September 23 This Day in Baseball Video Series

September 23 This Day in Baseball Video Series

The Baseball Page

September 23 This Day in Baseball Video

September 23 This Day in Baseball Video Series

Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown battle it out in the most controversial game ever played, Ty Cobb's first home run, Carlton wins 300th, and Sosa hits 64 and 65



September 23, 1908 - Giants Pitcher Christy Mathewson and Cubs pitcher Three Finger Brown battle in one of the most controversial games ever played.

The score is 1 - 1 with two outs in the last of the 9th, when Fred Merkle's failure to touch second after an apparent game-winning hit by Al Bridwell costs the Giants a 2 - 1 win. The ump calls Merkle out and rules the game a tie. The base running gaffe, referred to as “Merkle's Boner”' is often blamed for the Giants loosing the pennant.

September 23, 1905 - Ty Cobb hits his first home run

Eighteen year old Detroit rookie Ty Cobb, hits his first home run, an inside-the park blow, off Cy Falkenberg, in an 8 - 5 loss at Washington.

September 23, 1965 - Larry Jackson has 20 losses after 20 wins

A 20-game winner in 1964, Larry Jackson loses his 20th game of 1965, as the Phillies sweep a twin bill from the Cubs. Jackson is the first pitcher since Murry Dickson of the 1951-1952 Pirates to follow a 20-win season with 20 losses.

September 23, 1983- Steve Carlton wins 300 games

Steve Carlton becomes the 16th pitcher in major league history to win 300 games and the Phillies inch closer to the National League East title with a 6 - 2 win over the Cardinals.

September 23, 1998- Sammy Slammin Sosa tops the 400 mark

Sammy Sosa breaks a 0 for 21 slump, hitting his 64th and 65th home runs as the Cubs build a 7 - 0 lead over the Brewers. With his eight total bases, “Slammin’ Sammy” has now topped the 400 mark for the season.

By The Baseball Page
Friday, 23 Sep 2011


More From Around the Web

Sponsored Links

This day in baseball history

July 10

  • 1984

    On July 10, 1984, Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden set ...

  • 1983

    On July 10, 1983, the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewer ...

  • 1982

    On July 10, 1982, Larry Parrish of the Texas Rangers ties a ...

More Baseball History

Player Profile

Solly Hemus

2B, Philadelphia Philies

Read Bio
Hall of Fame

Charlie Gehringer

2B, Detroit Tigers

Read Bio
Season Profile

2004 New York Yankee

After losing the 200

Read Bio
Historical Figure

Jim Boutons book -

Ball Four is a book written by

Read Bio
Manager Profile

Steve O'Neill

Cleveland Indians

Read Bio
Ballpark Profile

Shide Park

Connie Mack Stadium, known for

Read Bio
Christy Mathewson, Mordecai Brown, Sammy Sosa, Steve Carlton, Ty Cobb


Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014: