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A peek at the past
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A historical look at the dates of August 1-8.

August 1, 1971

After St. Louis scores three in the top of the 12th at Veterans Stadium, the game is halted by rain. With the Zamboni machine, used to vacuum the water from the artificial playing surface, clogged and inoperable, the NL rules a 3-3 suspended game, to be completed prior to the regular game on Sept. 7. When the game resumes, the Phillies score three in their half of the 12th to tie before St. Louis wins in 13 innings, 9-6.

August 2, 1894

CF Billy Hamilton sets a major league record for most consecutive games scoring a run when he crosses the plate in his 24th consecutive game as the Phillies beat visiting Brooklyn, 9-8.

August 2, 1970

2B Tony Taylor hits an ultimate grand slam (trailing by three runs in the last inning) to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over San Francisco at Connie Mack Stadium.

August 2, 1984

The Phillies beat the Cardinals, 3-2, in St. Louis. Larry Andersen’s club record for relief pitchers of 32.2 straight scoreless innings ends when the Cardinals score in the bottom of the eighth inning with two out.

August 2, 1986

The Phillies set a club record with five triples in beating the Chicago Cubs at the Vet, 12-2, on a Saturday afternoon NBC telecast. LF Gary Redus has two and C John Russell, SS Steve Jeltz and 2B Juan Samuel hit one each.

August 2, 2006

SS Jimmy Rollins ties the club mark with five runs scored in a 16-8 win at St. Louis.

August 2, 2019

RHP Vince Velasquez enters the game as a pinch-runner and goes on to play two innings in left field, his first career appearance as a position player. He becomes the first ML pitcher to record an outfield assist in a game since May 17, 1950, when Ned Garver did so for the St. Louis Browns.

August 3, 1980

OF Chuck Klein, one of the greatest sluggers in Phillies history, is inducted posthumously into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

August 3, 2006

Chase Utley collects a hit in his 35th consecutive game, which is tied for the longest streak ever by a second baseman and tied for the 11th-longest in MLB history.

August 4, 1996

RHP Jim Bunning is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

August 5, 1921

KDKA in Pittsburgh carries the first radio broadcast of a major league game, an 8-5 Pirates win over the Phillies at Forbes Field. Harold Arlin is the play-by-play announcer. His grandson, Steve, will be the Phillies’ first-round selection in the secondary phase of the June 1966 draft.

August 5, 1927

RF Cy Williams hits for the cycle and drives in six runs as the Phillies beat Pittsburgh, 9-7, at Forbes Field.

August 5, 1975

The Phillies set a major league record by getting eight hits in a row at the start of the first inning (four singles, two doubles, two homers) in a 13-5 rout of Chicago at the Vet. The 10-run outburst is the Phillies’ biggest first inning since 1948.

August 5, 1977

Danny Ozark notches his 400th career managerial victory after a seven-run eighth inning lifts the Phillies to an 8-3 win over Los Angeles and into first place in the NL East.

August 5, 2002

RHP Brandon Duckworth strikes out the first six batters of the game as the Phils rally to beat the Dodgers, 9-7, thanks to consecutive hit batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth.

August 5, 2012

Ryan Howard’s ninth-inning RBI single secures a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks in the club’s 257th consecutive sellout, a streak that had begun on July 7, 2009.

August 5, 2014

Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins all start in a 2-1, 15-inning win over Houston. It marks the 887th game started by the trio, passing Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes and Bill Russell for most MLB games started by a 1B/2B/SS combo. RHP Héctor Neris makes his ML debut.

August 6, 1991

RF Dale Murphy’s walk-off grand slam in the 11th innings delivers a 6-2 decision over the Cubs, the seventh consecutive victory of an eventual 13-game winning streak.

August 7, 1991

In his first game back after missing nearly four months with a strained lower back, Cubs C Joe Girardi suffers a broken nose in a home plate collision with Phillies 1B John Kruk at Veterans Stadium. The Phils top the Cubs in 11 innings, 5-4, as LHP Mitch Williams earns the win for the third consecutive game, tying a club mark for relief pitchers.

August 8, 1903

Twelve fans die and 232 are injured when a balcony collapses at Philadelphia Park during a doubleheader against the Boston Braves. Following 10 consecutive postponements, August 10-19, the accident forces the Phillies to play 16 games at the Philadelphia Athletics’ Columbia Park.

August 8, 1988

LF Phil Bradley enters the record books, albeit ever so briefly. He leads off the first night game ever at Wrigley Field with a home run, but rain washes out the homer and the game with the Cubs leading 3-1 in the fourth inning.