September 21 - This Day in Baseball Video Series

September 21 - This Day in Baseball Video Series

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September 21 This Day in Baseball Video Series

September 21 - This Day in Baseball Video Series

Ted Williams' bat hits the GMs housekeeper, baseball returns to Shea Stadium, the Dean brothers shut out the Dodgers, and Vida Blue pitches a no-hitter on September 21st.


September 21, 1958 - Ted Williams has a temper tantrum

At Fenway Park, the Red Sox complete a three-game sweep of the Senators, all by 2 - 0 shutouts. Today's win, however, is marred when Ted Williams, after striking out looking with two aboard to end the third inning, flings his bat aside in a fit of anger. Unfortunately, the intended flip along the ground sails into the stands and striking, of all people, Boston GM Joe Cronin's 69-year-old housekeeper, Gladys Heffernan, in the head. "I didn't mean to throw the bat that way," explains the distraught Williams. "I started to flip it along the ground but the sticky stuff on my hands stuck to it and it left my hands on the fly instead. I was sick." Thankfully Heffernan was not badly hurt.

September 21, 2001- Baseball returns after 9-11

A crowd of 41,235 at Shea Stadium witness the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11. Uplifting ceremonies before and during the game, which include singers Diana Ross, Marc Anthony and Liza Minnelli as well as bagpipers, pay tribute to victims of the tragedy.

September 21, 1934 - The Dean Brothers shut out the Dodgers.

After Dizzy gives up just 3 hits in a 13 - 0 victory, allowing no hits until the 8th, Paul wins a no hitter 3 - 0. Diz says: "If'n Paul had told me he was gonna pitch a no-hitter, I'd of throwed one, too."

September 21, 1970- Vida Blue younget no hitter

The A's Vida Blue no-hits the Twins 6 - 0, becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean, 36 years ago to the day.  An Oakland crowd of only 4,284 watches Blue's 2nd ML start.

By The Baseball Page
Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011

Dizzy Dean, Paul Dean, Shea Stadium, Ted Williams, Vida Blue


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