Craig Biggio – Record Holder
Craig Biggio and Tris Speaker are the only two players in the history of Major League Baseball to steal 50 bases and hit 50 doubles in the same year. Tris Speaker did so in 1912 with a .383/.464/.567 line. 86 short years later Biggio joined the 50/50 mark in 1998 with a .325/.403/.503 line.
Biggio remains the only player to hit 50 doubles, steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season. The only other player to reach 40 doubles, 50 stolen bases and 20 home runs is Hanley Ramirez who did so in 2007. Is Biggio a Hall of Famer?
This Day in Baseball
Beating the Braves, 3-2, Giant hurler George Wiltse runs his career record to 12-0. ‘Hooks’ dozen consecutive victories establishes the record for the most wins at the start of a career for a starter.
Between games of a twinbill, Cincinnati enterain fans by sponsoring a base-circling contest with the winning player recieving $75 in prize money. Evar Swanson breaks Hans Lobart’s record of 13.8 seconds set earlier in the year as he completes the 360 foot dash 13.3 seconds, according to official AAU timers who officiated the race.
At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter, Cloyd Boyer, hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.
After hitting a single in the second, a double in the fourth, and tripling in eighth, Bob Watson completes a natural cycle with a home run the in ninth inning of the Red Sox 10-2 victory over Baltimore at memorial Stadium. The Boston first baseman becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit for the cycle in both leagues having accomplished the feat with Houston in 1977.
With his 2,063rd career base on balls, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth all-time walks list. The Giant left fielder now only trails Rickey Henderson, who has 2,190 free passes.