I like to pretend Robin Yount is making that ball levitate. ( Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)
Games of Note: All the way back in 1923, unassisted triple plays were still a pretty new thing. There had only been two of them recorded at that point -- one in 1909, another in 1920 -- and both by the Cleveland Indians. Well, by one of their players, anyway, being unassisted and all. The Red Sox got their first on this date in '23, as first baseman George Burns against the Indians. Burns caught a line drive, tagged the runner off at first base, then tagged second base before that runner returned in time.
That was the third of what to this point has been 14 unassisted triple plays in major-league history. The Red Sox logged another in 1994, when John Valentin pulled the trick against the Mariners, on the same day that Alex Rodriguez made his major-league debut.
Moving right along to 1975, Boston beats the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6, in a game that's otherwise normal except for one thing: Robin Yount breaks Mel Ott's record for games played as a teenager today, logging #242. Ott's record had stood for 47 years, mostly because it's not common that a player comes up when they are still 18, as Yount did, and then sticks. Yount wasn't particularly good in his teenage years, but he did enough to stay in the lineup, and put down the building blocks for what would end up a Hall of Fame career.
Transactions: The Boone line goes way back in Major League Baseball. Aaron and Bret Boone are third-generation big leaguers, as their father Bob played back in the 70s and 80s, and his father, Ray, was around in the 40s and 50s. Ray would finish his career in 1960 while playing for the Red Sox, and on this day, he was released.
Boone had a productive career before 1960, hitting .276/.362/.432 for a 115 OPS+ over 12 seasons, primarily as a third baseman and shortstop. The Red Sox received him in a trade in May of 1960 in exchange for Ron Jackson, and with Boston, things just didn't go well. Boone hit all of .205/.300/.256 in his age-36 campaign, and Boston used him in all of 34 games before cutting him loose.
Birthdays: Former Red Sox reliever -- and one of the feature players of Moneyball -- Chad Bradford turns 38 years old today. Bradford only played with the Sox for one year, 2005, and was fine after he was acquired from the A's in July, in exchange for Jay Payton. A 3.86 ERA translated to a 119 ERA+, and the right-hander held his fellow righties to a 626 OPS.