This Day In Baseball July 10
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Events for July 10
7/10/1883 – The Buffalo Bisons hosted the New York Gothams, whose official line up had Frank Hankinson hitting 7th and Tip O’Neill, the pitcher hitting 8th. In the second inning, they batted in the opposite order and both made outs, so Buffalo did not protest. O’Neill again batted out of order in the 4th when he made the third out. As Hankinson came up to lead off the 5th Buffalo protested. The umpire, Stewart Decker, sent Hankinson off the field and had O’Neill, who was a weaker hitter, bat again without anyone being called out. Under current rules, the number nine hitter, Dasher Troy, would have been allowed to bat without penalty.
Sherry Magee, star OF for the Phillies, knocks out umpire Bill Finneran with one punch after being ejected for disputing a called third strike. He is suspended for the season, but upon appeal he will be reinstated after five weeks and 36 games. The Phils win, 4 – 2, behind Grover Cleveland Alexander, who strikes out 9.
When umpire Bill Klem stops the Phillies-Cardinals contest to have an unruly fan banned from the Baker Bowl, the removal marks the first expulsion of a patron from a game. The standard practice at the time was to use bodyguards after the contest to protect the arbitrators, rather than risk the crowd’s ire by ousting one of their own.
For the second time this season, White Sox pitchers toss shutouts in a doubleheader, this time against the Red Sox. Lefty Williams wins, 4 – 0, then Reb Russell follows with a 3 – 0 victory. With the temperature at Fenway Park in the 90s, this is the first of three consecutive doubleheaders for the two Sox.
After PH Joe Harris triples with three on base to give Cleveland a 7 – 3 lead in the last of the 8th, reliever Elmer Myers gives up a run, then loads the bases on walks. In comes little-used lefty Fritz Coumbe. Up steps Babe Ruth who hits his second homer of the day for an 8 – 7 Red Sox win. Out goes Indians manager Lee Fohl, fired for the move. In comes CF Tris Speaker to manage the Tribe. He will bring them home in second place and stay as skipper for seven years.
Indians flychaser Johnny Burnett collects a record nine hits in 11 at-bats in an 18-inning game iin which the A’s outscore the Tribe, 18 – 17. Jimmie Foxx hits 3 home runs, and has 16 total bases and 8 RBI for the A’s. After Philadelphia starter Lew Krausse is knocked out in the 1st inning, Eddie Rommel is forced to hurl 17 innings in relief as manager/owner Connie Mack, trying to save train fare, has brought only two pitchers; Rommel gives up a record 29 hits.
Indians’ flychaser Johnny Burnett in 11 at-bats collects a record nine hits in an 18-inning game in which the A’s outscore the Tribe, 18-17. After replacing A’s starter Lew Krausse in the second inning, Ed Rommel, who gives up a record 29 hits, is forced to hurl 17 innings in relief to get the victory, his 171st and final major league win, when manager/owner Connie Mack, trying to save train fare, brings only two pitchers.
At the All-Star Game played in New York’s Polo Grounds, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell faces a starting lineup comprised of nine eventual Hall of Famers. ‘King Carl’ is up to the unique occurrence in baseball history when he fans the first five batters he faces, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.
At Forbes Field, Chuck Klein becomes the first National League player to hit four home runs in one game in this century. The Phillies’ 36 year-old outfielder’s offensive outburst, which includes his final round-tripper on the first pitch in the tenth inning, powers Philadelphia’s 9-6 victory over Pittsburgh.
Brooklyn scores 10 runs in the 1st and 4th innings as they whip the visiting Pirates, 23 – 6. This follows a pre-game attempted strike by the players following Leo Durocher’s three-game suspension of P Bobo Newsom for insubordination. Minutes before the game, SS Arky Vaughan hands his uniform to Durocher and refuses to play. Durocher calls for volunteers to play, but by game time he has just a battery of Curt Davis and Bobby Bragan. Branch Rickey intervenes, and Vaughan and the others agree to play. Newsom, 9-4, will be traded to the Brownson July 15th.
Some of the Dodgers, led by infielder Arky Vaughan, threaten not to play in today’s game to protest the suspension of their teammate Bobo Newsome by manager Leo Durocher. The Ebbets Field contest begins ten-minutes late with Brooklyn plummeting the Pirates, 23-6, and in a few days, Newsome, who had argued with his skipper over a pitch selection in a previous game, is traded to the Browns for Archie McKain and Fritz Ostermueller.
The All-Star Game at Fenway Park is canceled because of travel restrictions. During the break in the schedule, 7 inter-league games are played for war charity. Plans for a USO-sponsored all-star game in Europe do not materialize, although the war in Germany is over and fighting in the Pacific will be over in 6 weeks.
During the first game of a twin bill in front of 47,871 Tribe fans, Don Black retires the final ten A’s batters he faces to record the first no-hitter in the history of Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The crowd, the largest ever to witness a no-hitter, endures the rain and six walks as the Indians right-hander completes the 3-0 victory, the eighth no-no in franchise history.
