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Williamsport catcher Dave Bresnahan used a peeled potato to deceive a baserunner in 1987. (Paul Connors/AP)
Saturday, August 28, 1920
With less than a month left in the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Baltimore Orioles reached a virtual tie for first place in the International League. In the amazing pennant race that ensued, Toronto would win 20 of its last 22 games, but not claim the prize. Baltimore copped the flag by winning every one of its last 25 contests, edging Toronto by 2 1/2 games.

After battling each other the entire season, Baltimore finished 110-43 (.719) and Toronto was 108-46 (.701). Buffalo (96-57, .627) and Akron (89-62, .589) remained in the chase after midseason before drifting back to the pack.

Sunday, August 28, 1966
Nolan Ryan wrapped up the Class A portion of his first professional season with Greenville of the Western Carolinas League. The fire-balling right-hander posted a 17-2 record with a 2.51 ERA while amassing 272 strikeouts over 183 innings in 29 appearances. Ryan would see a three-game stint with Williamsport of the Eastern League (0-2, 0.95, 35 K, 19 IP) and then make his Major League debut with the New York Mets against Atlanta on Sept. 11, when he allowed one run on one hit and a walk with three strikeouts in two innings.
Tuesday, August 28, 1973
Raymond Brown pitched the California League's only no-hitter of 1973 and its first perfect game ever. Brown's San Jose team defeated Modesto, 3-0, in seven innings. It was Brown's second no-hitter in two seasons as he pitched Billings to a 10-0 blanking of Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League on Aug. 12, 1971. The first nine-inning perfect game in the Cal League came 10 years later, when Randolph Ramirez of Bakersfield defeated Stockton, 3-0, on Aug.3, in the fourth and final no-hitter in the league that season.
Friday, August 28, 1987
Williamsport backup catcher Dave Bresnahan followed through on a two-week plan when he tricked a base runner by throwing a peeled potato over third base and into left field. Bresnahan, with the help of his teammates, fooled Reading's Rick Lundblade into racing home after having thought the ball had been thrown into the outfield.

Bresnahan, ball in hand, tagged him out, capping one of the most humorous Minor League legends. Bresnahan was released the following day by Cleveland and never played baseball again. The potato remains, preserved, in a small California baseball museum. More >

Sunday, August 28, 2005
Salem's Mike Floyd went deep twice on his way to hitting for the cycle. His 5-for-5 performance at the plate led the Avalanche to a 9-0 win over Winston-Salem in the midst of a Carolina League playoff race. More >
Friday, August 28, 2009
Oswaldo Martinez and Mike Perconte combined to pitch the second no-hitter in two weeks for the Daytona Cubs, winning 3-0. More > | Meanwhile, in the Gulf Coast League, Nik Turley and Manuel Barreda of the Yankees tossed eight innings of no-hit ball in a 2-0 win. More >