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Playing his first game for Connie Mack’s A’s, Rube Waddell faces only 27 batters, blanking the Orioles, 2 – 0. The 25-year old southpaw strikes out the side three times by whiffing Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell and Jack Cronin in the 3rd (on just nine pitches) 6th, and 9th innings. C Ossee Schreckengost throws out the two baserunners.
White Sox Park opens with a 2 – 0 loss to the Browns. The stadium, since called Comiskey Park, is baseball’s biggest and cost $750,000 to build. 24,900 attend the game, 1,100 less than capacity. This stadium will close in the fall of 1990, to be replaced by a new structure, which will be known as New Comiskey Park.
Despite a state law banning Sunday baseball, the Robins play their first Sunday game in Brooklyn, charging regular admission and beating the Phils, 3 – 2. Charles Ebbetsannounces that the admission will benefit the Militia of Mercy, a wartime charity, and is for a pregame band concert and military drill exhibition before the game. When the band concert ends ticket sales stop to conform with the Sunday baseball laws. More than 12,000 attend. Despite the maneuver, Ebbets and manager Wilbert Robinson are arrested, and will pay a small fine.
Leaving Robison Field in mid-season, the Cardinals make their debut as the home team at Sportsman’s Park, also the home of the American League’s St. Louis Browns, bowing to the Pirates, 6 – 2. After signing a ten-year lease for $20,000 annually with Browns’ president Phil Ball, the team moves six blocks to be able to play its home games in a modern ballpark.
Walter Johnson pitches a no-hitter, his first, against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. An error by Bucky Harris costs him a perfect game, but Harris’s hit drives in Washington’s only run. The next day, Johnson comes up with the first sore arm of his life and is useless for the rest of the year, finishing 8-10.
Leaving Robison Field in mid-season, the Cardinals make their debut as the home team at Sportsman’s Park, also the home of the American League’s St. Louis Browns, bowing to the Pirates, 6-2. After signing a ten-year lease for $20,000 annually with Browns’ president Phil Ball, the team moves six blocks to be able to play its home games in a modern ballpark.
7/1/1926 – In the bottom of the first inning at Braves Field, Doc Gautreau was on second with two out. Eddie Brown walked but the Phillies pointed out that he had batted out of turn. Thus, Dick Burrus, who was the correct batter, was declared out and the Braves stranded Gautreau at second. The Braves eventually won the contest by scoring three runs in the seventh frame.
Before 52,832 at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio leads a sweep of the Red Sox, 7 – 2 and 9 – 2. The second game is called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has 2 hits in the first game and one in the second to tie Willie Keeler’s major-league hitting streak of 44 games with the help of a difficult decision by the official scorer. Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor makes a poor throw, but Joltin’ Joe is given a hit by New York World Telegram’s Dan Daniel. The Yankees have 25 hits in the two games but fail to hit a home run in the first game, ending their streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one dinger. The previous record, set by the Tigers in 1940, was 17 games.
The few fans watching the Brooklyn Dodgers’ game on WNBT are witnesses to a breakthrough in marketing: for 10 seconds before the first pitch of the game, the screen shows the image of a clock superimposed over a map of the United States. A voice then states “America runs on Bulova time”. It is the first television advertisement ever broadcast in the United States.
In a rain-shortened nightcap against the Red Sox, Joe DiMaggio ties Wee Willie Keeler’s 1897 major league record consecutive game hit streak of 44 with the help of a difficult decision by the official scorer. Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor makes a poor throw, but the ‘Yankee Clipper’ is given a hit by Dan Daniel of the New York World-Telegram.
Away from the game for four years, Hank Greenberg makes a dramatic return in front of an emotional crowd of 47,700 at Briggs Stadium as he homers off Charlie Gassaway in his first game following being released from the Armed Forces. Hammerin Hank’s round-tripper helps the first-place Tigers beat the A’s, 9 – 5.
At Boston, Tommy Byrne takes the loss for the Yankees, but reliever Whitey Ford does little to help. In his major league debut, Ford throws 4 2/3 inning, allowing seven hits, six walks, and five earned runs. Boston rolls, 13 – 4. Rookie Walt Dropo hits a grand slam for the Bosox to dump the Yanks into 3rd place.
