Saturday, September 05, 2009

This Day in History: September 5

Welcome back to the 2nd edition of This Day in History. Today we take a look at September 5. Some very prominent major leaguers made history on September 5, so let's take a look and see who did what.

1914-A 19 year old George Herman "Babe" Ruth of the Triple-A Providence Grays tosses a 9-0 shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the game the "Bambino" swats his first professional and only minor league homer.
1921- Walter "The Big Train" Johnson breaks Cy Young's all time strikeout record as he whiffs 7 Yankees giving him a total of 2,807 career K's.

1955- Dodgers hurler Don Newcombe beats the Phillies 11-4 for his 20th victory of the season. Newcombe also homers for the 7th time, setting the National League mark for homeruns by a pitcher in one season.

1969- The New York Mets Tom Seaver becomes the first pitcher in Mets franchise history to win 20 games in a season when he bests the Phillies 5-1. Seaver, who would finish the season 25-7 and win his first of three Cy Young Awards for the '69 World Champs, throws a 5 hitter in the victory.

1995- Cal Ripken Jr. receives a standing ovation for more than 5 minutes from the Camden Yards crowd as he ties Lou Gehrig's record of consecutive games played with 2,130.

Next Week: Ralph Kiner, The Dodgers, "The Say Hey Kid", Yaz, those Amazin' Mets, and more.


GM-Carson said...

I remember watching the Ripken game, truly amazing record that man tied and eventually broke.

tamtam said...

i think i remember cal ripken's record-tying game. but then again, i was 5 years old at the time and too little to underdstand the significance go the moment

tamtam said...

*sorry-can't type.

understand the significance of the moment