Turn Back the Clock Tuesday: Ten cent beers, Koufax, Bonds, and more

On this day, Randy Johnson earned his 300th win. Some other stuff happened too Photo: Randy Johnson after his 300th win/AP

LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2013 — Every day, in every baseball game during the season, there lies the potential for something great and historic to be achieved. Turn Back the Clock Tuesday takes a look at some of the many events that happened on this day in Major League Baseball history.

In 1974, the Cleveland Indians had the genius idea of hosting a ten cent beer night. The game went off without a hitch and all the fans behaved themselves. Oh, wait, no, actually the game had to be called on account of out of control drunken fans. No one could have seen that coming. There was nudity, as well as fans running on the field to mess with players. The Rangers brought bats out in fear. Fans responded with knives and other weapons. The game was called with a 5-5 score in the ninth inning and the Indians lost to the Texas Rangers.

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In 1964, Sandy Koufax throws his third no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Hall of Fame pitcher would go on to throw a fourth no-hitter, which was the perfect game Koufax threw in 1965 at Dodger Stadium.

In 1986, a rookie for the Pittsburgh Pirates called Barry Bonds hits his first of a career 762 homeruns. Later in his career, there will be rumors that some of those 762 homeruns may or may not have been hit with the aid, knowing or unknowing, of banned substances.

In 1911, The Reds beat the Braves, 26-3. Thirteen different players crossed the plate for Cincinnati, which is a record that still stands today.

In 1990, Ramon Martinez strikes out 18 batters for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a complete game shutout against the Atlanta Braves. Martinez is 22 at the time.

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In 1998, The Cleveland Indians became the first publicly traded team when they sold all 4 million shares at $15 each. Two years later, the Dolan family purchased the team and the stock that was sold. The team became relevant again, but still did not win a world series. The Indians have not won the world series since 1948.

In 1940, the Pittsburgh Pirates played their first game under lights. They beat the Boston Bees, 14-2.

In 1968, in the midst of a scoreless innings streak, Don Drysdale throws his sixth consecutive shutout for the Dodgers. In the 5-0 victory over the Pirates, Drysdale gave up three hits and struck out eight while walking none. He went on to continue his scoreless innings record to 59 2/3 innings, a record that held until Orel Hershiser broke it with 59 scoreless innings for the Dodgers in 1988.

In 1996, Paul Wilder becomes the first draft pick for the newly established Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Wilder would never reach the majors with the Devil Rays or any other club.

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In 2009, while pitching for the San Francisco Giants, Randy Johnson goes six innings to pick up his 300th career victory against the Washington Nationals. Johnson ended his 22-year career after the 2009 season with 303 victories.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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