Behind unbeaten rookie Bob Miller, the first-place Phils trip the Dodgers, 6 – 4. Jim Konstanty makes his 30th relief appearance to help Miller win his 7th straight. Mike Goliat and Willie Jones homer to pace an 11-hit attack. By winning their second straight game from Brooklyn, the Whiz Kids move .002 ahead of St. Louis and a game and a half ahead of Brooklyn.
Veteran Bob Feller pitches the third no-hitter of his career, tying the record of Cy Young and Larry Corcoran, as he beats Detroit’s Bob Cain, 2 – 1. Feller loses his shutout in the fourth when Johnny Lipon reaches on an error, swipes second base, goes to third on a errant pickoff, and scores on a sacrifice fly. Rookie Bob Chakales shuts out the Tigers in the nightcap, 2 – 0, for Cleveland’s 10th straight win over Detroit. Detroit has scored eight runs in the ten losses.
In the second game of a doubleheader, the Browns’ Ned Garver, en route to a 20-win season, limits the White Sox to two hits, winning, 3 – 1. The loss drops the Sox out of the American League lead. Chicago wins the opener, 2 – 1 in 11 innings on Minnie Minoso’s 400-foot homer to left center. Minnie’s blow breaks up a pitching duel between loser Duane Pillette and Ken Holcombe.
Before 58,815 at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks top the Red Sox, 5 – 2, behind Eddie Lopat’s 6-hitter. The win moves the Yankees ahead of the White Sox by four percentage points. Jerry Coleman homers off Mel Parnell, while Johnny Pesky connects for the Sox. Bobby Doerr singles for his 2,000th career hit.
The Cubs’ Tony Taylor hits a ball inside the third base line that falls into the rain gutter in fair territory at Wrigley Field. San Francisco rookie OF Leon Wagner chases the ball, but is fooled by Cubs relief pitchers staring intently under the bench. Wagner does not look for the ball in the gutter 40 to 50 feet further down. Taylor reaches home on the hit.
7/1/1959: Harmon Killebrew was robbed of a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning according to fellow 500-homer slugger Ted Williams. The Killer blasted a Jerry Casale pitch towards left field where Williams was patrolling. According to umpire Bob Stewart, the ball struck the visiting bullpen fence and was not out of the park. The ball rolled almost all the way back to third base. Williams stood watching the ball roll with his hands on his hips. According to Williams the ball struck the screen on the left field pole a couple of feet above the fence. “I saw no point in chasing a home run.” Killebrew ended up with a double on the play.
The Pirates are not big base-stealers, but aggressive baserunning is their stock in trade, as evidenced by today’s 10-inning, come-from-behind, walk-off win over Los Angeles, wherein Joe Christopher and Roberto Clemente combine to, in effect, steal the game. Los Angeles Times beat writer Frank Finch relates: “Christopher tied the score by racing in [from second] on Clemente’s infield single. Maury Wills fielded the bouncer and pegged to Gil Hodges. Clemente was safe by inches, and Christopher slid in a fraction of a second before Hodges’ peg to the plate arrived. Hitless in three previous trips and the target of boo-birds, Dick Stuart sliced a lazy fly ball down the right-field line. Clemente, of course, was off and running at the crack of the bat. Frank Howard lumbered over to pick up the ball, hesitated before throwing, and then fired wildly between third base and home as Clemente scored standing up. An accurate throw might have nailed the mercurial Puerto Rican, but the Pirates aren’t about to play this one over.”
Cards reliever Ernie Broglio is nothing but efficient, tossing a total of 2 1/3 innings of relief in two games with the Braves. Ernie wins both. The Cards blow a 7 – 0 lead in the opener before winning in the 10th, 8 – 7. They blow a 5 – 0 lead in the nitecap, but win 7 – 5. Fellow reliever Lindy McDaniel gets rapped in both games.
H. Gabriel Murphy’s option of first-refusal to buy the Senators from current owner Calvin Griffith expires. The chief minority stockholder, in an effort to stop the club from moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to become the Twins, will lose two court decisions, preventing him from keeping the team in Washington, D.C.
The Senators stake rookie Carl Mathias to a 3 – 0 lead over New York, but a Mickey Mantle solo shot, a few feet left of the 456-foot sign in left at Yankee Stadium, puts New York on the board. The Nats up the score to 5 – 1, but Mantle then bangs a 3-run homer to make it 5 – 4 and knock out Mathias, who in his 11 major league games will give up three homers to Mantle. In the 9th, Roger Maris poles a two-run homer, his 28th, to give New York a 7 – 6 victory.
