Today in Baseball History – August 18

Today in Baseball History – August 18

August 18, 1886

The St. Louis Maroons owner Henry Lucas calls it quits. After stating the team lost him $27,000 over three years, Lucas sells the team to John T. Bush who moves the team to Indianapolis to become the Hoosiers.

August 18, 1909

Giants player-coach Arlie Latham steals second base at the age of 49 to become the oldest player to ever steal a base in a MLB game.

August 18, 1915

Braves Field opens in Boston to see the Braves beat the Cardinals 3-1. A packed house was there to witness the game in the new stadium where the Braves would call home through 1952.

August 18, 1959

Branch Rickey resigns as chairman of the Pirates. He becomes president of the newly formed Continental League, which is the last attempt to create a third major league. However, the league fails and never plays a game.

August 18, 1960

Facing the minimum 27 batters, Lew Burdette pitches a no-hitter against the Phillies. Burdette walked one hitter that was erased on a double play to keep him from having a perfect game.

August 18, 1967

Boston’s Tony Conigliaro is hit in the face by the Angel’s Jack Hamilton. Conigliaro was one of baseballs top young talents but he is never the same after being hit just below the eye.

August 18, 1995

Tom Henke of the Cardinals notches his 300th career save in a win over the Braves.

August 18, 1998

Greg Maddux of the Braves wins his 200th career game beating the Giants 8-4.

Born on this day:

1890 Buck Weaver

1934 Roberto Clemente

1955 Bruce Benedict

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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