1st Battery charges are dropped against Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, who was arrested back on May 7. Cox tells a judge that counseling has helped his marriage.
2nd At Comiskey, the Sox club Toronto rookie Jeff Ware, making his ML debut, for 7 runs in 1+ innings enroute to a 9-4 win over the Jays. Lance Johnson has 4 hits, 4 runs and 3 steals, while Tim Raines is cut down in a steal attempt. For Raines, it snaps his AL-record 40 straight steals without being caught.
3rd The Yankees drop a 10-9 decision to the Athletics as SS Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez scores 3 runs and has 3 ribbies for New York.
At Tiger Stadium, light-hitting backup catcher Ron Tingley connects for a one-out grand slam in the bottom of the 9th, off Jose Mesa, to give the Bengals an 8-8 tie with Cleveland. But the Indians push across a run in the 10thto win, 9-8.
The Mets outslug the Giants, 11–6, despite Barry Bonds hitting the Giants 11,00th franchise homer. Barry’s father hit the 8,000th franchise homer 24 years ago, on September 3, 1971.
4th Chicago 3B Robin Ventura becomes the 8th player in history to hit 2 grand slams in a single game, doing so in the 4th and 5th innings of the White Sox 14-3 win over the Rangers. The last to do it was Frank Robinson in 1970. Ventura adds a double and a walk.
Toronto DH Paul Molitor strokes 5 hits and brings home 3 runs to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-1 win over the Royals. His hits include 3 singles, a double, and a HR.
Ron Maurer of the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes plays all 9 positions in his team’s 4-2 loss to Las Vegas.
5th Cal Ripken ties Lou Gehrig’s all-time mark by appearing in his 2,130th consecutive game. The Orioles shutout the Angels behind Scott Erickson by a score of 8-0.
The Astros defeat the Reds, 10-1, in a game marked by a bench-clearing brawl that will lead to suspensions for Xavier Hernandez (8 games), Doug Drabek (5), Pat Borders (5), Ron Gant (4), Davey Johnson (2), and Terry Collins (2). Intentional walks backfire twice for Cincy. Ahead 1–0, they walk Jeff Bagwell in the 3rd (with Biggio on 2B and one out)and Mike Simms homers. Undeterred, the Reds gave a free pass to PH Dave Magadan in the 7th (with men on 2B and 3B and one out) and the score just 4–1. Derrick May then hits a grand slam.
6th Cal Ripken plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. Watching the proceedings are Cal’s parents, the President and Vice-President and Joe DiMaggio. To complete the perfect evening, Ripken hits a HR off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning, and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2. Rafael Palmiero hits a pair of homers, and Bobby Bonilla connects.
8th The Indians defeat the Orioles, 3-2, to clinch the AL Central Division title in their 123rd game of the season. It is the fastest that any team has ever won a title. The Tribe now leads 2nd-place KC by 23 1/2 games.
The Tigers trade IF Juan Samuel to the Royals in exchange for a player to be named.
9th In the Japan-Central League, the visiting Yakult Swallows beat the Yomiuri Giants, behind Terry Bross’s no-hitter. Bross becomes only the second foreign-born pitcher to pitch a no-hitter.
11th At Jacobs Field, the Yankees record a rarity in their 4–0 win over the Indians—no assists. Jack McDowell allows 4 hits, walks 4 and strikes out 8 in the 9 innings as the Yanks register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. Black Jack retires the side in the 9th on 3 pitches. The outfield makes 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the ML in a Mets-Phils game on June 25, 1989, the only time in the NL.
14th The sale of the Oakland Athletics for $85 million to Steven Schott and Ken Hoffman is approved by major league owners. A provision of the sale is that the team must remain in Oakland.
15th Bobby Bonilla hits a 6th inning grand slam, off Mariano Rivera, to ice the Orioles victory, 8-1, over the Yankees. Rafael Palmeiro started the Birds scoring with a 3-run homer in the 1st off Sterling Hitchcock. Scott Erickson (11-10) goes the distance for the win. For Rivera, it is the second grand slam he’s served up this year: he won’t do it again until 2002.
16th San Diego beats the Cubs, 12–4, as Sammy Sosa and Ken Caminiti each pound a pair of homers. Caminiti collects one from each side of the plate. Gwynn (.367) has 3 ribbies going 3-for-5.
17th Florida’s Pat Rapp 1-hits Colorado as the Marlins trounce the Rockies, 17-0. It’s Rapp’s 7th win in a row as a bloop single by Dante Bichette is Colorado’s only safety. The Marlins pound 6 Rockies’ pitchers for 21 safeties, including 5 for OF Gary Sheffield, who drives in 4 runs before being lifted for a PH in the 8th. Rapp will shut out the Mets in 5 days in a rain shortened game, the first Marlin to toss two shutouts in a row.
San Diego whips the Cubs, 11–3, as Ken Caminiti homers from both sides of the plate for the 2nd game in a row, tying a ML record. Only Eddie Murray (May 8, 9, 1987) has done that.
18th Gary Sheffield follows up his 5-for-5 performance of yesterday with 3 hits in 3 ABs—8 straight hits—for 7 RBIs, in Florida’s 13-10 loss to Philadelphia. Sheffield, who was on the DL, will hit 10 homers and club record 27 RBI in September.
The owners hire NYC labor commissioner Randy Levine as their chief labor negotiator.
19th Cleveland OF Albert Belle strokes 3 HRs the team’s 8-2 win over the White Sox, giving him 5 HRs over 2 consecutive games to tie a major league mark.
