On August 12, 1994, major league players begin a strike that will wipe out the remainder of the season, including the playoffs and the World Series. The strike represents the third labor-related stoppage of baseball in the past 23 years, but the first that eliminates the post-season.
On August 12, 1974, future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the California Angels ties a major league record by striking out 19 batters in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. On the same day in 1974, New York Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Cool Papa Bell, Jim Bottomley, Jocko Conlan, and Sam Thompson.
On August 12, 1970, Judge Irving Cooper upholds baseball’s reserve clause in turning back the lawsuit filed by Curt Flood. The former All-Star outfielder had objected to being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies without his consent. Flood’s lawyer announces that he will appeal Cooper’s decision.
On August 12, 1966, Art Shamsky of the Cincinnati Reds hits a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning, and then hits two more home runs in extra innings. Shamsky’s Reds still lose the game, 13-11, in 13 innings.
On August 12, 1946, Stan “The Man” Musial goes 4-for-4, giving him 12 hits over the last three games. Musial’s latest hitting outburst helps the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the rival Chicago Cubs.
On August 12, 1936, a team of U.S. amateurs plays a world team in a demonstration game at the Olympics in Berlin. The world team wins the game, 6-5, before a crowd of over 90,000 fans.