For the second time this season, Lou Gehrig swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Babe Ruth as the trailing runner. The Yankee first baseman will steal 102 bases during his career, with 15 of the thefts being of home plate.
In a mid-season exhibition match played at Yankee Stadium in front of 47,346 fans on a stormy night, the San Francisco Giants beat their former cross-town rivals, 4-1. Mickey Mantle’s homer accounts for the only Bronx Bombers run and Willie Mays, who is cheered enthusiastically throughout the entire evening, has two RBIs for the visiting ‘Jints’.
A home run derby featuring Bronx Bombers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle vs. Giants sluggers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda planned to take place prior to tonight’s exhibition game between the two teams is postponed due to the inclement conditions at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle will be the only scheduled participant to homer in the actual contest, when his second inning round-tripper, a 450-foot blast off Bob Bolin that lands in the bleachers, accounts for New York’s only run.
Unbeknownst to him at the time, 75 year-old Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After attending a party at Toot Shor’s, 'The Old Perfesser' loses his balance and fractures his left hip early in the next morning, resulting in the unexpected retirement with the team.
Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager and is replaced by Bob Lemon. The Bronx Bombers will win a World Championship with their new skipper this season.
George Brett's ninth inning homer putting the Royals ahead is disallowed when the umpires rule the third baseman used too much pine tar on his bat, a Marv Throneberry model. American League president Lee McPhail will overrule the decision and on August 18th the game resumes with the Royals beating the Yankees, 4-3.
The Yankees rout the Indians 21-1 for their team’s largest margin of victory in 46 years. The Bronx Bombers' designated hitter Chili Davis goes 5-for-6 along with six RBIs in the late Saturday afternoon contest played at the ballpark in the Bronx.
Another saga is added to the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry after Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo hits Alex Rodriguez, last night’s hero with a game-winning homer, with a pitch. As A-Rod stares out at the mound on his way to first, Boston’s catcher Jason Varitek, after a verbal exchange, pushes his glove into the All-star third baseman's face, initiating a bench-clearing brawl between the divisional foes.
On the day he is traded by the A’s to the Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson, Matt Holliday collects four hits, drives in a run, and steals a base in his debut with St. Louis. Having hurried from New York, where his former team was continuing a series with the Yankees, the outfielder had to borrow a glove and shoes from his new teammates prior to the Redbirds’ 8-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park.