By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
What do Bo Jackson and Ken Harrelson have in common? What team prevailed in the extra-inning classic between the Boston Red Sox-Philadelphia Phillies six years ago? Does the name “Pinky” meaning anything to you?
The answers are in this edition of This Day in Baseball.
1938 – Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins gets his 12th consecutive hit
1939 – The Yankees announce Lou Gehrig’s retirement
1950 – Joe DiMaggio gets 2,000th career hit
1970 – Cesar Gutierrez helps the Tigers top the Indians by going 7-for-7 in Detroit’s 12-inning 12-8 victory.
1971 – Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play professional golf.
1986 – Bo Jackson, College Football’s Heisman Trophy winner, signs a 3-year contract with the Kansas City Royals. Selected in the NFL Draft that year by Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers don’t sign Jackson, forfeiting their rights to him. Eligible for the 1987 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Raiders selects Jackson as a running back.
1989 – The Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to the Oakland A’s for Eric Plunk, Greg Cadaret and Luis Polonia
1989 – Carlton Fisk becomes the all-time home run hitter as a catcher with his 307th blast, guiding the visiting Red Sox to a 7-3 victory over the Yankees.
2003 – At Philadelphia’s Veteran Stadium, the Red Sox and the Phillies are tied 2-2 after nine innings. Each team scores a run in the 12th. In the top of the 13th, the Red Sox add two runs to take a 5-3 lead. The Phillies respond with three runs to win 6-5. Boston’s shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hits six singles in his 6-for-6 afternoon.
WSOE Sports Director