1905 – In his first Major League at-bat, 18 year-old center fielder Ty Cobb doubles off Jack Chesbro in the first inning of the Tigers’ 5-3 victory over the Highlanders at Detroit’s Bennett Park. The two-bagger is the first of the 4,189 hits the ‘Georgia Peach’ will collect during his 24-year Hall of Fame career.
1986 – Yankee hurlers Tommy John (43) and Joe Niekro (41) become the first 40+ pitchers since 1933 to start both ends of a doubleheader. John loses 1-0 in the opener, and Niekro pitches five innings of the nightcap for a 3-0 victory over the Mariners.
1986 – New York releases Let’s Go Mets Go!, a music video that features players, coaches, and fans, along with a cameo appearance by Joe Piscopo. Shelly Palmer, known professionally as Shelton Leigh Palmer, composed and produced the official team’s theme song, that becomes a Gold Record, as well as directing and producing the accompanying music video, which will go triple platinum.
And finally…in 2014, Trevor Hoffman, who spent parts of 16 seasons of his 18 years in the majors with San Diego, retiring as baseball’s all-time saves leader with 601, becomes the ninth person inducted into the Padres’ Hall of Fame. The closer, known for his devastating changeup, joins Buzzie Bavasi, Nate Colbert, Jerry Coleman, Tony Gwynn, Randy Jones, Ray Kroc, Dick Williams, and Dave Winfield to be enshrined by the team.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Kiki Cuyler (1898), Ted Williams (1918), Tug McGraw (1944) and Adam Wainwright (1981)