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This Day in History

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Ralph Garcia struck out 19 batters in a Pacific Coast League game in 1974. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Sunday, June 20, 1909
Manager/second baseman George "Heinie" Smith and his Buffalo Bisons accomplished a rare feat against the Providence Clamdiggers. With Smith on second base and Orth Collins on third, Jack Ryan dropped a squeeze bunt toward the pitcher, who threw to first as Collins scored. Smith, who took off from second on the pitch and never broke stride, came blazing around third and toward the plate. Before Providence first baseman John Anderson could react, the Bisons had scored two runs on a squeeze bunt.
Monday, June 20, 1966
Ronald Durham of the Reno Silver Sox became the first player in California League history to homer in four consecutive at-bats. Durham went deep in the fourth, sixth and seventh inning of a doubleheader opener against the Lodi Crushers, then homered in the first inning of the nightcap.
Thursday, June 20, 1974
Hawaii hurler Ralph Garcia struck out 19 Spokane batters to set a single-game Pacific Coast League record.
Friday, June 20, 1980
Tim Lewis of the Alexandria Dukes became the third pitcher in Carolina League history to fan 20 batters in a ballgame. Lewis accomplished the feat against the Winston-Salem Red Sox.
Friday, June 20, 1980
Second baseman Adam Heether started the Midland RockHounds' second triple play in less than a month in a 10-5 loss to the Frisco RoughRiders. Heether caught a line drive off the bat of Mike Bianucci, doubled a runner off first for the second out and received a throw from first baseman Michael Spina at second base to record the third out. More >