A column about nothing…but Hall of Famers
- 1913 – One hundred years ago today, Walter Johnson set a new record by extending his scoreless inning streak to 56 before allowing a 4th inning run to the St. Louis Browns. The great Washington Senators pitcher broke Jack Coombs‘ record of 53 consecutive scoreless innings.
- 1920 – Walter Johnson earned his 300th career win with a 9 – 8 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The Big Train ended with 417 career wins
- 1933 – Trailing 6-4 in the 9th inning, in the rain at Ebbets Field, Hack Wilson pinch-hit an inside-the-park grand slam to give the Phillies an 8-6 over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- 1965 – Carl Yastrzemski hit for the cycle in a big way with two homers and five RBI at Fenway Park. The Tigers beat the Red Sox, 12 – 8.
- 1967 – Mickey Mantle hit the 500th homer of his career as the Yankees beat the Orioles, 6-5, at Yankee Stadium. In Pittsburgh, Hank Aaron hit the 450th homer of his career but the Braves lost to the Pirates, 5-2, thanks in lage part to Roberto Clemente who fell a homer shy of a cycle.
- 1972 – The Mets defeated the Giants, 5-4, thanks to a 5th inning go-ahead homer by their leadoff batter first baseman Willie Mays, playing his first game with the Mets.
- 1986 – Reggie Jackson, of the California Angels, hits his 537th career home run moving past Mickey Mantle on the all-time list. Jackson’s homer was hit off that night’s winning pitcher Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox.
- 1998 – Los Angeles Dodger fan and the co-star, with Gene Kelly, of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Frank Sinatra died at the age of 84. His “New York, New York” still plays after every Yankee win at Yankee Stadium.
- 1998 – The New York Mets fan who in 2012, with Bob Costas, brilliantly deconstructed Abbott & Costello‘s “Who’s on First?,” brought his eponymous show, “Seinfeld,” to a close after 180 episodes. In a 2012 deep dive in the New York Times Magazine, Jerry Seinfeld spoke about Ichiro Suzuki, “This is the guy I relate to more than any athlete,” Seinfeld said. “His precision, incredible precision. Look at his body type — he’s made the most of what he has. He’s the hardest guy to get out. He’s fast. And he’s old.”