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Bob Feller MLB Debut 15Ks – August 23, 1936

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17 Year-Old Bob Feller Strikes Out 15 Batters in His First Major League Start

Bob Feller, 17 years old - MLB debut 17 strikeouts

Bob Feller, 17 years old – MLB debut 17 strikeouts
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Bob Feller grew up on a farm in Van Meter, Iowa. Cleveland Indians chief scout Cyril “Cy” Slapnicka earned his keep when he signed Feller after his junior year in high school. Feller’s signing bonus was $1.00. (Yes, that’s right, one U.S. dollar) To sweeten the deal the Indians threw in a baseball autographed by the other players on the Indians. (Where is that ball, and what would it be worth today?)

Feller made his first official big league start on Aug. 23, 1936 against the St. Louis Browns. When Feller went to the mound, Indians manager Steve O’Neill sent veteran Denny Galehouse to the bullpen to warm up in case Feller had trouble. After Feller struck out the side in the first inning, Galehouse sat down. Feller struck out 15 batters, one short of the league record, in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns. The Plain Dealer called it the greatest pitching debut ever.

Gets 17 at 17

Two weeks later, on Sept. 13, 1936, Feller broke the American League mark with 17 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. He was still only 17 years old.

After the season, he returned to Van Meter for his senior year in high school. He could not play basketball for the school because he had already become a professional athlete. He was accompanied by a tutor when he went to spring training.
Read more: Cleveland.com

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Strasburg Gets Rocked by Cubans at Beijing Olympics – August 22, 2008

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Stephen Strasburg and U.S. Team have to settle for Bronze after 10-2 Semi-Final Loss to Cuba

Two years before he became the most hyped draft pick in MLB history, Stephen Strasburg had just finished his junior year at San Diego State. He was the only college player to compete for the U.S. on the Olympic team. In his first start in the Olympics, against the Netherlands, Strasburg pitched a one-hitter, but in the semi-final round against Cuba he was lifted after giving up three runs (two earned) in four innings.

2008 was the last year when baseball was a medal sport at the Olympics.

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Sports Illustrated Jinx Begins – August 22, 1954

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The publication date of Sport Illustrated Magazine’s premiere issue was August 16, 1954. It featured Milwaukee Braves slugger Eddie Mathews on the cover.

Six days later, the fist incident of the Sports Illustrated Jinx occurred.

The Milwaukee Braves were playing the Cubs at Wrigley field, and Mathews got hit on his left hand. It was the result of an errant fifth inning pitch from Chicago’s Hal Jeffcoat. Mathews had to come out of the game and was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital. X-rays were taken there, but did not show any fractures. However, he was unable to return to action for another week.

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Rangers Score 30 in One Game, MLB Record – August 22, 2007

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On August 22, 2007, Texas beat Baltimore, 30-3. Just to be clear, we’re talking about a baseball game, not a football game.

The Texas Rangers broke the MLB record for the most runs scored in a single game, and the Baltimore Orioles won the ignominious distinction for having given up the most runs in a game.

Rangers beat Orioles 30-3. MLB Record most runs in a game

Rangers beat Orioles 30-3. MLB Record most runs in a game
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Prior to the Rangers feat, 17 Major League teams (since 1900) had scored 25 or more runs in a game including a pair of 29 run outbursts, one by Red Sox at the hands of the St. Louis Browns on June 8, 1950, the other by the White Sox, courtesy of the Kansas City Athletics on April 23, 1955. The A’s had just left Philadelphia at the end of the 1954 season. Their 29-6 loss to the White Sox was only the sixth game they played in Kansas City.

The Cardinals hold the National League record for the most runs scored in a game. On July 6, 1929, they beat the Phillies 28-6.

In the Texas vs. Baltimore game, the Orioles actually actually led 3-0 through the end of the third inning. Then in the fourth the Rangers scored five runs. In the sixth inning they scored nine, followed by ten in the eighth and six in the ninth. Incredibly, the Rangers had scored thirty unanswered runs, and all of them were earned.

57 Rangers batters came to the plate. They got 29 hits.The Orioles allowed eight walks and they committed one error.

Daniel Cabrera started for Baltimore. In five innings he gave up six earned runs on nine hits He walked one batter and struck out four.

Compared to the three guys who followed him in so-called relief, his line for the game was positively stellar. Brian Burres replaced Carbrera in the sixth inning. He gave up eight runs on eight hits. He also walked a batter and threw a wild pitch. He did manage to get one batter to ground out (bunting) and he even recorded one strikeout.

Rob Bell followed Burres, and was almost as bad, handing out seven earned runs on five hits and three walks, in one and a third innings.

Not to be outdone was Paul Shuey who pitched two innings of “mop up”. He allowed nine earned runs on seven hits, and also gave up three walks. Shuey now holds the distinction of allowing the 30th run of the game, on a Ramon Vazquez homer in the ninth inning.

In the entire 114 year history of modern Major League Baseball, this was the one and only time in which one team, in one game, scored thirty runs.

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Chinese Gymnasts – How Young Were They? August 21, 2008

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Chinese Gymnasts won the “women’s” team all around Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. They were led by He Kexin, who also took a Gold Medal in the individual uneven bars. Even as they were competing, there was rampant speculation that He and several of her teammates were “under aged”. The official age minimum set by the International Olympic Committee at the time of the Beijing Olympics was 16.

