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Wrapping Up 2001
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AUGUST 2001


New inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Dave Winfield, left, and Kirby Puckett enjoy a light moment during the Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y.
August 1 -- The Tigers turned their first triple play in nine years in the fourth inning of a 7-1 loss to the Mariners. Tom Lampkin and Ichiro Suzuki singled and were running when Mark McLemore hit a line drive that second baseman Damion Easley caught. Easley tossed the ball to shortstop Deivi Cruz, who got the final out by throwing to first baseman Shane Halter.

August 5 -- The Indians tied a Major League record, and became the first team in 76 years to overcome a 12-run deficit to win, defeating the Mariners 15-14 in 11 innings. Cleveland trailed 14-2 as late as the seventh inning. The only other teams to accomplish the feat were the 1911 Chicago White Sox and the 1925 Philadelphia Athletics.

August 5 -- Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield and Bill Mazeroski were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Also enshrined was the late Hilton Smith, a Negro League star.


Cleveland Indians' Kenny Lofton is carried by his teammates after scoring the winning run in the 11th inning against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, in Cleveland. Cleveland overcame a 14-2 deficit to take the victory.
August 6 -- Boston's Scott Hatteberg hit a grand slam one at-bat after lining into a triple play to lead the Red Sox to a 10-7 win over Texas.

August 6 -- Bret Boone's 26th homer in Seattle's 6-2 victory over Cleveland, made him just the fourth AL second baseman to hit more than 25 homers in a season, joining Bobby Grich, Bobby Doerr and Joe Gordon.

August 7 -- Barry Bonds hit his 48th home run of the year and his 30th career homer at Cinergy Field/Riverfront Stadium. He passed Mike Schmidt to break the record for most home runs hit by an opposing player at Cinergy.

August 7 -- Greg Maddux did not walk a batter in a 6-5 Atlanta win over Houston en route to setting a new National League record for consecutive innings without issuing a walk. The previous record of 68 innings was held by Christy Mathewson (1913) and Randy Jones (1976). Mathewson set the record in 1913 with the New York Giants, Jones tied it with the San Diego Padres in 1976.

August 8 -- The Tigers tied a modern Major League record by scoring 13 runs in the ninth inning and Damion Easley got six hits to match a club mark, in a 19-6 trouncing of Texas. The Angels collected 13 runs in the ninth against Texas on Sept. 14, 1978.


Detroit Tigers' Damion Easley (9) gets a congratulations from third base coach Lance Parrish while rounding the bases after a seventh-inning home run against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2001.
August 9 -- Sammy Sosa hit three home runs for the second time this season and fourth time in his career in a 14-5 loss to Colorado. Since opening day of 1995, Sosa has 331 homers. He's reached 40 homers five times in his career, including each of the last four years.

August 9 -- Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. became the youngest player to hit his 450th homer against the Giants at Cinergy Field.

August 9 -- Seattle DH Edgar Martinez drove in his 1,000 career run with a solo home run in a 6-5 loss to Toronto.

August 9 -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his 29th homer and stole two bases to become the third player in Expos history to have 20 stolen bases and 20 homers in the same season. Larry Walker had a 20-20 season with Montreal in 1993 and Andre Dawson had five 20-20 seasons with the Expos.

August 10 -- Carlos Beltran recorded his 33rd consecutive stolen base to set a Royals' club record. Beltran last got thrown out on Sept. 20, 1999, in Seattle.

August 10 -- Philadelphia's rookie shortstop Jimmy Rollins homered in a 10-5 win over Los Angeles and reached double figures in homers (10), doubles (21), triples (10) and stolen bases (37). He became the first player in the majors to accomplish the feat this season.

August 11 -- Barry Bonds smashed his career-best 50th home run of the season, reaching the half-century mark faster than any player in history. Bonds became only the second left-handed hitting National Leaguer to slug 50 home runs in a season, Johnny Mize was the other. He also became the oldest player in history to hit 50 at 38 and is the third Giant to hit 50 homers, joining Willie Mays, who hit 51 in 1955 and 52 in 1965, and Mize, who had 51 in 1947.

