplished the feat at age 20, going 24-9. He would win 20 plus games 1939-1941, he led the league in wins each season.  His won loss record was 76-33, and was only 22 years of age. 
When the United States entered World War II, Feller's career was interrupted by four years of service in the U.S. Navy.  He was the first professional athlete to enlist for military service during the war. He attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer serving aboard the USS Alabama. Where he was awarded six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars.
He is the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter on opening day, he accomplished the task against the Chicago White Sox in 1940. He would toss three no-hitters in his career, and 12 one-hitters. Feller was part of the last Cleveland Indians World Series champions in 1948. 
He finished his career with a won-loss record of 266-162 and 3.25 ERA with 2,581 strikeouts. An eight time American League All-Star. He led the American League six times in wins, and seven times in strikeouts. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. His #19 has been retired by the Cleveland Indians.

Roberto Clemente Baseball Star And Humanitarian

April 17, 1955. Roberto Clemente begins his Hall of Fame career with a single off Johnny Podres of the Dodgers. Clemente would bang out 2,999 more hits before he tragically lost his life in a plane crash on December 31, 1972. Clemente was bringing relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua when the plane he was in crashed. His career slash line was .317/.359/.475 with 240 home runs and 1305 RBI. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in1973 via of a special election.
Clemente was an All-Star 12 times in 18 seasons of play, and saw action in 15 games . He was the National League MVP in 1966, and World Series MVP in 1971, 12 times he won the Gold Glove award from 1961 to 1972.  He won four batting titles in 1961,  1964,  1965,  and 1967. His number #21 was retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. 
He will be remembered not only for his play on the field, but his charity work that participated in the off-season. 

The Pirates Willie "Pops" Stargell

1979 was a banner year for the Pittsburgh Pirates and slugger Willie Stargell. Stargell would be named National League MVP, NLCS MVP, and World Series MVP in winning the three awards he became the only player to take home the awards. More remarkable he did it at age 39. He hit 32 home runs and had 82 RBI.
Overcoming racial prejudices in the minors leagues Stargell, he would make his debut with the Pirates in 1962 with his official rookie season in 1963. He spent 21 seasons with the Pirates. He hit 475 home runs and had 1540 RBI. After his award winning career in 1979, Stargell career went into decline. When Stargell retired in 1982, the Pirates retired his #8. 
Stargell was a seven-time National League all-star. The Pirates would win the World Series championship in 1971 and 1979. In 1971, he would hit a league leading 48 home runs with 125 RBI both would be career highs. In 1988 he would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Mark Fidrych A Brief Memorable Career

His career was like a shooting star, bright and brief pitching only parts of five major league seasons. As a long haired teenager with a mop of hair similar to the Mark "The Bird" Fidrych  made his debut talking to the baseball, manicuring the pitching mound with his hands. This bit of insanity made me an immediate fan. 
Fidrych took the American League by storm in 1976. Not expected to make the Tigers roster, he earned his place on the team as a non-roster invitee to spring training. He would wouldn't get a start until May 15, in era of four man rotations, and quality pitchers went the distance in games opportunities had been few. In his first outing he pitched six no-hit innings before allowing a single, and went the distance in a 2-1 game. It would be the first of twenty-nine starts that season. He would complete 24 of them. By comparison in today's era of specialization with pitching staffs the San Francisco Giants led all of major league baseball with 10 complete games as a staff.
Fidrych would go 9-1 in his first ten decisions,  which included a seven game winning streak. He did his pitching with cunning, he allowed only 7.8 hits per nine innings, and 1.9 walks, and 3.5 strike outs per nine. He would finish the season with a won-loss record of 19-9, and he would finish second to Jim Palmer in the Cy Young balloting. He was named Rookie of the Year, and led the American League in ERA 2.34.  He would be an all-star in both 1976 and 1977. He would only make 27 more starts in his career.
In 1977, he would begin the season by tearing cartilage in his knee during spring training. He was just as effective upon his return, but in July of that year he tore his rotator cuff in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. It was an injury that wouldn't be diagnosed by doctors until 1985, and was to bring about treatments that are remarkable today. He turned down his all-star invitation due to injury.  He would finish his injury riddled career with a 29-19 record and a 3.10 ERA. In 2009, he would die in a tragic accident on his farm.

