Saturday, August 29, 2009

This Day in History: August 29

Some people argue that baseball is a boring sport, that there isn't enough action, the games are too long, and there are just too many of them in a season. One thing however, that can't be disputed is the rich history of the game. None of the other "major" sports can hold a candle to the history that baseball has amassed. Players are contstantly adding their names to exclusive lists, setting records, breaking streaks, and adding all of their accomplishments to the baseball history books.

In honor of the great history of our National Pastime, I will be bringing you a "This Day in History" post every Saturday morning. The post will offer a glimpse at a few of the greatest achievements and milestones attained on...well...This Day in History.

To get things started let's take a look at...

August 29:

1966-The Chicago Cubs' Robin Roberts gets the win in relief over the Atlanta Braves to become the only pitcher in Major League history to record wins against the Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Braves. Roberts would finish his career with a record of 286-245 and was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

1971-Braves Outfielder Hank Aaron becomes the first player to drive in at least 100 runs in 11 different seasons. Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 and finished his 23 year career with 2,297 RBI's, an all time major league record.

1993-Kansas City Royal's third baseman, George Brett, joins Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only 3 players in major league history to record 200 stolen bases, 3,000 hits, and 300 homeruns. Brett recorded 3,154 career hits, the most ever by a third baseman, and was inducted into the Hall in 1999.

Next Week: Appearances by The Bambino, The Big Train, Tom Terrific, and The Iron Man.


GM-Carson said...

I like this new feature.

I have a ball signed by George Brett. My uncle got it for me when he went and played at the actual "Field of Dreams" in a old-timers fantasy camp. Brett, Lou Brock, Maury Wills, and some other dudes all signed the ball for me.

Black Mesa Publishing said...

Nice entry -- I'll be sure to read what you have to say about "Tom Terrific" next week, as I became a big fan of Tom Seaver after seeing him pitch a spring training game for the Reds back when I was a kid.