Thursday, August 02, 2007

This Day in Tim Wakefield History

A happy 41st birthday today to one of baseball's best citizens, one Timothy Stephen Wakefield. My buddy Adam in Maine sent me a great email today about the esteemed Mr. Wakefield, and other events in history on this date, and like many of Adam's emails, always gives me a good laugh.

I thought I would share it with all of you.

Members of the Continental Congress begin attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

Hall of Famer Walter Johnson makes his major league debut with the Washington Senators.

President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee conclude the Potsdam conference.

Guided by the Southern Cross, retired Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams and two other men journey to Melbourne, Fla., to attend the birth of Timothy Stephen Wakefield, who is given Williams' initials.

New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, who couldn't catch the knuckleball, dies in a crash of his private plane in Canton, Ohio.

Despite Wakefield's vociferous protests, Republicans nominate Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president and Dick Cheney for vice president at the party's convention in Philadelphia.

On his 41st birthday, Wakefield becomes the first (and last) pitcher to strike out 28 batters in a 9-inning major league game. The Red Sox lose 1-0 to the Baltimore Orioles when catcher Doug Mirabelli permits four passed balls in one inning, allowing the game's only run to score.

Happy Birthday, Wake.

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