Today in Baseball History: August 10th
On August 10, 1981, major league play resumes after a two-month strike. A crowd of 60,561 attends the game in St. Louis, where Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies breaks Stan Musial’s all-time National League hit record with hit No. 3,631.
On August 10, 1971, Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew joins the 500-home run club. “Killer” hits his 500th and 501st home runs in a 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
On August 10, 1969, Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles extends his streak of consecutive batters retired to 35, before surrendering a ninth inning single to Minnesota’s Cesar Tovar. Tovar’s hit also breaks up Cuellar’s bid for a no-hitter. Earlier in the season, Tovar broke up the no-hit attempt of another Baltimore pitcher – Dave McNally.
On August 10, 1966, Detroit Tigers manager Chuck Dressen dies at the age of 67. Dressen had been sidelined since suffering a heart attack in May. Dressen previously managed the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, and Milwaukee Braves.
On August 10, 1944, Red Barrett of the Boston Braves throws only 58 pitches in shutting out the Cincinnati Reds, 2-0. Barrett’s pitch count sets an unofficial major league record for the fewest pitches thrown in a nine-inning game. The game lasts just one hour and fifteen minutes.
On August 10, 1930, Hack Wilson hit three home runs and drove in seven in the Cubs” sweep of Brooklyn. Wilson, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979, will drive in a record 191 runs in 1930.
On August 10, 1929, Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 373rd career game, tying Christy Mathewson for the most in National League history. Alexander earns the victory in relief, helping the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-9.
On August 10, 1924, Hall of Famer Ty Cobb steals second, third and home in the same inning for the sixth and final time in his illustrious career. Cobb pulls off the feat against the Boston Red Sox battery of pitcher Jack Quinn and catcher Val Picinich.