Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 8/23/12

Grease is the word:

August 23, 1982, Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners is caught putting a foreign substance on the ball. Long suspected of throwing a “spitball”, Perry is ejected from a game for the first and only time in his career.

August 23, 1936, future Hall of Famer Bob Feller makes his first major league start and strikes out the first eight batters he faces. The Cleveland Indians rookie finishes the game with 15 strikeouts and a complete-game victory.

August 23, 1980 marks a historic sale when Charlie Finley sells the Oakland A’s to the Levi Strauss company for nearly $13 million. During Finley’s reign in Oakland, the A’s won three consecutive World Championships. Finley was also influential the in American League’s adoption of the designated hitter, World Series night games, and multi-colored uniforms.

Three 7th Inning Stretches on August 23, 1989!

Rick Dempsey homers off Dennis Martinez in the top of the 22nd inning to break up a scoreless tie and give the Dodgers a 1 - 0 win over the Expos in the longest game in Expos history. The game featured a major league 1st when the umps toss the Expos mascot Youppi in the 11th for annoying Tommy Lasorda. The umps allow Youppi to return in the 13th. He is wearing a nightgown and night cap, carrying a pillow and pretends to sleep on the home dugout roof  where he has been confined to by the umps. Fans stand for three "seventh-inning stretches" during the longest 1-0 game in Major League history clocking in at 6 hours and 14 minutes.

 

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