TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1988 – In his final Major League game, Bruce Sutter, who missed all of last season due to shoulder problems, notches his 300th career save. The 35 year-old future Hall of Fame closer becomes the third reliever to reach the milestone when he retires the Padres in order in the 11th inning of the Braves’ 5-4 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1992 – In front of a sellout crowd at County Stadium, Robin Yount becomes the 17th and third youngest player to reach the 3000 hits milestone when he singles off of Indian reliever Jose Mesa in a 5-4 defeat to Cleveland. The 36 year-old Milwaukee center fielder also reached 1,000 and 2,000 hit plateaus against the Indians.
2002 – For the fifth straight season, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson records 300 strikeouts, breaking his own record of four consecutive years. The feat also ties the ‘Big Unit’ with Nolan Ryan, having a total of six 300 strikeout seasons.
And finally…in 2007, in the first inning at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Curtis Granderson steals his 20th base of the season to become only the third Major Leaguer to belong to the 20-20-20-20 club. The Tigers center fielder joins Frank Schulte (1911 – Cubs) and Willie Mays (1957 – Giants) as the only players to record 20 home runs, 20 triples, 20 doubles, and swipe 20 bases in a season.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Frank Chance (1876), Frankie Frisch (1897), Waite Hoyt (1899) and Todd Zeille (1965)