1993 August

1st During the Orioles’ 2-1 loss to the Red Sox, Baltimore’s Glenn Davis is knocked unconscious by a foul ball lined off the bat of Jeffrey Hammonds into the Orioles’ dugout. Davis, who is recovering from a broken jaw, did not sustain any further damage.

Reggie Jackson is inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Royals owner Ewing Kauffman dies at age 76 of bone cancer.

The Memphis Chicks of the Southern League rout the Nashville Xpress, 25-5, setting league records for runs and hits (32) in a game.  Jeff Garber is 5-for-6 with a league record 8 RBIs.

The Stockton Ports of the California League defeat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, 25-7, setting league records in the process for hits (29) and team at bats (56).

2nd The Cubs defeat the Pirates, 12-10, in a game marked by 7 HRs, 6 ejections, 3 brushbacks and a brawl. Carlos Garcia has a pair of homers for the Bucs, and gets hit by a pitched ball for his efforts. Bob Scanlon then fires a pitch at Mark Grace, which precipitates a brawl.  Scanlon will be suspended for 7 games for his actions. Doug Jenning’s 3-run homer ties it at 8-8 for the Cubs, then Steve Buechele hits a 2-run HR and Sosa hits his 22nd homer to make it 11-8.

In a bankruptcy auction, The Baltimore Orioles are sold for $173 million by lawyer Peter Angelos and banker Bill DeWitt, Jr. Eli Jacobs, the previous owner, declared bankruptcy, necessitating the sale. He bought the team for $70 million.  The previous high for a sports franchise was the $140 million for the Dallas Cowboys in 1989.

4th OF Tony Gwynn of the Padres gets 6 hits in SD’s 11-10 win over the Giants. It is the 4th time this season he has 5 or more hits in a game, tying a major league record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897, and equaled by Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.

White Sox 3B Robin Ventura charges Nolan Ryan after a pitch hits him in the 3rd inning. Ryan gets Ventura in a headlock and throws 6 punches to emerge the winner. Ventura is suspended 2 games for his actions, while Ryan is not disciplined. Ryan (3-3) also is the winner with 7 IP, 5 K’s and 3 hits allowed. He retires 12 of 13 batters after punching out Ventura.

Chris Sabo belts his third grand slam of the season to pace the Reds to a 9-3 win over visitting Colorado.  Bip Roberts, who pinch ran yesterday, is struck down by the Reds’ injury bug and will not play the rest of the year.  He’ll sign with the Padres for 1994.

Following a 3-1 loss in Montreal, Mets manager Dallas Green is asked by a reporter how he copes with losing. “I just beat the hell out of Sylvia (his wife) and kick the dog and whatever else I have to do to get it out.”  A Mets spokesman later apologizes for Green.

6th Mike Piazza hits an 8th inning homer to put the Dodgers on the board, then with a man on in the 9th Eric Karros takes Rob Dibble deep for a walkoff homer and a 3-2 win over the Reds. Cincinnati’s scores come on solo homers off the Martinez brothers: Reggie Sanders hits one off Ramon Martinez in the 2nd inning and Chris Sabo hits another off brother Pedro (9-2) in the 9th.  It is the third time that teammate brothers have served up homers in the same game.

7th Indian P Bob Ojeda returns to action following the spring training accident which took the lives of teammates Steve Olin and Tim Crews. He gets a standing O from the Camden Yards fans  as he hurls 2 innings in the Orioles 8-6 win over Cleveland. Mark McLemore is 4-for-4 for the O’s, and Cal Ripken connects for 2 homers to drive in 4 runs. Kenny Lofton is 4-for-4 for the Indians, while Sandy Alomar has a triple and homer and 3 RBI.

The Mets Bret Saberhagen injures his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

8th Mariners’ P Brad Holman is struck in the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Texas’s Mario Diaz. The Rangers win the game, 7-1, and Holman suffers a fractured sinus cavity. Ken Griffey Jr. makes an error in the contest, breaking his AL record string of 573 consecutive chances without a miscue.

Cleveland OF Albert Belle drives home 2 runs with a sacrifice fly as the Indians lose to Baltimore, 7-6.

10th Mets P Bret Saberhagen admits to having sprayed bleach at 3 reporters on July 27. He agrees to donate one day’s pay—$15,384.61—to the Eye Research Foundation.

The Phillies obtain P Bobby Thigpen from the White Sox in exchange for P Jose DeLeon.