The Cleveland Indians Lou Boudreau

When the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series in 1948, Lou Boudreau was the starting shortstop, and manager. He also won the American League batting title. That season he would hit 18 home runs and drive in 106 runs, a career high. In 676 plate appearances he struck out only nine times. He finished with a slash line of .355/.453/.534, and was the American League MVP.
He would spend 15 seasons in the major leagues, 13 seasons with the Cleveland Indians and part of two seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Boudreau managed the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Athletics, and Chicago Cubs. He would go on to serve as play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs.
In 1970, the eight time all-star was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The same year the Cleveland Indians retired his #5. Boudreau died in 2001. 

Jim "Mudcat" Grant

Jim "Mudcat" Grant made his Major League debut in 1958 with the Cleveland Indians. He was given the nickname Mudcat by roomate Larry Doby. Who claimed he was "ugly as a Mississippi Mudcat." The name stuck, and Grant won ten games in his rookie season winning, in which he made 28 starts and 14 appearances out of the bullpen.

Grant would write his own chapter into baseball history by becoming the first black pitcher in the American League to win twenty games. He did it in 1965 with the Minnesota Twins, when he went 21-7 with an ERA 3.30. His 21 wins were the best in the American League, along with a league leading 6 shutouts in the leading the Twins to the American League pennant. In the World Series, he would become the first black pitcher to win a World Series game, and in game six of the series he launched a three run homer, making him only the second pitcher from the American League history in accomplish the feat.  He was honored by The Sporting News that season as their Pitcher of the Year.
Grant was an American League all-star in 1963 and 1965. After 1966, he worked out of the bullpen, and as with many relief pitchers it was have arm will travel.  He made stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates and two tours with the Oakland Athletics.  He finished with a won-loss record of 145-119 with a career ERA of 3.63. He earned 54 saves along the way.
Grant wrote a book titled The Black Aces: Baseball's Only African-American Twenty-Game Winners. Featuring a chapter on each of the African-American pitchers who have accomplished the feat.  A book I can recommend.

Big Klu: Ted Kluszewski

​The restrictions on travel during World War II denied the Cincinnati Reds the opportunity to train in sunny Florida. They were relegated to training at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  The groundskeeper at the time for the Reds, a man named Marty Schwab watched as a big strong hammered baseballs up and over an embankment that players on the big league club weren't doing in training camp that spring.
The Reds had discovered Ted Kluszewski, standout tight end on the Indiana University football team. The Reds anxious to sign the lefthand hitting first baseman were initially rebuffed.  Big Klu didn't want to give up his college eligibility.  He waited to sign with the Reds in 1946, and after two dominating seasons in the minor leagues he got the call to the show.
He went to play 15 seasons in the major leagues, his best four stint was 1953-1956, where was named a National League in each season. In 1954, he hit 49 home runs with 141 RBI, he put together a slash line that season of .326/.407/.642.  Finishing second in the MVP voting to a guy from the New York Giants named Willie Mays. 
He would play 15 years in the major leagues and finish with a career slash line of .298/.353/.498 with 279 home runs and 1028 RBI. He walked 492 times with only 365 strikeouts in 6469 plate appearances. On heard of numbers by today's standards. Injuries took their toll on Big Klu after the 1956 season, and his numbers diminished as a result.  He was the hitting coach for the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970's under Sparky Anderson.
Known for cutting off the sleeves of his shirts to fit his huge biceps, the slugging first baseman was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1962. His #18 was retired by the Reds.

