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This Day in Red Sox History
July 5th

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1921 The Red Sox establish an American League record, losing four consecutive doubleheaders with no other contests between the eight defeats. The dubious streak started with four losses to the Yankees in New York and continues at Fenway Park with another four to the Senators.
1987 The A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star Game as Oakland defeats the Red Sox, 6-2. The Oakland infielder will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, establishing a new freshman mark previously shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson with 39.
1993 At Cleveland, A's outfielder Rickey Henderson becomes the second player in major league history to open both games of a twin bill with a home run. In a 1913 doubleheader played in Washington, Red Sox outfielder and future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper was the first to accomplish the feat.
2002 Baseball legend Ted Williams, considered by many the greatest hitter in the history of the game, dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 83. The first-ballot Hall of Famer, who was a lifetime .344 hitter, won the MVP award and Triple Crown twice, led the American League in batting for six seasons, and hit .406 in 1941 during his 19-year career with the Red Sox.
2004 At Dodger Stadium, Diamondback third baseman Chad Tracy's ninth-inning run-scoring single on an 0-2 changeup ends Eric Gagne's record streak of 84 consecutive saves. The new mark established by the Los Angeles closer is 30 more than the previous standard set by Tom Gordon for the Red Sox in 1999.

2005 Manny Ramirez hits his 20th career grand slam, passing Eddie Murray on the all-time list, for the second-most four-run homers in major league history. The Red Sox left fielder trails only Yankee legend Lou Gehrig, who holds the major league record with 23, which will eventually be surpassed by Alex Rodriguez.

6 Fact(s) Found