TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1920 – Warren G. Harding, who will be elected as the next president of the United States, throws three pitches for the Kerrigan Tailors, a semi-pro team, in an exhibition game played against the Cubs. The contest, in which the Giants, Reds, and Indians declined to be participants, was arranged in the presidential candidate’s hometown to make him more appealing to the masses.
1985 – Jose Canseco strikes out in his first Major League at-bat. During his 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, the slugger will be struck out 1,942 times en route to hitting 462 home runs.
2001 – Red Sox pinch hitter Carl Everett, with two outs and two strikes, singles in the bottom of the ninth to spoil Mike Mussina’s bid for a perfect game. The Yankee right-hander retires the next batter for his fourth career one-hitter, a 1-0 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.
And finally…in 2006, joining Jeremy Hermida (Marlins, 2005) and Bill Duggleby (Phillies, 1898), Kevin Kouzmanoff becomes the third player in Major League history to hit a grand slam in his first career at bat. The Indians’ 25 year-old DH, filling in for the injured Travis Hafner, who hit six bases-juiced homers this season, tying a Major League record, is the first person to accomplish the feat on the first pitch he ever sees in the big leagues.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Al Spalding (1850), Rex Hudler (1960), Rich Aurilia (1971) and Jason Hammel (1982)