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August 23, 1988

(AP) _ The Chicago Cubs beat the Phillies at Philadelphia 2-1 in 20 innings behind the Ed Reulbach’s complete game.

1940 - Outfielder Ted Williams pitched the last two innings for the Boston Red Sox against Detroit at Fenway Park. He allowed one run on three hits, but struck out Rudy York on three pitches. The Tigers, behind Tommy Bridges, won 12-1.

1943 - The Philadelphia Athletics lost their 20th consecutive game by dropping the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, but snapped the streak by winning the second game, 8-1.

1951 - St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck gave over 1,000 fans behind his dugout YES and NO placards for the purpose of allowing them to have a part in the strategy of the game. The fans flashed the cards when asked by the coaches what the Browns should do and it worked as St. Louis beat the Philadelphia Athletics 5-3.

1971 - Ernie Banks hit the 512th and final home run of his career as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4. Banks’ homer came off Jim McGlothin in the first inning.

1975 - Ed Halicki of San Francisco pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the New York Mets to lead the Giants to a sweep of a doubleheader. On the same day, Dave Lopes of Los Angeles stole his 38th consecutive base in the seventh inning against the Expos. Lopes’ streak was snapped in the 12th inning by Gary Carter. The Expos won 5-3 in 14 innings.

1985 - Don Baylor of the New York Yankees was hit by a pitch in the first inning to tie the all-time American League record of 189 held by Minnie Minoso.

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