Albie Pearson becomes the first player to go hitless in 11 at bats in a doubleheader (both 9-inning games). Los Angeles splits with the Yankees, losing 6 – 3 before winning 12 – 5. Reliever Art Fowler helps himself to a win in the nitecap by driving in four runs on a pair of singles. The Yanks take over 1st place.
The White Sox drop Cleveland to 3rd place while winning a pair, 5 – 4 and 7 – 6. In the second game, they also set a major-league record with three run-scoring sacrifice flies (by Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith) in the 5th inning when they score six runs. Indian RF Gene Green makes the first putout of the 6th inning, but then muffs two other fly balls, both of which are credited as sacrifice flies, the scorer assuming the runners on 3rd could have scored anyway.
Say It Ain’t So… Juan. While the Giants’ Juan Marichal is reducing his ERA from 2.54 to 2.44 in the course of a 2 – 1 win over Bob Veale and the Pirates, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente resume their personal war for National League hitting honors. Clemente singles twice, drives in the Pirates’ only run, and finishes at .349. Mays doesn’t have much of a chance to close ground; after his first-inning home run, the Bucs’ moundsmen walk him the next three times up. However, the one hit jumps him from .344 to .347. Ironically, the Pirates’ only run is driven in by Clemente when Marichal resorts to a quick pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth. Clemente speaks with Giants beat writer Bob Stevens: “‘I was trying to smooth out the dirt around the plate,’ Clemente said, ‘not looking, when I hear someone on the bench yell at me. I look up and see the ball, and I try to just punch at it with one hand.’ He got just enough of it to drive it into the ground in front of the plate and bounce it so high that Orlando Cepeda had to wait helplessly for it to come down as the run scored and Clemente fled across the base. Clemente laughed in reminiscence. ‘I don’t remember anybody try to quick-pitch me since Don Bessent do it with Brooklyn. ‘I punch it for double.'”
Baltimore’s Jim Palmer gives up a grand slam – but it is in the minors. Sent to Rochester (International League) to rehabilitate from back problems, Rochester manager Earl Weaver starts the 21-year-old against Buffalo, in a game moved to Niagara Falls because of racial disturbances on Buffalo’s east side. Palmer is given a 7 – 0 lead, but the Bisons score five runs in the 3rd, four coming home on a grand slam by Johnny Bench. Rochester hangs on to win, 10 – 8.
A 1st-inning wild pitch that eludes backup catcher Johnny Edwards allows a run to break Bob Gibson’s streak of 47 2/3 innings of scoreless pitching (in which he allows just 21 hits). The Cards beat Don Drysdale and the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 8 – 1. Gibson will pitch 23 innings before giving up another run.
Bob Gibson’s scoreless inning streak ends abruptly at 47 with a questionable call when the official scorer rules a wild pitch, and not a passed ball, allowed Len Gabrielson to score in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Without the hometown decision, the Redbird right-hander, who will blank San Francisco in his next start, would have been within three innings of breaking the mark of 58 scoreless frames established in June by Don Drysdale, tonight’s losing pitcher.
Roberto Clemente’s 4th and 5th (out of 6) career home runs off his friend and fellow future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins provide the Pirates with a sudden and devastating 4 – 3 walk-off win, against the Cubs at Three Rivers Stadium. Clemente hits Fergie’s first pitch in the 7th inning over the left field fence to tie the game. After the Bucs fall behind, 3 – 2, his second homer is a game-ending blast with none out in the 9th.
The Reds, 11 games behind the Dodgers at the beginning of the day, stage two dramatic comebacks to snatch a doubleheader win from Los Angeles. Hal King’s clutch 3-run pinch home run with two outs wins the first game, 4 – 3, against Don Sutton, while Tony Perez’s 10th-inning hit wins the second, 3 – 2. This day will be looked upon as the turning point of the National League’s Western Division race.
The Indians paste the Toledo Mud Hens, 13 – 1, in an exhibition game in Toledo. Manager Frank Robinson, hitting as the DH, flies out to CF and, while returning to the dugout, exchanges angry words with Hens P Bob Reynolds. Suddenly, Robby flattens Reynolds with a right-left combination and is quickly ejected from the game.
