On This Day in Baseball History May 7, 1999: T…

On This Day in Baseball History May 7, 1999: The game between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium marked the first time that two Japanese born starting pitchers faced each other. Hideki Irabu of the Yankees and Makoto “Mac” Suzuki of the Mariners matched up for five innings before the Yankees knocked Suzuki out of the game. The Yankees would win the game 5-1.

For those of you not familiar with Mac Suzuki, he was the third Japanese player to play in the major leagues, after Masanori Murakami and Hideo Nomo and the first to pitch in the American League. 

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On This Day in Baseball History May 3, 1936: J…

On This Day in Baseball History May 3, 1936: Joe DiMaggio makes his Major League debut with the New York Yankees going 3-for-6 in the Yankees 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. Having missed the beginning of the season with a foot injury, DiMaggio gets three hits, including a triple, and scores three runs. We all know how the rest of his career ends up.

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On This Day in Baseball History May 2, 1923: D…

On This Day in Baseball History May 2, 1923: During pregame ceremonies, the American League President Ban Johnson celebrates New York Yankees shortstop Everett Scott. Scott became the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to play in 1,000 consecutive games. 

The previous record for consecutive games during the pre-modern era was held by George P. Pinckney who played 577 consecutive games for the Brooklyn team of both the American Association and National League. His streak started on September 2, 1885 and ended in 1890. The then modern age MLB record for consecutive games played was held by Fred Luderus of the Philadelphia Phillies who played for 533 consecutive games from June 2, 1916 through 1919. The former American League record was held by Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox who played for 478 consecutive games. 

Scott would start his streak on June 20, 1916 while playing for the Boston Red Sox. Scott’s record streak would reach 1,307 games and end on May 5, 1925. He would be eclipsed by the Iron Horse Lou Gehrig, who would play a total of  2,130 games from June 1, 1925 to April 30, 1939. Cal Ripken Jr. is the current record holder having played 2,632 consecutive games from 1982 – 1995. Scott still sits at number three on the all-time consecutive games played list.

The game would finish with a 3-0 shutout of the Yankees by Washington Senators ace Walter “Big Train” Johnson. 

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On This Day in Baseball History April 24, 1987…

On This Day in Baseball History April 24, 1987: Yankees outfielder Rickey Henderson becomes the first player to homer off of two 300+ game winners in the same game. Henderson homered off of starter Phil Niekro in the 8th inning. Niekro would be relieved by Steve Carlton. Henderson would homer off of “Lefty” in the top of the 9th inning. 

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On This Day in Baseball History April 22, 1959…

On This Day in Baseball History April 22, 1959: New York Yankees ace Edward “Whitey” Ford ties the franchise record for strikeouts with 15K’s of the Washington Senators in a 14-inning complete game 1-0 win at Griffith Stadium. The game was decided by Moose Skowron’s homerun off Chuck Stobbs in the 14th inning. 

Bob Shawkey set the record of 15K’s against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1919. Both Ford and Shawkey would hold the record until Ron Guidry struck out 18 California Angel batters on June 17, 1978.

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