In a 9-8 defeat to the hometown Chicago Colts (Cubs), Phillies' outfielder Ed Delahanty hits four home runs in one game. All of the round trippers are the inside-the-park variety.
Cardinal right-hander Bill Doak loses his no-hitter when he forgets to cover first base, turning Curt Walker's seventh-inning grounder to first baseman Jack Fournier into an infield hit. The Redbirds' star spitballer settles for a one-hitter, his second of the season, and a 1-0 victory over the Phillies at Sportsman's Park.
During the third inning in front of 20,000 fans at Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth wallops Tommy Bridges' 3-2 pitch far over the right field wall for his 700th career home run. The 4-2 victory over the Tigers puts the Bronx Bombers back into first place, but Lou Gehrig is helped off the field in the first inning with a severe bout of lumbago.
In a twin bill against St. Louis, Joe DiMaggio hits three homers and drives in nine runs. The Yankee outfielder's offensive outburst contributes to the the Bronx Bombers' sweep of the Browns in New York, 10-4 and 12-6.
Thanks to a three-run home run by Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr, the American League defeats the National League in the first night All Star game, 5-3. In a game broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio, Pirates' outfielder Vince DiMaggio shines for the Senior Circuit, hitting a single, triple and home run.
At Sportsman's Park, the American League defeats the National League for the 11th time in 15 All Star contests, 5-2. Vic Raschi pitches three scoreless innings to pick up the win and hits a two-run single as well.
At Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, Senators hurler Dean Stone does not deliver a pitch, but gets the win in the American League's 11-9 All-Star victory. The Senators' southpaw throws out Red Schoendienst trying to steal home in the eighth inning for the third out before facing his first batter in relief.
At Wrigley Field‚ Ernie Banks plays in his 394th consecutive contest to tie Al Simmons' mark for straight games played after breaking in as a rookie. Mr. Cub's single drives in the decisive run in the Cubs' 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh.
The Yankees host the second of two All Star games played in three days. The contest marks the return of Willie Mays to New York as the San Francisco Giants superstar goes 3-for-4, including a homer and a single off American League starter Whitey Ford, pacing the National League to a 6-0 victory.
Tying a major league mark, Orioles catcher Charlie Lau hits four doubles in Baltimore's 10-3 victory over the Indians at Memorial Stadium. The future hitting guru's quartet of two-baggers also establishes a new team record.
At the age of 43, Early Wynn pitches the first five innings to record his 300th victory when the Indians down the Kansas City A's, 7-4. The win will be the future Hall of Famer's last in the major leagues, and he will finish his 23-year career with a 300-244 record.
For the first time in All-Star history, the National League takes the lead in games won over the American League as the Senior Circuit edges the junior loop, 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota.
After being released by Houston earlier in the month, 39-year old Robin Roberts signs as a free agent with the Cubs. The right-hander will finish the season 2-3 for his new team, ending his 19 year Hall of Fame career with 286 victories.
In a game which features six home runs, including Reggie Jackson crushing a Dock Ellis fourth inning pitch off the power generator located on the Tiger Stadium right-field roof 520 feet from home plate, the American League beats the NL, 6-4 in All-Star action. All the players who homer, J. Bench, H. Aaron, R. Clemente, F. Robinson, H. Killebrew as well as Reggie, will become members of the Hall of Fame.
Frank Robinson, who hit a two-run home run in the Mid-Summer Classic, is named the MVP of the contest won by the American League at Tiger Stadium, 6-4. The Orioles right fielder joins teammate Brooks Robinson as the second player to be named the Most Valuable Player of a league (1961-NL , 1966-AL), a World Series (1966) and an All-Star Game.
The Cardinals waste no time in blanking the Braves, 2-0, behind the two-hit pitching performance of Reggie Cleveland at Busch Stadium. The contest, which lasts only 93 minutes, is the quickest nine-inning game in Redbird history.
At Atlanta Stadium, Hal Breeden of the Expos becomes only the second major leaguer to pinch-hit home runs in both ends of a doubleheader. In 1943, Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin accomplished the feat in a twin bill against the Philadelphia A's.
Bobby Murcer hits three homers off Gene Garber that account for all RBIs in the Yankees' 5-0 victory over the Royals. The Friday the Thirteenth contest at Yankee Stadium takes only one hour and 51 minutes to play.
The National League collects its 13th win over the Junior Circuit in the last 14 All-Star games with a 7-1 victory at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. George Foster, one of seven Reds position players on the team, is named the MVP of the Midsummer Classic.
The last segment of Connie Mack Stadium, formerly known as Shibe Park, is demolished when the corner tower and its domed cupola of the A's and Phillies' former home is torn down. In 1991, the Deliverance Evangelistic Church, an independent Pentecostal congregation, will construct a church building on the site.
