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Red Sox trade Bagwell to Houston and The Griffeys play together on This Day in Baseball

Red Sox trade Bagwell to Houston and The Griffeys play together on This Day in Baseball

Red Sox trade Bagwell to Houston and The Griffeys play together on This Day in Baseball

August 31, 1990, the Houston Astros complete one of franchise’s best trades ever, acquiring minor league infielder Jeff Bagwell from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Larry Andersen. The Red Sox initial offer of Triple-A third baseman Scott Cooper to get Larry Andersen from the Astros for the stretch run was rejected. Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman finally trades the Eastern League's MVP Jeff Bagwell for the right-handed relief pitcher. The University of Hartford standout would go on to win the National League Rookie of the Year in 1991 and the National League MVP Award in ‘94 and become one of the greatest players in Astros franchise history. Anderson was a key member of the Red Sox bullpen down the stretch and helped Boston capture the AL East Title in 1990. Any criticism of this move by the Red Sox ignores the fact that the Red Sox had Mo Vaughn, a future MVP and first baseman in his own right, who became one of the top offensive players in team history.

August 31, 1990, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. become the first father and son combination to play together in a major league game. The elder Griffey played left field and batted second, while the younger Griffey hit third and played center field. They each pick up one hit in four at-bats.

August 31, 1950, Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers ties a major league record by piling up 17 total bases in a game against the Boston Braves. Hodges hits four home runs and a single leading the Dodgers to a 19-3 win at Ebbets Field.

August 31, 1917, 22-year old Red Sox lefty Babe Ruth won his 20th game of the season, defeating the Athletics 5-3. Ruth won 24 games that season, the second straight year he had reached the 20-win mark. Ruth posted a career 94 - 46 mark as a pitcher, and was also a pretty good hitter.

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By This Day in Baseball
Friday, 31 Aug 2012

 

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