Tony Oliva: A Bright And Shining Star

Tony Oliva exploded onto the American League scene during his rookie year of 1964. Where Oliva would win the batting hitting .323, adding 32 home runs and 94 RBI, and led the league in doubles with 43,  217 hits, and 109 runs scored. It was the first of back-to-back batting titles for the rightfielder. He would be named the American League Rookie of the year at the conclusion of the season. 
It was a career that almost wasn't for Oliva. Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1938. He arrived in the United States in the spring of 1961, and managed to play in the Twins final three games showing exceptional hitting going 7 for 10. The knock was on his defense, and with minor league rosters set the young outfielder was released. While working out in North Carolina with a friend in the Twins farm system at Charlotte, North Carolina, general manager Phil Howser convinced the front office of the Twins to re-sign Oliva, and the rest as they say is history.
Oliva displayed his offensive prowess during era that was dominated by pitching, and referred by many as the second dead ball era of baseball. He would be an all-star eight consecutive seasons until the ravages of knee, leg and shoulder problems put a damper on this can't miss Hall-of-Fame career. 
A career that included three batting titles (1964-65, and 1971), and a Gold Glove in 1966. He ended his career with 220 home runs, 947 RBI, and a slash line of .304/.353/.476. He only struck out only 664 times in 6880 plate appearances. In 2014, he narrowly missed being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Golden Era Committee by one vote.  Always popular in Minnesota with the Twins fans and media. Oliva's #6 was retired by the Minnesota Twins, and 2011 a statue of Oliva was unveiled at Target Field.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bob Gibson Throws A No-hitter

August 14, 1971. Bob Gibson hurls a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was Gibson's first no-hitter in his Hall of Fame career. Gibson fanned ten Pirates with only three walks.

Bill Mazeroski's 1960 World Series Walk-off Home Run

Bill Mazeroski "Maz" hit the most dramatic home run in World Series history. When in the 1960 World Series, he launched the only walk-off game 7 home run in World Series history. The New York Yankees had the tied the game at 9-9 with a pair of runs in the top of the winning before he hit the home off Ralph Terry in the bottom of the inning. Mazeroski would play all 17 seasons of his career for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a part of the 1960 and 1971 World Series champions.
Maz was more known for his glove than his bat.  He was a ten time National League all-star. He won the Gold Glove award on eight occasions, and Maz is considered one of the best defenders at second base in the history of Major League Baseball. He was elected by the Veterans Committee to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. The Pittsburgh Pirates retired his #9 in 1987. 

Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard Round The World

Bobby Thomson will be remembered forever by baseball for this pennant winning three-run home run of Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers to give the New York Giants the National League pennant.  The Giants would go on to lose the World Series to the New York Yankees four games to two. The Giants had trailed the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games in mid-August before they made a miracle run to the pennant. The home run would vault the outfielder into a stardom, but would cast a shadow over the rest of his accomplishments in an outstanding Major League career.
Thomson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and was raised in Staten Island, NY after his family immigrated to the United States. He was signed by the Giants out of high school for only $100.  He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II but spent no time overseas. At the age of 22, he made a brief appearance with the Giants in 1946. In his official rookie season he would hit 23 home runs with 85 RBI. He would be a starter in the Giants outfield for the next seven seasons.  In six of those seven seasons he would hit 20 or more home runs, and in four of the seasons he would drive in more than 100 runs. 
After the end of the 1953 season the Giants traded their 3-times all-star outfielder to the Milwaukee Braves.  In his first season with the Braves, he broke his ankle in spring training. It paved the way for another historically famous outfielder to break into the Braves line up. A kid named "Hank Aaron." Thomson's season never really got going , and he slumped to .232 batting average. His time in Milwaukee was marginal by his career standards. He hitting a modest .257 in 1955, and .235 in 1956. He was shipped by the Braves back to the Giants for the finish of the 57' season.  
After the 1957 season, Thomason was traded by the Giants to the Chicago Cubs. Thomson looked more like his old self with the Cubs in 1958. He his 21 home runs with 82 RBI, and a slash line of .283/.351.466. His numbers would fall dramatically the next season. Thomson would go on to play for the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles in the American League to close out his career.
He hit 264 career home runs in his career, and knocked in 1, 026 runs, but he will always be remembered for the three-run homer off Ralph Branca that gave the New York Giants the 1951 National League title. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Matt Cain's Perfect Game

June 13, 2012, Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants tosses a perfect game. It is the second of the season, and only the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history. It is the first in Giants history, the Giant thump the Astros 10-0 in the game.

