Rockies have seen share of history

Rockies have seen share of history

HOUSTON -- The Rockies and pitcher Aaron Cook will live forever on video after the Astros' Craig Biggio became the 27th player to join the 3,000-hit club with a seventh-inning RBI single on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

But since entering the Majors in 1993, the Rockies have witnessed quite a bit of history. Here are some major moments that the Rockies have seen:

May 11, 1996: The Rockies and the Marlins entered the Majors in the same year. The Rockies beat the Marlins to the first franchise milestone, making the National League playoffs in 1995. The Marlins, with two World Series titles since, have bested their expansion brethren. And they, thanks to Al Leiter, had the first no-hitter.

It was a big year for Leiter, who went 16-12 and pitched the final out of the NL's victory in the All-Star Game. That night against the Rockies at Joe Robbie Stadium, all he gave up were two walks.

The Marlins have had three no-hitters since. The Rockies are awaiting their first.

Sept. 17, 1996: Coors Field opened a year earlier, and horror stories about pitching there were already legendary. Then along came the Dodgers' Hideo Nomo, who climbed onto the mound after a two-hour rain delay and no-hit the Rockies, throwing 66 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

After the first inning, Nomo worked without his characteristic corkscrew windup. The mound was too wet.

Sept. 10, 2001: The day before the world would be changed by terrorist attacks against the United States, the Giants' Barry Bonds was on top of the world of fun and games.

That Sunday afternoon, Bonds smashed home runs No. 61, 62 and 63 of that season against the Rockies at Coors Field. Bonds would finish the season with a record 73 homers.

No. 61, which made him the fourth player in history to reach that magical figure, traveled an estimated 488 feet off then-Rockies pitcher Scott Elarton. The ball bounced off a wall well beyond the home-run fence. A 20-year-old Giants clubhouse attendant climbed into the eight-foot pool beyond the fence in left-center -- which usually is activated when the Rockies go deep -- to retrieve it.

The fan who caught the second homer that day, also off Elarton, turned down many fellow customers offering him money, and planning a quick and lucrative turnaround online. All the man wanted was to meet Bonds.

Homer No. 3, off reliever Todd Belitz, landed uneventfully in the Rockies bullpen.


::: Craig Biggio's career milestone hits :::
 1:Orel HershiserDodgersJune 29, 1988
 100:Mike LaCossGiantsJuly 30, 1989
 500:Terry MulhollandPhilliesMay 20, 1992
 1,000:Mark DyerPiratesJuly 1, 1995
 1,500:Rick DehartExposApril 24, 1998
 2,000:Javier VazquezExposMay 4, 2001
 2,500:Horacio RamirezBravesMay 8, 2004
 3,000:Aaron CookRockiesJune 28, 2007

Oct. 7, 2001: On the final night of the season, the Rockies were guests for all kinds of history at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. It was the final game in the storied career of longtime Padres star Tony Gwynn. Also, Rickey Henderson became the 25th player in history to reach the 3,000-hit mark with a bloop double off Rockies starter John Thomson on the game's first pitch.

The Rockies hit five home runs in the contest and won, 14-5, but the night was about the two history-making Padres.

Then-Padres manager Bruce Bochy sent Henderson out to coach third base in the ninth inning. After the game, the Padres brought back the starting lineup from Gwynn's first game on July 19, 1982. Gwynn's son, Chris, took his father's place in center field for the ceremony.

May 28, 2006: Bonds needed one home run to move past Babe Ruth and into second place all-time with 715.

The Rockies grabbed an early lead in the game and pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim had his mind on shutting down the Giants. In fact, to that point, Bonds was 0-for-9 with six walks, one in the first inning. Then fellow Korean pitcher Sun-Woo Kim mentioned Bonds' possibility of making history.

"He said, 'Hey, B.K., we've got a six-run lead," Byung-Hyun Kim said. "'It's just one home run, and we win.' I said, 'Shut up.' He said, 'All the [relief] pitchers have no pressure,' and I said, 'Shut up.'"

Byung-Hyun Kim became part of history by yielding No. 715. The Rockies won the game. Sun-Woo Kim was the only loser that day.

"He owes me dinner, 10 times," Byung-Hyun Kim said after the game. "He said, 'Oh, I didn't mean it.'

"Well, 20 times."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.