In 1980, Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley sells the club for $12.7 million to the Haas family of San Francisco keeping the team in Oakland. Check out this video of the 1980 Oakland A’s season
In 1989 Commissioner Giamatti permanently bans Pete Rose from baseball for his alleged gambling on major league games. Although the five-page document signed by both parties includes no formal findings, Giamatti says that he considers Pete Rose’s acceptance of the ban to be a no-contest plea to the charges. Because of this Pete Rose, one of the greatest baseball players of all time, has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Below is the statement from Giamatti to the Press about the issue.
In 1986, Mark McGwire hits his first major league homerun a 450 foot bomb against Detroit.
In 1939, Ebbets Field is the site of the first telecast of a major league baseball game. The Reds play the Dodgers in a doubleheader. Red Barber handles the broadcasts over W2XBS. The Dodgers take the first game 6-2, and the Reds take the second 5-1. The broadcast also included features of the Worlds Fair. Below is footage from the 1939 World Series between the Yankees and the Reds.
In 1988, Tommy Lasorda wins his 1,000th game as a manager as Los Angeles tops Philadelphia 4-2. The Dodgers went on to win the World Series that year.
In 1992, the Milwaukee Brewers set an American League record with 31 hits and 26 singles in a 22-2 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.
In 1993, George Brett got his 200th stolen base to joining only Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players with 3,000 hits, 300 homers and 200 steals. However, he is probably most known for his Pine Tar Incident.
In 1988, Kent Tekulve becomes the second pitcher in major league history to appear in 1,000 games. Kent was most known for his time with the Pirates in the 1979 World Series Championship pitching closer in Game 7 to win.
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