San Diego pummels Colorado, 15-4, as 3B Ken Caminiti drives home 8 runs with 4 hits, including a pair of homers, again from each side of the plate. Caminiti has now hit a pair of homers, right and left-handed, in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s the only major leaguer to ever to do it 3 times in a month. Jody Reed has 4 hits and 4 runs for the Pads. Andres Galarraga connects for his 30th homer, giving the Rockies 4 players with 30+ homers. This matches the 1977 Dodgers.
20th Maybe it shoulda rained. The Padres play their 1,000th straight home game without a rainout, a streak going back to 1983, but the Rockies win, 10–2. Bill Swift (8-2) is the winner. Vinnie Castilla hits his 32nd HR and Walt Weiss his first of the year and scores 5 runs.
21st Andy the Clown dies. Andy (AKA Andrew Rozdilsky) was 77 and from 1960 to 1990 performed unofficially at Sox home games at Comiskey Park. In that period he missed just one home opener, in 1989, a day after his wife died. With the new ownership in 1981, Andy was relegated to the upper decks when the Sox introduced Ribbie and Roobarb, who became the most disliked mascots in baseball. Andy was retired when the Sox built the new Comiskey Park.
22nd At Seattle, Mark McGwire hits his 35th homer and the A’s take a 6-0 lead on the Mariners only to see it sink as the M’s score 6 in the 4th and win, 10-7. Todd Van Poppel serves up a homer in the 4th to Ken Griffey, Jr. and then tees up a birthday present to Vince Coleman, a grand slam.
23rd White Sox OF Lance Johnson strokes 6 hits—including 3 triples—scores 4 runs and drives in 4 others as Chicago defeats Minnesota, 14-4. 3B Robin Ventura gets 5 hits for the Chisox, including 3 doubles.
24th Montreal P Carlos Perez is arrested in Atlanta and charged with the rape of a 20-year-old woman.
25th Cubs’ P Frank Castillo 1-hits the Cardinals, winning by a score of 7-0. Castillo strikes out 13, walks 2, and allows only a triple to OF Bernard Gilkey.
28th Kirby Puckett is hit by a pitch by Cleveland’s Dennis Martinez and suffers a broken jaw and a burst artery in his mouth. The Indians go on to win the game, 12-4.
The Cubs become the first team this century to come back from 6 deficits in a game, as they rally to defeat the Astros, 12–11, in 11 innings. Craig Biggio scores 5 runs for the second time this year. During the game, a fan at Wrigley Field charges P Randy Myers. Myers, a martial arts expert, knocks the fan down and pins him until his teammates come to his aid.
The Angels Mark Langston holds the A’s to 6 hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings, as California wins, 4–1, to keep their division hopes alive. The Angels, in first place for 124 days, beat Seattle yesterday, 2–0, behind the strong pitching of Chuck Finley.
Randy Johnson wins his 17th as Ken Griffey, Jr. snaps an 8th inning tie with a grand slam, as the Mariners top Texas, 6–2. The M’s hold a 2 game lead over the Angels. The Reds defeat the Expos by a score of 9-7, with Expos reliever Greg Harris switch pitches the 9th ambidextrously. The Reds don’t score against him as he faces two with his (normal) right arm and two with his left. After Harris (right-handed) retires Reggie Sanders on a grounder, manager Felipe Alou permits him to do what he had wanted to try for 10 years. Following a wild lefty toss to the backstop, he walks Hal Morris. Remaining as a southpaw, though, he gets Eddy Taubensee to ground out. Finally, returning the ball to his right hand, he retires Bret Boone on a ground out. Harris uses a special six-finger glove, which is sent to the Hall of Fame. Before Harris, Bert Campaneris was the last pitcher to use both hands in a professional game, doing it in 1962 for Daytona Beach in the Florida State League. The only major leaguers to toss with each hand are: Tony Mullane (July 18, 1882); Larry Corcoran (June 10, 1884); John Roach, May 14, 1887; Elton “Ice Box” Chamberlin (May 9, 1888); Tony Mullane again (July 14, 1893). The Expos make the score respectable when Shane Andrews connects for a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th, off Chuck McElroy.
At Coors Field, Barry Bonds hits his 33rd homer and drives in 4 runs as the Giants prevail over the Rockies, 12-4. Rick Aurilia and Matt Williams also homer. For the third straight game, John Vanderwal has a pinch hit, a double, and now has 28 pinch hits for the season, a new ML record.
29th The Cubs come back again, scoring three times in the 9th to tie the Astros, then scoring in the 10th to win 4–3. The win, the 8th straight for the Cubs, keeps their playoff hopes alive, and sends the Astros to their 3rd straight extra-inning loss. The Astros trail the Rockies by a game for the wild card slot.
The Mariners clinch a tie for the A.L. West with a 4–3 victory over Texas.
Kevin Brown tops the Tigers, 6–0, for the Orioles 3rd straight complete game shutout.
The Red Sox edge the Brewers 11–9 as John Valentin drives in 4 runs. He now has 102 RBIs, the 4th SS in Bosox history to drive home 100 runs.
A three-judge panel in New York votes unanimously to uphold the injunction that brought the end to the strike last April. The owners had appealed the injunction issued last March 31st, but the panel said the Players Relation Committee had illegally attempted to eliminate free agency and salary arbitration.
30th Cleveland OF Albert Belle socks his 50th HR of the season in the Indians’ 3-2 win over the Royals. The homer is Belle’s 17th of September, tying Babe Ruth’s record for the month. Beginning September 13, Belle has hit 13 homers in 16 games (he did not play 9/24), tying Frank Howard’s mark set in May, 1968. With today’s homer, Belle becomes the first player ever to have 50 homer and 50 doubles in a season.