TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1928 – A’s player-manager Ty Cobb collects the last hit of his career when he doubles off right-hander Bump Hadley in the team’s 6-1 loss to Washington at Griffith Stadium. The 41 year-old ‘Georgia Peach’ will end his playing days, establishing the Major League record for hits with 4,191, a mark that will not be broken until 1985, when it is surpassed by Pete Rose.
1977 – Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career homer to surpass Hank Aaron as the all-time career home run leader in professional baseball. The Japanese superstar, who will be inducted into his country’s Hall of Fame in 1994, will hit a total of 868 homers during his 22 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants.
2007 – Mets right hander Pedro Martinez, making his first start of the season, whiffs Reds hurler Aaron Harang to become the 15th Major League pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner has missed most of the season recovering from rotator cuff surgery.
And finally…in 2011, left-handed starter Tom Milone hits a home run on the first pitch he sees in the big leagues. The 24 year-old southpaw’s three-run blast gives him a 5-0 lead at the time, but the rookie goes only 4.1 innings in his debut and doesn’t get the win in the Nationals’ 9-8 victory over New York.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Ed Konetchy (1885), Eddie Stanky (1915), Luis Gonzalez (1967) and Carl Edwards Jr. (1991)