Saturday, September 26, 2009

This Week in History: 9/20-9/26

First, I have to apologize for missing last week's post, I had to go out of town and did not have internet access until late Sunday night. Please forgive me. I am back however and ready to celebrate the kick off of This Week in History. Sit back, relax, and go for a trip through This Week In History.

9/20: 1968- Mickey Mantle hits his 536th career home run in the Yankees 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The homer would be the last of Mantle's Hall of Fame career.

9/21: 2003- The Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 8-0 giving Greg Maddux his 15th win of the season. The win makes Maddux the first pitcher in history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons, breaking Cy Young's record.

9/22: 1911- By beating the Pirates 1-0 Cy Young obtains the 511th and final victory of his storied career.

9/23: 1969- Little known John Miller of the Dodgers hits a home run in his final career at-bat making him the only player in Major League History to hit a homer in his first and last at-bats. Miller's career spans only 32 games he gets 61 at-bats, and he only collects 10 total hits.

9/24: 1974- In a 5-4 loss to the Orioles, the Tigers Al Kaline collects his 3,000th career hit. He reached the milestone off of Oriole hurler Dave McNally on a double down the right field line.

9/25: 1974- An unheard of operation is performed by Dr. Frank Jobe when he uses a tendon from the right wrist to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the left elbow of a pitcher. The pitcher was....you guessed it...Tommy John. John would go on to win 164 more games after the surgery.

9/26: 1961- Yankee Outfielder Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth's record for home runs in a season when he hits his 60th of the year off of Oriole Pitcher Jack Fisher.

Next Week: The Iron Horse, The Splendid Splinter, The Say Hey Kid, Clemente, and more...

8 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Watching Maddux win that many games for that many seasons was amazing. Many of those wins pissed me off because they came against my Phils, but he was a pleasure to watch on the mound and is sorely missed from the game today.

Burton said...

Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz the Holy Trinity of Braves pitching staff. Those were the days!

tamtam said...

i can't begin to name how many pitchers (and other crystal chandeliers) can thank dr. jobe's revolutionary procedure for saving their careers. that guy was a godsend!

Burton said...

As of 2008, 89 pitchers owe their careers to Dr. Jobe, including David Wells, Mariano Rivera, John Smoltz, Eric Gagne, and Kenny Rogers.

GM-Carson said...

Really only 89? It seems like 10 or so pitcher have it done every season.

Burton said...

According to my research, only 3 doctors in the US , including Jobe, can perform the surgery, and there have been only 89 Major League players to have the surgery. I could be wrong, though.

Burton said...

The ever-reliable wikipedia has a list of about 140 players who have had the surgery. Some, like Nick Adenhart, had it before starting their professional careers.

tamtam said...

is that so?