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Saturday, September 1, 2012

It's not just my birthday...

Have you ever wondered what other sporting events took place on your special day?

A few days ago I couldn't sleep, so I searched the internet and found out that...

On September 1st, 1964... Masanori Murakami became the first Japanese player to play in the MLB.

On September 1st, 1966... Tim Hardaway was born.

On September 1st, 1975... Tom Seaver became the first pitcher in MLB history to strike out 200 batters eight consecutive seasons.

On September 1st, 1981... J.R. Richard is placed on the Astros' 40-man active roster less than 14 months after he suffered a major stroke.

On September 1st, 1989... A. Bartlett Giamatti passed away just eight days after banning Pete Rose from baseball.

Gotta love the amount of information found on the internet. It's pretty exciting to know that my birthday is the anniversary of so many cool sporting events.

It's your turn to utilize Google.

What interesting sporting events occurred on your special day?

I hope all of you are enjoying your holiday weekend. Happy Saturday & sayonara!


  1. The most memorable for me is Bud Smith throwing a no-hitter. He might be the least accomplished pitcher ever to do so, going 7-8 over his season and a half before being traded for Scott Rolen, and never playing again.

    Happy Birthday, Fuji.

    1. Thanks... I don't recall a Bud Smith. But that's cool he three a no hitter on your b-day. I checked on baseball reference and couldn't find any pitchers who three no hitters on September 1st. It'll be interesting to see who accomplishes the feat first.

  2. My favorite team lost Game 4 of the 2002 World Series game on my birthday in its only appearance in the World Series. But they did win Game 7 four days later. So, I'll take it.

    1. The Angels handed you a belated present ;-)

  3. Happy birthday to you!
    Here are my sports events
    1994 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 802 goals scored
    1992 - Florida Marlins begin selling tickets
    1952 - Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks.

    1. Thanks! The Gretzky trivia is pretty awesome. And the Rangers blowing a 4 goal lead with 14 minutes to play is insane.

  4. Happy Birthday to the Fuj !

    Happy collecting !

  5. I've got both Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron's 500th homerun. That's weird! July 14th is also typically an All Star break day so I have some All Star moments, including Pete Rose toppling Ray Fosse at home.

    Historically, July 14th is Bastille Day, which I always thought was cool.

    Birthdays include Ingmar Bergman, Sid Haig, Bill McCool (of Reds fame), Tim Hudson, Robin Ventura, Matthew Fox (of Lost fame), and Darrelle Revis (exactly one year older than me).

    1. Wow... the whole Mathews & Aaron 500 home run thing is pretty awesome. Also... gotta love Rose bowling over Fosse.

  6. Happy Birthday!!!

    I share the same birthday (same year and all) exactly with- Chuck Knoblauch, shortstop - Reggie Cobb, NFL running back.

    Same birth date Ringo Star, Joe Sakic, SATCHEL PAIGE, LISA LESLIE, SHELLEY DUVALL, Michele Kwan, Pierre Cardin.

    1948 - Cleveland Indians sign Leroy "Satchel" Paige
    1912 — Jim Thorpe won the gold medal in the pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.
    1987 - New York Yankees trailing by 7 score 7 in 7th on 7/7 and 5 in 8th; beat Minnesota Twins 12-7.
    1990 - Martina Navratilova beats Zina Garrison for record 9th Wimbeldon title.
    1993 NY Mets pitcher Anthony Young loses his 26th straight game
    1936 NL wins their 1st All-Star game

    1. Thanks BA Benny! You share your birthday with some pretty fine company. But the thing that stands out is the Anthony Young losing streak. I remember that like it was yesterday.

  7. Happy Birthday, Mark!

    Mine is easy to remember, especially for a Yankees fan. Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series, the only one to date. It was a thrill to finally meet him at this year's National in Baltimore.

    1. Thanks Baseball Nut! Wow... that's pretty awesome. Did you tell him that it happened on your birthday?

    2. Sure did. He was nice about it but I'm sure I am not he first person he has met that celebrates a birthday on that day.

  8. Happy Birthday.

    I share my December 18th birthday with the following baseball players:
    Ty Cobb - 1886
    Gino Cimoli - 1929
    Moose Skowron - 1930
    Willie Blair - 1965
    Jason Williams - 1973
    José Acevedo - 1977
    and more

    Baseball players that died on that day:
    Harry Hooper - 1974
    Michio Nishizawa (Japanese player) - 1977
    Phil Cavarretta - 2010
    and more

    Sporting events:
    1932 - The Chicago Bears defeat the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first ever NFL Championship Game. Because of a blizzard, the game is moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 80 yards long.

    1956 - Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer

    1961 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Phila Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

    1994 - Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges

    1. Ty Cobb? Simply awesome. You've given me something to work on next year (athletes who passed away on September 1st).

  9. First things first, happy birthday dude!

    Second, not much of interest seems to have happened on my birthday in sports. A few people retired (like Dale Murphy, 1993), players got their jersey retired (like Tony Perez in 2000), and in Mets history, it seems only bad things happen on my birthday (in 1993, pitcher Anthony Young loses record 24th straight game). But scanning a few sites looking for something interesting on May 27th got me this: 1981 - After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt to 'encourage' Amos Otis' slow roller to go foul, umpire Larry McCoy accuses the Mariner third baseman of blowing the ball foul. Randle's explanation that he was merely yelling at the ball not to stay fair is initially convincing until Royals' manager Jim Frey complains.

    We have all seen that amusing blooper and at least I can call it my own.

