1909 - Ty Cobb clinches the American League home run title with his ninth round-tripper. It is an inside-the-park drive against the Browns. In fact, all his nine home runs this season are inside the park, including two in one game on July 15. He is the only player in this century to lead in home runs without hitting one out of the park.
1946 - The Boston Red Sox edge the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Ted Williams's inside-the-park home run, the only one of his career.
1951 - The Cards split a rare doubleheader against TWO Different Teams, defeating the Giants 6-4 in the first game in the afternoon and losing to the Braves in the nightcap.
1991 - A 55-ton block collapses in Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The Expos, already in last place, will have to play the rest of their home games on the road.
Williams, not a fast runner, was able to hit the inside park homerun because left field, due to the Indians "shift" against Williams leaving left field uncovered, counting on Williams reluctance to "cave-in" to the "shift"-----but, not this time, resulting in his one and only inside the park homer, his first at-bat, 1st inning @ Cleveland.
Red Sox won the game 1-0 and clinched the pennant with that win.
I heard that game on radio.
There was sort of a wierd one yesterday (Sept 12th):
1930 - Brooklyn catcher Al Lopez drives one over the head of the Cincinnati left fielder and the ball bounces into the bleachers at Ebbets Field.
It will be the Major Leagues' last recorded "Bounce Home Run".
The National League declares after the season that such a hit will henceforth be a double.
The American League had made the change after the 1929 season.
With one unusual "exception"--(*and others)-- since 1930---as to a recorded "bounce" home run.
Jose Canseco, playing outfield for the Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians, 1993; a catchable fly ball "bounced" off his head and went over the fence for a recorded home run.
*Have been others, off a fielder's glove, and over the fence.
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