1999 September

1stSammy Sosa hits his 56th homer, off Sterling Hitchcock, to give the Cubs a 1–0 win over San Diego. Steve Trachsel is the winner with 7 shutout innings. Glenallen Hill’s single is the only other Cub hit.

Mark McGwire powers his 52nd homer in the Cards 9–3 win over Florida. It is his 590th career dinger and his 494th as a first basemen, surpassing Lou Gehrig.

Albert Belle’s 30th HR of the year helps the Orioles beat Tampa Bay, 3–1. Belle has now hit 30 homers in 8 straight seasons.

Atlanta gets a 3-run HR from Brian Hunter and a 2-run homer from Bret Boone to edge the Reds, 8–7. Bret’s brother Aaron homers for the Reds, as does Sean Casey as the Reds lose for the 8th time in 9 meetings with Atlanta.  Their victory 2 days ago  ended the Braves 10-game win streak.

2nd The Orioles defeat the Devil Rays, 11-6, as 3B Cal Ripken hits the 400th HR of his big league career, a 3-run shot in the 3rd off Rolando Arroyo.

Well drilling in Toronto. Starter David Wells of the Blue Jays is opposed by Bob Wells of the Minnesota Twins who strikes out Jays rookie Vernon Wells. Toronto wins, 6–1.

3rd With the Angels having lost 37 of their last 46 games—including 9 in a row–Terry Collins resigns as manager and Joe Maddon is named interim for the remainder of the season. The Angels were 51-82 under Collins in 1999, with a 220-237 record since he took over in 1997. Maddon also served as interim manager at the end of the 1996 season, with a 8-14 record.

The Rangers beat the White Sox, 10–4 and now have 5 players with 20+ HR for the 1st time in team history: Rafael Palmeiro (41), Juan Gonzalez (32), Ivan Rodriguez (31), Lee Stevens (22), Todd Zeile (20). Rusty Greer (18) will join them.

At Three Rivers, Jeff Kent hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs, and Ellis Burks hits a 3-run homer, as the Giants whip the Pirates, 12-2. Shawn Estes wins his 10th.

The U.S. District Court upholds the resignations of 22 ML umpires that they made in the abortive negotiations with their union on July 14, 1999.

4th  Down 2-0 after the first inning, Cincinnati scores 9 runs in the 5th inning on the way to a 22-3 blowout over Philadelphia. The Reds set a NL record by hitting 9 HRs in the contest—2 by C Eddie Taubensee and 1 apiece by Aaron Boone, Dmitri Young, Jeffrey Hammonds, Greg Vaughn, Pokey Reese, Brian Johnson, and Mark Lewis. The 8 different players going deep for one team is a ML record and 9 players for two teams is also a ML record-tying mark. Chad Ogea, in 2 2/3 innings, allows 3 dingers; he has now served up a league high 35. Stan Belinda of the Reds earns a save for Pete Harnisch (14-8); he benefits from the rule that mandates a save be awarded if a pitcher works three innings in relief.

The Red Sox defeat the Mariners, 4-0, as Pedro Martinez wins his 20th game, striking out 15 batters in 8 innings of work.

5th The Reds defeat the Phillies, 9-7. They hit 5 HRs in the contest, giving them a ML record 14 over the course of 2 games.

6th  Sammy Sosa hits his 58th homer but his Cubs lose to the Reds, 6–3.

7th After losing the first game of a doubleheader to the Cubs, 2-1, the Reds come back to take the nightcap by a score of 10-3. Cincinnati slugs 6 HRs in the contest, including 3 by OF Greg Vaughn.

The Diamondbacks defeat the Brewers, 11-9, in a game which sees the two teams tie a major league record by using a total of 15 pitchers. Arizona uses 8 hurlers, while 7 take the hill for Milwaukee.

Two native Canadian pitchers oppose each other as starters for the first time in 26 years. Florida Marlin pitcher Ryan Dempster from British Columbia faces off against Dodger Eric Gagne who hails from Quebec. The two roomed together while competing on Canada’s national baseball team. The battle is a draw with neither pitcher getting the decision, but the Marlins win, 2–1.

Colorado manager Jim Leyland confirms rumors that he will retire at the end of the season.

Mike Lieberthal’s streak of 100 games without an error ends when he makes 2 against the Astros. Houston beats the Phils, 8–6.

The Cubs and Reds split a pair with Chicago taking game 1, 2–1 and the Reds coming back, 10–3. When the Cubs Brian McNichol pitches in game 2, he is the 25th pitcher the Cubs have used this season.

