Wednesday, May 4, 2011
On This Day - May 4th
OTD - 1946 - Washington's Cecil Travis gets six straight hits before being stopped by Cleveland's Steve Gromek. A prewar hitting star, Travis has few other starring moments as a player after suffering frozen feet during combat in Europe.
OTD - 1966 - Willie Mays hits a NL record 512th HR, topping the mark of another Giant, Mel Ott, as the Giants beat the Dodgers 6-1.
OTD - 1975 - The Giants beat the Astros 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park. In the second inning, Houston's Bob Watson scores what is calculated as major league baseball's millionth run of all time. Philadelphia National Wes Fisler scored the first run on April 22, 1876.
OTD - 1996 - The Rangers have a pair of one-hit wonders. Roger Pavlik one-hits the Tigers to make the Rangers the first A.L. team to pitch back-to-back one-hitters since the Washington Senators in 1917. Neither Pavlik nor his predecessor, Ken Hill, issues a walk in the one-hitters.
OTD - 1997 - Detroit pitcher Willie Blair suffers a broken jaw when he is struck by a line drive off the bat of Julio Franco. The 31-year-old Blair will bounce back and double his previous career best with 16 wins.