August 11 -- Mark McGwire moved past Harmon Killebrew into fifth place with his 574th career homer, leading St. Louis to a 6-3 victory over the Mets.

August 12 -- Greg Maddux intentionally walked Steve Finley in the third inning of a 9-1 loss to Arizona to snap his NL-record streak of 72.1 innings without a free pass.

August 12 -- Jason Giambi collected his 1,000th career hit, a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Athletics in a 4-2 win over the Yankees.

August 12 -- Ryan Klesko stole his 20th base to become the first Padres player to have more than one season with 20 homers and 20 steals. He did it for the first time last season (26 homers, 23 stolen bases).


Bonds became only the third Giants player to reach 50 homers, joining godfather Willie Mays, who hit 51 in 1955 and 52 in '65, and Johnny Mize, who hit 51 in '47.
August 12 -- Arizona's Junior Spivey collected his second five-hit game in only 26 career starts. He is only the fifth player in the last 50 years to have two five-hit games as a rookie.

August 12 -- Jeff Bagwell hit his 31st home run of the season, making him the only player in Houston franchise history to hit over 30 home runs in six consecutive seasons.

August 15 -- Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 300th career save, lifting the Padres over the Mets, 2-1. Hoffman became just the 14th player to record 300 saves.

August 15 -- Roger Clemens became only the sixth Major Leaguer since 1900 to start the season 16-1 with his win over Tampa Bay. The others are Dave McNally (1969), Rube Marquard (1912), Guy Bush (1929), Don Newcombe (1955) and Elroy Face (1959).

August 15 -- Shawn Green hit three home runs, giving him 35 on the season, and drove in seven to lead the Dodgers in a 13-1 route over the Expos. Green's 35 homers are the most by a Dodgers left-handed batter since the team moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958.

August 15 -- Lance Berkman's 31st homer and 100th RBI made him the sixth Astros hitter with 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBI in one season, joining Jimmy Wynn, Glenn Davis, Jeff Bagwell, Moises Alou and Richard Hidalgo.

August 16 -- Rafael Palmeiro hit his 30th homer of the season to reach the 30-homer mark for the eighth time and seventh-straight season. Palmeiro is one of three players, along with Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds, with 30 or more homers in the last seven years.

August 16 -- Barry Bonds hit two home runs, his 52nd and 53rd of the season, breaking Willie Mays' Giants single-season home run record. Bonds' first home run of the afternoon broke the NL record for left-handed hitters, set by Johnny Mize with the New York Giants in 1947.

August 17 -- Jeff Frye joined Kelly Gruber as the only Toronto players to hit for the cycle in an 11-3 win over Texas. Frye, Jose Cruz Jr., Shannon Stewart and Carlos Delgado all homered off Rangers' pitcher Pat Mahomes in the sixth inning. The four homers in an inning were a club record and marked the 10th time in AL history that four have been hit off one pitcher in an inning.

August 19 -- Jeff Bagwell's 32nd homer gave him 100 RBI and made him the eighth player in Major League history with six straight 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons. The other seven were Jimmie Foxx (12 straight), Lou Gehrig (9), Babe Ruth (8), Albert Belle (8), Sammy Sosa (7), Willie Mays (6) and Rafael Palmeiro (6).

August 21 -- Mike Piazza hit his 300th home run as a catcher to pass Lance Parrish and become the fourth catcher in history to reach that milestone. The other catchers with 300 or more homers are Yogi Berra (306), Johnny Bench (327) and Carlton Fisk (351).

August 22 -- Jim Thome's 43rd home run broke Hal Trosky's single-season Indians' record for most by a left-handed hitter.

August 23 -- Tampa Bay's Jason Tyner became the first player since April 24, 1977 to get a hit in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings. The last player to accomplish the feat was Tyner's manager Hal McRae.

