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This Day in History

This Day in Minor League History

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New Britain's Kevin Morton tossed the Eastern League's only no-hitter in 1990. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Thursday, August 25, 1949
Slugging first baseman Leo "Muscle" Shoals of the Carolina League's Reidsville Luckies hit three home runs against the Burlington Bees in the second game of the club's second consecutive doubleheader. The Luckies won, 20-8, as Shoals' home run total climbed to 50 for the season. According to Shoals, a few days later one of the Durham Bulls' greatest fans, Maude "Ma" Gregory, challenged him to hit 60, to earn a home-baked cake. Shoals kiddingly bargained her down to 55, and was able to collect by the time the team visited Durham again.

Shoals' 55 long balls were the most in organized baseball that year, but not by much, as future Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates clouted 54.

Thursday, August 25, 1955
Mattoon's Bill Whiteko saw his Midwest League-record streak of 15 consecutive games with a run scored come to an end.
Thursday, August 25, 1983
The Louisville Redbirds of the Triple-A American Association became the first Minor League franchise to top one million in attendance for a season. They finished the year at 1,052,438. The next closest team in the league, the Denver Bears, drew 442,870.
Saturday, August 25, 1990
New Britain's Kevin Morton was perfect for seven innings in a 1-0 win over Reading for the Eastern League's only no-hitter of the season.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Carolina’s Justin Toole started the game in right field and finished it on the mound, playing every other position in between as part of a "Toole Time" promotion in the Mudcats’ 4-2 victory over the Salem Red Sox. More >