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Elephant Rumblings: After (exhausting) series split, A’s travel to Tampa Bay

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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  • 1888 — The Athletics play their first official Sunday home game at Gloucester, NJ‚ or so they think. The American Association secretary will later rule the game illegally rescheduled and throw it out of official records.
  • 1944 — Joe Nuxhall, at 15 years, 10 months and 11 days, becomes the youngest player in major league history when he pitches two-thirds of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18 - 0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He manages to give up 5 walks and 2 hits before Bill McKechnie takes him out. The Cards tie a league record by stranding 18 runners in the most lopsided shutout win in the National League in 10 years. The loser at the end of the day is Bill Lohrman.

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