After Gregg Jefferies hits into a triple play in the top of the 8th, the Cardinals come back from a half hour rain delay to score 2 in the 9th. Brian Jordan hits his second homer of the game and Mark Whiten follows suit with a homer, both off Joel Johnson. St. Louis wins, 4-2 over Pittsburgh.

In his second start with Chicago, Tim Belcher fires a 2-hitter as the White Sox beat the visiting A’s, 4-0. Brent Gates has both hits for Oakland, while Ellis Burks has a double and 3 RBI for Chicago.

11th Tigers OF Dan Gladden hits a grand slam in Detroit’s 15-5 win over the Orioles. Gladden also hit a grand slam in yesterday’s game against Baltimore, making him the 14th player in history to do so in consecutive games. Earlier this year, Mike Blowers became the 13th player to match the mark.

12th The Tigers defeat the Orioles, 17-11, as C Chad Kreuter hits a grand slam. It marks the 3rd consecutive game in which a Tiger hits a grand slam, tying a major league record set by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978.  The 2 teams combine for 37 hits.  Travis Fryman is the only one with 4 hits, including 3 doubles.  Twelve players score for the Tigers, one short of the AL record, and 7 for the O’s.

     At Comiskey, Kevin Appier (13-6) outduels Jack McDowell (18-7) as the Royals stop the White Sox, 4-2.  Tim Raines belts a solo homer in the 1st inning for his 2,000 career hit.

An all-night owners meeting in Kohler, Wisconsin fails to produce an agreement on revenue sharing among clubs.

13th Rickey Henderson, recently traded to Toronto by Oakland, gives teammate Turner Ward $25,000 for uniform No. 24. Henderson had complained that he was having trouble hitting with No. 14 on his back. It doesn’t work today as Rickey goes 0-for-4 in Toronto’s 5-2 loss to Boston.

14th Chicago’s Alex Fernandez (14-6) allows 2 hits in beating the Royals, 4-1. A single in the 1st and a homer in the 2nd are the only hits. He retires 22 batters in a row and after a 2-out walk in the 9th, turns it over to Scott Radinsky for a final out. Robin Ventura homers off David Cone.

15th Twins’ OF Kirby Puckett gets 5 hits, including a pair of 2-run HRs, in Minnesota’s 12-5 win over Oakland.

At Chicago, the Giants Barry Bonds and Matt Williams slug back-to-back homers twice to beat the Cubs, 9–7. The second pair come in the 11th inning off Randy Myers.

The Twins trade 3B Mike Pagliarulo to the Orioles for P Erik Schullstrom.

17th The Class A Bellingham Mariners score 17 runs in the 3rd inning of their 25-2 win over Spokane.

The Reds trade 1B Randy Milligan to the Indians in exchange for a player to be named.

18th Boston P Danny Darwin hurls a 1-hit, 5-0 shutout over the visiting White Sox. Dan Pasqua’s triple with 1 out in the 8th inning is Chicago’s only safety.

19th  The Phils lose, 6–5, to the Expos when John Kruk makes a 9th inning error. With their 2nd loss in three games to Montreal, the Phils lead drops to 4 games with 11 to play. Their biggest lead has been 11 1/2 games.

20thCandy is dandy but we’d rather have Glenallen Hill. The Indians trade Candy Maldonado to the Cubs for Hill, who will have two productive stints in Chicago.

21st The Tigers trade OF Rob Deer to the Red Sox for a player to be named. Deer will homer tomorrow in his first at bat for the Sox in a 3–2 loss to the Indians.

After allowing a homer in a 3–2 loss to Houston, Phils pitcher Terry Mulholland breaks his right hand punching a water cooler. “It’s stupid, but it really would’ve been stupid if I had hit it with my left hand,” responds the southpaw.

22nd Frank Thomas homers off Jim Deshaies and Jack McDowell makes it hold up for his 20th win as the first-place White Sox beat the Twins, 1-0. McDowell is the only 20-game winner in the AL this year.

23rd Toronto OF Joe Carter slugs 3 HRs in the Blue Jays’ 9-8 loss to the Indians. It is the 5th time in his career that he has homered 3 times in a game, setting an AL record.

24th The Padres score 13 runs in the first inning against the Cardinals, 8 off starter Allen Watson (6-1), who will finish the year at 6-7.  They win, 17–4, as they outhomer the Cards, 5-2. It is the fourth time the Birds have given up 13 runs in a frame. Reliever Todd Burns surrenders 4 homers, becoming just the second Cardinal reliever to serve up that many (Johnny Stuart, June 22, 1925).

