Tiger fans tear down left field wall on This Day in Baseball

Tiger fans tear down left field wall on This Day in Baseball

Tiger fans tear down left field wall on This Day in Baseball

September 17, 1968 Detroit clinches the American League pennant with a 2 - 1 win over the Yankees. Detroit is ahead 1 - 0 when Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey phones Tiger general manager Jim Campbell with the news that the Sox have beaten the Orioles, clinching the pennant for the Tigers. Campbell keeps the score off the radio and the scoreboard, fearing the news will send fans rampaging onto the field. Don Wert singles home the winner in the 9th and the fans tear down the left field screen as Campbell suspected.

September 17, 1912 - Casey Stengel of the Dodgers makes an impressive major league debut against the Pirates. The likable Brooklyn outfielder from Kansas City collects four hits, drives in two runs and swipes a pair of stolen bases in the 7 - 3 win.

September 17, 1979 - The Royals' George Brett collects his 20th triple of the season in a 16 - 4 romp over the Angels. Brett becomes the 6th player ever and the first since Willie Mays in 1927, to collect 20 doubles, 20 triples and 20 home runs in the same season. He will finish with totals of 42, 20 and 23.

September 17, 1985 Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 batters for the second straight start to tie the major-league record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games, but balks home the winning run in the 8th inning of a 2 - 1 loss to the Phillies. It is Gooden's 5th straight outing with 10 or more strikeouts.

Another pair of Hall of Famers debut - Stan Musial in 1942 and Brooks Robinson in 1955. Both men collect two hits in their debuts!

Hall of Famer Warren Spahn becomes the winningest left hand pitcher in 1962 topping the Dodgers 2-1.

September 17, 1984, Reggie Jackson of the California Angels clubs the 500th home run of his career. Jackson, who connects against Kansas City Royals left-hander Bud Black, becomes the 13th player to reach the milestone and the first since Willie McCovey in 1978.

Happy Birthday to the Baby Bull - Orlando Cepeda. A slugger in the truest sense of the word, Orlando Cepeda intimidated opposing pitchers with his tremendous physical strength that enabled him to drive a ball out of any part of the park. Standing 6’2” and weighing close to 220 pounds, the man nicknamed “The Baby Bull” presented an imposing figure when he stepped into the batter’s box. Yet, Cepeda was more than just a power hitter. He consistently batted over .300 and also finished in double-digits in stolen bases during the early stages of his career, before knee problems significantly reduced his playing time and severely limited his effectiveness on the base paths. A difference-maker both on the field and in the clubhouse, Cepeda helped improve the fortunes of three different teams over the course of his 17 major league seasons, leading two to National League pennants and one to a world championship. Still, Cepeda’s fall from grace following his playing days, as well as his eventual resurrection to Cooperstown, serve as a poignant reminder of the extremely transient nature of the life of a professional sports star. Read more on him

By This Day in Baseball
Monday, 17 Sep 2012

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