At the end of the 1958 season, Sandy Koufax had pitched four seasons in the Major League, and had compiled a 20-21 record. He was known for his blazing speed and his mediocre control.
1959 was a transition year for Koufax. He started to find the strike zone, and still had velocity to spare. Koufax came one shy of tying Dizzy Dean’s National League single game strikeout record when he struck out 16 Philadelphia Phillies in Los Angeles on June 22. On August 31, in the midst of a tight pennant race with San Francisco and Milwaukee, Koufax broke Dean’s record and tied Bob Feller’s Major League record, when he recorded 18 strikeouts against the Giants. The game was played at the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of 82,794 fans.
Rickey Henderson picked up his 119th stolen base of the season on August 27, 1982. The record had previously belonged to Lou Brock. Brock stole 118 bases in 1974. Henderson would go on to steal another 11 bases before the end of the 1982 season, bringing his total up to 130. Henderson’s mark still has a few years to go before it surpasses Ty Cobb’s “longevity record.” Cobb stole 96 bases during the 1915 season, a record which stood 47 years until Maury Wills finally broke it in 1962. Wills stole 104 bases that year.
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
17 Year-Old Bob Feller Strikes Out 15 Batters in His First Major League Start
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
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.
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.