    1. Thanks! Tried to find that Randle video, but couldn't. But I can totally picture it.

  10. Guy Fawkes, Thomas Jefferson, Butch Cassidy among many others born on my day.

    1849 - Hungary becomes a country. Fitting.
    1860 - first Pony Express
    1914 - first Federal League baseball game
    1928 - first trans-Atlantic flight (Europe to U.S.)
    1946 - a white pitcher, trying to play for the Negro Leagues Cleveland Buckeyes is barred from a Birmingham Alabama field.
    1953 - first game for the new Milwaukee Braves
    1954 - Hank Aaron's first pro game with the Braves
    1970 - I am born
    1970 - to celebrate, oakland A`s use Gold coloured bases
    1970 - in the excitment, an oxygen tank explodes on board Apollo 11 and they announce, "Houston, we`ve got a problem"
    1984 - Pete Rose gets 4000th hit
    1992 - Crystal Pepsi hits the shelves. (Hey, they're not all winners)

    1. Gotta love Finley, his stunts, and the gold bases. A lot of historical events took place on your special day.

  11. Happy Birthday!

    I share a birthday (August 5) with John Olerud, Carl Crawford, and the late Tommie Aaron (Hanks's brother). As far as special events: former Brave and Hall-of-Famer Phil Niekro threw a no-hitter against the Padres on August 5, 1973.

    1. Thanks! Damn... another person with a no-no on their birthday. Will someone step up and throw one on September 1st?

  12. 誕生日おめでとう

    2009 Mariano Rivera gets his 500th save and 1st RBI – walked with bases loaded
    2009 Colorado wins their 20th game of the last 23
    2007 Frank Thomas hits his 500th HR – ends with 521
    2007 Craig Biggio gets his 3,000th hit – ends with 3,060 in 20 seasons
    2003 NYY and NY Mets play a unique doubleheader – NYY win 7-1 at Yankee Stadium and 9-8 at Shea Stadium
    2000 NJ Nets choose Kenyon Martin #1 in NBA draft
    1999 Damian Jackson of Padres steals 5 bases including home
    1995 Golden State chooses Joe Smith #1 in NBA draft, Kevin Garnett goes #5
    1991 Barry Larkin of Reds hits 3 straight HRs in game vs. Astros
    1988 LA Clippers choose Danny Manning #1 in NBA draft
    1975 Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at the Western Open
    1960 John Elway born – 51,475 passing yards, 300 TDs
    1939 NYY play a doubleheader – hit 8 HRs in 1st game and 5 in the 2nd to set MLB record
    1922 Walter Johnson throws his 3rd straight shutout and 97th overall – career 417 wins and 110 shutouts

    1. domo arigato! The Warriors drafting Smith was such a golden moment for the franchise.

      Didn't realize the Damian Jackson feat. Being a Padres fan, I should have heard of that. Headed out to look that one up. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Happy B-Day.

    The only thing that happens on my B-Day is some random MLB Spring Training game.

  14. my bday is in december, so it's usually a heisman trophy winner or random nfl, nba or nhl game. once in a while there might be a mlb free agent signing, though.

  15. Happy belated birthday!

    August 18th
    1967 — Slugger Tony Conigliaro of the Boston Red Sox was beaned by Jack Hamilton of the California Angels. Conigliaro’s career suffered a severe downward trajectory after the beaning.

    1973 — Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves recorded his 1,378th extra-base hit to surpass Stan Musial’s all-time major league record.

    1980 — George Brett of the Kansas City Royals had four hits to raise his seasonal batting average to .401.

    1986 — USFL quarterback Jim Kelly signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Buffalo Bills. (More info.)

    1989 — New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner made his 17th managerial change since 1973 when he fired team manager Dallas Green and replaced him with Bucky Dent.

    1992 — Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, 35, announced his retirement because of back trouble.

    1. Wow... a lot of cool stuff on your special day. Watching Brett battle to be the next .400 hitter was awesome. What an amazing feat.

  16. my post was already set up for wednesday

  17. Happy belated birthday from me, too!

    July 16th

    1853: The first known baseball boxscore is published in a newspaper
    1897: Cap Anson is the first player to accumulate 3,000 hits for a career
    1902: John McGraw begins his 30-year tenure as manager for the New York Giants
    1920: Babe Ruth becomes the first player to 30 home runs in a season
    1948: Leo Durocher leaves the Dodgers to manage the Giants
    1951: Mickey Mantle is sent down to the minors during his first year with the Yankees
    1970: Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh makes its baseball debut
    1980: Ted Giannoulas, better known as The Chicken, is allowed by a judge to continue to wear costumes that look like The Chicken, but he cannot be known as the KGB Chicken anymore, nor bear the call letters of the radio station.
    1985: In the only All-Star Game held on my birthday (until next year), the N.L. beats the A.L. 6-1. San Diego's Lamarr Hoyt is named MVP.
    1990: Steve Lyons slides head-first into first base on a bunt play and then removes his pants while brushing away dirt -- in full view of everyone.
    1997: Jose Canseco strikes out in all 5 at-bats, making his streak 8 straight at-bats striking out, to tie a major league record

    Most notable ballplayer born on my birthday: Shoeless Joe Jackson.

    Athlete born on the exact day as me: Former Canadien and Avalanche player Claude Lemieux.

    1. The Padres had an all-star game MVP? This is exactly the reason for my questions. As soon as I leave this page, I'm going to look up the Lyons play... and that tidbit on Canseco is the sort of stuff that I enjoy blogging about.

      The question is... did he break the record? And if not... who does he share the record with? I'll go look it up right now (after I look up the Lyons slide).