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This day in Phils history: Hamels' MLB debut

@paul_casella
May 12, 2019

A look back at big moments in Phillies history that happened on this date. May 12 2006: A 22-year-old Cole Hamels makes his Major League debut, allowing just one hit over five scoreless innings against the Reds. He caps off his first inning on a big league mound by striking

A look back at big moments in Phillies history that happened on this date.

May 12

2006: A 22-year-old Cole Hamels makes his Major League debut, allowing just one hit over five scoreless innings against the Reds. He caps off his first inning on a big league mound by striking out Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Hamels is one of just two pitchers in franchise history to allow only one hit over at least five innings in his big league debut, joining Mike Mimbs, who held the Braves to just one hit over six frames on May 6, 1995.

2009: After reaching on a seventh-inning single against the Dodgers, Jayson Werth comes around to score by stealing second, third and finally home. He becomes just the third player in franchise history to steal all three bases in the same inning, joining Sherry Magee (1906) and Pete Rose (May 11, 1980, see below).

May 11

1980: Pete Rose certainly lived up to his nickname “Charlie Hustle” in the seventh inning of this 1980 game against the Reds. After reaching on a leadoff walk, Rose promptly steals second base with Bake McBride at the plate. Rose then swipes third with Mike Schmidt at the plate, before stealing home one batter later. In doing so, Rose becomes the first National League player since Harvey Hendrick in 1928 to steal second, third and home in the same inning.

May 10

1980: Larry Bowa hit just 15 home runs in his 16-year playing career. One of those, however, is an inside-the-park home run off Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, now with the Reds. Bowa, who hadn't hit a home run since July 30, 1978, snaps his lengthy drought with the rare round-tripper. Bowa would go on to hit another inside-the-park homer later that season -- and the Phillies, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

1967: Sticking with the inside-the-park homer theme, Hank Aaron hits an inside-the-parker against the Phillies on this day in 1967. That was the only one of Aaron’s 755 home runs that did not clear the fence.

May 9

1895: With the Phillies leading by five runs in the sixth inning, the Cardinals put runners on first and second with nobody out. However, the rally quickly comes to an end courtesy of a triple play that both starts and ends with a Hall of Famer.

Phillies left fielder and future Cooperstown inductee Ed Delahanty catches a line drive to left field. He throws to second baseman Bill Hallman to double off Doggie Miller, who doesn't get back in time. Hallman then tosses to first baseman Jack Boyle to retire future Hall of Famer Roger Connor, who also fails to tag up in time.

May 8

1911: Grover Cleveland Alexander records the first of his 90 career shutouts in a 5-0 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Hall of Famer allows only three hits while striking out nine in just his fifth career start. Alexander would go on to lead the Majors with seven shutouts in his rookie season. Overall, his 90 career shutouts -- 61 of which came with the Phillies -- are the second most in Major League history, behind only Walter Johnson (110).

May 7

2010: Jamie Moyer tosses a two-hit shutout as the Phillies defeat the Braves, 7-0. At 47 years old, he becomes the oldest pitcher to record a shutout in Major League history, eclipsing the mark previously held by Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, who was 46 at the time of his last shutout on Oct. 6, 1985. Moyer also becomes the first hurler to toss a shutout in four different decades.

1975: The Phillies acquire Dick Allen from the Braves after the slugger refuses to report to Atlanta after being acquired from the White Sox in December. Instead of joining the Braves, Allen had opted to retire, despite leading the American League with 32 home runs the previous season. He returns to Philadelphia, where he had won the 1964 NL Rookie of the Year Award.

May 6

2012: Cole Hamels hits Bryce Harper with a pitch, something he admitted was intentional after the game. Harper, playing in just his eighth career game at the time, advances to third on a base hit before stealing home.

As Hamels makes a pickoff throw to first base, Harper takes off for home and slides in safely to become the first teenager to steal home since 1964. It’s also Harper’s first career stolen base. Hamels, however, gets the last laugh, as that is the only run he allows over eight innings in a 9-3 victory.

2011: Cliff Lee strikes out a career-high 16 batters in just seven innings of work in a 5-0 loss against the Braves. Lee's 16 strikeouts remain tied for the most all-time by any pitcher in an outing of seven innings or fewer.

2006: Catcher Carlos Ruiz makes his Major League debut with the Phillies in a game against the Giants. Along with playing a key role on the 2008 World Series-winning team, Ruiz went on to catch four no-hitters as a member of the Phillies, including Roy Halladay’s perfect game on May 29, 2010, and his no-hitter in Game 1 of the National League Division Series later that year. Ruiz and Jason Varitek are the only players in Major League history to catch four no-hitters.

Paul Casella is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella.