This Day in A's History, May 11

The Oakland A's are 22-13 on May 11. Some highlights:

1969: Jim "Catfish" Hunter spins a three-hit shutout at the Yankees. He also collects two hits himself. In fact no other batter on either team has as many. I wonder how many times that has happened. Hunter, who pitched a perfect game almost exactly one year prior (May 8), faces just three hitters over the minimum in a game that lasts just 1:56. Remember those? Of course you don't.


1973: The A's score exactly one run in each of the first four innings, good enough for a 4-3 win at Arlington Stadium. Campy Campaneris starts off two scoring rallies with a single in the first and a triple in the third. Ray Fosse goes 3-for-4. Rollie Fingers pitches three innings of scoreless relief for the save.

1974: More stellar work by Campy Campaneris (2-for-2, 2 walks, 1 stolen base, 2 runs, 1 RBI) and Rollie Fingers (3.2IP, 1H, 0R) key a 4-1 victory over the Twins. Minnesota outhits Oakland, 10-9. The two-time defending champion A's are greeted by a paltry crowd of 6,107.

1980: The A's outfield of Rickey Henderson, Dwayne Murphy, and Tony Armas combine for 8 hits in 12 at-bats (adding three walks for good measure) as Oakland crushes Toronto, 12-1. Mike Norris goes the distance - one of 94 complete games turned in by Billy Martin's young staff that season.

1985: Different season, team, and venue; same 12-1 score. Dave Kingman starts things off at Fenway Park with a 2-run homer in the first inning, and the A's go on to outhit the Red Sox, 19-8.

1990: Bob Welch improves to 4-2 on the year - on his way to a 27-win season that hasn't been reached since - with a complete-game, five-hit shutout of the Orioles. Mark McGwire homers twice for the champion A's. How did they lose any games with that lineup?


1993: Bobby Witt - who celebrates his birthday today - and Ruben Sierra spark the A's 6-0 win over their former teammates. Having come over in the Jose Canseco trade the previous season, Witt baffles the Rangers on three hits (Canseco goes for 2-for-2 with 2 walks) and Sierra's homerun concludes the scoring.

2001: For the second straight season, the A's win by a score of 7-6, this time squeezing out the win at Boston. After falling behind 4-0 after two innings, and 6-3 after seven, the Red Sox rallied to tie the game with three runs in the eighth. But Boston-born Mark Bellhorn singled home Miguel Tejada (who had led off the ninth with a double) with the winning run. The Red Sox loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half, only to see Troy O'Leary fly out into a game-ending double play (7-6, if you're scoring at home, which, fittingly, was the final tally).

2008: For the fourth time on this date, the A's score a dozen runs, doubling up the Rangers, 12-6. The big hitters on this night? Emil Brown (3-run homer in the first) and Daric Barton (pinch-hit, two-run dinger in the ninth).

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