This Date In Baseball
Compiled by PAUL MONTELLA
Aug. 11, 2018
1921 — Philadelphia's George Smith gave up 12 hits but pitched a shutout for the Phillies, who beat the Boston Braves 4-0.
1948 — In the second game of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians routed the St. Louis Browns 26-3 with a 29-hit barrage. The Indians set a major league record, with 14 players hitting 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.
1970 — Curt Flood lost his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball.
1974 — Nolan Ryan of the California Angels set an American League record by striking out 19 in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. Ryan bettered the 18 strikeouts set by Bob Feller in 1938 and tied the major league record set by Steve Carlton in 1969 and Tom Seaver in 1970.
1984 — A brawl-filled game in Atlanta began when Pascual Perez hit San Diego's Alan Wiggins in the back with the first pitch. Padres pitchers retaliated by throwing at Perez all four times he came to the plate. The game had two bench-clearing brawls, the second of which included several fans and 19 ejections, including both managers and both replacement managers. The Braves won 5-3.
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.
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 eventually pulled it out on Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer, his second of the game.
2015 — Clayton Kershaw tied Sandy Koufax's franchise record of six straight 200-strikeout seasons while tossing eight scoreless innings, and Los Angeles defeated Washington 3-0. Kershaw struck out the side in the second to equal the mark set by Koufax from 1961-66.
Today's birthdays: Julio Urias, 22; Ian Happ, 24; Hunter Wood, 25; Chris Owings, 27; Jhan Marinez, 30; Zack Cozart, 33.