TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1928 – Yankees shortstop Mark Koenig’s routine catch of A’s pinch hitter Ty Cobb’s pop fly behind third base will mark the last time the ‘Georgia Peach’ swings a bat in the big leagues. The aging 41 year-old, who is the all-time hits leader, will announce his retirement six days later, ending a 24 year Hall of Fame career.
1985 – At Riverfront Stadium in front of 47,237 hometown fans, Reds’ player-manager Pete Rose collects his 4,192nd career hit to pass Ty Cobb, who had his last at bat on this date 57 years ago, to become the all-time Major League hit leader. Padres right-hander Eric Show gives up the historic hit, a first inning single to left field, when Cincinnati beats San Diego, 2-0.
2001 – In the wake of terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball cancels all games for security reasons and for the deep mourning for all the lives that have been lost. Yankee Stadium is evacuated as a precautionary measure.
And finally…in 2004, as 36,887 Bank One Ballpark fans hope to see Barry Bonds hit his 699th and perhaps 700th career homer, they watch the Giant left fielder reach a different milestone. The San Francisco slugger receives three bases-on-balls from Diamondback pitchers to break his own record and becomes the first Major Leaguer to walk over 200 times in a single season.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Don Slaught (1958), Ellis Burks (1964), Jacoby Ellsbury (1983) and Mike Moustakas (1988)