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It only seemed right to end this the way it began. First post, last post. One of my all-time favorites. Rickey brought an intensity, a joyous exuberance to the game, which I think is how it should always be played. Thank you all so much for your support and kind words. You are proof that baseball fans are the best fans!

May 1, 1992
Rickey Henderson steals his 1000th base. Henderson already held the record for most career stolen bases. He broke the record previously held by Lou Brock with his 939th stolen base exactly one year earlier on May 1, 1991.

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April 30, 1922

Charlie Robertson, in only his fourth career start, becomes the third modern pitcher to throw a perfect game when he beats the Tigers at Navin Field, 2-0. The White Sox pitcher, thanks to Johnny Mostil’s two outstanding catches in the outfield, is also just the fourth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

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April 26, 2013

Anibal Sanchez breaks Mickey Lolich’s franchise record of 16 strikeouts when he retires the side on strikes in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 10-0 rout of Atlanta. In his eight innings of work, the 29-year-old Venezuelan right-hander gives up just five hits en route to his 17-strikeout performance.

Ed. Note: This was the event that originally sparked the idea for this blog. As I watched the game, I thought, ‘That’s so cool. I never knew that. I wish there was something that combined baseball, history, and trivia in one place.” Five days later, this-day-in-baseball was launched.

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April 25, 1937

Cliff Melton becomes the first rookie to fan at least ten batters in his major league debut, finishing with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game loss to the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 25-year-old southpaw, who loses the 3-1 contest due to the weak defense of the Giants in the ninth inning, will hold the rookie record for K’s in his debut until Dodger freshman Karl Spooner strikes out 15 batters in his first major league start in 1954.