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Posted: June 24, 2012 - 12:12am
This Dbacks' batter has a small strike zone. See more photos in tomorrow's Sports section.
This Dbacks' batter has a small strike zone. See more photos in tomorrow's Sports section.

Did You Know???

In 1917, in baseball’s greatest relief effort, Ernie Shore of the Boston Red Sox relieved pitcher Babe Ruth with nobody out and a man on first. The base runner was cut down stealing and Shore retired all 26 batters he faced to gain a 4-0 victory over Washington. Ruth walked Eddie Foster to open the game and was ejected after arguing with umpire Brick Owens.

Did You Know???

One out of three ain’t bad! Don Baylor played in three straight World Series....for three different teams. Don Baylor was a world-class manager and a very good player for a number of teams, winning the MVP in 1979 and three silver slugger awards. Baylor is regarded as one of the most underrated players of all-time. Baylor made the World Series three times in his career, and they just happened to be consecutively, in 1986 (Red Sox), 1987 (Twins), and 1988 (Athletics). Only the Twins won him a championship in 1987, a year he was seldom used.

Ground Control to Major...Perry???

Gaylord Perry hit a home run after his manager said they’d put a man on the moon first. Debuting in 1962, Perry played in an era where pitchers weren’t only expected to pitch but hit as well. Talking to reporters over his pitcher’s inability to hit, San Francisco Giants manager Alvin Dark joked “They’ll put a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run.”

During a game on July 20, 1969; a mere 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Perry stepped up to bat and hit his first career home run.

On This Date In Baseball History, June 24:

1936 — Rookie Joe DiMaggio hit two homers in the fifth inning and added two doubles in the New York Yankees’ 18-4 victory over the St. Louis Browns.

1950 — Wes Westrum of the New York Giants hit three home runs and a triple in a 12-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

1955 — Harmon Killebrew hit his first major league homer, off Billy Hoeft at Griffith Stadium, but the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Senators 18-7.

1962 — Jack Reed, a substitute outfielder, hit a homer off Phil Regan in the 22nd inning to give the New York Yankees a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers in a game that lasted 7 hours, 22 minutes. It was the only homer Reed hit in the majors.

1968 — Jim Northrup tied a major league record by hitting two grand slams in one game as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 14-3.

1983 — Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers became the eighth pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters. Sutton’s 3,000th victim was Cleveland’s Alan Bannister in a 3-2 win over the Indians.

1984 — Oakland’s Joe Morgan hit his 265th home run as a second baseman, breaking Roger Hornsby’s career home run record for that position. Morgan’s homer off Frank Tanana was the 267th of his career and led the A’s to a 4-2 win over Texas.

1994 — Jeff Bagwell hit three homers, two in one inning to tie a major league record, as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-4.

1997 — Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners struck out 19 batters — one short of Roger Clemens’ major league record for a nine-inning game. He became the first AL left-hander to fan 19, but the Oakland Athletics won 4-1.

1998 — Sammy Sosa tied the major-league record for homers in a month, hitting his 18th of June in the first inning of the Cubs’ 7-6 loss to Detroit. Sosa, with 31 homers overall, matched the mark set by Detroit’s Rudy York in August 1937, and broke Willie Mays’ NL record set in August 1965.

2002 — Both starters in the first game of the Anaheim-Texas doubleheader — Joaquin Benoit and Aaron Sele — threw 96 pitches, 53 strikes and 43 balls. Benoit and the Rangers won 8-5.

2003 — Brad Wilkerson hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs, in Montreal’s 6-4 win over Pittsburgh. It was the first cycle in the majors this season and was performed in sequence — single, double, triple and homer.

2007 — Dustin McGowan pitched a one-hitter to lead Toronto to a 5-0 victory over Colorado. Jeff Baker singled leading off the ninth inning to spoil McGowan’s no-hit bid. He retired the next three batters to finish off his first career shutout. He struck out seven and walked one over 109 pitches.

2011 — A.J. Burnett became the first pitcher in New York Yankees history to strike out four batters in one inning, Burnett’s major league record-tying performance came in the sixth inning of a 4-2 loss to Colorado.

Today’s birthday: Robbie Ross 23; Juan Francisco 25; Phil Hughes 25.

Yesterday’s Date, June 23:

1950 — Hoot Evers’ game-winning home run in the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees as the teams combined for 11 home runs, a major league record. The Yankees hit six.

1963 — Jimmie Piersall, playing for the Mets in New York, hit his 100th career home run and celebrated by running around the bases backward.

1971 — Rick Wise of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds and hit two homers. Wise became the first pitcher to hit two homers while throwing a no-hitter.

1973 — Pitcher Ken Brett of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a home run in the fourth consecutive game that he pitched in June. He beat Montreal 7-2.

1984 — Chicago’s Ryne Sandberg hit two late-inning home runs off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bruce Sutter to tie the game twice as the Cubs went on to win 12-11 in 11 innings. Sandberg led off the ninth inning with a solo home run to tie the game 9-9 then hit a two-run, two-out homer in the 10th to tie the game 11-11. Willie McGee hit for the cycle and drove in six runs for St. Louis.

2000 — Bret Boone hit three home runs along with six RBIs in San Diego’s 10-7, 10-inning victory over Cincinnati.

2006 — Jose Contreras won his 16th straight decision, leading the Chicago White Sox past Houston 7-4. Contreras, 16-0 in his last 21 regular-season starts, last lost to Minnesota on Aug. 15, 2005. He surpassed the club mark for consecutive wins held by LaMarr Hoyt and Wilson Alvarez.

2008 — Felix Hernandez hit the first grand slam by an American League pitcher in 37 years, then departed with a sprained ankle before he could qualify for a win in Seattle’s 5-2 victory over the New York Mets. The shot to right-center off Johan Santana was the first home run by a pitcher in Mariners history, and the first slam by an AL hurler since Cleveland’s Steve Dunning went deep against Oakland’s Diego Segui on May 11, 1971.

Today’s birthday: Matt Daley 29.

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