8th Arizona defeats Milwaukee, 9-1, as OF Steve Finley strokes 3 HRs and drives home 6 runs.

The Astros score 9 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 10-2 victory over the Phillies.

For the second time this season a pitcher makes his ML debut by picking off his first baserunner.  Cuban-born Michael Tejera, 22, starts for the Marlins and picks off Michael Young after walking him.  Tejera is long gone when the Marlins win, 5-4, in 13 innings.  Mark Kotsay hits an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th after Preston Wilson had tied the game with a homer in the 12th.

9th The Padres defeat the Expos, 10-3, in a game where they are nearly allowed 4 outs in the 7th inning. When Pads Reggie Sanders strikes out for the 3rd out, the umpires don’t notice and the players do not leave the field. Phil Nevin comes to the plate and runs the count to 2-1 against the Expos P Ted Lilly before someone in the Montreal dugout points out the problem to home plate ump Jerry Layne.

In the Cubs 5–3 loss to the Reds, Sammy Sosa hits his 59th homer. Sosa has more homers than the Cubs have wins: 56. They’ve lost 31 of their last 39 games.

In Baltimore’s 6–5 win over the Twins, Albert Belle drives in his 100th run, the 9th season in a row he’s had 100+ RBIs. On the minus side, Cal Ripken, Jr. grounds into his 324th double play to top Carl Yastrzemski for the all-time lead.

10th The Red Sox trip the Yankees, 3-1, as Pedro Martinez hurls an impressive one-hitter for his 21st victory of the year. Martinez strikes out 17 batters, the most Yankees ever fanned in a single game (New York will tie it July 11, 2010 in a 7-6 win). DH Chili Davis’ 2nd inning HR is NY’s only safety. Chuck Knoblauch, leading off the game gives the Yankees their only other baserunner, but he is caught stealing, so Martinez faces just one over the minimum. Despite the 17 K’s, Pedro’s record streak of 40 consecutive innings with a strikeout comes to an end.  At the start of the year the record was 25, but Martinez topped that earlier in 1999 with 33 straight innings with a K.

The Indians score 12 runs in the 4th inning—one short of the AL record for the inning—on their way to a 14-6 win over the White Sox. Omar Vizquel has a bases-loaded double in the frame, while David Justice belts a grand slam. Kip Wells and Sean Lowe give up the 12 tallies.

Umpires opposed to union chief Richie Phillips announce plans to form a new union and seek certification to represent all umpires.

The Rockies call up John Cangelosi from Sky Sox, where he has played the past month. The vet needs 12 days of ML service to reach his 10-year pension.

11th The Twins defeat the Angels, 7-0, as Eric Milton hurls the 3rd no-hitter of the season. The young lefthander fans 13 and allows just 2 walks in his masterpiece. There are just 11,222 fans to see the game, the third smallest crowd to witness a no-hitter in the majors since 1986. The 11:05 a.m. start time is to accommodate a University of Minnesota football game at the Metrodome and the Twins offer free admission to anyone attending the game in their pajamas.

The Athletics defeat the Devil Rays, 5-4, as Doug Jones records the 300th save of his career.

The Astros defeat the Cubs, 5-3, as Jose Lima becomes the first 20-game winner in the NL.

12th  Before a crowd of 50,027, the Red Sox finish their 3-game series at Yankee Stadium with a 4–1 win for a sweep. It is the first 3-game sweep at Yankee Stadium for the Red Sox since 1986.

13th  Mike Hampton (203) wins his 20th game, 13–2, over the Phils and Astros win their club-record 11th straight game.

14th The Expos defeat the Dodgers, 3-0, behind Javier Vazquez’ 1-hitter. Vazquez allows just a leadoff single to Mark Grudzielanek in the 4th inning, and a walk to Gary Sheffield in the same frame, while fanning 10.

The Royals lose a doubleheader to the Angels, 8-6 in the opener and 6-5 in the nightcap. In the second game, KC OF Mark Quinn makes a memorable major league debut. After making out in his 1st trip to the plate, Quinn doubles in his next at bat, then hits homers in his last 2 times up. He becomes just the 3rd player in history to hit 2 HRs in his first big league game. Bob Nieman (1951) and Bert Campaneris (1964) are the only others to accomplish the feat. Quinn will have a second 2-homer game on September 20, to become just the second player in ML history to have two 2-homer games in his first 10 games.  Dino Restelli, in 1949 was the other.

