On September 22, 1966 the Baltimore Orioles faced the Kansas City Athletics in a game at KC's Municipal Stadium. Orioles ace Jim Palmer was on the mound for Baltimore while Lew Krausse took the ball for the Athletics.
The Athletics took the early lead in the bottom of the second when Sal Bando doubled, scoring Larry Stahl from second. The Orioles came back strong in the third with Luis Aparicio and Frank Robinson crossing the plate and the Orioles were ahead 2 - 1. In the top of the fifth the Robinson boys (Brooks and Frank) both scored increasing the Baltimore lead to 4 -1.
The Athletics brought Catfish Hunter into the game in the sixth inning but he couldn't contain the Baltimore offense. Luis Aparicio singled and scored while Russ Snyder double and scored, increasing the lead to 6 - 1. Jim Palmer held the lead through the ninth inning, ending the game on a line-out by Royals 2B Dick Green. With that, the Orioles won the first American League pennant in franchise history.
The Orioles finished the season with a 97 - 63 record. In the AL Division Series they faced the Cleveland Indians and took the series 3 - 1. In the World Series the met up with the LA Dodgers and to the surprise of many they swept them 4 - 0 to win the first World Series title for the franchise in Baltimore.
Last, but certainly not least, the Mitchell & Ness fantasy baseball team needs an outfield. Who are your top 3 outfielders in MLB history? Remember your selections must have retired before 2000.
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With last week’s announcement of the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction class, we thought it prudent to honor the anniversary of two of Major League Baseball’s greatest alumni. Today marks the anniversary of Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s and Frank Robinson’s National Baseball Hall of Fame induction. On January 13th, 1982, Aaron and Robinson became the 12th and 13th members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It was both players’ first year of eligibility. Aaron was only 9 votes shy of being the first unanimous selection in National Baseball Hall of Fame history.
Aaron was a 25 time All-Star, and the only season Aaron wasn’t an All-Star in his career was his final year in the Majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a career .305 hitter and finished his career with 755 home runs, 3,771 hits and 2,297 runs batted in (a Major League record). He holds the record for most consecutive seasons of having 150 or more hits with seven. He won the National League MVP and the World Series Championship in 1957. His # 44 jersey has been retired by both the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Frank Robinson was a 14 time All-Star. He was a career .294 hitter and finished his career with 586 home runs, 2,943 hits and 1,812 runs batted in. Robinson is only 1 of 14 players to win the Batting Triple Crown (when a player leads the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in). He won two World Series Championships with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 (he won the AL MVP and the World Series MVP that same season) and in 1970. His # 20 jersey is retired by both the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles. Robinson also became the first full-time African American Manager in Major League Baseball history in 1975 when he took over as manager for the Cleveland Indians.
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Today marks the anniversary of several events in Major League Baseball, most of which, have racial significance as related to human rights in the United States. We found it interesting that so much happened on April 8th in baseball over the years, starting in 1968 in honor of a man who spent nearly his entire life working as an activist and leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement.
Famous for being a civil rights activist, Nobel Peace prize winner and delivering his 'I Have a Dream' speach, Martin Luther King, Jr. is respected as a human rights icon. His work has aided many Americans to reach their full potential, even after his death. Following his assassination on April 4, 1968, opening day of baseball was postponed since it was scheduled for April 8th, one day prior to King's funeral.
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron, in front of a Braves' record crowd of 53,775, hit his 715th career home run off of Al Downing to pass Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home run leader.
Exactly one year after Aaron's 715th home run, Frank Robinson became the first black man to manage a major league team. He debuted as the Cleveland Indians' player/manager and homered in his first at-bat. The Indians went on to win the game, 5-3 over the New York Yankees.
On this day, back in 1987, Los Angeles Dodgers' General Manager Al Campanis was fired after making discriminatory and racially-insensitive comments when speaking about black ball-players during an interview with Ted Koppel on Nightline. Interestingly enough, Campanis was a former teammate of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.