Nolan Ryan Hurls 6th No-hitter

June 11, 1990, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, at 43, becomes the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter in major league history. He also became the first pitcher to accomplish the feat for three different, and the first to do it in three different decades. It is the 6th career ho-hitter for the hard throwing righthander. In this game he defeated the Oakland A's 5-0.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Chicago Cubs Rookie Willson Contreras Hits Home Run

June 19, 2016. Chicago Cubs rookie catcher Willson Contreras hits a two-run blast on the first pitch thrown to him in the Major Leagues. The home run helped lead the Cubs to a 10-5 win, and a sweep of the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ken Griffey Jr.'s 600th Home Run

The Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr, hits a 3-1 pitch off Mark Hendrickson into the seats for his 600th career home run. Griffey is only the sixth player in major league history to hit 600 home runs. The Reds go on to defeat the Florida Marlins 9-4.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Kyle Farnsworth-Paul Wilson Fight

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Paul Wilson doesn't like an inside pitch, and charges Kyle Farnsworth of the Chicago Cubs. It doesn't end well for Wilson.

Orioles-Royals Fight of 6/7/2016

June 7,2016. Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura drills the Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado with a fastball which sparked the brawl.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sandy Koufax Tosses Third No-Hitter

June 4, 1964. Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Sandy Koufax tosses his third no-hitter. He joins an exclusive club with Bob Feller as the only pitchers with three no-hitters. His third no-hitter come at the expense of the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 at Connie Mack stadium.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bobby Lowe Hits Four Home Runs

May 30, 1894. Boston Beaneater second baseman Bobby Lowe becomes the first player in major league baseball history to hit four home runs in a game in the second game of a doubleheader to beat Cincinnati 20-11. Lowe had gone 0 for 6 in the first game of the twin bill.

Randy Velarde's Unassisted Triple Play

May 29, 2000. Oakland A's second baseman Randy Velarde completes only the tenth unassisted triple play in major league history against the New York Yankees,

Roy Halladay Throws Perfect Game

May 29, 2010. Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay tosses only 20th perfect game in major league history, He wins a 1-0 pitchers duel over the Marlins Josh Johnson. It is the second perfect game in Phillies history with Jim Bunning tossing the first.

Cal Ripken Jr. Hits Three Home Runs

May 28, 1996. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. hits three home runs and knocks in eight runs in a 12-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners at the Kingdome. Ripken hits a grand slam, and two two-run homers, and his brother Billy gets in on the act with a home run  of his own.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Barry Bonds Passes Babe Ruth

May 28, 2006. Colorado Rockies pitcher Byung-Hyum Kim serves up the 715th home run of San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. Bonds moves into second place on the all-time home run list ahead of Babe Ruth.

Dale Murphy Retires

May 27, 1993. Colorado Rockies slugger, and former Atlanta Braves star calls it quits after getting off to a slow start. Murphy was a two-time National League MVP, who hit 398 home runs in his career with 1,266 RBI.

Curt Schilling Records 200th Win

May 27, 2006. Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling beats the Devil Rays 6-4 to win his 200th game. He is the 104th pitcher in major league history to accomplish this feat. Schilling would finish his career 216-146 with an ERA 3.46, and had 3,116 strikeouts.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Derek Jeter Eighth Yankee To Get 2,000 Hits

May 26, 2006. The New York Yankees Derek Jeter reaches the 2,000 hit with a roller  down the third  base line off the Kansas City Royals pitcher Scott Elarton.

Sammy Sosa-Tony Womack Hit Inside-The-Park Home Runs

May 26, 1997. The Chicago Cubs Sammy Sosa and the Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Womack both hit inside-the-park home runs in the 6th inning at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.  The Cubs win the game 2-1.

