This Date In Baseball

Updated: August 11, 2014, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press


By The Associated Press

Aug. 12

1921 -- Philadelphia's George Smith gave up 12 hits and still pitched a shutout as the Phillies beat the Boston Braves 4-0.

1948 -- In the second game of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 26-3 with a 29-hit barrage. The Indians set a major league record as 14 different players hit safely.

1964 -- Mickey Mantle hit a home run both left- and right-handed in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. It was the 10th time in his career and a major league record for switch-hit homers in a game.

1966 -- Art Shamsky of the Cincinnati Reds connected for three home runs in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field. Two of the homers came in the 10th and 11th innings. The game featured 11 homers by both clubs. Shamsky entered the game in the eighth inning for defensive purposes. In the bottom of the eighth, Shamsky hit a two-run homer to put the Reds ahead 8-7. Shamsky hit a solo shot to tie the game 9-9 in the 10th. Shamsky came back the in 11th inning with a two-run homer to tie the game again, 11-11. The Pirates scored three runs in the 13th for the victory.

1974 -- Nolan Ryan of the California Angles struck out 19 Boston Red Sox for a 4-2 victory.

1986 -- Don Baylor of the Boston Red Sox set an AL record when he was hit by a pitch for the 25th time for the season, breaking the record he had shared with Bill Freehan (1968) and Norm Elberfield (1911). Kansas City's Bud Black was the pitcher as the Royals completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-5 victory.

1988 -- The Boston Red Sox set an AL record with their 23rd straight victory at home, beating the Detroit Tigers 9-4. Boston surpassed the league mark of 22 set by the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics.

1994 -- Major league baseball players went on strike for the sport's eighth work stoppage since 1972.

2001 -- Mark McGwire hit his 575th career home run and St. Louis beat the New York Mets 4-1. McGwire's last 11 hits had been homers.

2007 -- Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Chicago White Sox's 6-0 loss to Seattle, breaking David Wells' American League record and tying the major league record of 41 straight batters retired. Jim Barr also set down 41 straight for San Francisco in 1972.

2008 -- David Ortiz hit two three-run homers in a 10-run first inning and Boston, despite blowing a 10-0 lead, beat Texas 19-17 in a wild game. The combined 36 runs tied in AL record set on June 29, 1950, when the Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Athletics 22-14. The Red Sox actually trailed and eventually pulled it out on Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer, his second of the game.

2010 -- Casey McGehee set a franchise record with his ninth straight hit, going 4 for 4 and leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. McGehee had a solo homer, a two-run double, an RBI single and another single.

Today's birthdays: Chris Owings 23; Jose Tabata 26; Zack Cozart 29.

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