This Day in Dodger Baseball - May 8, 1974

He had gone to bed in the early-morning hours because of a late flight and was up a short time later when a stranger showed up at his hotel room, Cubs but Don Sutton is nonetheless masterful in a May 9, 1974 start against the San Diego Padres.

Sutton fires a one-hit shutout and lifts the Dodgers to a 6-0 victory. It is Sutton's third one-hitter of his career and gives him five victories in his seven decisions on the season. He pitches to just 29 batters, two over the minimum, and retires the final 13 batters he faces.

John Grubb collects the Padres' only hit in the second inning, then is erased on a double play.

Sutton took the mound with little sleep, having gone to bed at 4:30 a.m. following a long flight from Montreal. Then, at about 10:30 a.m., a stranger wearing overalls came knocking on his hotel door.

The man said he was responding to an ad for painter's help. "The ad said 1512 Hotel Circle and he was wondering if my room was the right spot," Sutton said. "I knew then it was too late to go back to sleep."

Sutton, the Hall of Fame right-hander who is the Dodger franchise career leader with 233 victories, went on to post a 19-9 record and 3.23 ERA in 1974.

May 9, 1893-- Brooklyn overcame a 10-1 Giant lead and won 11-10 when Gene Shock knocked in the winning run in the ninth with a single. Mike Griffin had three doubles, Willie Keeler lacked a single for the cycle and George Haddock collected a homer. It was the only Dodger win in New York during the season.

May 9, 1910-- Zach Wheat and Bill Davidson each have five hits, but two wild throws by catcher Tex Erwin in the ninth inning gives the Pirates a 7-6 win over Brooklyn.

May 9, 1916-- Brooklyn shortstop Rabbit Maranville handles 16 chances without an error and the Dodgers drop the Cardinals 3-1 in Sportsman's Park, St. Louis.

b>May 9, 1931-- Dodger Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance refused to pitch in tiny Baker Bowl in Philadelphia with it's extremely short right field wall. The Dodgers split a double header, Doph Luque winning the first game and Phil Gallivan losing the second.

May 9, 1934-- Buzz Boyle, Hack Wilson, Danny Taylor and Tony Cuccinello hit homers in Chicago but the dodgers still lose 10-8 to the Cubs.

<May 9, 1940-- Dodgers beat Chicago 4-1, scoring three in the 10th, then fly home to Brooklyn and are greeted by 50,000 fans at the airport. Catcher Babe "Blimp" Phelps flew with the team but for the last time. From this time on he would not only refuse to fly, he refused to take a boat to Cuba for spring training in 1941, choosing instead to work out with the Dodger minor leaguers.

May 9, 1952-- Dodgers lost 13-1 to Houston in the Astrodome as future Dodger coach Joe Amaflitano scored three runs and knocked in a fourth. May 9, 1983-- Former Dodger third baseman Ron Cey returns to Dodger Stadium for the first time as a member of another team and delivers three hits, but his Chicago Cubs are on the losing end of a 4-3 decision when Kenny Landreaux knocked in the winning run in the last of the ninth and Dave Stewart won in relief. Cey, who was known as "The Penguin," had his career home run record of 228 eclipsed by Eric Karros in 2000. He played for the Dodgers from 1971-82.

May 9, 1988-- Fernando Valenzuela came within one out of a shutout but still beat St. Louis 10-2. Mike Marshall homered and Alfredo Griffin had a bases-loaded triple.

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