IP takes a look at some special baseball anniversaries that we celebrate this year
100 years ago (1917)…
LEGEND HAS IT: Babe Ruth throws a three-hitter in a 1-0 Boston Red Sox win over the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds in May. He would go on to win 24 games and lead the American League with 35 complete games for the Red Sox that year.
“PITCHER” THIS: In one of the best-pitched games in MLB history, Fred Toney hurls a 10-inning no hitter in a 1-0 Cincinnati Reds victory over the Chicago Cubs in May. Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn also twirls a gem, surrendering his first hit with one out in the 10th inning.
MOVING ON: The Chicago White Sox claim their second Championship in a Game 6 win over the New York Giants in the World Series. Following the Series, commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis essentially dismantled the Sox because of the “Black Sox Scandal” in the 1919 Series. The team would not win another World Series for the next 88 years.
50 years ago (1967)…
LEGEND HAS IT: Mickey Mantle becomes the sixth member of the 500 home run club in May after a longball helps give his Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
MOVING ON: After much deliberation, the owners in the American League approve the Athletics’ move from Kansas City to Oakland.
“PITCHER” THIS: The St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series thanks in large part to Bob Gibson’s heroics. Gibson allowed only three runs and 14 hits in 27 innings pitched in the Fall Classic, striking out 26 and walking only five Boston Red Sox hitters.
25 years ago (1992)…
LEGEND HAS IT- Robin Yount and George Brett both joined the 3,000 hit club in September. It is the first time in baseball history that two players had achieved such a feat in the same month.
MOVING ON- The Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins begin to build their teams, announcing Don Baylor and Rene Lachemann as managers (respectively) and conducting an expansion draft in November.
“PITCHER” THIS- Tom Seaver is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Seaver received 98.84% of the vote, a record for a pitcher and second only to Ken Griffey Jr. (99.32% in 2016) for highest HOF voting percentage of all time.