This Day in Dodger History - June 6

Casey Stengel, traded from the Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates after six seasons with Brooklyn, makes his return to Ebbets Field a memorable one. In his first at-bat, Stengel calls timeout and steps out of the batter's box. He then doffs his cap and a bird flies out as the crowd erupts in uproarious laughter.

The Dodgers, however, enjoy the last laugh as they nip the Pirates, 1-0, when Hy Myers scores from third base on a double steal.

Known as the "Old Perfessor" and adored because of his sense of humor and long-winded non-sequiturs, Stengel during his playing career was a journeyman outfielder who made a name for himself with his outstanding play in the 1923 World Series. He won two games for the Giants against the Yankees with home runs.
But the man with the gift of the gab became a baseball legend primarily because of his remarkable managerial career, which began in Brooklyn in 1934. During his 25-year career as a skipper, he won 10 pennants, seven World Championships and registered a record of 1905-1842. He guided the Yankees to five consecutive World Championships from 1949-53.
Stengel managed the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1934-36, compiling a record of 208-251 with an genuinely awful club, before he was hired as manager of the Boston Braves. He retired after the 1965 season, his fourth with the New York Mets.

June 6, 1928-- Brooklyn beat Cincinnati 8-5 behind Doug McWeeney and first baseman Del Bissonette hit his 10th home run. After the game the Reds complated about the Dodgers new infield and as a result a full-time grounds keeper was hired.

June 6, 1931-- Brookyn lost 8-6 in St. Louis as future Hall of Famer, -- year old Ernie Lombardi, slugged his only a pinch-hit homer in a Brooklyn uniform.

June 6, 1932-- Outfielder Lefty O'Doul was wearing street gloves while taking batting practice, perhaps starting the trend toward batting gloves.

June 6, 1937-- The Dodgers lost, this time 9-2 to Cincinnati, but that was expected during this Brooklyn depression era. The big news was that Woody English smacked a double off the Abe Stark sign at the base of the scoreboard in Ebbets Field, winning a suit of clothes. Later English said, "He asked me to bring a dozen autographed baseballs with me when I came to pick up the suit."

June 6, 1941-- Second baseman Billy Herman, out of favor in Chicago, was obtained by Brooklyn President Larry MacPhail for $65,000. He was hitting .193 at the time and arriving in Brooklyn the next afteroon went 4-for-4 as the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 7-3.

June 6, 1942-- Thirty-eight year old Curt Davis pitched a complee game 2-0 shutout in Chicago, lowering his ERA to 1.05.

June 6, 1948-- Jackie Robinson played his first game at third base and Joe Hatten shut out Cincinnati 5-0.

June 6, 1955-- Trailing St. Louis 4-3 in the last of the ninth in Ebbets Field, Robinson attempted to bunt PeeWee Reest to second base but failed, then hit a homer into the left field seats to win 5-4.

June 6, 1957-- After an 86-minute delay, the first fog out in major league history occurs at Ebbets Field when the umpires call off the Dodgers' game against the Cubs due to poor visibility in the second inning with Brooklyn leading 1-0. 1992 Eddie Murray drives in two runs against the Pirates to surpass Mickey Mantle (1,509) as the all-time switch-hitter RBI leader.

June 6, 1984-- Rick Honeycutt allowed only two runs over the first eight innings but left the game in a 2-2 tie. Mike Marshall knocked in the winning runs in the last of the 14th inning to beat Cincinnati 3-2. Pat Zachry, who threw three shutout innings in relief, was the winner.

June 6, 1990-- The Dodgers notch their 8,000th National League victory as they defeat the Atlanta Braves, 7-5, behind a bases-loaded double by first baseman Eddie Murray in the eighth inning.

June 6, 2006-- When Eric Gagne, who will earn his first save in over a year, throws his first pitch to his receiver Russell Martin, the pair become the first all French-Canadian battery in major league history. The pitcher and catcher both attended Polyvalente Edouard Montpetit High School, one of the few schools in Montreal which had a baseball program.

June 6, 2006--2006 On the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the century, the Dodgers score six runs in the sixth inning during the sixth game of the homestand beating the Mets, 8-5.

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