Greetings from Safeco Field. It seems like a long time since I’ve covered an M’s game. But I have been watching. After tonight there will be three games left in this long and frustrating season. And it will be the ninth straight year that the Mariners won’t be going to the postseason.
What happened on Sept. 30 throughout the annals of history? Well plenty …
Famous birthdays include — Author Truman Capote (1924), actress Angie Dickinson (1931) — Dressed to Kill – rent it, Marilyn McCoo (1943) Who? She was the host of Solid Gold. And a big happy birthday to former Mariner Carlos Guillen, who the Mariners traded to the Tigers for Ramon Santiago and a minor leaguer named Juan Gonzalez. Guillen went on to have three all-star seasons with the Tigers.
These notable things also happened on Sept. 30 ….
- 1888 – Jack the Ripper killed his third and fourth victims.
- 1927 – Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season off of Washington Senators’ starter Tom Zachary.
- 1955 – Actor James Dean was killed in a car crash.
- 1968 — Boeing debuted its 747 jet to the public at the Everett, WA factory.
And sadly on this date in 1972, Roberto Clemente recorded his 3,000th and final hit of his career – a double off the Mets’ John Matlack. On New Year’s Eve of 1972, Clemente, who worked tirelessly for charity in the offseason, boarded a plane filled with aid for residents in Managua, Nicaragua, after a massive earthquake devastated the city weeks earlier. The DC-7 plane crashed shortly after takeoff off the coast of Puerto Rico killing the future hall of famer.
Doug Fister finds some early trouble giving up a lead-off single and a one-out single to Mark Ellis. But he gets Jack Cust to ground into a 5-6-3 double play against the shifted over M’s defense.
Ichiro leads off with a single for the M’s but is quickly erased as Chone Figgins hits into a 4-6-3 double play.