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Portland's Mark Lee walked off the mound and into an abrupt retirement in 1982. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Saturday, August 17, 1957
Left-hander Steve Dalkowski of the Kingsport Orioles in the Applachian League walked 21 batters and threw six wild pitches in a 9-7 loss to the Wytheville Cardinals.
Saturday, August 17, 1963
On "Luke Easter Night" in Rochester, the slugger finally came clean about his actual age when he was offered $10 for every year he admitted to by Red Wings president Morrie Silver. The $520 was enough to get Easter to state, "My baseball age is 42, but my real age is 52." He retired just 10 games into the 1964 season, but stayed on as a coach.
Tuesday, August 17, 1982
After being informed he would be released after the game, Mark Lee decided he would leave the Portland Beavers -- and professional baseball -- on his own terms. Summoned from the bullpen to pitch the ninth inning against Vancouver, Lee struck out Bob Skube for the second out and then, suddenly, retired. Portland manager Tom Trebelhorn came out to the mound, but Lee told him he was done with baseball. The reliever, who'd spent parts of four seasons in the Majors with Pittsburgh, dropped the ball, tossed away his hat and took off his jersey en route to the clubhouse, then the parking lot. At 29, Lee had pitched for the last time. More >
Monday, August 17, 1987
Great Falls' Douglas Noch fanned 22 Billings batters to set a Pioneer League record.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
The Sacramento Rivers Cats celebrated the four millionth fan in franchise history when five-year-old Olivia Perez entered Raley Park. Sacramento reached the 4,000,000 mark faster than any Minor League franchise in history.
Friday, August 17, 2007
With his parents in the stands, Jimmy Principe hit his second double of the season to complete the cycle. On the night, he went 5-for-5 with five RBIs as Missoula beat Ogden, 12-3, in Pioneer League play. More >
Friday, August 17, 2007
Seth Smith hit for the cycle, and then belted a three-run homer in the eighth inning for good measure. On the day, the Colorado Springs center fielder homered twice, plated four runs and scored five times in a 12-3 rout of Las Vegas. More >
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It may not have been Cooperstown, but Pete Rose was honored by the New York-Penn League by being named to its All-Time Team. The former Geneva Redlegs second baseman joined first baseman Don Mattingly (Oneonta), shortstop Robin Yount (Newark), third baseman Wade Boggs (Elmira), outfielders Jim Rice (Williamsport), Kenny Lofton (Auburn) and Bernie Williams (Oneonta), catcher Jorge Posada (Oneonta) and pitchers Curt Schilling (Elmira), Dwight Gooden (Little Falls), Randy Johnson (Jamestown), Andy Pettitte (Oneonta), Jonathan Papelbon (Lowell), Billy Wagner (Auburn) and manager Buck Showalter (Oneonta). The selections encompassed 72 seasons of New York-Penn League baseball. More >
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Inland Empire tied a California League record with five first-inning homers (and added two more in the second) en route to its 10th straight victory, a 15-0 drubbing of host High Desert. More >