TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1927 – Pirates teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner become the first pair of brothers to both homer in the same game when they go deep in the team’s 8-4 victory over Cincinnati at Redland Field. The siblings, who will also accomplish the feat in 1929 and 1938, each hit a bounce round-tripper.
1993 – Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, no-hits the Indians at Yankee Stadium, 4-0, becoming the first pinstripe pitcher in a decade to throw a no-no. In the ninth inning, leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton is loudly booed by the fans after he fouls off a bunt in an attempt to make the one-handed pitcher field a ball.
2011 – In an episode of the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bill Buckner, appearing as himself, is promptly thrown out of a shiva service because one of the mourners is a Red Sox fan who hasn’t forgiven him for his infamous error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The former Boston first baseman redeems himself when he uses his baseball skills to catch a falling baby, who has ricocheted off the firemen’s rescue net after being thrown out of a burning building.
And finally…in 2013, in a 20-4 rout of the Tigers at Fenway Park, the Red Sox hit eight home runs, matching a franchise record. Boston homers in six of eight frames they bat with Mike Napoli, Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks, David Ortiz (2), Jacoby Ellsbury, and Stephen Drew all going deep in the Fenway Park contest.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Ken Harrelson (1941), Frank White (1950), Mike Piazza (1968) and Andrelton Simmons (1989)