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This Day In Baseball History: August 6

Record: 5-5 - Home: 4-4 - Road: 1-1

No birthdays or transactions to report, so going to go off a strictly-Diamondbacks related format for the day, and broaden it out to a more general view of baseball history - most of the underlying facts here were cribbed shamelessly from The Hardball Times!

  • 1890. Of interest to Aaron Hill: John Reilly hits for the cycle, for the third time in his career. Numbers one and two came seven days apart in 1883, when he played for the American Association. I'm impressed how many players hit for the cycle in those days: between the NL and the AL, six did that season, which is a lot given the home-run leader only had 14 for the year. There were a lot more triples though: Reilly had 26, more than he had doubles. He's the only player with 25+ doubles ever to do that in baseball history.
  • 1930 - Gene Rye of the Waco Cubs sets a record for pro baseball with three home runs in one inning, coming within a two-run shot of hitting for the home-run cycle in a single frame. He led off the inning with a solo shot, added a three-run blast against a relief pitcher, and completed his impressive display with a grand-slam against the same reliever. Rye, who was only 5'6", thus drove in eight runs, another record, in the frame. He had 26 homers that year, so that inning was 12% of his season's output. Rye only played 17 games in the majors, and never hit a home-run there.
  • 1952 - Satchel Paige becomes the oldest man ever to throw a 1-0 shutout, leading the St. Louis Browns to a victory over the Detroit Tigers at the age of 46 years and thirty days. While older men have pitched shutouts since - the record, unsurprisingly, now belongs to Jamie Moyer, for a 2010 game at the age of 47 years, 130 days - that this happened in a one-run game is one of two things that makes this memorable. The other? Paige worked twelve innings that day. He's the oldest guy, by more than seven years, to throw any kind of 12-inning shutout.
  • 2011: The Diamondbacks remained one-half game back in the NL West, despite being beaten 5-3 by the Dodgers at Chase Field. Joe Saunders took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings, on eight hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, but did briefly give Arizona the lead with a two-run single in the second. However, the Dodgers took the lead for good on a single by the last batter Saunders faced, in the sixth. Arizona got the tying run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth, but couldn't close the gap any further.