TODAY IN BASEBALL courtesy of National Pastime
1938 – An ailing Lou Gehrig hits his 493rd and final Major League home run off Senators’ right-hander Dutch Leonard. On the same date 15 years earlier, the Yankee first baseman had gone deep off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park for his first career home run.
1992 – Gary Carter, in his last Major League at bat, doubles deep to right field in the seventh inning, driving in Larry Walker with the lone run in the Expos’ 1-0 victory over Chicago. The Montreal fans show their appreciation for one of the most beloved and talented players in franchise history with a long and loud standing ovation, causing the Kid to make two curtain calls to acknowledged the enthusiastic crowd when he removed from the game.
1998 – In the season finale, Mark McGwire ends the historic season hitting his 69th and 70th home runs in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win over the Expos. Big Mac’s 70th, which he hits his last at-bat off Expos’ rookie Carl Pavano of Southington, Connecticut, also establishes a National League record for round-trippers hit at home with his 38th Busch Stadium blast.
And finally…in 2008, on the final day of the season, Mike Mussina becomes the oldest pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the first time, reaching the milestone when he hurls six shutout innings in the Yankees’ 6-2 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 39 year-old right-hander accomplish the feat in his final Major League appearance, finishing his 18-year Major League career 270-153 (.638) won-loss record.
PLAYERS BORN TODAY
Dick Hall (1930), Mike Schmidt (1949), Vincente Padilla (1977) and Jon Garland (1979)