In the seventh inning of the 4-1 loss to Detroit at the Polo Grounds, Yankees' catcher Les Nunamaker is credited with three assists to become the first catcher to accomplish the feat since 1887. The 25 year-old backstop guns down Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach trying to steal‚ and also in the frame picks off Hugh High leading off second base.
A's southpaw Lefty Grove limits New York to five hits, going the distance in Philadelphia's 7-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander's shutout marks the first time that the Bronx Bombers have not scored a run a game since August 2, 1931, a span of 309 games.
During a road trip in Boston, Reds backup catcher Willard Hershberger is found dead in his room after taking his own life at the Copley Plaza Hotel. Having talked with his fragile player for hours after the game, Cincinnati skipper Bill McKechnie thought he had consoled the worn out backstop, who was distraught about leaving runners on base in every at bat with his 0-for-5 performance at the plate.
Negro League legend Satchel Paige makes his first major league start, hurling seven innings to lead the Indians over the Senators, 5-3. Prior to today's game, the future Hall of Famer made eight appearances in relief, compiling a 1-1 record for the Tribe.
Bobby Bragan hears on the radio he has been fired as the Pirates' manager and replaced by Philadelphia third base coach Danny Murtaugh. Pittsburgh general manager Joe L. Brown leaked news of the hiring before informing his disposed skipper.
For the first time in major league history, a second All-Star game is played in the same season. The American League goes on to post a 5-3 victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum when White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox singles in Tony Kubek with the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning.
In the second All-Star game played this summer, Yogi Berra's two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale in the third inning at the LA Memorial Coliseum proves to be the difference in the American League's 5-3 victory over the Senior Circuit. The home run will be the last one hit by a Bronx Bomber in a Mid-Summer Classic game for 41 years until Derek Jeter goes deep in 2001.
In the largest shutout score in a National League night game, the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park, 19-0. Harvey Haddix throws a four-hit complete game for the Bucs in a game that takes only two hours and thirty-six minutes to play.
With his sixth home run in three consecutive games, Frank Thomas ties a National League record when he goes deep off Cincinnati's Joey Jay in the bottom of the seventh inning of a Mets 8-6 loss at the Polo Grounds. The right-handed slugger, who equaled the mark with a pair of round trippers in each game, will add another homer to his club leading total in tomorrow's contest.
Charlie Finley fires his manager Alvin Dark after the two disagree over the owner's handling player discipline. 'Charlie O' had fined and suspended Lew Krausse, Jr. for the pitcher's reported rowdy behavior on a team flight, prompting the team's first baseman Ken Harrelson, who will be also released, to call the A's owner a menace to the sport.
The Red Sox obtain catcher Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and two players to be named later, with pitchers Peter Magrini and Ron Klimkowski being sent to New York to complete the trade. The 38 year-old backstop will hit only .147 for his new team, but his veteran presence will contribute to Boston capturing the American League pennant.
The Braves set a club mark by hitting seven home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Cubs with Tito Francona, Joe Torre (2), Clete Boyer (2), Denis Menke, and Hank Aaron all contributing to the record. All of Atlanta's round trippers come during the first five frames of the Wrigley Field contest, and are shots except for Boyer's two-run blast in the third inning.
"The pennant should be decided in the traditional manner." - Warren Giles, National League President.
A joint meeting held in Chicago, that was foreseen as a formality, turns into a four-hour fierce debate when American League and National League owners strongly disagree on implementing divisional play for next season. The AL owners had unanimously agreed to the plan earlier in the day, but Senior Circuit brass makes it perfectly clear they believe their league will oppose any effort by the American League to implement the plan by itself, citing the possibility that an AL division winner could be a fourth-place club (under the present standings) that would play a first-place team in the World Series.
Rich Reese's pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh-inning helps the Twins to beat the Orioles and Dave McNally at Metropolitan Stadium, 5-2. The defeat is the southpaw's first loss of the season, ending his fifteen-game winning streak.
Denny Doyle, acquired from California in June for a player to be named (Chuck Ross) later and cash, extends his hitting streak to 22 games with a first inning home run in the Red Sox's 6-4 victory over Detroit at Fenway Park. The usually light-hitting infielder will bat .310 for Boston and will play a pivotal role in Boston's successful pennant drive.
At Yankee Stadium, over 51,000 mourners attend a memorial service for Thurman Munson. The Bronx Bombers' captain was killed yesterday piloting a plane that crashed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Airport.
Frank White hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. The second baseman completes the feat with a two-out triple in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 6-5 walk-off victory over Detroit at Royals Stadium.
First ballot inductee Giant first baseman Willie McCovey, the BBWAA’s only choice, is enshrined in the Hall of Fame, along with Veterans Committee selections Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr and the late Ernie Lombardi, a catcher best known for his playing days with the Reds and Giants. Pirates announcer Bob Prince and Cincinnati beat writer Earl Lawson, respectively, accept the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
Home plate umpire Tim Tschida throws out Joe Niekro after discovering an emery board in the possession of the Twins' starting pitcher. The 42 year-old knuckleballer will receive an automatic ten-day suspension from the American League for defacing the ball.
After Butch Hobson is ejected in the bottom of the 12th inning for arguing a close call at first base, the Columbia Mets manager yanks the bag out of the ground and brings it into the clubhouse in protest. The bounced skipper is convinced to return the base to the field because the team has only one set of bases, but not before he sprays it bright orange to make the bag easier to see for the umpire.
