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This Day in Braves History: July 17

Rico Brogna

Braves Franchise History

1991 - Two naked fans run onto the field at Fulton County Stadium and slide into home plate. The Braves beat the Cubs 12-2.

2001 - Rico Brogna announces his retirement, effective immediately. He will be replaced on the roster by Bernard Gilkey. Undeterred, Greg Maddux will log his 34th career shutout in a 4-0 win.

MLB History

1903 - Rube Waddell is arrested for assaulting a fan who had criticized his pitching. Connie Mack bails him out of jail.

1922 - Ty Cobb records five hits for the fourth time this season setting an American League record. The Tigers overcome a 5-0 first inning deficit in a 16-7 win.

1934 - Babe Ruth walks for the 2,000th time in his career. He will retire with the all-time record of 2,062 walks.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak comes to an end.

1951 - Joe Adcock records four hits and throws a runner out at home in the ninth inning to help the Reds to a 9-8 win over the Phillies.

1962 - Sandy Koufax exits after the first inning of a 7-5 loss to the Reds. Koufax has a circulatory problem in his index finger and will be out until late September.

1974 - Bob Gibson strikes out Cesar Geronimo to become the second pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters. Geronimo will be Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th strikeout victim six years later.

1978 - The feud between Yankees manager Billy Martin and outfielder Reggie Jackson continues as Jackson ignores instructions and attempts to bunt in the 10th inning of a tie game against the Royals. Jackson pops up and the Yankees lose 9-7 in the 11th. Martin will then suspend Jackson for five days without pay.

1987 - Don Mattingly becomes the first American League player to hit a home run in seven consecutive games.

1990 - Bo Jackson hits three homers, including the 100th of his career and then suffers a separated shoulder on a diving attempt for a line drive off the bat of Deion Sanders. Sanders races around the bases for an inside the park home run, but the Royals win 10-7. Jackson will miss the next six weeks with the injury.

2001 - Expos coach Ozzie Guillen is tossed before the first pitch is thrown after continuing an argument from the previous night with umpire Greg Gibson.

Information for this article was found via Baseball Reference, and Today in Baseball History.

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