Jose Canseco Uses His Head

May 26, 1993. Carlos Martinez of the Cleveland Indians hits  fly ball to right-field that is misplayed by Texas Rangers outfielder Jose Canseco. The ball hits Canseco hits the right-fielder in the head, and goes over the wall for a home run. The Indians go on to win the game 7-6.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Willie Mays Makes Major League Debut

May 25, 1951. Willie Mays of the New York Giants makes his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Mays goes 0 for 5 in the 8-5 Giants win, but makes two outstanding catches. And as they say the rest is history.

Ferguson Jenkins Records His 3,000th Strikeout

May 25, 1982. Chicago Cubs right-hand pitcher Ferguson Jenkins whiffs Gary Templeton of the San Diego Padres to record his 3,000th career strike out.

Buster Posey Injured In Collision At Home Plate


May 25, 2011. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is injured in a collision at home plate with Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins. Posey is lost for the season with a broken left fibula, and three torn ligaments in his left ankle. The injuries require surgery to repair, and MLB begins to look at home plate collisions which leads to changes in regulating plays at home plate.

Angel Pagan Hits Walk-Off Inside-The-Park Home Run

May 25, 2013. San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan hits a two run inside-the-park walk-off home run in the 10th inning giving the Giants a 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies. Bill Terry was the last to accomplish the feat for the Giants in 1931 at the Polo Grounds.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Adam Wainwright Hits Home Run In First At Bat

May 24, 2006. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run on the first pitch to him. The St. Louis Cardinals go on to beat the San Francisco Giants 10-4 at AT & T Park in San Francisco. Tossing three innings of relief, Wainwright earns his first career win.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tommy Greene No-Hits Expos

May 23, 1991. Tommy Greene of the Philadelphia Phillies no-hits the Montreal Expos 2-0. Greene had just become a member of the starting rotation due to a pulled groin muscle of Danny Cox.

Shawn Green Has Four Home Run Game

May 23, 2002. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green has a monster game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Green blasted four home runs, double, and a single. He broke Joe Adcock's total base record by recording 19 total bases in the game.

Jason Giambi Hits 400th Career Home Run

May 23, 2009. The Oakland A's Jason Giambi hits his 400th home run off the Arizona Diamondbacks righty Dan Harden. He is the 44th major league player to accomplish the feat.

Cherokee Nation's Ben Tincup

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May 22, 1914. Right-hander Ben Tincup made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first member of the Cherokee Nation to Major League Baseball. Tincup would have his career interrupted by his service in World War I. He pitched briefly for the Chicago Cubs in 1928. He had a won-loss record of 8-11 with an ERA of 3.10 during his career.

After his active career was over Tincup was a minor league umpire, and manager.  He would serve in the major leagues as a coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, he also scouted for the Boston Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Tincup died July 5, 1980 at 87 years of age.

Jake Peavy Sets Padres Strikeout Record

May 22, 2006.  Jake Peavy sets the San Diego Padres franchise record by striking out 16 Atlanta Braves. In 2007, Peavy would tie his own record by fanning 16 Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jimmy Wynn's Tape Measure Shot At Crosley Field

On June 11, 1967. Jimmy "The Toy Cannon" Wynn crushes a tape measure shot at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. He would hit 37 home runs and drive 107 runs during the 67' season.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jake Arrieta Improves To 8-0

May 20, 2016.  Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta improves to 8-0 beating the San Francisco Giants 8-1. A scary moment in the game for the Cubs came in the first inning when Jason Heyward crashed into the wall.

Kenny Griffey, Jr. Hits Number 200

May 21, 1996. Ken Griffey, jr., becomes the eighth youngest hitter to hit 200 home runs. He accomplishes the feat at Fenway Park in Boston. Of the seven players that hit 200 home run mark, six are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mike Trout Hits For The Cycle

May 21, 2013. In a 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners, 21-year old outfielder Mike Trout becomes the youngest player in player in American League history to hit for the cycle. He is the sixth player in the Angels franchise history to hit for the cycle.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Jim McCormick, Glasgow, Scotland's First Major League Player

May 20, 1878.  Jim McCormick becomes the first player born in Scotland to appear in major league game in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Stockings. McCormick born in Glasgow, Scotland pitched for the Indianapolis Blues. The next year, the team moved to Cleveland, where at 23 McCormick became the youngest manager in major league history.

