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TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

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SEPTEMBER 5th  IN BASEBALL HISTORY 

1955 – Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit his seventh homer of the season for a National League record for home runs by a pitcher. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 11-4.

1971 – J.R. Richard tied Karl Spooner’s Major League record by striking out fifteen San Francisco Giants in his first Major League game as the Houston Astros beat the Giants.

1979 – Matt Keough of the A’s beats the Brewers 6-1 for his first victory after 14 straight losses. He ended 1978 with four defeats and barely avoided tying the American League record of nineteen consecutive losses.

1982 – Roy Smalley hit a pair of three-run homers, one from each side of the plate, as the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 18-7.

1998 – Mark McGwire became only the third player to reach sixty home runs, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. He joined Babe Ruth and Roger Maris with sixty homers in a single season.

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