Tony Gywnn – .370 average and 55 stolen bases
Since 1917, only one player has stolen 55 or more bases and finished the year with a batting average of .370 or higher. That one player is Tony Gwynn. If you are under the age of 30 you probably remember Mr Padre as slightly overweight right fielder that hit for better average than all but 18 players in the history of the game.
But in his hay-day this 15 time all-star and 5 time gold glove winner could steal some bases. From 1984 through 1989, Gywnn would average just under 35 stolen bases per season with a career high of 56 in 1987.
This Day in Baseball
With a third-inning round-tripper off Jim Crawford at Tiger Stadium, Yankees DH Dave Kingman becomes the first player to homer for four different teams in one season. The much-traveled veteran will hit a total of 26 home runs this year playing for the Mets (9), Padres (11), Angels (2), and the Bronx Bombers (4).
Dodger rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela sets the National League rookie mark with his eighth shutout of the season. The record had been shared by Irv Young (1905), Grover Alexander (1911) and Jerry Koosman (1968).
Dwight Gooden ties a major league record with 32 strikeouts in two consecutive games striking out 16 Phillies in a 2-1 loss at Veterans Stadium.
At the age of 107, Chet Hoff, dies in Daytona Beach, Florida giving the southpaw the longest life span of any major leaguer. ‘Red’ played for the New York Highlanders in (1911-13) and St. Louis Browns (1915) compiling a 2-4, 2.49 record before WW I ended his playing career.
Marc Ecko, who made millions from his brand of clothing, announces on the Today Show, he is giving the public the opportunity to vote on the fate of Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball. The 35-year old fashion designer, who paid $752,467 for the ball at an online auction, has set up a website, www.vote756.com, which gives the fans the option of voting to (1) send the ball directly to Cooperstown, (2) branding it with an asterisk before sending it to the Hall of Fame or (3) putting the ball on a rocket ship and launching it into outer space.