TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1993 – In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Cardinal outfielder Mark Whiten hits four home runs in one game helping to tie two established RBI records. With 12 RBIs in the second game, he equals the single game mark set by Jim Bottomley in 1924, and his opening game ribbie ties a 21 year-old record established by Nate Colbert for the most RBIs (13) in a twin bill.
1998 – In the first inning at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire ties Roger Maris’ single season home run mark, hitting his 61st in a nationally televised Labor Day game against the Cubs. Big Mac hits his historic homer on his dad’s 61st birthday.
2010 – Trevor Hoffman earns his 600th save when he induces pinch-hitter Aaron Miles to hit a grounder for the final out in the Brewers’ 4-2 victory over St. Louis at Miller Park. The 42 year-old reliever, baseball’s career saves leader, has converted 600 of his 676 save opportunities (89%) during his 18-year career with Florida, San Diego, and Milwaukee.
And finally…in 2011, Alex Liddi becomes the first player born and raised in Italy to play in the Major Leagues. The Mariners’ third baseman, who goes 0-for-2 in the loss to L.A., is the first MLB European Academy alumnus to make the show.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Willie Crawford (1946), Joe Rudi (1946), Jason Isringhausen (1972) and Wade Davis (1985)