June 24th: My Birthday History Lesson

June 24th.  Exactly 6 months until Christmas Eve. I always thought that was one of the coolest things about my birthday. 6 months evenly until that glorious day, and then on that day, I could say “6 months til my birthday!”. Lame to you? Maybe so. But to me? Something memorable; perfect breakdown.

I love having a summer birthday. But it did kind of suck missing out on getting birthday love during the school year. No Mom-made cupcakes being delivered to the classroom. No go-to-the-front-of-the-lunch-line special treatment. But hey, ya win some ya lose some. I love June 24th. It’s my day and I love to share it.

I’ve discussed before how the #24 is obviously the most iconic jersey number in Seattle sports history and how much I loved that growing up. Junior was everywhere. And everywhere he went, he dawned the 2-4 (until he left of course, but that’s for another time). I love the number.

But as much as this post has been all about me, I want to share some of the awesome baseball events that have happened on this lovely date throughout the history of time.  I’ll probably refer to this post for the rest of my life.  Hopefully you enjoy it.

If not, at least wish me a Happy Birthday! 🙂  Cheers!

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6/24/1946:
A bus careens off a Cascade Mountain pass road, killing nine members of the Spokane (Western International League) club. Jack Lohrke, a young infielder, had gotten off the bus at its last stop before the accident, on orders to report to San Diego. The future Giant and Phil will be known ever after as “Lucky”.

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6/24/1947:
The Dodgers win, 4-2, over the Pirates, as Jackie Robinson swipes home for the first of 19 times in his career.

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6/24/1953:
The Braves sign 17-year old Joey Jay from Middletown, CT – making him the first Little League player to make it to the major leagues.

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6/24/1955:
In an 18-7 loss to the Tigers, Senator 18-year old rookie third baseman Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run. “Killer” will finish his 22-year Hall of Fame career with 573 homers.

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6/24/1962:
A marathon between the Tigers and Yankees concludes in the 22nd inning when Jack Reed’s home run – his only one in the big leagues – gives New York and Jim Bouton a 9-7 victory.

For the Tigers, Rocky Colavito has seven hits in a LOSS. Bobby Richardson ties a mark by going to the plate 11 times. At an even seven hours, the game is the slowest extra-inning contest in league history and it is the longest game in innings in Yankee history.

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6/24/1968:
Detroit RF Jim Northrup becomes the 6th American League player to hit two grand slams in one game, connecting in the 5th inning off Eddie Fisher and in the 6th off Billy Rohr, as the Tigers bomb Cleveland, 14-3.

Detroit’s Don Wert is taken to the hospital following a 6th inning beaning which shatters his batting helmet. He will miss just a few games.

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6/24/1969:
Richie Allen is fined $2,500 and suspended indefinitely when he fails to appear for the Phillies twi-night doubleheader game with the Mets. Allen had gone to New Jersey in the morning to see a horse race and got caught in traffic trying to return. He will stay suspended until July 20.

6/24/1969:
The White Sox sweep a pair from the SEATTLE PILOTS, winning 6-4 and 7-6, with reliever Wilbur Wood winning both games. Jim Bouton pitches in both games for Seattle without allowing a run in 3 2/3 innings.

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6/24/1970:
In a doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig’s record of four straight homers.

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6/24/1971:
The Mets’ Tom Seaver smashes an 8th-inning homer off Montreal’s Bill Stoneman to win his own game, 2-1.

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6/24/1979:
Rickey Henderson makes his major league debut for Oakland in a 5-1 loss to Texas in the first game of a doubleheader. Henderson has a single and double in four at-bats, and steals the first base of his career.

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6/24/1983:
Milwaukee’s Don Sutton strikes out Alan Bannister in the 8th inning of a 3-2 win over Cleveland to become the 8th pitcher in major league history with 3,000 career strikeouts.  County Stadium is packed with 46,037 fans for the game, mostly to welcome back popular OF Gorman Thomas, who was traded to Cleveland earlier this month.

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6/24/1989:
Cardinals OF Vince Coleman gets his 39th and 40th consecutive stolen bases in a 5-2 loss to the Pirates to break the major-league record set by Davey Lopes in 1975.

6/24/1989:
Cleveland’s Joe Carter hits three home runs in a game for the third time in his career as the Indians beat Texas, 7-3.

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6/24/1991:
California’s Dave Winfield goes 5 for 5 and hits for the cycle as the Angels defeat Kansas City, 9-4. In so doing, he becomes the oldest player in history (39) to accomplish the amazing and ageless feat.

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6/24/1992:
Yankees pitcher Steve Howe is permanently banned from baseball by Commissioner Fay Vincent after having pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to purchase a gram of cocaine. It is Howe’s 7th suspension from the game, as he becomes the first player ever permanently banned from baseball because of drugs; the ban will later be rescinded.

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6/24/1993:
Carlton Fisk of the White Sox, plays his 2,226 and final major league game, surpassing Bob Boone’s record of 2,225 for most games caught.

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6/24/1994:
Jeff Bagwell drives home six of the Astros’ runs as he slugs three homers, including two in the 6th inning. He is the 28th player in major league history to homer twice in the same inning.

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6/24/1997:
At Seattle, the Mariners fall to the Athletics, 4-1, despite a 19-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson. The 19 K’s are the most ever by an American League left-hander. Mark McGwire turns one Johnson fastball into a homer that travels an estimated 538 feet.

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6/24/2000:
Bobby Higginson hits three home runs and has six RBI.

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6/24/2003:
With a bunt single in the second, a double in the fifth, a triple in the sixth, and a homer in the seventh, Brad Wilkerson becomes the fifth Expo player to hit for the cycle.

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6/24/2007:
Oregon State University wins the 2007 College World Series in the first finals rematch in 34 years, as they face the University of North Carolina. They become the first College World Series champion to have finished under .500 in conference play, having gone 10-14 in the Pacific-10 Conference and almost being left out of the field of 64 for the tournament.

6/24/2007:
Roger Clemens makes his first relief appearance in 22 years, 341 days, a new major league record. Steve Carlton (15 years, 343 days) had held the record previously. Clemens had not pitched in relief since his rookie season.

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6/24/2010:
Dustin Pedroia hits three homers, the last in the 10th inning at Coors Field as the Red Sox defeat the Rockies, 13-11.

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***IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR***:

1. Thank you!

2. Know that there were exactly 24 player pictures used in this posting. 24! 🙂

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One comment on “June 24th: My Birthday History Lesson

  1. FYI…One of my favorite basketball players wore #24 for the Championship Seattle SuperSonics…He went on to win three more Championships with the Boston Celtic’s. Larry Bird descripe’s him as the best player he has ever played with, the man is no longer with us. He is Dennis Johnson. The guard combination (in Seattle) of Dennis Johnson and Gus Williams the best I have ever seen.

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