By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
Today in baseball history is not a good day for the Boston Braves, but I doubt that’s why they moved to Milwaukee and then Atlanta. It is also a sad day for one of the game’s best pitchers Tom Seaver.
Here’s what happened.
1944 – The Philadelphia Phillies were victorious in a 1-0, 15-inning game over the Boston Braves. This is still the longest shutout in Philadelphia’s history.
1947 – Ewell Blackwell threw a no-hitter four days ago for the Reds but loses his second consecutive no-hit bid with one out in the ninth inning after Eddie Stanky singles for the Dodgers. Blackwell was in the winning pitcher in Cincinnati’s 4-0 win over Brooklyn.
1987 – Tom Seaver (pictured left) announces his retirement after spending more than two weeks training with the Mets in his comeback attempt. Seaver ends his Hall of Fame career after winning 311 games.
1993 – White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk sets the all-time record for most games caught with game number 2,226.
1994 – Ken Griffey Jr. hits home run number 31 on the year, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs before July 1. However, Ruth did it in 63 games, and Griffey needed 70.
Ken Griffey Jr. launched 40 home runs in 111 games during the 1994 campaign. If the season didn’t end in a strike, he would have needed 21 more home runs over the remaining 47 games to tie Roger Maris’ 61 home runs, the single-season home run record at that time (which I still consider the record).
Griffey hit a homer once every 2.78 games that year, and he would have needed a homer about once every 2.24 games. It was worse for San Francisco slugger Matt Williams, who delivered 43 home runs that season, needing a home run every 2.61 games when he already averaged just that.
WSOE Sports Director