Here is one hour of color footage, via WGN, of Jim Maloney’s August 19, 1965 no-hitter versus the Cubs.
Playoffs using some old names:
Perfectos vs. Alleghenys or Redlegs
Superbas vs. Rustlers
Americans vs. Naps or Devil Rays
A’s vs., er, Tigers
They will always be the Brooklyn Bridegrooms to me.
They now own the MLB record for most strikeouts by a team in a season, 1530.
Ironically, this season the Tigers also set a record for most strikeouts by a pitching staff in a season with 1417.
The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates played more than 162 games in a season was 1992. Just a reminder of what was going on 21 years ago (when this post author was starting college):
* The #1 song in September 1992 was “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men (yes MLBOffseason spent $1.29 to bring you that memory). Other 1992 top hits: “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot, “Jump” by Kriss Kross, and “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
* The number one film in 1992 was Disney’s Aladdin. Other hits: The Bodyguard, Home Alone 2, Batman Returns, and Wayne’s World
* Mortal Kombat was released as an arcade game and Super Mario Kart was introduced on the Super NES.
* George HW Bush was President of the United States
* Mark Rypien led Washington past Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI
* The Winter and Summer Olympics were still held in the same year (Albertville, France and Barcelona, Spain)
* Barney and Friends premiered on PBS
* Microsoft released Windows 3.1
* Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi won the women’s and men’s singles titles at Wimbledon. They were neither dating nor married.
* The Cartoon Network began broadcasting
* Bryce Harper and Miley Cyrus were born
"End of the Road" and Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville are copyright of Decca Records
Based on their schedule this must include both sweeps by them AND of them, otherwise I could only find five.
Here are the teams that the Indians swept:
vs. A’s, May 6-9 (home)
vs. Mariners, May 17-20 (home)
vs. White Sox, June 28-30, includes a double header (away)
vs. White Sox, Sept. 12-15 (away)
vs. Astros, Sept. 19-22 (home)
They were swept by the Tigers in Cleveland, August 5-8.
The Indians end the season with a 4-game series, at the Twins (Sept. 26-29)
Lou Gehrig has held the record for most grand slams in a career (23) for 74 years.
Tonight, Alex Rodriguez surpassed that by hitting his 24th grand slam off George Kontos of the Giants in the 7th inning.
This is not as cool as it might have once been.
Full disclosure: My oldest son is named for Gehrig….so I’m completely biased.
They have a long way to go to match the Mets and Astros who played 23 1/2 scoreless innings on April 15, 1968.
The Astros won the game in the bottom of the 24th on an error by Mets’ SS Al Weis. (Ugh)
Les Rohr took the loss and Wade Blasingame earned the win.
Btw, Tom Seaver started the game for NY and threw 10 innings.
Sources: Wikianswers and retrosheet.org
On June 20:
Dodgers are 29-42, 8.5 games back in the division
June 21 - August 16:
Dodgers are 42-8, 9.5 game division lead
That’s right the Dodgers have played .840 ball over the past 2 months and have had a 18-game turnaround.
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 5, 1921
Dodgers have won 1080
Cubs have won 1070
h/t to Pat Hughes on WGN-AM 720 (and whoever does his research)
1983 All-Star Game
Comiskey Park (50th Anniversary of the 1st ASG)
3rd Inning - Atlee Hammaker (SF) pitching, Gary Carter (MTL, HOF) catching
Order, during the video:
Jim Rice (BOS, HOF)
George Brett (KC, HOF)
Ted Simmons (MIL)
Dave Winfield (NYY, HOF)
Manny Trillo (CLE)
Doug DiCences (CAL)
Rod Carew (CAL, HOF)
Robin Yount (MIL, HOF)
Fred Lynn (CAL)
Other Hall of Famers on rosters that night:
Eddie Murray, Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken, Reggie Jackson, Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Andrew Dawson, Ozzie Smith
(Huge h/t to a friend of MLBOffseason, Mighty Flynn)
34 years ago today: Disco Demolition Night.
The White Sox lost game one of a scheduled doubleheader to the Tigers, 4-1. The idea of burning disco records in between games was the idea of Chicago DJ Steve Dahl. Needless to say (see above) it did not go well.
The White Sox had to forfeit the second game. Luckily it didn’t matter. They finished 14 games out of first in the American League West in ‘79.
Larry Doby broke the American League color line July 5, 1947. Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffee makes the case for giving Doby a day of his own:
Doby endured the same virulent racism that Robinson faced — the segregation, bench-jockeying from opponents and cool receptions from certain teammates — and yet he thrived at the major league level, earning All-Star honors for seven straight years from 1949 through 1955. Not until 1998, 39 years after his playing career ended, and 36 years after Robinson’s first-ballot election, was he inducted into the Hall of Fame, that via the Veterans Committee. “The only difference was that Jackie Robinson got all the publicity,” Doby later said. “You didn’t hear much about what I was going through because the media didn’t want to repeat the same story.”
Read the rest: http://mlb.si.com/2013/07/05/larry-doby-anniversary-breaking-al-color-barrier/ </p>
Happy Canada Day!
Here’s a ticket from the Montreal Expos’ first ever game, April 14, 1969.
Le Club de Baseball Montreal finished last in the newly formed NL East.