This Date in Baseball History–August 29

As we endure the final dog days of August, let’s take a look back at some of the events that took place on this date in baseball history. Here are six of the more notable occurrences:

On August 29, 1982, Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners reaches the 100-strikeout mark for the 18th season in his career, tying him with Hall of Famers Walter Johnson and Cy Young for the most times in major league history…

On August 29, 1977, Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the king of the stolen base. Playing against the San Diego Padres, Brock steals his 893rd and 894th bases to surpass Hall of Famer Ty Cobb for the all-time lead in thefts…

On August 29, 1973, Thurman Munson of the New York Yankees breaks up Nolan Ryan’s no-hit attempt. Munson’s first inning pop fly drops between two California Angels fielders. In a questionable scoring decision, Munson’s short outfield pop-up is ruled a base hit. Ryan allows no other hits the rest of the way and settles for a one-hit, 5-0 win…

On August 29, 1970, Mickey Mantle returns to the New York Yankees as their first base coach. Mantle, who retired as an active player prior to the 1969 season, will serve as coach for the balance of the 1970 season before leaving the position…

On August 29, 1925, the Detroit Tigers hold an honorary dinner for longtime star Ty Cobb. The Tigers give Cobb a check for $10,000, and the city of Detroit presents him with a trophy…

On August 29, 1925, New York Yankees manager Miller Huggins suspends Babe Ruth for arriving late to the ballpark. Huggins fines Ruth $5,000 and orders him not to suit up for today’s game. A few days later, Ruth will take his case to Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert, who sides with Huggins.


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