Vince Dimaggio, was the older brother of that “other Dimaggio. He was no Hall-of-Famer, but Vince Dimaggio managed to hang around the Majors for 10 seasons, and in all but two of them he hit 12 or more home runs. Playing for the Phillies, he hit his fourth grand slam of the season on September 1, 1945.
An 18-year-old Ty Cobb made his Major League debut on August 30, 1905. Cobb became known as “The Georgia Peach” (and probably earned several other less complimentary and more vulgar nicknames). In the first inning of his first game Cobb doubled, facing the New York Highlanders’ (later renamed the Yankees) Jack Chesbro (career 198-132, ERA 2.68).
Twenty three years later on September 3, 1928, Cobb got his 4,191st, and last hit, also a double; facing Washington’s Bump Hadley.
The New York Yankees became the first and only team in Major League history to hit three grand slams in one game. Trailing 7-2 in the fifth inning, Robinson Cano hit one into the right field stands off of Oakland A’s starter Rich Harden. In the next inning Russel Martin facing Fautino De Los Santos, put the Yankees ahead 10-7 with a shot to right center. In the eighth inning, with Yanks now ahead 17-8, Curtis Granderson drove Bruce Billings pitch out of the park for the Yankees third slam of the game.
In nearly a century of storied slugging, the Yankees had never enjoyed a day like this.
On a dreary afternoon, some fans headed home with the Yankees trailing 7-1 after three innings and rain still falling in a game that began after an 89-minute delay.
Turns out they missed the Yankees coming home — over and over and over.
Read more: CBSNews.com
No team in major league history had hit three grand slams in a game before Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson strode to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday, the crowd at Yankee Stadium having been thinned, but the bases loaded one more time.
Granderson had 35 home runs before Thursday, which made him as good a candidate as any to help the Yankees set a record. With the Yankees well on their way to a wild 22-9 victory over Oakland, Granderson really just wanted one good pitch to drive.
He got it.
Read more: NY Times
Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life by Commissioner Bart Giamotti, on August 24, 1989. There is no doubt that Rose bet on games that he was involved with, and that was obviously against the rules, and of course it was bad for baseball. But unlike Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, Rose wasn’t a cheater.
While there is no proof that that he didn’t bet against himself, there is absolutely no evidence that he did. And if you consider how sloppy Rose was about concealing his gambling habits, it’s likely that if he had bet against himself, we’d know it.
The evidence was so staggering that it was difficult to fathom. Records of phone call after phone call made to bookies, sometimes just minutes before the national anthem. Records of bets, one after another, day after day, on virtually every team, including the team he managed, along with the amount of the bet – wagering almost $20,000 per day.
The baseball world — and the world in general — was staggered by the amount of evidence, leaving little doubt that Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader and one of history’s greatest and celebrated players, had gambled on baseball and bet on his own team.
Read more: ESPN
Rose wasn’t a cheater. He was just a pathetic gambling addict.
I tried everything I could every night to win. I told the guy [I bet with] before the season I want my team every night and we’ll settle up at the end of the year. That was my first year without playing. Managing wasn’t enough. I needed more. The more was betting on my team every night.
Read more: Sports Illustrated
Eric Bruntlett is the 15th player in baseball’s modern era to pull of an unassisted triple play. Bruntlett’s hat tricked came in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Mets at Shea Stadium, on August 23, 2009. This was only the second time when a game ended on a triple play. The first time it happened was in 1927 when the Tigers Johnny Neun ended a game against the Indians in similar fashion to Bruntlett. He caught line drive, touched second base and tagged a runner.
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.