By Cam Cain 4/17/12
- April 17th 1951: Longtime Yankee centerfielder Mickey Mantle makes his major league debut. Playing right, Mantle goes 1-for-4 but New York beat the Red Sox 5-0.
- April 17th 1969: In only the 10th game in the franchise’s history, Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman pitches a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. 3 years later, Stoneman threw a second no-hitter for Montreal on October 2nd.
- April 17th 1983: While pitching for Houston, Nolan Ryan records his 3500th career strikeout, becoming only the second pitcher to do so, behind only Walter Johnson. Ryan struck out over 2,200 additional hitters in his career for a grand total of 5,714. Only 8 pitchers besides Ryan have 3,500 Ks.
November 10th 1964:
The Braves sign a 25 year lease to play in Atlanta. They spent 12 years in Milwaukee following their franchise’s nearly 80 first years being in Boston. Their first year in Atlanta was 1966. They finished 5th in the NL.
November 10th 1997:
Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher to win the AL Cy Young award 4 times. The Rocket’s first 3 Cy Youngs came with the Red Sox while ’97 was played on his first year north of the border in Toronto.
November 10th Birthdays
Red Sox closer Bob Stanley turns 57. Although Bill Buckner gets much of the blame for Game 6 of the 1986 World Series(no explanation there), a chunk of the blame should belong to otherwise solid closer Bob Stanley. With 2 outs and and runners on first and third, the Red Sox pulled ineffective pitcher Calvin Schiraldi who had given up a run to decrease the Red Sox lead to 5-4. Then, Stanley threw a wild pitch scoring Kevin Mitchell and putting Bob Knight in scoring position, tying the game. Then, the fatal ball went through Buckner’s legs. Anyway, Stanley had an otherwise strong career in 13 years with Boston, making 2 All Star Games with 132 career saves.
November 3rd 1926:
Tigers centerfielder Ty Cobb officially retired as player/manager. He became part of the original hall of fame class more than 10 years later.
November 3rd 1942:
Triple Crown Winner Ted Williams finishes second in MVP to Joe (Flash) Gordon of the Yankees. Gordon led the league in most strikeouts and times grounded into a double play. Could you imagine winning the triple crown, but having writers say somebody else had a better season than you? Williams’ average was 34 points better, hit twice as many home runs, 34 more RBIs, an OBP 90 points better, the list goes on and on. This same thing happened to Lou Gehrig 8 years earlier. Gehrig hit 49 Home Runs, 47 more than winner Mickey Cochrane. He also had 165 RBI, 89 more than Cochrane, and his .363 average was 43 points better than Cochrane’s mark of .320.
November 3rd 1989:
Replacing the banned Pete Rose, Lou Piniela is named manager of the Reds.
October 27th 1985:
The Kansas City Royals win Game 7 of the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0. Pitcher Bret Saberhagen pitched a 5-hit shutout.
October 27th 1996:
The New York Yankees win their first World Series since 1978, beating the defending champion Braves 3-2 in Game 6. The Yankees went on to win 4 out of 5 World Series including 1996.
October 23, 1945
Owner Branch Rickey announces the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Dodgers. Robinson, the majors’ first African-American player, played 9 seasons, all for Brooklyn. He won Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the league’s MVP 2 years later.
October 23, 1993
Blue Jays’ Joe Carter hits a dramatic walk-off home run in Game 6 of the World Series against Philadelphia’s Mitch Williams. It was the second time a World Series was won on a walk-off home run.
October 10th 1904:
Boston clinches AL pennant on the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Highlanders. Jack Chesbro threw a wild pitch to allow the winning run to score. There was no World Series that year.
October 10th 1924:
The cellar-dweller Senators win their first world series by defeating the Giants in 12 innings. Earl Mc Neely had the winning hit on a ball that bounced over the third baseman’s head. It was their only championship before moving to Minnesota.
October 10th 1990:
The Oakland Athletics sweep the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS to win their 3rd consecutive pennant. Roger Clemens was ejected in the 2nd inning for arguing balls and strikes with umpire Terry Cooney. Oakland lost the Series to the Cincinnati Reds.
October 9th 1919:
Reds win Game 8 of the best-of-nine World Series vs. Chicago 10-5 and they win the series. It is later discovered that the White Sox threw the World Series for money and 8 players were banned for life form the game, although it was later discovered one was innocent.
October 9th 1938:
The Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 and sweep them in the World Series. This was New York’s third consecutive title.
October 9th 1957:
Pitching on 2 days rest due to Warren Spahn catching the flu, Milwaukee Braves pitcher Lew Burdette throws his second complete game shutout of the series en route to a 5-0 Game 7 win.
October 9th 1966:
Dave McNally of the Baltimore Orioles pitches a 4-hit shutout in a 1-0 series clinching win and sweep of the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers.Baltimore pitchers had pitched a record-setting 33 consecutive scoreless innings.