Game 2,000 for Ripken

On August 1, 1994, Baltimore Orioles infielder Cal Ripken joined Lou Gehrig as the second baseball player to partake in 2,000 consecutive games in a streak starting on May 29, 1982. Aside from the game being a landmark in Ripken’s career, nothing particularly memorable happened. The crowd gave shortstop a standing ovation when he walked up to the…

Big Mac flies to St. Louis

On July 31, 1997, Mark “Big Mac” McGwire was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals by the Oakland Athletics. McGwire was a fan favorite as he competed in a home run showdown with Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa in 1998. Now, the winner does not seem to matter as much, but at the time, fans on both sides of the…

McCovey hits four in debut

On July 30, 1959, Willie McCovey became the fifth major league baseball player to get four hits in his debut as he assisted the San Francisco Giants in a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. McCovey, 21, stepped up to the plate four times and helped the team by getting two RBIs. He played 52 games…