This day in baseball: Nick Maddox’s no-hitter

On September 20, 1907 at Exposition Park, Pittsburgh pitcher Nick Maddox tossed a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) to win, 2-1. At the age of 20 years and ten months, the Pirates hurler was the youngest pitcher and only the second rookie to throw a no-hitter. Maddox’s feat would also be the last no-hitter thrown by a Pittsburgh pitcher until 1951, when Cliff Chambers threw one against the Braves.

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Nick Maddox, 1911 (Library of Congress)


Quote of the day

Roberto Clemente could field the ball in New York and throw out a guy in Pennsylvania.

~Vin Scully

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Vin Scully (AP Photo)


Priorities

This might win the award for the most wholesome thing of the day.

Admittedly, it’s a bit of a stretch to call this a baseball comic. But it does put things in perspective, which I say counts for a lot.

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Brian Crane


Roberto Clemente Day

Today is Roberto Clemente Day in Major League Baseball. Roberto Clemente was the first player from Latin America inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but he is also remembered as a selfless humanitarian. When Clemente passed away on December 31, 1972, he was aboard a cargo plane that crashed on its way to Nicaragua. The plane had been carrying crucial supplies to the survivors of an earthquake in the area.

Roberto Clemente Day coincides with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, and on this day, MLB takes the opportunity to remember both Clemente’s altruism and his prowess as a baseball player. The Roberto Clemente Award, which is awarded annually, recognizes players who exemplify good character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

The list of nominees for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award can be found here.

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Roberto Clemente (ESPN.com)


This day in baseball: Reilly hits for the cycle

At the Bank Street Grounds on September 12, 1883, John Reilly of the Red Stockings hit for the cycle, collecting three singles, a double, a triple, and a home run in Cincinnati’s 27-5 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Alleghenys.  The following week, the 24 year-old first baseman accomplished the feat once again at the same ballpark when the Red Stockings defeated the first-place Philadelphia Athletics, 12-3.

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John Reilly (Library of Congress)


Quote of the day

Baseball is a lot like the ivy-covered wall of Wrigley Field–it gives off a great appearance, but when you run into it, you discover the bricks underneath. At times, it seems that we’re dealing with a group of men who aren’t much different than others we’ve all run into over the years, except they wear neckties instead of robes and hoods.

~Hank Aaron

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Goofy on How to be a baseball fan

We all know that root, root, rooting for the home team can be a rollercoaster ride. In this video, Goofy attempts to show us how to do it right.

Poor Goofy. Being a baseball fan really can be tough, sometimes.


This day in baseball: The Babe hits number 300

Babe Ruth hit the 300th home run of his career on September 8, 1925. The knock came in the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees won that game 7-4 to complete a doubleheader sweep at Fenway Park.

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If cats played baseball

This would be my cat, if she were asked to play outfield. And birds would not be the only distraction — she also gets distracted by rabbits, squirrels, lizards, other cats… basically any other living thing that dares come within her sphere of awareness.

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Quote of the day

A baseball manager is a necessary evil.

~Sparky Anderson

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