In 1988, Orel Hershiser set the record in Major League Baseball for
consecutive scoreless innings pitched. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher’s
streak of 59 innings spanned from the sixth inning of an August 30 game
against the Montreal Expos to the tenth inning of a September 28 game
against the San Diego Padres, not counting eight scoreless innings he
pitched to start Game 1 of the 1988 National League Championship Series
on October 4. The previous record of 58 2⁄3 innings was set by former
Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale in 1968; as the team’s radio announcer,
Drysdale called Hershiser’s streak as he pursued the new record.
Following the regular season, Hershiser was awarded the National League
Cy Young Award. In the playoffs, he earned both the National League
Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) and the World
Series MVP Award. He also secured Sportsman of the Year and Associated
Press Athlete of the Year honors. He continued to be an effective
pitcher for many seasons, making two additional appearances in the World
Series and winning the 1995 American League Championship Series MVP
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, an early leader of the Mexican War
of Independence, was executed by Spanish authorities.
Malden Island, now one of Kiribati’s Line Islands, was
discovered by Captain The 7th Lord Byron.
German agents caused a major explosion when they sabotaged
American ammunition supplies in New Jersey to prevent the materiel from
being used by the Allies of World War I.
Four striking workers were shot dead by the Gendarmerie in
Belgium at the height of the political crisis known as the Royal
Lebanon War: The Israeli Air Force attacked a three-story
building near the South Lebanese village of Qana, killing at least 28
civilians, including 16 children.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. The system of tunnels that is the home of a badger.
2. The pattern of distinctive threads and yarns that make up the plaid of a
3. A small, square-cut piece of quarried stone used for paving and edging.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Soon it will be the phase of the moon When people tune in. Every
girl knows about the punctual blues, But who’s to know the power behind
our moves? A day of coincidence with the radio And a word that won’t go
away We know what they’re all going to say “G” arrives, funny, had a
feeling he was on his way … We raise our hats to the strange
phenomena. Soul-birds of a feather flock together.
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