Jim McCormick would enjoy a long career in professional baseball. He had a won-loss record of 265-214 with an ERA 2.43 with 1,704 strikeouts. He lead the National League in wins in 1880, 1882, and was the ERA leader in 1883. He died March 10, 1918.

Pete Grays Leads St. Browns Over The Yankees

May 20, 1945. Pete Gray sparks the St. Louis Browns in a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees. He has three hits in the first game, and scores the winning in run in the nightcap. Gray, who had only one arm (childhood injury) records ten putouts in the game.

Ken Hubbs Has Eight Straight Hits

May 20, 1962. In a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs second baseman has eight straight singles. Hubbs would go on to be named Rookie of the Year. Hubbs would tragically die in airplane crash on February 13, 1964 at the age of 22.

Justin Verlander's 2,000th Strikeout

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander got Eddie Rosiaro of the Minnesota Twins to chase a pitch up and out of the strike zone for his 2,000th career whiff. Verlander is only the second pitcher in Tigers history to top the 2,000 strikeouts mark, and only the 76th in MLB history to top the mark.  Mickey Lolich is the franchise leader at 2,679.

The White Sox Turn Another Triple Play

May 19, 2016. The Chicago White Sox turned their second triple play in less than a month. In the first of inning of the game with Detroit Tigers. Just three weeks ago they turned a triple play against the Texas Rangers.

Vanderbilt University Pulls Off A Triple Steal

May 19, 2016. Vanderbilt  pulls off a triple steal against Auburn.

Red Sox-Yankees Bench Clearing Brawl

May 20, 1976. A collision at the plate between Lou Pinella of the Yankees and Carlton Fisk of the Red Sox sparks a bench clearing brawl. Red Sox pitcher Bill "The Spaceman Lee" suffers a separated shoulder while fighting with Craig Nettles. It will be an injury that will hamper him during the rest of his career.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Robin Ventura Hits Grand Slams In Doubleheader

May 20, 1999. Robin Ventura of the New York Mets becomes the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit grand slams in both ends of a doubleheader. The feat occurs in a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cubs-White Sox Brawl

May 20, 2006. At U.S. Cellular Field, A.J. Pierzynski makes a hard, but clean slide into Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett. Barrett then punches Pierzynski, which ignites a brawl between the two teams. Who won the fight may be in dispute, but the White Sox won the game 7-0.

Barry Bonds Ties Babe Ruth With 714th Home Run

May 20, 2006. Oakland A's southpaw Brad Halsey serves up the of the home run moves Barry Bonds into a second place tie with Babe Ruth. Bonds had gone through a streak of 29 at bats without a home run before crushing the pitch against Halsey at the McAfee Coliseum.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jon Lester No-Hits Kansas City Royals

May 19, 2008.  At Fenway Park, Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox no-hits the Kansas City Royals 7-0. The 24-year old southpaw is only the third lefty in a Boston uniform to hurl a no-hitter at Fenway Park. Catcher Jason Varitek enters Major League Baseball's record books by being the first catcher to catch four no-hitters.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Randy Johnson Hurls Perfect Game

May 18, 2004. Arizona Diamondbacks southpaw Rand Johnson tosses a perfect game over the Atlanta Braves 2-0. At 40, he becomes the oldest pitcher to pitch a perfect game. He also joins select company of pitchers that have thrown no-hitters in both leagues (Jim Bunning, Hideo Nomo, Nolan Ryan, and Cy Young).

Jason Kendall's 2,000th Hit

May 18, 2009.  Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jason Kendall singles at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to reach the 2,000 hit plateau. 254 players have had accomplished the feat, but Kendall becomes only the eighth catcher to reached the mark.

