TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1971 – In the nightcap of twin bill, Frank Robinson joins the 500 home run club with a ninth-inning three-run homer off Fred Scherman in the Orioles’ 10-5 loss to the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. The Baltimore right fielder connected off Mike Kilkenny for #499 in Game 1 of the doubleheader, a 9-1 Birds’ victory.
1995 – Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell, appearing in the same game for the 1,915th time, set an American League record for joint appearances. The Detroit middle infielders surpass the mark established in 1990 by Royals’ teammates George Brett and Frank White.
2001 – Due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17. The 91 missed games, the most regular-season contests not played since World War I forced the cancellation of the final month of the 1918 season, have been re-scheduled for the week after the regular season ends, meaning the World Series is likely to extend into November for the first time in history.
And finally…in 2011, after getting the first two outs on strikeouts, Mariano Rivera records his 600th career save when catcher Russell Martin throws out Ichiro Suzuki trying to steal second base for the final out of the game. The 41 year-old Yankee closer is one save shy of tying Trevor Hoffman’s Major League career record.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Rick Wise (1945), Rick Dempsey (1949), Bernie Williams (1968) and Denny Neagle (1968)