TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1995 – When the game becomes official in the bottom of the fifth inning, Cal Ripken receives a standing ovation for over five minutes from the sellout crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as he ties Yankee legend Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games.
2003 – Todd Zeile extends his major league record when he homers for his eleventh team in the Expos’ 6-2 victory over Florida at Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn stadium. The third baseman’s first round-tripper with the club is a three-run shot off Mark Redman that puts Montreal ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning, 3-1.
2010 – Bill Mazeroski looks on as four of his Pirates teammates unveil a 14-foot, 2,000-pound statue commemorating his walk-off home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. The work includes an actual section of the left-center field wall, which the second baseman homered over at the 406 mark off Yankee hurler Ralph Terry in the Pirates’ 10-9 victory.
And finally…in 2010, sixty-three year-old Bill Lee allows only two runs and five hits in 5.1 innings in his start for Brockton against Worcester in a Can-Am League contest played at Campanelli Stadium. In his first game in pro ball since being released by the Expos in 1982, the former Red Sox southpaw, known as the Spaceman, becomes the oldest pitcher to earn a victory in professional baseball when the Rox beat Tornadoes, 7-3.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Nap Lajoie (1874), Bill Mazeroski (1936), Jeff Brantley (1963) and Chris Young (1983)