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This Day in Minor League History

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Shreveport's Ken Guettler belted a Texas League-record 62 home runs in 1962 (Texas League).
Thursday, August 10, 1939
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Julio Bonetti set a Pacific Coast League nine-inning record by throwing just 66 pitches in a victory over the Oakland Oaks.
Friday, August 10, 1951
Percy Miller Jr. broke the Carolina League color barrier, delivering a two-run single against Durham in the first of his 19 games with the Danville Leafs.
Friday, August 10, 1956
Shreveport's Ken Guettler blasted his 55th homer of the season off Houston's Ted Wieland, tying Clarence Kraft's 1924 Texas League record. Guettler finished the season with a record 62 homers en route to being named the Texas League Rookie and Player of the Year. More >
Friday, August 10, 1962
Columbus Jets starter Bob Veale set an International League record when he struck out 22 batters in nine innings against Buffalo. Veale broke the previous record of 20, set by Buffalo’s Dave Danforth in 1930. Even more impressive, 18 of Veale’s strikeouts were swinging. Veale said the poor stadium lighting that night at War Memorial Stadium aided him on the mound.

"The lights weren't very good, but we all enjoyed pitching at that park,” he said. “I was in good physical condition with a good arm, too. I was at the right place at the right time." Despite his dominant performance, Veale did not receive a decision as he was lifted from the game before the Jets pulled out a 6-5 win in 10 innings. More >

Saturday, August 10, 1974
At age 14, shortstop Jorge Lebron made history when he took the field for Auburn (Philles), becoming the youngest professional baseball player ever. After three games, Lebron returned to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.
Thursday, August 10, 1995
Don Denbow, Kevin Watson, Jeff Poor and Raul Marval homered in consecutive at-bats in the sixth inning for the Burlington Bees.
Monday, August 10, 1998
El Paso’s Todd Dunn collected nine RBIs -- the seventh-most in Texas League history -- in the Diablos' 11-10 victory over Wichita. Dunn had a double, triple, homer and a sacrifice fly.
Sunday, August 10, 2003
Pawtucket's Bronson Arroyo tossed the second perfect game in three years for the Red Sox and fourth in International League history with a 7-0 blanking of Buffalo.
Friday, August 10, 2012
With Dennis Holmberg in the dugout, the Bluefield Blue Jays posted a 7-5 victory over the Burlington Royals, giving the 61-year-old manager the 1,300th win of his 35-year Minor League career. More >