1994 August

1st Baltimore’s Cal Ripken becomes the 2nd player in history to appear in 2,000 consecutive games, as the Orioles shut out the Twins, 1-0, behind Arthur Rhodes, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester just yesterday. Ripken goes hitless in 4 at bats. Cal’s streak will go on hold at 2009 when the strike commences.

In Montreal, the Cards Geronimo Pena hits a 2-out homer in the 9th to tie at 2-2, but Marquis Grissom lines an inside-the-park homer in the 10th to give the Expos a 3-2 victory.

Hostilities between the owners and players heat up. The owners withhold $7.8 million they are obligated to pay the players’ pension and benefit plans.

2nd The Giants lose to the Reds, 9-7, despite 3 HRs from OF Barry Bonds. Bonds picks up 4 ribbies as the Giants fall 2 games behind the Dodgers in the Western Division race. Barry Larkin has a pair of homers and a double for the Reds.

3rd The Reds defeat the Giants, 17-4, on 24 hits as former Giant Kevin Mitchell gets 5 hits and 5 RBIs against his former teammates. Mitchell strokes 2 singles, 2 doubles, and a HR. Brett Boone scores 5 runs. The Reds set the tone in the first inning when the first two batters, Jacob Brumfield and Boone, homer and, after a walk, Mitchell homers.

Wearing 1924 Monarch uniforms, the Royals beat the A’s, 9-5 to run their win streak to 12 games. Bob Hamelin hits his 23rd homer to break Bo Jackson’s club mark for rookies.

At Stade Olympique, the Expos clip the Cardinals, 8-3, as three players hit solo homers and Larry Walker hits 3 doubles. Walker will add one more to finish the year with a NL high 44 doubles. He is the first player in history with 40+ doubles in fewer than 400 at bats.

4th Seattle defeats California, 4-2, as Rich Gossage notches the win in relief. It is Gossage’s 1,000th major league appearance on the mound, making him the 3rd pitcher to ever reach that milestone. Only Hoyt Wilhelm (1,070) and Kent Tekulve (1,050) have gotten into more games as pitchers.

Todd Zeile of the Cardinals hits a grand slam off Mel Rojas in the top of the 9thas St. Louis beats Montreal, 7-3. The Expos score a pair in the bottom of the 9th.

5th Baltimore P Ben McDonald 1-hits Milwaukee, winning by a score of 4-0. McDonald fans 9 and walks 4 in his masterpiece, allowing only a 4th-inning single to Dave Nilsson.

Atlanta 1B Fred McGriff hits a HR in the Braves’ 16-6 win over Cincinnati, making him only the 9th major leaguer in history to hit 30 or more homers in 7 consecutive seasons.

In the Astros 12–4 win over the Giants, Jeff Bagwell is 3-for-4 to set several club records.  His 38th homer is a new mark, his 2 extra base hits give him 71, and his 5 RBIs give him 112 to pass Bob Watson. Bagwell will hit his 39th tomorrow. Bagwell will lead the NL this year with 116 RBI and 104 runs scored, the only player in the league to top the century mark in these two categories.

6th The Mariners defeat the Royals, 11-2, to end KC’s 14-game winning streak, the 2nd longest in club history. KC started the streak in 3rd place, the same spot they’re in today.

Detroit edge Toronto, 3-2, as Blue Jay OF Joe Carter steals second base in the 4th inning. In doing so, he becomes just the 10th player in history to amass 300 HRs and 200 SBs.

Cards lefty Danny Jackson severely sprain his right ankle while running the bases, and will be out the rest of the year. The ligament will not respond to treatment and Jackson will miss the opening of the 1995 season. Jackson underwent thyroid-cancer surgery after the 1993 season and did not react well to the medication. He started the season by losing 9 straight and is at 2–12 now.

7th Pittsburgh SS Jay Bell strokes 5 base hits, including a pair of doubles, leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. His single in the bottom of the 9th brings home the winning run.

10th Minnesota OF Kirby Puckett has pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drives in 7 runs as the Twins defeat the Red Sox by a score of 17-7. Rich Rowland has a pair for the Sox. Puckett has 112 ribbies to lead the AL in RBIs.

Saberhagen goes 7+ innings to win his 14th game and his seventh in row as the Mets top the Phillies, 6-2. Saberhagen walks one batter, his 13th of the year, to finish his season with more wins than walks.  The last to do that (with more than 15 decisions) was Slim Sallee, who won 21 while walking 20 in 1919.

11th Seattle defeats Oakland, 8-1, in the final game that will be played this season. Randy Johnson goes the distance for his 13th—and last—win of the year, and Ken Griffey, Jr, backs him with a 2ndinning grand slam off Ron Darling. It is his 40thhomer of the year, tops in the AL.

In a signature performance at Mile High, Greg Maddux shuts out the Rockies on 3 hits, walking none and striking out 7. The Braves win, 13-0, collecting 20 hits, 3 by Maddux.

12th Major league players go out on strike in the third work stoppage in the last 23 years. The dispute with owners centers on a salary cap, salary arbitration, free agency, and minimum salaries.

Starting at 6:20 a.m. WJMP, an Akron, Ohio, sports talk radio station, plays ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ continuously until noon on October 19, a total of 57,161 times. The station alternates between two versions: a 70-second recording by Tom Chalkley (who teaches cartooning in the Art Workshops at Homewood, Ohio), and a 30-second instrumental version by the Bruce Springstone (no, not Springsteen) band. They are a local group and the music was arranged by Craig Hankin, a director of the Homewood Art Workshops. The total is a Guinness World Record.

17th Two workers involved in repairing the roof of the Kingdome are killed when their basket on a construction crane falls 250 feet to the floor of the stadium.

Former major league 1B Willie Mays Aikens is convicted by a federal jury on four counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of using a gun in a drug transaction. He could face at least 15 years in prison.

23rd The Butte Copper Kings ended Billings’ 15-game winning streak in a Pioneer League game by a score of 22-21. The game sees a total of 43 runs, 53 hits, and 7 errors recorded.

25th Las Vegas Stars C Kevin Higgins and OF Keith Lockhart both play all 9 positions in the Stars’ 10-7 victory over Tacoma in a Class AAA game.

31st Minnesota OF-DH Dave Winfield is sold to the Indians.

Three-and-a-half hours of negotiations with federal mediators produces no progress in the strike, and no further talks are scheduled as the strike goes into its 4th week.