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July 24th

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1909 At Washington Park, the Superbas sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn's southpaw Nap Rucker, who will finish second in the NL with 200 strikeouts, whiffs 16 Redbirds in one of the contests.
1911 At the Palace of the Fans in Cincinnati, the Giants establish a club mark, hitting four triples in one game. The plethora of three-baggers, including two-legged out by Hall of Fame hurler Rube Marquard as well as one each from Larry Doyle and Chief Meyers, and nine other hits enable New York to beat the Reds, 8-3.
1926 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.
1931 For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder joins "Long John" Reilly and Bob Meusel as one of only three 'tricyclists' to have accomplished the feat of collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game three times.
1933 After leading the team to the National League pennant in 1930 and 1931, skipper Gabby Street is fired midseason by the Cardinals. Frank Frisch, the Redbirds second baseman, is named as player-manager of the fifth-place club.
1948 During a Northern League road trip, five teammates of the Duluth minor league club are killed, and 19 others are hurt in a bus-truck crash near St. Paul. The injured include future major league manager Mel McGaha and Elmer Schoendienst, brother of Cardinals' infielder, Red.
1948 Six days after hitting four homers in one game, White Sox outfielder Pat Seerey again makes the record book, becoming the first major leaguer to strike out seven times in a doubleheader.
1949 In the opener of a twin bill at Griffith Stadium, Indians' hurler Bob Lemon helps his cause by hitting two home runs in a 7-5 victory over the Senators. Cleveland completes the sweep when Gene Beardon gets the victory in the Tribe's 5-2 win in the nightcap.

"That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see" - Pirates GM Branch Rickey, commenting on a catch made by Willie Mays at Forbes Field

At cavernous Forbes Field, Giants' outfielder Willie Mays, unable to reach across his body to make a catch with his glove of Rocky Nelson's sinking 457-foot blast to deep center, sticks out his bare right hand and grabs the ball on a full gallop to make the incredible final out of the inning. Venerable Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh's general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20 year-old rookie, "That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see."
1956 Under cloudy skies, former first baseman/outfielder Hank Greenberg and infielder Joe Cronin, currently serving as general managers for the Tigers and Red Sox, respectively, are inducted into the Hall of Fame as more than 8,500 fans witness the impressive ceremony. The former Detroit slugger becomes the first Jewish player to enshrined in Cooperstown.
1961 A home run derby featuring Bronx Bombers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle vs. Giants sluggers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda planned to take place before 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.
1961 In a midseason exhibition match played at Yankee Stadium in front of 47,346 fans on a stormy night, and the San Francisco Giants beat their former crosstown 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.'
1962 With the score tied 4-4, Cookie Lavagetto, filling in for manager Casey Stengel, who is attending his brother's funeral, brings in Bob G. Miller, not to be confused with Bob L. Miller, also on the team, to face Braves backstop Del Crandall to start the bottom of the 12th inning. The first and only ball the 27 year-old southpaw reliever, convinced by the struggling team to come out of retirement because he needed only 18 more days of major league service to qualify for the players' pension plan, throws is hit over the left field wall at County Stadium, resulting in one pitch, one hit, one run, and one loss.
1965 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 leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor's, the 'Old Perfesser' loses his balance and fractures his left hip, resulting in the unexpected retirement with the team.

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1967 The Tigers cancel tonight's scheduled game against the Orioles as the result of the civil unrest in Detroit. The two remaining games of the series shift to Baltimore, with tomorrow's game in the Charm City rained out during the second inning.
1968 ChiSox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young's record when he makes his 907th career appearance, pitching a third of an inning in which he gives up a run on two hits to be on the short side of the team's 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, who will retire in 1972 after pitching in 1,070 games, will finish his 21-year major league career with a 143-122 (.540) won-loss record and 228 saves, hurling for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs, and Dodgers.
1970 Tommy Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder's choice, the New York center fielder stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the winning run with his thievery of home plate.
1973 Although not selected, Willie Mays appears in his last All-Star Game thanks to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn increasing the player limit so the 'Say Hey Kid' could participate in the Midsummer Classic. Bobby Bonds, a Giants teammate of Mays, homers and doubles in the National League's 7-1 victory over the AL at Royals Stadium in Kansas City.
1974 Whitey Lockman becomes the team's director of player development and will be replaced as the Cubs manager by third base coach Jim Marshall. During his three-year stint in the dugout, the Lowell, North Carolina native compiled a 157-162 (.492) record.
1977 After his two-out foul pop-up is dropped by Mets' right fielder Bruce Boisclair, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The L.A. second baseman's ninth-inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win and spoil the opportunity for a win for Nino Espinosa, who left the game needing just one more out for a complete-game victory.
1978 Billy Martin (52-42) resigns as Yankee manager and is replaced by Bob Lemon, who was fired by the White Sox on June 30th. The Bronx Bombers, en route to a World Championship, respond by playing .700 ball for their new skipper, winning 48 of the remaining 68 games played this season.
1979 Going deep off A's hurler Mike Morgan at Fenway Park, Red Sox first baseman Carl Yastrzemski becomes the 18th major leaguer and seventh in the American League to hit 400 home runs. 'Captain Carl' will end his 23-year career with 452 homers.
1983 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 MacPhail will overrule the decision, and on August 18th, the game resumes with the Royals beating the Yankees, 4-3.