New York hits five homers off Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley to win, 6 – 5. Boston also loses speedster Jerry Remy, batting .304 on the season, when he injures a knee sliding home. Remy will appear in only seven more games all year. Remy will never swipe more than 16 bases after coming back, after averaging 35 steals his first four seasons.
At Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium, Mark Fidrych, mounting one more attempt to return to the majors, and Dave Righetti, the AL Rookie of the Year who was sent down by the Yankees to Triple-A Columbus after a slow start in his sophomore season, match up in one of the most memorable games ever played in the minor leagues. The chanting and cheering overflow crowd of 9,389, packed into the ballpark designed to accommodate 5,800 fans, vocally displays their support for the ‘Bird’ throughout the game and becomes delirious when he strikes out Butch Hobson for the final out in his improbable complete-game 7-5 victory.
7/1/1988: Rich Gedman on the Red Sox homered off Gene Garber in Kansas City in the eighth inning with 1 man on base. And Boston behind 8-7. First base umpire Dale Scott (part of a three man crew) ruled the fly foul although it hit off the right field pole. Gedman then hit into a double play and the score remained 8-7.
Yankee Andy Hawkins throws the season’s 6th no-hitter, but still loses, 4 – 0 to the White Sox. With two out in the bottom of the 8th, New York’s Mike Blowers misplays Sammy Sosa’s routine grounder for an error, and Hawkins walks two to load the bases. Outfielders Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield drop back-to-back fly balls to allow all four runs to score. Barfield loses Ivan Calderon’s fly ball in the sun and the ball bounces off his mitt. Ken Johnson in 1964 was the last pitcher to lose a no-hitter.
After hitting a bouncer down the Astrodome’s first base line, Tim Bogar comes all the way around to score when Manny Ramirez doesn’t play the ball after it comes to a stop under the bullpen bench. The Indians outfielder, unaware of the park’s ground rules, begins signaling to the umpire that the ball is out of play as the Astros infielder circles the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run.
The Brewers defeat the Cubs, 19 – 12, as SS Jose Valentin hits 2-run home runs from each side of the plate. 2B Ronnie Belliard and C Dave Nilsson each get four hits for Milwaukee, while Belliard drives home five runs. The Brewers light up Steve Trachsel for 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings pitched, hanging his National League-high 11th loss on him. The Brew Crew collects 21 hits for the second time in three nights. There are eight homers in the game, including a pair by the Cubs’ Mickey Morandini. Not homering after four straight games in which he went deep is Sammy Sosa, who singles twice.
On Canada’s 133rd birthday, Florida’s Ryan Dempster and Montreal’s Mike Johnson hook up in a rare matchup of Canadian starters. Dempster comes out on top as the Marlins defeat the Expos, 6 – 5. Johnson hails from Edmonton, Alberta, while Dempster is a native of Sechelt, British Columbia. Theirs is the first matchup of Canadian-born starters since last September when Dempster took on Eric Gagné of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The White Sox trade three minor league prospects to the Mets to obtain their catcher’s brother, Roberto Alomar. The 12-time All-Star, who struggled during his season and a half in New York, is exchanged for left-handed reliever Royce Ring, right-hander Edwin Almonte and infielder Andrew Salvo. Just a few hours later, the White Sox acquire outfielder Carl Everett (.274, 18, 51) from the Rangers. Texas will pick two or three players from a Chicago minor league pool, and the team will also give money to help pay part of the former outfielder’s $9.15 million deal.
The Marlins set a franchise mark for runs scored and tie a team record with 25 hits, with Miguel Cabrera, Ivan Rodriguez and Luis Castillo collecting four each. The 20 – 1 victory celebration over the Braves is tempered as a fan is injured in the 7th inning when Darren Bragg’s bat slips from the Atlanta outfielder’s hand and flies into the stands causing an 18-minute delay as the unidentified man is airlifted to a hospital.
After spending a disappointing season and a half in New York, Roberto Alomar is traded by the Mets with cash to the White Sox for prospect Andrew Salvo, right-hander Edwin Almonte, and southpaw Royce Ring. The 12-time Gold Glove second baseman’s funk continues in the American League when the former All-Star infielder hits just .253 with Chicago.
