The Boston Massacre and McGwire hits 61st home run on This Day in Baseball

The Boston Massacre and McGwire hits 61st home run on This Day in Baseball

The Boston Massacre and McGwire hits 61st home run on This Day in Baseball

On the seventh day of September 1978, the Boston Red Sox lead was just four games over a charging Yankee team who arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series, which would become known as the “Boston Massacre”. The Yanks dominate game one with a 15 - 3 rout as Willie Randolph accounts for five of the runs. On July 24, the Red Sox held a 14 game lead in the AL East but played only 25 - 24 ball leading up to this series. The Yankees, in that same time frame had won 35 of 49. When the bloodshed was over on September 9th, the Yankees pounded out 42 runs and 67 hits. Boston managed just nine runs and 21 hits. The Sox also committed a dozen errors. The Yankees won all four games by an average margin of over eight runs.

September 7, 1998 - In the first inning at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire ties Roger Maris' single-season home run mark hitting his 61st in a nationally-televised Labor Day game against the Cubs. Big Mac hits his historic homer on his dad's 61st birthday.

September 7, 1927 - After blasting three home runs in a doubleheader split with the Red Sox the day before, Babe Ruth hits two more in a 12-10 win, giving him a record-tying 5 in 3 games. He leads Lou Gehrig 49 homers to 45.

September 7, 1955 - Whitey Ford continues his mastery with his second consecutive one-hitter, beating the A's 2-1. Jim Finigan hits a 2-out single in the 7th for the A's only hit. Ford is the 5th ML pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters.

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By This Day in Baseball
Friday, 7 Sep 2012


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