Chicago slugger Dick Allen becomes the seventh major leaguer, and the first since 1939, to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game. The round-trippers pace the White Sox over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 8-1.
The Mets obtain Frank Viola, last season's American League Cy Young Award winner, from the Twins for Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, Kevin Tapani, Jack Savage and David West. 'Sweet Music' hits a sour note in New York, posting a 38-32 record in 82 starts with a team which fails to make the play-offs during his 2 1/2 year tenure in the Big Apple.
The long anticipated trade of Nomar Garciaparra is finally accomplished when the Red Sox shortstop is traded to the Cubs as part of a four-team deal which includes the Twins and Expos. Boston acquires shortstop Orlando Cabrera (Expos) and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz (Twins) with Nomar, prospect Matt Murton and cash to Chicago, which had shipped minor league southpaw Justin Jones to the Minnesota for Mientkiewicz, who in turn is sent along with Cubs' shortstop Alex Gonzalez, relief pitcher Francis Beltran and minor leaguer Brendan Harris to Beantown, which sends the trio of Gonzalez, Beltran and Harris to the Expos for Cabrera.
The almost-traded Manny Ramirez comes off the bench in the eighth inning and has the eventual game-winning hit against the Twins in the Red Sox's 5-4 victory at Fenway Park. The embattled Boston outfielder has caused much consternation in the Red Sox nation this week due to his refusal to play and hustle for his short-handed team.
With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal a 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April - 1-22), 1916 A's (July - 2-28), 1982 Twins (May - 3-26), and the 1943 A's (August - 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.