Kerry Wood Makes Final Appearance

May 18, 2012. Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood calls it a career making his last appearance against the Chicago White Sox. The final batter Wood faces is Dayan Viciedo, Wood fans Viciedo walks off the mound to the hug of his young son.

Tris Speaker Joins 3,000 Hits Club

May 17, 1925. In a 2-1 loss to the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians outfielder Tris Speaker collects his 3,000th hit. He was the fifth player to have 3,000 hits in a career. His hit was a single off pitcher Tom Zachary.

Hank Aaron Collects His 3,000th Hit

May 17, 1970. Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves beats out an infield off the Cincinnati Reds Wayne Simpson. Aaron becomes only the 9th player in Major League Baseball history to have 3,000 hits, and the only player with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.

Phillies Beat Cubs 23-22 At Wrigley Field

May 17, 1979. The Philadelphia Phillies outlast the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field 23-22. The two clubs combine for 11 home runs, which tied a Major League record set previous at Wrigley Field (Reds 67', Mets 77').

Chris Hoiles Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam

May 17, 2016. Baltimore Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles hits a walk-off grand slam home run off Seattle Mariner reliever Norm Charlton. The Orioles entered the ninth inning trailing the Mariners 13-10, when on a 3-2 pitch with two out Hoiles hit the game winner. The first time in Major League Baseball history that a grand slam had been hit with two out on a full count.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Rangers-Blue Jays Brawl 05/15/2016

May 15, 2016. A hard slide into second base by Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays leads to him being punched by Rougned Odor of the Texas Ranger ignites a brawl between the teams in Texas.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Darryl Strawberry Hits First Career Home Run

May 16, 1983. Rookie outfielder Darryl Strawberry hits his first career home run off the Pittsburgh Pirates Lee Tunnell. Strawberry would hit 335 home runs during the course of his often troubled 17-year career.

Sammy Launches Two Home Runs In One Inning

May 16, 1996. Sammy Sosa becomes the first Chicago Cub to hit two home runs in one inning. The feat was accomplished in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in 13-1 Cubs romp. He leads of the inning with a home run off Jeff Tabaka, and later in the inning he would add a two-run shot off Jim Dougherty.

Sammy Sosa Hits His 400th Home Run

May 16, 2001. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs hits his 400th career home run of Houston Astro righthander Shane Reynolds at Wrigley Field. The home run makes Sosa third on the Chicago Cubs all-time list, and the 33rd player in MLB history to hit 400 career home runs.

Ben Sheets Strikes Out 18 Braves

May 16, 2004. The Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Ben Sheets whiffs 18 Atlanta Braves to set a new team record. He is only the 14th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to strikeout out 18 or more in a nine inning game.  He breaks the record of Moose Haas, who had 14 strikeouts in 1978.

Clyde Shoun No-Hits The Braves

May 15, 1944. Clyde Shoun makes his first start of the season for the Cincinnati Reds, he proceeds to no-hit the Boston Braves 1-0. The only run would come off a home run by Chuck Aleno, his only home run of the season.

Virgil Trucks Tosses No-Hitter

May 15, 1952. Detroit Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks fires a no-hit victory over the Washington Senators 1-0. Vic Wertz provides the winning blast with a  home run with two outs in the ninth inning. It was only the second no-hitter in franchise history, and the first since 1912.

Don Cardwell No-Hits The St. Louis Cardinals

May 15, 1960. Two days after being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies, Don Cardwell of the Chicago Cubs no-hits the St. Louis Cardinals. Don Cardwell became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to pitch a no-hitter in his first appearance for a new team.

He would finish 8-14 with an ERA of 4.37 for the Cubs that season. He would go 30-44 for the Cubs in his three seasons with the team. He later pitched for the 1969 World Series champion New York Mets. His 5-0 stretch after stumbling to a 3-9 start was instrumental in helping the Mets catch and pass the fading Chicago Cubs.

Spending most of his career with second division clubs Cardwell finished career with a won-loss record of 102-138 and an ERA of 3.92 with 1,211 strikeouts.