On August 21, 2008, the New York Times and several other news sources reported that the I.O.C. was launching an official investigation to determine if the Chinese Gymnasts were in fact under aged.

BEIJING — The International Olympic Committee asked the world governing body for gymnastics to investigate whether members of the Chinese women’s team were too young to compete in the Olympics.

The I.O.C. instructed the international gymnastics federation, known as the F.I.G., to take up the issue with the Chinese gymnastics federation and the Chinese Olympic Committee and report back to the I.O.C. later Friday.

The F.I.G. has asked the Chinese for official documents, including birth certificates, of its entire women’s gymnastics team, according to I.O.C. officials. At the start of the Beijing Games, I.O.C. officials said that they had reviewed documentation provided by the Chinese team, and that they were satisfied that the gymnasts met age requirements.
Read more: NY Times

Bela Karolyi, the former coach of Olympic champions Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci, has said repeatedly he believes the Chinese are cheating. Reached at his Texas ranch Friday, he said he hopes the FIG investigates with objectivity.
“My personal opinion is they want to close it without spectacular results,” Karolyi said. “I’m afraid about that. They’re going to end the issue by saying they will investigate. Nothing much will result. But who knows? I can hope.”
Read more: USA Today

Karoli added:
These people think we are stupid…We are in the business of gymnastics. We know what a kid of 14 or 15 or 16 looks like. What kind of slap in the face is this? They are 12, 14 years old and they get lined up and the government backs them and the federation runs away. There is an age limit and it can’t be controlled.

On October 1, 2008, the I.O.C. cleared the Chinese Gymnasts

Ben Johnson Gold Medal Stripped

Five Chinese gymnasts suspected of being underage at the Beijing Olympics have been cleared by the International Gymnastic Federation (FIG).
He Kexin – one of the five – won the women’s uneven bars, pushing Britain’s Beth Tweddle into fourth place.
Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to compete.
In a statement, FIG said it regarded the case as “concluded” but insisted it is still looking at the ages of Chinese gymnasts at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Read more: BBC

Olympic Controversy, Read More

However, in 2010 a member of the the 2000 Chinese Gymnastics team was determined to be under aged and was stripped of her Bronze Medal.

Many people remember the gold-medal winning Chinese gymnastic team from 2008. Not all of the competitors looked like they were 16, which is the minimum age to participate in the Olympics. In 2000, there was at least one underage gymnast: Dong Fangxiao. Her true age wasn’t discovered until 2008, when she applied to be an official in the Beijing Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has just ruled that Dong Fangxiao was underage, and has taken away the Chinese bronze medal. This ruling changes the official Olympic record; at the same time, it also shows that the Chinese gymnasts from 2008 could eventually lose their medals, if they are proven to be underage at a later date. There is a lot of data supporting that they were underage as well; if they are proven underage, history could repeat itself.
Read more: Yahoo Voices

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Usain Bolt Takes Gold,Wins 200, Breaks Record – August 20, 2008

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Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the 200 meter sprint at the Olympics in Beijing on August 20, 2008. Running the distance in 19.30 seconds, Bolt broke Michael Johnson’s previous Olympic and World record of 19.32.
Watch the video. He makes it look easy.

Usain Bolt wins gold in 200, breaks record, 2008 Olympics

Usain Bolt wins gold in 200, breaks record, 2008 Olympics
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Phillies Lose 23rd Straight, Then Win – August 20, 1961

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On August 20, 1961 the Philadelphia Phillies played a double header in Milwaukee with the Braves. Milwaukee won the opener 5-2, extending the Phillies losing streak to 23 games. While the Phillies were tacking yet another game onto what was already the modern Major League record for most consecutive losses, the Braves were chalking up their 10th win in a row.

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1961 Phillies Click Image to see on eBay

Going into the nightcap, the Braves were 64-51. At 30-87, the Phillies were already well passed the point of being mathematically eliminated from the pennant race.
John Buzhardt (The H is silent) started the second game for the Phils. He came into the game with a 3-13 record and an ERA of 4.33. The Braves starter was Carl Willey (5-6, .402)

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Roy McMillan homered off of Buzzhardt, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phillies bounced back in the top of the fourth as Wes Covington homered to tie the game. Then Lee Walls doubled and Clay Darymple singled him home, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

The Phillies small-balled their way to another run in the sixth with another pair of hits by Walls and Darymple, and a sacrifice fly RBI off the bat of Bobby Malkmus. The Braves answered in the 7th when Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock both singled and Aaron scored after Frank Thomas grounded out into a double play.

The Phillies scored four in the eighth on four singles and a walk, and with a 7-2 lead, they were well on their way to winning their first game in more than three weeks.

Dick Allen and Frank Thomas Fight July 3, 1965

The win was actually a turning point for the Phillies. They won their next three games. For the remainder of the season they were only four games under .500 (16-20, .444).

In 1962 the National League expanded to 10 teams with the addition of the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45′s (renamed the Astros in 1965.) That year, the Phillies actually managed to finish a game over .500 at 81-80, a dramatic improvement compared to their dismal 1961 showing. In 1963 the Phillies continued to improve, finishing the season 12 games over .500 in fourth place. Then in 1964 they were the best team in the National League, for the first 150 games. But then they lost 10 straight, and finished a disappointing second to St. Louis.

1964, the most frustrating year ever

Vince Dimaggio hits 4 grand slams for the Phillies in 1945

Koufax strikes out 18 Phillies August 31, 1959

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