TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1989 – In his second start after coming back from cancer surgery, left-hander Dave Dravecky breaks his arm when he throws a wild pitch to Tim Raines in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 33 year-old Youngstown, Ohio native, who will be credited with the win, collapses to the ground, clutching his left arm in severe pain after the humerus bone snaps midway between his shoulder and elbow, with the sound of the bone breaking clearly audible throughout the ballpark.
1993 – Nolan Ryan wins the 324th and last victory of his 27-year career when the Rangers beat Cleveland, 6-4. The 46 year-old right-hander, who will lose his next four games, sees his career come to an end two starts sooner than he planned when a torn ligament forces him to leave the mound in the first inning in what will prove to be his worst big league outing and final major league appearance.
2011 – Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home run plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by a three-run blast an inning later off Detroit’s Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40 year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino’s 6,921.
And finally…in 2012, joining Philip Humber (White Sox) and Matt Cain (Giants), Felix Hernandez becomes the third hurler to throw a perfect game this season, marking the first time in major league history that three spotless gems have been hurled in the same year. “King Felix’s” 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field is the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariners history, which includes hitless games tossed by Randy Johnson (1990) and Chris Bosio (1993) and the combined effort of six pitchers in June.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Charlie Comiskey (1859), Bill Sherdel (1896), Tom Kelly (1950) and Scott Brosius (1966)