TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1974 – In the first-of-its-kind operation, Dr. Frank Jobe transplants a tendon from Tommy John’s right wrist to the Dodger pitcher’s left elbow. The revolutionary ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, which will become a commonplace surgical procedure better known as Tommy John surgery, enables the southpaw to win an additional 164 games, more than half of his career total of 288 victories.
2003 – Carlos Delgado becomes the 15th player in big-league history and only the fifth American League player to hit four home runs in one game. The Blue Jays’ first baseman’s first homer was the 300th of his career and his barrage gives him 41 for the season.
2013 – In the final game he plays at Coors Field, Todd Helton homers in his first at bat, a second-inning solo shot in the Colorado’s 15-5 loss to Boston. The 40 year-old first baseman, who announced his retirement last week, has spent his entire 17-year career with the Rockies.
And finally…in 2014, Derek Jeter makes his last game at Yankee Stadium very memorable when he drives in the winning run with in the ninth inning with an opposite field one-out single off of Evan Meek in the team’s 6-5 walk-off win over Baltimore. The Captain’s heroics help the Bronx Bombers overcome blowing a three-run lead in top of the frame.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Phil Rizzuto (1917), Glenn Hubbard (1957), Tony Womack (1969) and Joel PIneiro (1978)