Saturday, September 12, 2009

This Day in History: September 12

Back for another addition of This Day in History, we take a look at September 12. All great things in this world continue to evolve and get better and with that in mind, this will be the last This Day in History post. Don't worry, starting next week, we will be unveiling a new, improved version titled This WEEK in History! We will look at each week (Sunday through Saturday) and provide one historical event that took place on each day. I like the current version but the new version will give us a chance to take a look at more days in Baseball History.

Without further ado; September 12 as promised:

1947- Ralph Kiner hits his 8th homer in four games, breaking Tony Lazzeri's record of 7 set in 1936.

1953- The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Braves 5-2 to clinch the pennant, making September 12 the earliest date a pennant has ever been clinched in baseball history. With the win, the Dodgers went up by 13 games on the Braves with 12 left to play.

1962- With the Giants trailing the Dodgers by 1 game, Willie Mays is hospitalized with nervous exhaustion. The Giants go on to lose 6 games in a row. The Say Hey Kid recovers and helps the G-Men beat the Dodgers in a playoff to win the National League Pennant.

1969- The Amazin' Mets sweep the Pirates in a double header. Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both pitch 1-0 complete games and both pitchers drive the winning runs of each game.

1979- In a 9-2 victory over the Yankees, Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski collects his 3,000 career hit. The milestone came on a single to left off of Yankee hurler Jim Beattie at Fenway Park.

Finally, this is why I love baseball...

1932- In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record setting 6th pinch hit homerun of the season in the Dodgers 4-3 win over the Cubs.

2000- The Dodgers Dave Hansen, in a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, hits his 7th pinch hit homerun of the season. Breaking, you guessed it, Johnny Fredericks' 68 year old record.
Next Week: The 1st issue of This Week in History gets started with a look at September 13-September 19. Those checking in will include The Say Hey Kid & Frank Robinson, Bo, The Amazin's, Michael Jack, and more.

1 comment:

GM-Carson said...

That's amazing about the doubleheader for the Mets where both pitchers went the distance and supplied all the offense.