This date in baseball
1908 John Lush threw a six-inning no-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0. It was Lush’s second no-hitter against the Dodgers.
1933 Pinky Higgins of the Philadelphia Athletics hit for the cycle and drove in five runs in a 12-8 victory over the Washington Senators. Higgins had a two-run triple in the second inning and a two-run double in the third. After grounding out in the fifth, Higgins hit a solo home run in the seventh and finished with a single in the ninth.
1952 Satchel Paige, 46, became the oldest pitcher in major-league history to pitch a complete game or a shutout when he beat Virgil Trucks and the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in 12 innings.
1972 Atlanta’s Hank Aaron hit his 660th and 661st career home runs to break Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs with one club. The 661st came in the 10th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
1981 As a result of a seven-week strike, major league baseball players approved a split-season format. The New York Yankees, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were declared the first-half champions and automatically qualified for the divisional series.
1985 The Major League Baseball Players Association went on strike.
1986 The Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-11 in a record-setting battle of grand slams. Texas’ Toby Harrah hit a grand slam in the second inning before Larry Sheets and Jim Dwyer connected for grand slams in Baltimore’s nine-run fourth.
1988 Rich Gossage registered his 300th career save as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4. 1999 Tony Gwynn went 4 for 5, singling in his first at-bat, to become the 22nd major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits, as the San Diego Padres beat the Montreal Expos 12-10. 2001 Boston’s Scott Hatteberg performed the ultimate baseball opposite. Hatteberg hit a grand slam one at-bat after lining into a triple play as the Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 107. Hatteberg lined into a triple play in the fourth inning and in the sixth he hit his second career grand slam to move Boston ahead for good. 2002 At 32, Robb Nen became the youngest player to record 300 saves, as San Francisco beat the Chicago Cubs 11-10.
2007 St. Louis tied a major league record with 10 consecutive hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two apiece in a 10-5 victory over San Diego. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS John Gant 25; Wilmer Flores 26; Jake McGee 31.