Just a few hours after obtaining Roberto Alomar from the Mets, the White Sox acquire outfielder Carl Everett (.274, 18, 51) from the Rangers. Texas will pick two or three players from a Chicago minor league pool, and the team will also give money to help pay part of the former outfielder’s $9.15 million deal.
The Marlins set a franchise mark for runs scored and tie a team record with 25 hits, with Miguel Cabrera, Ivan Rodriguez, and Luis Castillo collecting four each. An injury to a photographer, who is injured and airlifted to a hospital as a result of being hit by Darren Bragg’s bat, which slips from the outfielder’s hand and flies into the stands, subdues the celebration of the 20-1 victory over the Braves.
In the game of the year, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 5 – 4, in 13 innings. The score is tied 3 – 3 after 9 innings and both teams have to wiggle their way out of many jams to keep it that way. In the 12th inning, the Red Sox place runners on second and third with two outs when Trot Nixon lifts a fly ball to shallow left field. Yankees SS Derek Jeter races out and catches the ball before diving headfirst into the stands and bloodying his face, forcing him to leave the game. In the top of the 13th inning, Manny Ramirez homers to give the Red Sox the lead, but the Yankees stage a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning. Ruben Sierra singles, then comes around to score on Miguel Cairo’s game-tying RBI double. Pinch hitter John Flaherty, the last man off the Yankees’ bench, follows with a game-winning single to score Cairo.
After walking 2,100 miles from Camp Verde, Arizona to reach Wrigley Field, Bill Holden throws the ceremonial first pitch and leads the crowd in singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th-inning stretch at the Cubs game against the Nationals. Inspired by the DVD, This Old Cub, a documentary about former Cubs All-Star third baseman Ron Santo who lost both his legs to diabetes, the 56-year-old school teacher, with two bad knees, pounds the pavement for 172 days and raises $250,000 with his ‘Walk the Walk’ campaign for juvenile diabetes research.
7/1/2005 – Kansas City manager Buddy Bell delivered a different lineup to the umpires than was posted in the dugout. In the bottom of the first inning, David DeJesus led off with a single. Angels manager Mike Scioscia then spoke with plate arbiter Jerry Crawford about the batting order. Since Angel Berroa was listed as hitting first on the official lineup card, he was called out and DeJesus was told to bat again. This time he hit a fly ball to centerfield for the second out.
Is the era of high scoring over ? For the first time since September 1, 1976, three National League games end in 1 – 0 scores on the same day. All of the shutouts are combined efforts: Mike Pelfrey of the Mets beats Milwaukee, Johnny Cueto leads the Reds over Arizona, and the Dodgers defeat Colorado with an 8th-inning run.
One day after blowing the lead in a ten-run Oriole comeback, Jonathan Papelbon saves Boston’s come-from-behind 6 – 5 win over the Birds. The BoSox score 4 in the 9th to tie the game, giving Papelbon the chance to close it in the 11th, thereby passing Bob Stanley for the franchise lead for saves with 133.
Jonathan Papelbon, in the Red Sox’ 6-5 victory at Camden Yards, retires the Baltimore batters in order in the 11th inning to become the franchise’s all-time leader in saves. The 28 year-old closer, who surpasses Bob Stanley for the club record, has compiled 133 saves during his four years with the club.
The Diamondbacks clean house, firing general manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch in one fell swoop. Bench coach Kirk Gibson will serve as interim manager, while team Vice-President Jerry DiPoto will take over GM duties. The Diamondbacks are last in the NL West with a record of 31-48, the third worst in the major leagues.
The Red Sox are facing a catching crunch, with back-up Jason Varitek apparently victim of a broken foot less than a week after starter Victor Martinez was placed on the disabled list with a broken thumb. With rookie Gustavo Molina the only healthy catcher on the roster, Boston repatriates veteran Kevin Cash from Houston, in a trade for infielder Angel Sanchez.
On an interim basis, Kirk Gibson, the team’s bench coach, is promoted to be the manager of the Diamondbacks, replacing A.J. Hinch, who piloted the team to an 89-123 record in a little more than a full season in the dugout. In addition to letting go their manager, the last-place team also fires general manager Josh Byrnes.
