With Baseball-Reference.com having technical difficulties today, it’s a good time to look back at September 17, in an interesting date in Baseball history.
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A sampling of September 17th highlights
- 1912 – Casey Stengel of the Dodgers makes his major league debut against the Pirates.
- 1916 – Two hitters have great pitching days. Hall of Fame first baseman George Sisler picked up his last major League pitching victory topping Walter Johnson as the Browns beat the Senators, 1-0. At Comiskey Park, Babe Ruth won his 20th game of the season as the Red beat the White in a battle of Soxes, 6 – 2. A crowd of 40,000 attended the game; there were 15,018 at the Cell last night.
- 1923 – Perhaps as a measure of revenge for the game seven years before, the Senators swept a doubleheader from the Browns as Walter Johnson won one game in relief, and the other as a starter. Game one is 5 – 4 in 10 innings and game two is 12 – 2 in seven innings.
- 1931 – Red Sox outfielder Earl Webb celebrated his 32nd birthday by doubling in each end of a Fenway doubleheader over the Indians. The first double was his 64th of the season tying the record for most in a season, the second broke the record. Webb finished the season with 67 doubles, a record that still stands.
- 1939 – Ted Williams homered off White Sox pitcher Thornton Lee. In 1960, Williams homered off Thornton’s son, Don Lee, of the Senators.
- 1953 – Ernie Banks plays one as he becomes the first black player for the Cubs.
- 1955 – Brooks Robinson makes his debut and goes 2 for 4 as the Orioles top the Senators, 3 – 1.
- 1968 – At Candlestick Park, Gaylord Perry no-hits the Cardinals and Bob Gibson. The next day, the Cards no-hit San Francisco.
- 1993 – Pitching for the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan strikes out Angel catcher Greg Myers for his 5,714th and final career strikeout.