"The ballplayer who loses his head, who can’t keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all." - Lou Gehrig

Be a consummate professional. Keep your cool.

Aug. 20, 1938 - Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd, and last, grand slam


Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez hit 23 career grand slams, the most by any player in Major League Baseball history. Meanwhile, Don Mattingly set the one-season record with six grand slams in 1987 – remarkably, the only grand slams of his major league career. Travis Hafner tied Mattingly’s Major League record in 2006.

Did you know that eleven of Lou Gehrig’s legendary twenty-three grand slams were hit in Yankee Stadium — including the first of his Major League career?

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"Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent." - Nolan Ryan

Change to win.

Aug. 15, 1993 - Nolan Ryan of the Rangers recorded his 324th, and final, career win

Before the 1993 season, Nolan Ryan announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season. In his final victory Ryan pitched seven innings and gave up just one run as the Rangers defeated the Indians 4-1.

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Aug. 14, 1987 - Mark McGwire sets MLB rookie record with his 39th HR

Mark McGwire's two-run home run in the sixth inning landed in the left-field seats and gave the 23-year-old first baseman sole possession of the mark previously held by Wally Berger of the Boston Braves in 1930 and Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Reds in 1956. McGwire completed his rookie year with 49 home runs.

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"My biggest adjustment has been learning not to be afraid to fail." - Johnny Damon

Failure is the path to success.

Aug. 12, 1974 - Nolan Ryan of the Angels struck out 19 Red Sox


That year Nolan Ryan twice struck out 19 batters, tying Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton for the single-game record for a nine-inning game. Roger Clemens would become the first pitcher with a 20-strikeout game in 1986.

"I really felt everything was going right tonight," Ryan said. "I think I got better as the game went on. I don’t think I thought about the record until about the eight or ninth inning.”

Aug. 10, 1934 - Babe Ruth announced his retirement

"I’m definitely through as a regular player at the end of this season." - Babe Ruth

In 1934, Ruth had his last complete season. By this time, years of high living were starting to catch up with him. His conditioning had deteriorated to the point that he could no longer field or run. Nonetheless, he could still handle a bat, recording a .288 batting average with 22 home runs. On September 30, 1934, in what turned out to be his last game at Yankee Stadium, Ruth went 0 for 3 in front of only about 2,500 fans. By this time, he had reached a personal milestone of 708 home runs and was ready to retire. Sure enough, his career as a New York Yankee was over. Ruth did play part of the 1935 season with the Boston Braves.

Aug. 7, 2007 - Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run to break the all-time career HR record, held by Hank Aaron


The pitch came on a 3-2 count, when Barry Bonds hit a 435 foot home run, his 756th, into the right-center field bleachers breaking the all-time career home run record, formerly held by Hank Aaron. The fan who ended up with the ball, 22-year-old Matt Murphy from Queens, New York (and a Mets fan), was promptly protected and escorted away from the mayhem by a group of San Francisco police officers. After Bonds finished his home run trot, a ten-minute delay followed, including a brief video by Aaron congratulating Bonds on breaking the record Aaron had held for 33 years, and expressing the hope that “the achievement of this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams.” Bonds made an impromptu emotional statement on the field, with Willie Mays, his godfather, at his side and thanked his teammates, family and his late father. Bonds sat out the rest of the game and was replaced in left field.

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"How you played in yesterday’s game is all that counts." - Jackie Robinson

Make your latest performance your greatest performance.

Aug. 6, 1972 - Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record for HRs with one team


Hank Aaron's second homer (#661) of the day was a 10th inning blast which enabled the Atlanta Braves to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3. On February 29, 1972, Aaron signed a three-year deal with the Atlanta Braves that payed him $200,000 per year, making him the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball at the time.

During the strike-shortened season of 1972, Aaron tied and then surpassed Willie Mays for second place on the career home run list. Aaron also knocked in the 2,000th run of his career and hit a home run in the first All-Star game played in Atlanta. As the year came to a close, Aaron broke Stan Musial’s major league record for total bases (6,134). He finished the 1972 season with 673 home runs.

Aug. 5, 1921 - first radio broadcast of a major league baseball game was broadcast

Studio announcer Harold Arlin became the first play-by-play man as he described the Pittsburgh Pirates' 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies from Forbes Field on radio station KDKA.

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July 25, 1990 - Rosanne Barr butchered the US National Anthem

Barr’s off-key rendition of the National Anthem was at Jack V Murphy Stadium between games of a double header with San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres were in the middle of a disastrous season, but had just beaten the Reds by a score of 2-1 in the first game. Roseanne Barr botched the National Anthem, sardonically gestured spitting and grabbing a hypothetical cup.

A few weeks earlier Tom Werner and his ownership group had purchased the Padres. Werner was also an Executive Producer of the hit television show Roseanne. With it being “Working Women’s Night” at the ballpark, having Roseanne sing the Anthem must have seemed like a perfect match for Werner’s interests. She was booed and never asked to sing at a game again.

July 24, 1983 - The infamous Pine Tar incident with George Brett


George Brett of the Kansas City Royals was ejected from a game against the New York Yankees for charging the home plate umpire after he ruled that Brett’s go-ahead, ninth inning home run off Rich Gossage would not count because there was too much pine tar on his bat. It is a legendary moment in baseball history and one of the most famous player-umpire arguments in the history of MLB.


No matter what hat you wear, tip it to The Captain.


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