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Larry Jansen

Larry Jansen won exactly 122 games in both the major and minor leagues, including leading the league once at each level. He was the last AAA player to win 30 games in a year and was the winning hurler in the game in which Bobby Thomson hit the Shot Heard 'Round the World. He twice won 20 games in the majors (once leading the National League) and also made two All-Star teams, winning one All-Star Game. Known for his control, he finished first or second in the National League in fewest walks per 9 innings on four occasions and twice led in strikeout/walk ratio.

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  • 1920 - The Detroit Tigers' Bobby Veach (pictured) and the New York Giants' George Burns hit for the cycle, the first time in Major League history that it happened twice in the same day. The feat would not be duplicated for 88 years.
  • 1935 - Brooklyn Dodgers OF Len Koenecke, dropped by the team, and put off an American Airline flight for drunkenness in Detroit, hires a private plane to fly him to Buffalo, where he had played previously. During the flight he tries to take over the controls and gets into a fight with the pilot. He dies after the co-pilot hits him over the head with a fire extinguisher.
  • 1968 - Yutaka Enatsu fans Sadaharu Oh to set a new strikeout record. He will finish the day with 354. He will have 401 by the end of the Year of the Pitcher.
  • 1988 - Pitching in the 9th inning, Jeff Reardon saves his 40th game of the season in the Minnesota Twins' 3 - 1 win over the Chicago White Sox, becoming the first pitcher ever to save 40 games in a season in each league. Reardon saved 41 for the Montreal Expos in 1985.
  • 1996 - The Dodgers' Hideo Nomo throws the first no-hitter by a Japanese-born pitcher in Major League Baseball history against the offensively-potent Rockies in Coors Field, where pitchers are supposed to struggle.

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