The Reds set a major league record for the most hits in the first inning of a game with 16 as they score 14 runs at Riverfront Stadium off woeful Astro pitching. The half of an inning lasts 38 minutes with the Reds eventually winning the game, 18-2.
Making his first start for the Rockies since being acquired from the Mets, Brett Saberhagen gives up 13 hits and walks three batters, but gets the win in the team's 9-4 win over the Dodgers. The sellout crowd gives their new hurler an enthusiastic standing ovation when he departs the game with one out in the seventh inning.
Jeromy Burnitz, coming off the bench in the Brewers' 6-5 loss to Seattle at County Stadium, homers as a pinch hitter for the second consecutive time, tying an American League record. The major league mark for consecutive pinch-hit appearances with a home run is three, shared by Lee Lacy (Dodgers - May 2, 6, and 17, 1978) and Del Unser (Phillies - June 30, July 5 and 10, 1979).
In the eighth inning of the Astros' 11-3 loss to Florida, C.J. Nitkowski hits three consecutive batters, making it only the third time since 1900 the deed has been accomplished in major league history. The Houston southpaw shares the dubious distinction with two other hurlers who also spent time in Columbus, Ohio as minor leaguers, Dock Ellis (1974 Pirates) and Wilbur Wood (1977 White Sox).
Mike Oquist gives up fourteen earned runs, becoming the first pitcher in 22 years to give up that many runs in an appearance when the Yankees crush the A's, 14-1. Oquist sets a franchise record for runs allowed, being sacrificed to save the bullpen for tomorrow's doubleheader against the Bronx Bombers.
Kevin Mitchell of the Sonoma County Crushers is expelled for the rest of the season from the independent Western Baseball League for punching the owner of an opposing team. The former National League MVP allegedly hit Solano Steelheads owner Bruce Portner, who had come on the field after a brawl, which was caused by a pitch thrown behind Mitchell, had ended.
After looking at the artists' renderings of the new proposed enlarged Fenway Park that includes a monstrous 3,000-car garage, Diane White suggests the Red Sox, New England's team, relocate to Hartford, Connecticut. The Boston Globe columnist believes the gigantic ballpark complex will dominate the quaint neighborhood, and she riles against the "bunch of rich and powerful guys" who will ask for taxpayer assistance to fund their "multi- multimillion-dollar playground".
Darin Erstad agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $32 million to stay in Anaheim through 2006. The Angels' center fielder joins Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson, and Tim Salmon as one of the key players the organization has signed at least through the 2004 season.
In just the first four innings, Edgar Martinez ties the major league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three. The Mariners' designated hitter becomes the 11th player in history to accomplish the feat, doing it in his first three at-bats in Seattle's 12-4 victory over the Indians.
In a game in which Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player in history to hit at least 30 homers in each of his first four big league seasons, Tony Batista goes deep twice, knotting the score in the ninth and winning the game in the 12th. The Expos third baseman’s 199th and 200th career blasts help Montreal beat St. Louis in extra innings, 10-6.
The home run ball hit by Barry Bonds to pass Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time career list fetches $220,100 during a ten-day eBay auction. The money, which will go to Andrew Morbitzer, the fan who caught #715, is much less than the $800,000 dished out in 2004 for the ball the Giants' left fielder hit for his 700th career homer.
Francisco Liriano, sent down to the minors after an 0-3 start in April attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery, blanks the Indians for six innings in his return to the Twins' rotation. The right-hander's performance propels Minnesota into first place in the American League Central with the eventual 6-2 victory over the Tribe along with a White Sox loss.
After driving in the winning run yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury, who never had a walk-off hit, does it in consecutive contests when he blasts a two-out ninth inning homer, giving the Red Sox another dramatic victory over Cleveland. The center fielder becomes the first Red Sox player with game-ending hits on consecutive days in the regular season since Butch Hobson accomplished the feat in 1978.
The Jamestown (New York) Jammers wear special game jerseys during their NY-Penn League game against Tri-City to commemorate Lucy Ball's 100th birthday and in conjunction with the Festival of Comedy being held in her honor in Jamestown this week. The uniform tops, which feature Lucy and Desi on the front and Lucy's 100th birthday celebration logo on the back, will be auctioned off later to benefit the Lucy-Desi Center and winners can have the jersey autographed by the player who wore it, if so desired.
In the span of about an hour, the Upton brothers go deep to both record their 100th career home run on the same night in different ball parks when Diamondback outfielder Justin goes yard off Kyle Kendrick at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, and older sibling B.J., playing center field, hits a Tropicana Field round-tripper for the Rays off Baltimore's Tommy Hunter. On July 20th, the boys from Norfolk, Virginia also hit their 99th homers on same day.
Max Scherzer becomes only the third pitcher in the last 44 years to begin the season with a 16-1 record, when he gets the win in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory over the White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit's 29 year-old right-hander joins Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees) and Dave McNally (1966 Orioles) in getting off to a historically fast start.
The first-place Dodgers set a franchise record, winning their 13th consecutive game on the road with their 3-0 victory over the Cubs in Chicago. The Giants established the National League mark in 1916 when the team won 17 straight games away from the Polo Grounds.
Adrian Beltre becomes only the fourth player in baseball history to hit for the cycle three times, and the first to accomplish the feat since 1933 when Babe Herman collected four different hits for the Cubs. The Rangers third baseman, who also joins Bob Meusel (1928) and John Reilly (1890), completed the task with a fifth-inning home run in the team's 12-9 victory over Houston.