Thursday, August 25, 2011

Baseball History

Today the New York Yankees did something no team has ever done in the entire history of Major League Baseball--they hit three grand slams in a single game. Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin each hit a grand slam and the Bronx Bombers beat the Oakland A's 22-9.

Years from now the history books will state that on this day history was made by the Yankees. Strangely enough, quite a few baseball gems happened on this day in history.

* 1921: Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in 1 inning
* 1922: The Cubs & Phillies combined for 49 runs
* 1924: Walter Johnson throws his 2nd no-hitter
* 1936: 3 Braves hit twice in 1 inning getting 2 hits each
* 1951: Cleveland Indians were on a 16-game win streak
* 1952: Tigers' Virgil Trucks throws his 2nd no-hitter of season
* 1967: Twins' Dean Chance throws 2nd no-hitter of month
* 1985: Doc Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games

That's a lot of baseball history for one day. And some day down the road some baseball junkie will write about this day and say the Yankees hit three grand slams this day and chances are good, however many years from now that is, no other team will have accomplished the same feat. Somewhere it might even say that future Hall-of-Famer Jim Thome was claimed off waivers by his old team the Cleveland Indians where he still holds the franchise record for most career home runs.

Even if it is the damn Yankees celebrating such an accomplishment, what a day in baseball it has been.

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