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Elephant Rumblings: A’s streak ends on blown call; Rodney released, Martini optioned

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  • 1886 — The Athletics try to slow the Browns down by loading the base paths with sand. St. Louis captain Charles Comiskey refuses to play and even helps the grounds crew remove the sand. The Browns win the two games, 18 - 1 and 11 - 3, with a total of 14 stolen bases.
  • 1981 — A’s manager Billy Martin flies into a rage and heaves two handfuls of dirt on home plate umpire Terry Cooney’s back after being ejected for arguing ball and strike calls. He will be suspended by American League president Lee MacPhail for 7 days.
  • 1990 — Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics becomes the American League’s all-time stolen base king. In swiping third base against the Toronto Blue Jays, Henderson steals his 893rd base to surpass the long-standing record set by Ty Cobb.

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