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1988 In a tribute held at Shea Stadium, Tom Seaver (41) becomes only the third Met to have his uniform number retired. In addition to managers Casey Stengel (37) and Gil Hodges (14), the future Hall of Fame right-hander, who compiled a 198-124 record (.615) during a dozen seasons with the Amazins, becomes the third person and first player to be honored by the franchise in this manner.

1993 Following the game at Dodger Stadium, Vince Coleman tosses an M-80 from a car, resulting in reported injuries to three fans in the Chavez Ravine parking lot, including an 11 year-old boy and a two year-old girl. The Mets' player was a passenger in the 1991 Jeep Cherokee driven by LA outfielder Eric Davis, who acknowledges Coleman flipped the firecracker out of his vehicle as a 'joke,' but not into a crowd of people.
1993 In a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, Mets right-hander Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games. The latest defeat is the result of the hard-luck hurler walking Dave Hansen in with the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.
1995 The Red Sox trade outfielder Mark Whiten to Philadelphia for first baseman Dave Hollins, who will play only five games for Boston. 'Hard Hittin' Mike Whiten will hit .254 appearing in 120 contests over two seasons for the 'Fightin' Phils.'
1999 The Red Sox blast seven home runs, one shy of the club record, in an 11-4 rout of Detroit at Tiger Stadium. Boston right fielder Trot Nixon contributes to the offensive onslaught with three home runs and five RBIs.
1999 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, collecting six RBIs in the late Saturday afternoon contest played at the ballpark in the Bronx.
2000 Ivan Rodriguez (.347, 27, 83) breaks his thumb when it is struck by Mo Vaughn's bat swinging on a third strike when the American League MVP attempts to throw out a runner stealing second base. The Texas Rangers' All-Star catcher will miss the rest of the season.
2004 During the third inning at Warner Park, the approximately 5000 fans attending the minor league contest between the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the hometown Madison Mallards set an American record for most people brushing their teeth at the same time. Next season, in another Northern League promotion, Winnipeg sets the Canadian record for the most fans simultaneous tooth brushing in a game against Calgary.
2004 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.
2007 At a press conference, an emotional Craig Biggio announces he will retire after this season, bringing his 20 year-old career as the longest tenured player in Astro history to an end. The newest member of the 3,000 hit club, the only player in All-Star history to appear in the game as a catcher and a second baseman, played a major role in Houston's four division titles and the team's only National League pennant.
2009 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 before the Redbirds' 8-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
2010 After 18 consecutive losses in Cleveland, the Rays finally beat the hometown Indians for the first time in nearly five years. With the 6-3 victory over the Tribe, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon snaps a 0-21 personal losing streak as the visiting manager that began when he was California's interim skipper in 1996.
2011 Former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, lifetime .300 hitter Roberto Alomar, and Burt Blyleven, ninth on the all-time list with 60 shutouts, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gillick won two World Series rings (1992-93) in Toronto with Alomar as his second baseman, and Blyleven helped the Twins win the 1987 Fall Classic as well as playing for the Pirates team that won it all in 1979.
2011 Losing 12-8 in Boston, the Mariners establish a new team-worst losing streak with their 15th straight defeat. The Fenway contest features a milestone for Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield when catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia holds on to Mike Carp's foul tip to end the sixth inning for the knuckleballer's 2,000th strikeout, a mark accomplished only once previously in franchise history, by Roger Clemens.

2012 Jordany Valdespin sets a new Mets single-season record when he hits his fifth pinch-hit home run of the season in the team's 5-2 loss to Washington at Citi Field. The 24 year-old's accomplishment also ties Cliff Johnson (Astros, 1974) for the second-highest single-season total ever recorded by a rookie, trailing only Craig Wilson, who was a freshman with the Pirates in 2001 when he tied Dave Hansen's major-league mark for pinch-homers with seven.
2014 While singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch, Andy Milovich, the 45 year-old vice president and general manager of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is given a prostate exam in the TicketReturn.com Field press box. The first 1,000 men attending the Carolina League contest against the Winston-Salem Dash received a promotional foam rubber finger.
2015 Michael Conforto becomes the 1,000th player in Mets history when he makes his major league debut, going 0-3 in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field. Tomorrow, the 24 year-old rookie left fielder will enjoy a 4-for-4 day at the plate when he will collect three singles and a double en route scoring four runs.

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