September 10: A historic day for Brock, LaRussa and McGwire
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 10: Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock #20 of the St Louis Cardinals signs autographs for fans before taking on the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium on March 10, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) By Doug Benc
10 Jul 1997: Mark McGwire #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits the ball during the game against the Houston Astros at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport By Stephen Dunn
This Date In Baseball, September 10
1919 — Cleveland's Ray Caldwell pitched a no-hitter against the New York Yankees, leading the Indians to a 3-0 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader.
1950 — Joe DiMaggio became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at Griffith Stadium as the New York Yankees beat the Washington Senators 8-1.
1967 — Joe Horlen of the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers with a 6-0 no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader.
1969 — The New York Mets swept Montreal in a doubleheader at Shea Stadium, 3-2 in 12 innings and 7-1. The victories moved the Mets into first place in the NL East for their first time on top.
1974 — Lou Brock tied Maury Wills' single-season stolen base record with a steal in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. He broke the record with steal No. 105 in the seventh inning.
1977 — Roy Howell hit two home runs, two doubles and a single and drove in nine runs as Toronto beat the New York Yankees 19-3.
1980 — Bill Gullickson struck out 18 — the most by a rookie — to send the Montreal Expos past the Chicago Cubs 4-2.
1997 — Mark McGwire joined Babe Ruth as the only players in major league history with consecutive 50-homer seasons by hitting a 446-foot shot off Shawn Estes in the third inning of St. Louis' game against at San Francisco. McGwire, who hit a major league-leading 52 homers for Oakland last season, became the first player with back-to-back 50-homer seasons since Ruth did it in 1927 and 1928.
2000 — Arizona's Randy Johnson became the 12th player to reach 3,000 strikeouts, fanning a season-high 14 in seven innings as the Diamondbacks lost to Florida 4-3 in 12 innings. Johnson also recorded his 300th strikeout for the third consecutive season and the fourth time overall.
2003 — St. Louis' Tony La Russa became the eighth manager in major league history to reach 2,000 wins as the Cardinals beat Colorado 10-2. The 58-year-old La Russa is 2,000-1,782 in 25 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland and St. Louis.
2006 — Francisco Rodriguez became the youngest pitcher in major league history to reach 100 saves in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-3 win over Toronto. The 24-year-old right-hander, with 41 saves this season, broke the previous mark held by Gregg Olson.
2007 — Kurt Suzuki and Dan Johnson both hit grand slams to power Oakland past Seattle 9-3.
Today's birthdays: Paul Goldschmidt, 26; Anthony Swarzak, 28; Neil Walker, 28; Joey Votto, 30; Kameron Loe, 32.
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