With New York third baseman Lenny Randle at the plate in the sixth inning, Shea Stadium goes dark when the Big Apple suddenly experiences a blackout. Before the game against the Cubs is suspended due to the power shortage, the Mets' players drive their cars onto the field and amuse the crowd by performing a variety of antics in front of the headlights. (My thanks to Anthony Ventarola for submitting this event)
In the first All-Star game played outside the United States, the National League cruises to its 11th straight win, beating the American League at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, 4-1. Dave Concepcion's second inning two-run homer off Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley is the turning point of the game.
The Yankees retire Roger Maris's (#9) and Elston Howard's (#32) uniform numbers. The team also erects plaques in their honor to pay tribute to their achievements as Bronx Bombers.
After replacing John McNamara as the Red Sox manager, Joe Morgan makes a good first impression as the team wins the first nineteen out of twenty with him at the helm.
Dave Johnson retires 27 of the last 29 batters he faces, but loses his complete game effort to Minnesota, 3-1. The Oriole starter's undoing is a two-run home run hit by John Moses in the first, an inning that takes the right-hander 33 pitches to complete, compared to the 83 tosses he will make during the rest of the Memorial Stadium contest.
At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, four Oriole hurlers combined to throw a no-hitter, blanking the A's, 2-0. Starting pitcher Bob Milacki holds the home team hitless for the first six innings, followed by Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson, who all throw one inning of no-hit ball.
In a game which will be best remembered for John Kruk's non at-bat against fireballer Randy Johnson, the AL All-Stars beat the NL rivals at Baltimore's Camden Yards, 9-3. As the Phillies' first baseman flails at the Big Unit's fastballs in a comical manner, Kirby Puckett's double and home run earn the Twins outfielder the Midsummer Classic's MVP Award.
Casey Candaele flies out to left field in his last major league at-bat, ending his nine-year career with the Expos, Astros, Indians with a .250 batting average. The utilityman's mom, Helen Callaghan, a former star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, finished her big league career with a .257 lifetime average playing for the Minneapolis Millerettes and Fort Wayne Daisies.
Photo courtesy of Kerry Candaele
At Fenway Park, hometown favorite Pedro Martinez strikes out five of the first six batters and two All-Star pitching squads combine for a record 22 strikeouts as the American League tops the NL in the 70th Midsummer Classic. Prior to the game, the players from both teams pay an impromptu emotional on-field tribute to an aging Ted Williams.
Having earned the All-Star MVP award as a 23-year old for pitching three perfect innings at the Astrodome in 1986, the 41-year old Roger Clemens gives up six runs in the first inning in the 75th Midsummer Classic played at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The eventual 9-4 American League victory is halted in the top of the fifth inning as the much chagrined ‘Rocket’ receives the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award from Bud Selig in recognition of his outstanding 21-year career.
In an eight-player deal, the Nationals trade pitchers Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson, infielders Brendan Harris and Royce Clayton to the Reds in exchange for outfielder Austin Kearns, shortstop Felipe Lopez and right-hander Ryan Wagner. Washington's GM Jim Bowden, formerly with Cincinnati, is familiar with all his new acquisitions, having been responsible for their presence with the Reds.
On the day before the All-Star game, acting GM Mike Rizzo, citing the team has underachieved, announces the Nationals have fired Manny Acta. Bench coach and former major league manager Jim Riggleman is named as the interim skipper of the 26-61 club.
At Busch Stadium, Prince Fielder outslugs Rangers' outfielder Nelson Cruz in the final round, 6-5, to win the All-Star Home Run Derby. The Brewer first baseman's power surge included a stunning shot estimated to have traveled over 500 feet.
The National League wins its first All-Star Game since 1996, beating their AL rivals at Angel Stadium, 3-1. Braves catcher Brian McCann, the Mid-Summer Classic's MVP, hits a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to break the Senior Circuit's 14-year drought.
Zack Greinke becomes the first pitcher to start three consecutive games in the same season since Red Faber turned the hat trick with the White Sox in 1917. The Brewers' right-hander, who was the starting pitcher in the team's final game before the All-Star break because he was ejected from the previous contest the day before for arguing a close call at first base after throwing just four pitches, makes it three straight starts when he takes the mound to begin the second half of the season for the Brew Crew.
Giants' right-hander Tim Lincecum hurls the 15th no-hitter in franchise history, the seventh since the team shifted to San Francisco in 1958, when he blanks the Padres, 9-0, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd at Petco Park. The 'Freak' threw 148 pitches en route to his historic performance, the second most ever needed to accomplish the task.