In 2011, the Dayton Dragons broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, selling out their 815th consecutive game, breaking the record formerly held by the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2016, Forbes listed the Dragons as the third-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $45 million, making them the most valuable Class A minor league franchise.
Considered the "heart and soul" of the Yankees, Thurman Munson was named the first team captain since Lou Gehrig. He led the Yankees to three consecutive World Series appearances from 1976 to 1978, and two consecutive World Series championships in 1977 and 1978.
On September 28, 1938, one of the most dramatic moments in Chicago Cubs history took place when catcher Gabby Hartnett hit his legendary "Homer in the Gloamin'," a game-winning home run against the Pirates, hit into the darkness of Wrigley Field. Hartnett not only played catcher, but also replaced Charlie Grimm as manager that season, leading the Cubs to the 1938 World Series against the New York Yankees, where the Cubs were swept four games to none. The Homer in the Gloamin' was one of 236 homers that Hartnett hit during his career.
On August 8, 1921, in his first at bat, St. Louis Browns rookie Luke Stuart hit a home run off Washington's Walter Johnson. He was the first American League rookie to accomplish the feat. Stuart played only two more games--then left the majors with this home run as his only hit.
At the end of the 1998 season, after the most explosive home run race in the history of major league baseball, Mark McGwire emerged as the all-time single season leader with 70 home runs. The previous record of 61, held for 37 years by Roger Maris, was also surpassed by Sammy Sosa who finished the 1998 season with 66 home runs. McGwire's record wouldn't last long however. Just three years later, Barry Bonds finished the 2001 season with 73 homers.
In 1982, Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's major league single season record by stealing 130 bases, a total which has not been approached since. NOTE: In 1887, Chicago White Stockings outfielder Hugh Nicol was credited with 138 stolen bases, but prior to 1898 a stolen base was credited to a baserunner who reached an extra base on a hit from another player.