Brock steals base 893 and Ruth suspended on This Day in Baseball

Brock steals base 893 and Ruth suspended on This Day in Baseball

Brock steals base 893 and Ruth suspended on This Day in Baseball

August 29, 1977 - Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock steals second base in a 4-3 loss to the Padres. It is career steal 893 for Brock, breaking Ty Cobb's modern record. Brock wasted no time; leading the game off with a walk, he stole second base off the battery of Danny Freisleben and Dave Roberts. He advanced to third and scored on Jerry Mumphries single. Brock would go on to steal another base in the seventh.

August 29, 1972 - During a 3-0 win over St. Louis, San Francisco's Jim Barr retires the first 20 batters to face him. His no hit bid was broken up by a pinch hit double by Bernie Carbo. Six days earlier, Barr had gotten out the last 21 Pittsburgh Pirates to face him in an 8-0 Giants victory. The only Pirates to reach base came with 2 second inning singles by Willie Stargell and Milt May and a third inning walk to pitcher Bob Moose. This gave Barr a major league-record 41 consecutive batsmen retired, which stood until Mark Buehrle broke it in 2009 retiring 45 straight.

August 29, 1925 - After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Yankee manager Miller “Mighty Mite” Huggins suspended Ruth and fined him $5,000; roughly $63,000 in today’s currency.  Ruth is forced to apologize before he's reinstated nine days later. The day after his return to the lineup, Ruth hits career home run number 300. A few days later, Ruth took his case to Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert who sided with Huggins.

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By This Day in Baseball
Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012


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