Jair Jurrjens of the Braves picks up his 11th win of the year with a one-hitter over the Orioles, 4 – 0. He lowers his National League-leading ERA to 1.89 in a bid to be named the starter of the 2011 All-Star Game. Adam Jones has the lone safety, a single in the 7th, while Jason Heyward hits his first homer since April 29th to open the scoring.
Major League Baseball announces the starters and reserves for the 2012 All-Star Game, to be held in Kansas City, MO. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers receives over 11 million votes, shattering the record tally of 7.4 million votes received by Jose Bautista last year. Hamilton is one of 7 members of the Rangers to be named to the American League squad by manager Ron Washington. In the National League, Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants sets a mark for most votes received by a player from the senior circuit with 7.6 million votes.
Andy Pettitte passes Whitey Ford for the most strikeouts in New York Yankees history when he records his 1,957th in the Yankees’ 10 – 4 win over the Twins. The win goes to reliever Joba Chamberlain, his first of the year, as he benefits from a three-run outburst off reliever Jared Burton in the 8th. The Yankees then add four runs in the top of the 9th as they end a five-game losing streak.
2014 – It requires no less than two video reviews, but the Indians pull an unlikely triple play in the 4th inning of their 10 – 3 win over the Dodgers. With runners on the corners, Adrian Gonzalez slashes a pitch to left field; Michael Brantley runs in to make the catch and guns down Dee Gordon at the plate. Yasiel Puig then makes a late break for second base and appears to beat C Yan Gomes’s throw to 2B Jason Kipnis. Indians manager Terry Franconais the first to object, asking for a review of the call at second base, and it is overturned; Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then comes out of the dugout and asks officials to take another look at the out at home, but that one stands, and the Indians have a triple play.
Rick Porcello becomes the fourth pitcher in Tiger history, and the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944, to throw a shutout without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout when he blanks Oakland, 3-0. The Detroit right-hander, who records 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air in his 95-pitch outing, is the first major league hurler to accomplish the rare feat since Jeff Ballard’s performance for Baltimore on August 21, 1989.
Carlos Carrasco of the Indians comes within one strike of pitching a no-hitter as the Rays’ Joey Butler lines a two-out, two-strike pitch in the 9th over 2B Jason Kipnis’ head. The hit comes after Carrasco had walked Asdrubal Cabrera and hit Brandon Guyer with a pitch earlier in the inning and drives in a run; Carrasco is removed from the game and Austin Adams records the last out of an 8 – 1 win.
The Indians set a new team record with their 14th straight win, but it doesn’t come easy as they need 19 innings to defeat the Blue Jays, 2 – 1. Carlos Santana, who had scored the Indians’ first run in the 3rd, homers off infielder Darwin Barney for the winning run. 19 pitchers are used in the game, with starter Trevor Bauer going the last five innings for Cleveland to earn the win; for its part, Toronto runs out of pitchers in the 18th, and another infielder, Ryan Goins, precedes Barney on the mound.
The Indians win their 14th consecutive game, establishing the team’s longest winning streak in franchise history, when they beat the Blue Jays, 2-1, in a 19-inning marathon played at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Next season, the Tribe will not only shatter their club mark but will set an American League record with 22 consecutive victories.
The first co-ed pro team in nearly 20 years takes the field when 17-year-old outfielder Kelsie Whitmore and 25 year-old pitcher Stacy Piagno play for the Sonoma Stompers against the San Rafael Pacifics in front of an enthusiastic and supportive sell-out crowd at Arnold Field. The two former members of the USA women’s baseball squad are the first females to play in a professional game since Ila Borders pitched for the St. Paul Saints in the independent Northern League in 1997.
The Yankees beat down the Red Sox, 11 – 1, with a six-homer barrage, including three by Aaron Hicks, and one by back-up catcher Kyle Higashioka that is also his first major league hit. Luis Severino becomes the first 13-game winner in the majors, while David Price, who gives up five of the long balls, is the loser. The Yanks have now hit 137 homers, setting a new club record for most before the All-Star break.
1978 – Catcher Joe Ferguson is traded to the Dodgers for two players to be named later (outfielder Jeff Leonard and infielder Rafael Landestoy). On the field, the Astros split a twinbill against the Padres, winning 9-4 and losing 9-3. Wilbur Howard stars in the opener with three hits and three RBIs.