Monday, May 9, 2011

On This Day - May 9th

OTD - 1937 - The Reds' backstop Ernie Lombardi goes 6-for-6 as Cincinnati routs the Phillies, 21-10.

OTD - 1961 - In a 13-5 victory over the Twins, Jim Gentile becomes first major leaguer to hit consecutive grand slams in the same game. The Orioles' first baseman accomplishes the feat in the first two innings of the contest.

OTD - 1967 - Cardinals' outfielder # 9 Roger Maris hits his first National League home run on the ninth day of the month in seat 9 of section 9.

OTD - 1984 - At Comiskey Park, the first eight-hour game in major league history ends in the 25th inning when Harold Baines belts a home run giving the White Sox a 7-6 win over the Brewers. Tom Seaver, who will also start and pitch 8 1/3 innings in the nightcap, gets the win pitching one inning of relief.

OTD - 2010 - Dallas Braden, recently made infamous due to his words with Alex Rodriguez when the Yankee third baseman cut across the diamond via the pitcher’s mound, throws the 19th perfect game in baseball history, a 4-0 victory over the Rays in Oakland. In attendance for the 26-year old left-hander's Mother's Day gem is his grandmother, who raised him after his mom died of a melanoma during his senior year at Stagg High School in Stockton, California.


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