1916 The Yankees buy Frank “Home Run” Baker from the Athletics for $37,500. He had sat out the 1915 season. He will play six seasons for New York, and equal his seven season home run total from his days in Philadelphia.
The Pirates buy first baseman Hank Greenberg from the Detroit Tigers for a reported $25,000 to $35,000. Greenberg led the A.L. with 44 home runs in 1946. In 125 games for Pittsburgh in ’47 he will hit 25 home runs and make it his final MLB season.
As the second part of the Dec. 10 deal for Jimmie Foxx, the Boston Red Sox get Doc Cramer and Eric McNair from the A’s for Hank Johnson, Al Niemiec, and $75K. Boston wins the deal as Foxx is an All-Star 6 times in 7 seasons, hitting 222 HRs, and batting.300 five times.
Mike Schmidt’s 2-run HR in the top of the 11th inning brings a 6-4 win over the Expos, clinching the NL East title for the Phillies. The HR is Schmidt’s 48th of the season, breaking Eddie Mathews’ single-season record for 3rd baseman from 1953.
Tim Raines, Derek Jeter and Paul O’Neill hit consecutive HRs in the 6th inning against the Indians, making the Yankees the 1st team to hit three straight HR in a postseason game. O’Neill made it 8-6, the final score of the Yankees’ Game 1 win in the ALDS.
1955 New York Giants slugger Willie Mays clouts two home runs against the Pirates, giving him 50 for the year, making him the seventh player in history to accomplish this feat. He will end the year with 51 HRs, and will hit 52 in 1965.
Detroit Tigers rookie Rudy York sets a new record for home runs in a month, hitting his 17th and 18th to eclipse the Yankees Babe Ruth’s mark set in September 1927. Sammy Sosa of the Cubs will break that mark in 1998.
1987 Mike Schmidt continues to climb baseball’s all-time home run list, passing both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey with the 522nd of his career in an 8-1 win over San Diego. Schmidt will total 548 dingers in his Hall of Fame career.
Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit his 500th home run in the first inning off Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar to become the 10th player to hit 500 or more in a career. The “Killer” would total 573 dingers in his Hall of Fame career.