There's a reason this man has his own stamp. (Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE)
Games of Note: It's 1955, and Ted Williams hits a single off of Yankees' hurler Bob Turley for career hit 2,000. He would end up with 654 more of them, and, as we're forced to remind you, likely would have finished his career with over 3,000 base knocks had he not gone off to war on two separate occasions.
Fast-forward to August, 11, 1962, in a post-Williams world. The Red Sox sweep a day-night double-header from the Baltimore Orioles, taking the first game 3-0 and the second 7-3. The first game is Boston's third-straight shutout, courtesy of right-hander Ike Delock. The previous two efforts came from the hands of Gene Conley -- the championship-winning NBA player and attempted runaway -- as well as Bill Monbouquette, who had thrown a no-hitter just 10 days prior to that.
Transactions: The Red Sox and White Sox make a deal on this day all the way back in 1910, with Boston receiving pitcher Frank Smith and third baseman Billy Purtell, in exchange for keystoner Amby McDonnell and Boston's own player from the hot corner, Harry Lord. Smith would spend the rest of 1910 with Boston, as well as 1911, when he threw 2-1/3 inning before he was sold to the Cincinnati Reds for $5,000. The Reds also paid the St. Louis Browns an undisclosed amount to keep them from using their claim on Smith, who would go on to pitch in a way that likely made the Reds regret that decision -- Smith posted a 79 ERA+ over two years and 199 innings.
Lord had hit .267/.313/.333 for Boston, good for a 103 OPS+ -- hey, it was a different time -- but his replacement, Purtell, could only manage a .208/.289/.256 line in his last 49 games and 201 plate appearances for Boston. His 1912 was far better, with Purtell jumping his OPS+ from 69 to 99, but, besides one final year with Detroit, that was it for his major-league career.
Birthdays: It's the aforementioned Monbouquette's 75th birthday. The Medford, MA native pitched eight of his 11 major-league seasons for the Red Sox, who signed him back in 1955 as an amateur free agent. He posted a 107 ERA+ in his time there, as well as 1,622 innings, and, as mentioned, even threw a no-hitter along the way.