On This Day in Baseball History May 19, 1962: …

On This Day in Baseball History May 19, 1962: Playing in front of a jam packed crowd of 50,100 fans at Dodger Stadium, Stan “The Man” Musial singles off of pitcher Ron Perranoski for his career hit 3,431. In doing so, Musial passed the National League Hit King Honus Wagner. Musial would finish his career with 3,630 hits.

On a side note, after a series of moves in the early 1990′s by Macmillan’s Baseball Encyclopedia, Honus Wagner hits were re-evaluated and found that he actually had 3,420 hits instead of 3,420 hits. The following articles shed more light into the revision of Wagner’s career hits:

Explaining the Honus Wagner Career Hits Discrepancy by Mike Lynch on July 29, 2014 from Sports Reference

Honus Wagner Hit Hard by Revision of Statistics : Hall of Fame: Baseball Encyclopedia drops famed shortstop from 6th to 7th on career hit list and from 26th to 29th in all-time averages. from the Los Angeles Times dated June 18, 1990

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On This Day in History May 17, 2010: One of th…

On This Day in History May 17, 2010: One of the star players of the All American Girl Professional Baseball League, Dorothy “Dottie” Kamenshek (December 21, 1925 – May 17, 2010) passed away at the age of 84. 

Dottie was an outstanding fielder having played first base and was an amazing hitter for the Rockford Peaches. She played for the Peaches from 1943 – 1951 and was immortalized in the movie A League of Their Own being played by Geena Davis. 

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On This Day in Baseball History May 17, 1903: …

On This Day in Baseball History May 17, 1903: Negro League legend James Thomas Bell better known to Baseball fans as Cool Papa Bell (May 17, 1903 – March 7, 1991) is born in Starkville, Mississippi. 

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On This Day in Baseball History May 11, 2016: …

On This Day in Baseball History May 11, 2016: Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals becomes the fourth pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game by fanning 20 Detroit Tigers. Scherzer pitched for the Tigers from 2010-2014. Scherzer joined Roger Clemens (April 29, 1986/September 18, 1996), Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998) and Randy Johnson (May 8, 2001) on the 20K in a nine inning game list.

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On This Day in Baseball History May 10, 1970: …

On This Day in Baseball History May 10, 1970: 47-year old Atlanta Braves pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first pitcher to reach the 1,000 pitching appearance plateau. 

You would have to wonder how many appearances Wilhelm would have had if he had debuted sooner in MLB. Wilhelm was 29-years old when he made his debut for New York Giants in 1952. Wilhelm debuted at that late age due to his service in World War II where he earned a Purple Heart due to injuries during the Battle of the Bulge and spending seven years in the minors. 

Wilhelm is currently 6th on the all time list for pitching appearances with 1,070. Wilhelm was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

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On This Day in Baseball History May 6, 1981: O…

On This Day in Baseball History May 6, 1981: On the day that the Seattle Mariners dismissed their manager Maury Wills, the Mariners won 12-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers. The win gave new manager Rene Lachemann a win in his debut and the winning pitcher was Mike Parrott. So you might think why is this worth a post. Well, pitcher Mike Parrott’s last win was on opening day…1980

Parrott was carrying an 18-game losing streak into this game and was on the verge of tying the American League record for consecutive losses shared by Robert Groom of the 1909 Washington Senators and John Nabors of the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics. 

Who holds the Major League record for consecutive losses? That “honor” falls to Anthony Young who lost 27 straight decisions while with the New York Mets from May 6, 1992 to July 24, 1993. 

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On This Day in Baseball History May 6, 1978: I…

On This Day in Baseball History May 6, 1978: It is said that one of the hardest things to do as a hitter is to come off the bench cold for a pinch hit appearance and get a hit, let alone hit a home run. Lee Lacy of the Los Angeles Dodgers set a record while doing so. 

Coming in as a pinch hitter during the ninth inning against Pittsburgh Pirates starter John Candelaria, Lacy would homer for his second consecutive pinch hit appearance. Lacy had homered on May 2nd coming off the bench in the ninth inning against Rick Reuschel the Chicago Cubs. With his homers off of Reuschel and Candelaria, Lacy became the first player to hit a homer in two consecutive pinch hit appearances.  

Lacy would raise the ante when he would homer once again when asked to pinch hit on May 17 in the eighth inning against Will McEnaney of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The record of three straight homers in pinch hitting opportunities would stand until the next year when Del Unser of the Philadelphia Phillies would match Lacy’s mark. 

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