Ryan strikes out 5,000th and Dodgers brawl the Giants on This Day in Baseball

Ryan strikes out 5,000th and Dodgers brawl the Giants on This Day in Baseball

Ryan strikes out 5,000th and Dodgers brawl the Giants on This Day in Baseball

Cooperstown Matchup:

On August 22, 1989, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers becomes the first major league pitcher to reach the 5,000 strikeout mark. Ryan fans Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A’s On a 96 mph fastball in the fifth inning. The "Ryan Express" strikes out 13 and gives up only five hits, but loses the game 2-0.

On August 22, 1965, San Francisco Giants ace Juan Marichal hits Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro over the head with a bat. Marichal became angered when he thought Roseboro was throwing the ball too close to his head while returning throws to Sandy Koufax. The National League suspended Marichal for eight days while the Los Angeles backstop suffered cuts on the head from the 14-minute brawl.

August 22, 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hits his 50th home run of the season during a 4-3 loss to the expansion Los Angeles Angels. Maris becomes the first player to reach the 50-home run mark during the month of August. Maris would eventually break Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs in a single season with 61.

Lou Piniella retires after 23 seasons as a manager on August 22, 2010. In his last game at the helm, his Cubs would lose 16 - 5 at home, to the Atlanta Braves. Piniella missed some time earlier in the year to be with his ailing mother, and announced that this season would be his last. Coach Mike Quade took over as interim manager for the remainder of the season. Piniella retired with a lifetime record of 1835 wins against 1712 losses.


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By This Day in Baseball
Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012


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