The Yankees rally with a pair of grand slams, just the third time in club history, to beat the Blue Jays, 10–6. Bernie Williams ties the game with a slam in the 8th inning, and Paul O’Neill wins it in the 9th with a walkoff grand slam, off Paul Spoljaric. Mattingly and Winfield paired up in 1987 to hit grand slams in one game.

15th The Phillies defeat the Astros, 8-6, as OF Doug Glanville gets 5 hits, including a double and HR, for the victors. The loss snaps the Astros 12-game win streak, a club record.

Baseball approves the sale of the Cincinnati Reds to Carl Lindner for $67 million, ending Marge Schott’s 15-year reign as owner.

Baseball owners vote to merge the administrative operations of the American and National leagues. NL President Leonard Coleman, concluding his job had become irrelevant, announces his resignation effective after the World Series. He will become a senior adviser to Commissioner Bud Selig.

16th  In a 7–1 Kansas City win over Anaheim, Carlos Beltran collects his 100th RBI. He’s the first rookie since McGwire, in 1987, to reach that level.

At Tropicana, Alex Rodriguez puts Seattle on the board with an 8thinning grand slam, off Esteban Yan, as the Mariners beat the Devil Rays, 5-3. Raul Ibanez adds a solo in the 9th.

17th The Rockies pound out 20 hits on their way to an 18-10 victory over the Dodgers. OF Dante Bichette drives home 7 runs for Colorado on a pair of HRs, one a grand slam.

The Cardinals score 9 runs in the 4th inning on their way to an 11-8 win over the Astros. One of the 7 homers hit by the two teams is #56 on the season by Mark McGwire, and the 513th of his career. It is a grand slam as Big Mac passes Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on the all-time list.

In a 9–3 win over Oakland, KC’s prize rookie Carlos Beltran passes the 100 RBI and  the 100 runs scored mark, the first rookie to do so since Fred Lynn in 1975.

Seattle GM Woody Woodward announces his retirement.

An incident that will help speed the firing of Orioles GM Wren occurs as the Orioles to travel. Cal Ripken is delayed in traffic and calls the team’s traveling secretary to assure him that he’d be arriving at the airport within the next 10 minutes. At Wren’s order, however, the plane takes off without Cal, who arrives at the gate a few minutes later and has to make his own travel arrangements. When Wren is fired after the season, part of the announcement reads: “In the opinion of management, there was no need for such an arbitrary and inflexible decision. In the meeting, Wren defiantly dismissed our concerns, characterized them as `silly’ and insisted he would invoke the same takeoff order no matter what the extenuating circumstances. The Orioles management cannot and will not abide having a GM operate in such an unreasonable, authoritarian manner and treat anyone this way, especially someone such as Cal who has done so much for the Orioles and for baseball.”  The O’s defeat the Twins, 8–3, as Jesse Orosco preserves Mike Mussina’s 15th win. For Orosco, it is ML record 1,072 appearance. He had been tied with Eckersley.

18th The Brewers beat the Cubs, 7-4, as Sammy Sosa hits his 60th HR of the year. He becomes the first major leaguer to hit 60 homers in 2 seasons.

The Rangers defeat the Devil Rays, 6-1, as Tampa Bay P Jimmy Morris makes his ML debut by fanning Royce Clayton in the 8th inning. At 36, he becomes the oldest rookie pitcher since Diomedes Olivo (age 40) with Pittsburgh in 1960. Morris was a high school baseball coach and science teacher just 4 months ago when he tried out at the urging of his team. The debut will be recreated at Rangers Ballpark in 2002 with Dennis Quaid on the mound in the film role of “The Rookie.”

Masato Yoshii (12-8) goes 7 innings as the Mets roll over the Phillies, 11-1.  Rey Ordonez has 4 hits, including his first homer of the year, a grand slam.

20th The Angels defeat the Devil Rays, 10-5, in a game marked by a confrontation between umpire John Shulock and Tampa C Mike DiFelice in the 3rd inning. Shulock is on his way out to the mound after being hit with a pitch from Devil Rays P Wilson Alvarez when he is intercepted by DiFelice. AL president Gene Budig will suspend Shulock for 3 games and fine him an undisclosed amount for his “overly aggressive behavior, display of temper, inappropriate remarks and physical contact.”

21st The Red Sox defeat the Blue Jays, 3-0, as Pedro Martinez fans 12 for his 22nd win. He joins Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to strike out at least 300 in both leagues, and breaks Roger Clemens club mark of 291 strikeouts.

