August 18, 2006
Jered Weaver, blanking the Mariners for seven innings at Angel Stadium, joins Whitey Ford (Yankees, 1950) to become only the second American League rookie to begin a career with nine straight victories as a starter. The 23-year-old Angel will need to win his next four games to match the mark established by Hooks Wiltse, who started his freshman season in 1904 with 13 consecutive wins.
August 17, 1973
At Shea Stadium, 42-year-old Willie Mays hits his 660th and final home run of his career off Cincinnati’s Don Gullett. The Mets first baseman, who played 21 seasons roaming the outfield for the Giants before coming home to New York last season, is third on the all-time home run career list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (703).
August 16, 1890
Bill Phillips becomes the first pitcher to allow two grand slams in the same inning, when Tom Burns and Malachi Kittridge both take the Alleghenys’ right-hander deep in the same frame of an 18-5 loss to the Chicago Colts. In 1999, Chan Ho Park will match the dubious feat, but will have the distinction of giving up both grand slams to the same batter, Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals.
August 15, 1999
In the first frame of Anaheim’s 10-2 victory over Detroit, Chuck Finley becomes the first major league pitcher in history to strike out four batters in one inning twice in his career. The Angels’ southpaw also accomplished the feat against the Yankees earlier in the season on May 12.
August 14, 1998
In a 15-3 rout of the Indians at Jacobs Field, Chris Hoiles becomes the ninth player in major league history – and the only catcher – to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Orioles catcher goes yard with the bases full in the third inning off Charles Nagy and does it again in the eighth off Ron Villone.
August 13, 1902
In an attempted double steal by the A’s, the Tigers concede second base to Harry Davis, freezing Dave Fultz, the runner on third. This prompts Davis to return to first base on the pitcher’s next delivery. When Davis takes off for second for the second time, he draws a throw and, in the resulting run-down Dave Fultz scores from third, and Davis is called safe at second again. Davis will be credited with only one stolen base for all of his efforts during the sixth inning of Philadelphia’s 9-0 victory over Detroit.
August 12, 1974
En route to a 4-2 victory over Boston, Angels’ right-hander Nolan Ryan strikes out a major league record 19 batters. It will be the second of three 19-K performances for Ryan this season.
August 11, 1982
Tagged with the loss in the Twins’ 6-3 defeat to California, Terry Felton’s career record drops to 0-14. The 24-year-old right hander, who will not win a game in 55 major league appearances, establishes a new mark for the worst individual start in baseball history, surpassing Guy Morton’s 1914 record of 13 consecutive losses from the beginning of a career.
August 10, 2003
Rafael Furcal becomes the 12th player in big league history to turn an unassisted triple play. With Cardinals runners on first (Orlando Palmeiro) and second (Mike Matheny) in the fifth inning, the Braves shortstop makes a leaping catch of pitcher Woody Williams’ liner and steps on second base to double up Matheny before tagging out Palmeiro, who is attempting to get back to first base.
August 9, 1975
Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base without being caught, breaking Max Carey’s 1922 record in the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory over New York. The Dodger second baseman’s mark will be broken by Vince Coleman in 1989.