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

Let there be light! On August 8th, 1988, lights are used for the first time in the history of Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies play 3 1/2 before being rained out.

In 1998 - Behind Rafael Palmeiro's 35th home run‚ the Orioles defeat the Twins‚ 6 - 3‚ despite a 5 hit day by Minnesota DH Paul Molitor. Molitor also swiped his 500th bag becoming the 6th player with 500 steals and 3000 hits.

On August 8th 1997, Randy Johnson becomes the first pitcher to strike out 19 batters in a game twice in one season when he fans 19 Chicago White Sox in a 5 - 0 victory.

Three baseball oddities occur on August 8th:

August 8th 1976, the Chicago White Sox become the first team in major league history to wear short pants in a game. The White Sox debut their Bermuda shorts - the brainchild of owner Bill Veeck - in the first game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Mercifully, it would be the only regular season game in which the White Sox would ever wear shorts.

August 8th, 1903, tragedy strikes the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia during a scheduled doubleheader, when a walkway above the stands collapsed, killing 12 fans and injuring 282 others. The incident occurred when fans rushed to the walkway to witness a street brawl. The second game between the Phillies and the Boston Braves is canceled and Philadelphia's remaining home games are played at the American League's Columbia Park.

August 8, 2004 - The Red Sox defeat the Tigers‚ 11 - 9‚ despite 7 Detroit home runs, six of them surrendered by Boston’s Tim Wakefield.  While he garnered a win, Wakefield became the 6th modern pitcher to yield 6 homers in a game‚ and the first since Philadelphia's George Caster did so 64 years ago against the Red Sox. The last pitcher to give up 6 homers and still win the game was Brooklyn's Hollis Thurston in 1932.

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