LINEDRIVER's August 30th Baseball History Picks

AUGUST 30, 1905… The Tigers’ Ty Cobb makes his major league debut against the New York Highlanders (later the Yankees) at Detroit. Cobb hits a double in his first major league at-bat. Detroit 5, New York 3.

AUGUST 30, 1966…Reds’ switch-hitter Pete Rose hits two homers, one from each side of the plate, as Cincinnati beats St. Louis at Crosley Field, 6-4. Rose’s first HR of the game, his 15th of the season, comes off lefty Al Jackson. Rose’s sixth-inning shot comes against righty Don Dennis. Reds’ leftfielder Deron Johnson contributes with his his 20th HR of the year.

AUGUST 30, 1977…Reds’ lefty Fred Norman is the winning pitcher in the Reds’ 4-3 win over the Expos in Montreal. George Foster belts his 44th HR for Cincinnati. Norman seems to be on the right track after suffering a nightmarish seven losses in seven starts from mid-July to mid-August. In Norman’s seven losses, the Reds were shutout four times and scored a total of four runs covering his other three losses.

AUGUST 30, 1985 … Reds’ spare outfielder Max Venable knocks in the winning run with a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth-inning to give Cincinnati a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pitcher Jay Tibbs tosses his second career shutout and picks up his seventh win to go with his fifteen losses on the year. Pirates’ pitcher Ricky ‘The Whale’ Reuschel is tagged with the loss.

AUGUST 30, 1988…Onetime Pirates’ star reliever Kent Tekulve pitches two innings for the Philadelphia Phillies and joins the company of retired knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm as the only two pitchers in MLB history to appear in 1,000 games.