August 23 -- Arizona's Randy Johnson struck out 16 in seven innings in a 5-1 loss to the Pirates, becoming the first pitcher to strike out 300 in four straight seasons. Until this season, Johnson (1998-2000) and Nolan Ryan (1972-74) were the only pitchers with three consecutive 300-strikeout seasons.

August 23 -- Albert Pujols became the 22nd Major Leaguer to hit 30 homers in his rookie season, and the first since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997. He also got his 69th extra-base hit, setting a Cardinals record for a rookie. Joe Medwick had 68 in 1933.

August 23 -- Ichiro Suzuki extended his 20-game hitting streak, going 3-for-4, in Seattle's 5-1 win over the Tigers. He had a 23-game hitting streak, longest in the AL this season, from April 22-May 18. He was the first player to have two hitting streaks of 20 games or more since Juan Gonzalez had a pair of 21-game streaks for Texas in 1996.

August 23 -- Colorado's Jason Jennings became the first player in modern baseball history to pitch a shutout and hit a home run in his Major League debut against the Mets.

August 25 -- Boston, which beat Detroit 4-3 in 18 innings on June 5, became only the second team to play two games of at least 18 innings in the same season, with an 8-7 loss to Texas. Los Angeles played two 20-inning games in 1989.

August 25 -- Paul O'Neill became the oldest player in Major League history to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season. O'Neill, 38, hit his 20th homer in a 7-5 win over Anaheim to go along with his 21 stolen bases.

August 25 -- Roger Clemens became the first AL pitcher and the fourth Major Leaguer since 1900 to win 17 of his first 18 decisions.

August 26 -- Sammy Sosa became the third player to hit at least 50 homers in four separate seasons. Mark McGwire did it from 1996-99 and Babe Ruth did it in 1920, '21, '27 and '28.

August 28 -- Ichiro Suzuki reached 200 hits, going 2-for-3 for Seattle in a 6-0 loss to Tampa Bay. Only two other rookies, Boston's Nomar Garciaparra (1997) and Kansas City's Kevin Seitzer (1987), have recorded 200 hits in a season since 1964.

August 28 -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th home run, joining Ernie Banks as the only shortstops in Major League history to reach the mark in four straight seasons. Rodriguez was the ninth player overall to do it, joining Banks, Babe Ruth, Harmon Killebrew, Ken Griffey Jr., Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Ralph Kiner and Duke Snider.

August 28 -- Sammy Sosa hit his 17th home run in August, tying Willie Mays' NL record for home runs in the month. Mays hit 17 in August, 1965. The Major League record for homers in August is 18, set by Detroit's Rudy York in 1937.

August 29 -- Bret Boone became the third second baseman in AL history to hit 30 homers. He joins Bobby Grich (1979) and Joe Gordon (1940-47-48) in accomplishing the feat.

August 29 -- Luis Gonzalez became the 19th player to hit 50 home runs in a season. With Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa hitting the 50-home run mark earlier, it was only the second time in baseball history that three players have hit 50 home runs in a season. In 1998, four players hit at least 50 homers.

August 29 -- White Sox' outfielder Magglio Ordonez stole his 20th base of the season and became the second player in franchise history with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season. The other was Tommie Agee, who had 22 and 44 in 1966.

August 30 -- With a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay, Seattle set a Major League record for road play, winning its 27th consecutive regular-season road series since a 2-1 series loss at Detroit from August 22-24 last year. The previous mark of 26 road series in a row without a loss was set by the 1906-07 Chicago Cubs.

August 30 -- Cincinnati rookie Adam Dunn set the NL rookie record for homers in a month, hitting his 12th in a 6-1 loss to Houston. Frank Robinson hit 11 homers for the Reds in August 1956. The only rookies with more homers in a month were Detroit's Rudy York (18 in August 1937), Oakland's Mark McGwire (May 1987) and Minnesota's Jimmie Hall (13 in August 1963).

 


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