22nd The Phillies score 11 runs in the 8th inning, with Rico Brogna driving in 3, on their way to a 12-3 win over the Brewers. The 10 hits and 11 runs in the frame tie the Milwaukee club record.

In Toronto’s 14–9 win over Boston, Carlos Delgado fouls a ball off his right leg in the 8th inning resulting in a season ending fracture of the leg. Delgado has 44 HR, 134 RBI and tied George Bell’s Blue Jays record for RBI in a season.

Mariners GM Woody Woodward announces his retirement. With more than a decade as GM, he had the longest tenure in the ML.

23rd The Athletics beat the Orioles, 9-6, in the 1st game of a doubleheader, ending Baltimore’s 13-game winning streak. The Orioles take the nightcap, 12-4, as OF Albert Belle gets 4 doubles in a game for the 2nd time this season. The last player to accomplish the feat was Rafael Palmeiro, in 1993.

24th The Astros defeat the Brewers, 9-4. Astros OF Bill Spiers is attacked by a fan in the 6th inning of the contest. His teammates leave the bench and bullpen to aid Spiers, who suffers a welt under his left eye and a bloody nose. He remains in the game, however. His assailant is charged with two counts of assault after being taken into custody.

The Indians swamp the Blue Jays, 18-4, on 15 hits. OF Manny Ramirez drives in 8 runs on three hits, including a grand slam and a three-run homer, and Dave Roberts collects a grand slam as well. The Jays do all their scoring on four solo homers off starter and winner Jim Brower.

The Rangers beat the Athletics, 12-4, as Texas OF Juan Gonzalez strokes 3 HRs. Gonzalez adds a single and drives home 5 runs for the Rangers.

25th Its payback time as the Rangers score 8 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to beating the Athletics, 10-4.

26th The Cardinals lose to the Reds, 7-5, despite Mark McGwire’s 60th HR of the season. McGwire joins Sammy Sosa as the only players in history to reach the 60 homer mark twice. Big Mac will end the season with 147 RBIs on 145 hits, the only player in ML history (with 100 hits in a season) to have more ribbies than hits. Jay Buhner, in 1995, came closest with 121 RBIs and 123 hits (.984)

27th With each of the Tigers wearing the uniform numbers of all-time Detroit players at their position (OF Gabe Kapler, standing in for Ty Cobb, wears no number) the Tigers defeat the Royals, 8-2, in the last game ever played at Tiger Stadium. Rob Fick’s grand slam in the 8th brings the capacity crowd of 43,356 to its feet. Luis Polonia and Karim Caria also homer as Brian Moehler beats Jeff Suppan.

Pedro Martinez improves to 23-4 as the Red Sox whip the Orioles, 5-3, at Fenway. Pedro walks none and strikes out 12, the 8thstraight game that he has struck out 10 or more batters, setting a major league record. He had a skein of 7 straight 10-K games earlier in the season.

In the 2nd game of doubleheader with Milwaukee, the first 3 batters for Pittsburgh are: A Brown CF, E Brown, LF, and B Brown 1B. It’s brown ‘n serve as far as the Brewers go, downing the Bucs, 5–2, after winning the first game, 7-5.

29th  The Red Sox clinch the wild card in the AL, beating the White Sox, 6–2. Damon Buford has 2 RBI and Nomar Garciaparra hits a 2-run homer, while Nomar ends the game with an unassisted DP. Chicago takes the nightcap, 4-2, as most of the Boston regulars sit.

The Cards sweep the Padres, winning 4–3 and 6-5, as Mark McGwire hits a pair of homers (#62 and #63) to take over the lead from Sammy Sosa.

The Phils down the Cubs, 5–0, holding Sosa homerless while Doug Glanville hits a three-run homer. Glanville reaches 200 hits, the first Phillie to do so in 20 years (Pete Rose, 1979).  Carlton Loewer, out with a stress fracture the last 4 months, makes his first start since June 5 and pitches 4 scoreless innings.

Greg Maddux, trying for his 20thwin of the year, gives up 7 runs, including a grand slam by John Olerud in the 4th, as the Mets beat the ace, 9-2.  It is the second grand slam off Maddux this year, and just the third of his career. Al Leiter has 2 hits and evens his record at 12-12.

30th The Dodgers defeat the Giants, 9-4, in the final game ever played at Candlestick Park. Raul Mondesi’s 3-run homer in the 6this the last homer hit at the Stick.