In the battle of the division tail enders, Milwaukee OF Kevin Reimer is 6-for-6 and scores 4 runs in the Brewers’ 7–6, 12 inning win over Oakland in the nightcap of 2.  The Brew Crew collects 21 hits.  They have 13 hits in the opener, a 9–2 win in which Reimer is 1-for-2. Milwaukee trails 2–1 until the 7th.

The Phils Danny Jackson beats the Rockies, 4-2, for his 10th win of the year. The Phils have five starters in double figure wins for the first time since 1932.

25th For the second time in 10 days teammates hit back-to-back homers twice in a game.  Fred McGriff and David Justice connect today for the Braves in a 9–1 win over San Francisco. McGriff teamed up with Sheffield in 1992 to accomplish the feat.

26th Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon announces the OF Vince Coleman will remain on “administrative leave” for the rest of the season, but that he is through as a Met.

27th At Atlanta, the Cubs and Braves combine for 6 homers with Chicago emerging with a 9-7 win. Derrick May’s 7th-inning grand slam puts Chicago ahead.

28th Texas OF Juan Gonzalez hits 3 HRs in the Rangers’ 11-1 win over the Orioles.

The Mets sign P Kirk Presley, their top pick in this year’s amateur draft, for $960,000. The pitcher is a distant cousin of Elvis Presley. In 1999, Gerry Hunsicker will recall his decision to draft Presley: “I didn’t make one of the brightest decisions of my career when I passed on a young pitcher out of Ferrum College [Billy Wagner] and chose another who never got out of A ball.”

In Williamsport, Long Beach becomes the first U.S. team to repeat as Little League champions, beating Panama, 3–2.  Long Beach, led by Jeff Burrough’s son, Sean, is just the 3rd team to repeat as champs: Seoul, South Korea in 1984-85 and Monterrey, Mexico, in 1957-58 are the other repeaters.

29th KC’s George Brett steals a base in the Royals’ 5-4 win over the Red Sox, making him only the 3rd player in history with 3,000 hits, 300 HRs, and 200 SBs. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are the others to accomplish the feat.

30th Oakland P Rich Gossage breaks his right wrist when he trips over a ball bag prior to the Athletics game with Toronto. The Blue Jays beat Oakland, 4-2.

Bill Gullickson pitches 6 innings for the Tigers, who plate 7 runs after he leaves to ensure his win, 13-2 over the Mariners. Gullickson has beaten Seattle ten straight times.

At Wrigley, Rick Wilkens slugs a walkoff grand slam in the 11th as the Cubs top the NL East-leading Phillies, 10-6. For Wilkens, it is his 25th homer.

31st 3B Gary Gaetti of the Royals hits the 239th HR of his career in KC’s 6-5 win over Milwaukee. By doing so, he becomes the all-time HR leader for players who homered in their first big league at bat, moving past Hall of Famer Earl Averill.

In the Orioles 8-2 win over the Angels, Mike Mussina strikes out 6 straight batters. Mike Pagliarulo has 4 hits, including a HR.

The Minnesota Twins defeat the Indians in 22 innings by a score of 5-4 when Pedro Munoz hits a game-ending HR.  It is the 2nd longest game ended by a homer.

The Braves beat the Giants for the 4th straight time and are just 3 1/2 games behind SF in the NL West.   Barry Bonds has 3 singles and his 39th HR, while David Justice drives in 4 runs for the Braves.

At Fenway, Juan Gonzalez hits his 40th HR, off Roger Clemens, in the Rangers 8-1 win over the Red Sox.

Toronto edges the Athletics, 3-2, in 10 innings, pinning the loss on Dennis Eckersley.  They now lead the Yankees by 1.5 games in the Al East.

The Yankees lose to the White Sox, leaders in the AL West, by an 11-3 score. Tim Raines rocks a pair of homers, one from each side of the plate, and drives in 4 runs.

In a flurry of deadline trades, the Reds sent pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jim Pierce to the White Sox in exchange for P Tim Belcher; The Dodgers trade OF Eric Davis to the Tigers for a player to be named later (P John DeSilva): Davis will be a free agent at the end of the year. The Cardinals trade closer P Lee Smith to the Yankees in exchange for P Richard Batchelor.