Sunday, May 15, 2011

On This Day - May 15th

OTD - 1922 - In a game at New York, Ty Cobb beats out a grounder to shortstop Everett Scott. Veteran writer Fred Lieb scores it a hit in the box score he files with the Associated Press. But official scorer John Kieran of the Times gives an error to Scott. At the season's end, the A.L. official records, based on AP box scores, list Cobb at .401. New York writers complain unsuccessfully that it should be .399, based on the official scorer's stats.

OTD - 1941 - Joe DiMaggio gets a single against Eddie Smith of the Chicago White Sox to start his 56-game hitting streak. Joe D's hit goes unnoticed as the Yankees lose 13-1.

OTD - 1952 - Virgil Trucks throws the first of his two hitters this season blanking the Senators, 1-0. In August, the Tigers' right-hander will also keep the Yankees hitless in another 1-0 game that becomes controversial when Phil Rizzuto's third inning at-bat is first ruled an error then a hit, only to be changed back into an error three frames later.

OTD - 1968 - Hoping to fill the void created when the Braves moved to Atlanta, the White Sox play the first of nine games in Milwaukee. A crowd of 23,403 fans watches the Pale Hose lose to the Angels, 4-2, in the first American League contest to take place in Milwaukee since 1901.

OTD - 1973 - California's Nolan Ryan strikes out 12 and hurls his first career no-hitter in beating Kansas City 3-0. For catcher Jeff Torborg, it is his third no-hitter.


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