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July 15th

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1969 In a twin bill split with the Braves, Lee May hits two home runs in each contest as well as driving in five runs in both ends of the doubleheader. Despite the All-Star first baseman's performance, the Reds drop the opener 9-8 but come back to win the nightcap, 10-4.
1973 In the game which features Norm Cash trying to use to use a piano leg instead of a bat in the ninth inning, Nolan Ryan batters, en route to striking out 17 batters, becomes the fourth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year when the Angels defeat the Tigers, 6-0 in front of 41,411 fans in Detroit. Johnny Vander Meer (1938 Reds), Virgil Trucks (1938 Tigers), and Allie Reynolds (1951 Yankees) have also accomplished the rare feat.
1980 Establishing a new mark for home runs by a catcher, Johnny Bench of the Reds breaks Yogi Berra's record by hitting his 314th round-tripper as a backstop. The future Hall of Famer has also hit 33 dingers while playing other positions.
1985 At the Metrodome in Minnesota, the first Home Run Derby, a new tradition to take place the day before the All-Star Game, is won by Reds right fielder Dave Parker. Although these types of hitting exhibitions have occurred in the past, the event marks the first time Major League Baseball will acknowledge the contest.

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