For the 6th time this year, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox hit back-to-back homers as Boston beats the 2nd-place A’s, 4 – 0. Jack Kramer scatters nine hits in the shutout to win his 7th straight. Ted Williams sits out the game with a damaged ligament, the result of being hit in the ribs while playfully sparring with Sam Mele on the train down from Boston yesterday.
Pittsburgh’s three-run 3rd is all Vernon Law needs to salvage a split in today’s twin bill with Philadelphia. But his six-hit, complete-game victory is something of an anticlimax to the Forbes Field faithful. The most exciting moment today comes in a losing cause in the opener, courtesy of Roberto Clemente, who produces one of his trademark tape-measure triples. “The only Pirate run in the first game was a gift,” maintains Les Biederman of the Pittsburgh Press. “Clemente tripled to the batting cage with none out in the 6th inning and the Phils gave up the run to throw out Dick Cole.”
At newly-opened D.C. Stadium, John F. Kennedy becomes the first president ever to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game. Thanks to the game’s MVP Maury Willsscoring two of the team’s three runs and Willie Mays’s amazing game-ending catch, the National League beats the Junior circuit, 3 – 1, in the first of two Mid-Summer Classics to be held this summer. Roberto Clemente has three hits.
John F. Kennedy returns to D.C. Stadium and becomes the first president to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game, a 3-1 National League victory. In April, JFK, who will stay for the entire contest, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Senators’ home opener, the first game played in Washington’s new $24-million ballpark.
The Padres launch four home runs in the 9th inning against Los Angeles, but the power display comes too late and the Dodgers win, 9 – 7. Wes Parker has two doubles and a triple for L.A. For the Padres, Ivan Murrell, Ed Spiezio and Dave Campbell hit solo homers off Bill Singer, and Cito Gaston connects for a two-run homer off Jose Pena. The barrage is one short of the record.
Reds SS Woody Woodward goes deep for his first and only major league homer, off Ron Reed in Atlanta. It comes in his 684th game. It is too little as the Braves top the Reds, 11 – 9. The Reds take the nitecap, 3 – 1, scoring two runs when Pat Corrales hits a long drive that glances off the glove of Hank Aaron and over the fence for a home run. Pete Rose is 5 for 5, all singles.
On the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell’s legendary five consecutive strikeouts in the 1934 All-Star Game, National League pitchers Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Goodencombine to fan six batters in a row for a new All-Star Game record in the NL’s 3 – 1 triumph. After Valenzuela whiffs Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson and George Brett in the 4th inning, Gooden, the youngest All-Star ever at age 19, fans Lance Parrish, Chet Lemon and Alvin Davis in the 5th.
At San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Dodger southpaw Fernando Valenzuela and Mets rookie Dwight Gooden combine to strike out six consecutive American League All-Stars on the 50th anniversary of Carl Hubbell’s memorable 1934 Midsummer Classic performance of setting down five future Hall of Famers on strikes. Dwight Gooden, at the age of 19, becomes the youngest player ever to participate in an All-Star Game.
Oil Can Boyd (11-6) flies into a rage after learning that he has been left off the American League All-Star team and storms out of Fenway Park prior to Boston’s game against the Angels. He will be suspended indefinitely by the Red Sox and eventually scuffle with local police before checking into a hospital for psychiatric testing. The weirdness continues into the game as the Angels score three in the 12th to take a 7 – 4 lead. Boston then scores three to tie and when Todd Fischer replaces Mike Cook, he balks in Dwight Evans with the winning run.
A very disappointed Oil Can Boyd (11-6, 3.71) begins shouting and throwing clothes in the Red Sox clubhouse after learning he had not been selected by KC manager Dick Howser to be one of the eight pitchers for the American League All-Star team. The inconsolable right-hander, who will storm out of Fenway Park before the team’s scheduled game against California, will be suspended without pay for three days for his tirade.
After allowing three runs in the top of the twelfth, the Red Sox score four times in the bottom of the inning, with the final tally coming on a walk-off bases-loaded balk. The winning run in Boston’s 8-7 improbable victory over the Angels when home plate ump Joe Brinkman rules Todd Fischer moved his hands after coming to a set position before throwing the first pitch of his outing, ending the Fenway contest without a ball being thrown.
The Mets trade P Brian Bohanon to the Dodgers in exchange for P Greg McMichael. In the team’s game today, Benny Agbayani makes his major league debut, pinch-running in the 9th inning of an 8 – 8 game. He slips trying to steal and gets run down. Another Met runner is doubled off second base in the 10th and the Expos win, 9 – 8.
At Leland’s “Hero’s Auction’ of sports memorabilia held in New York, the ball batted by Carlton Fisk in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series which hit the Fenway Park foul pole, ending one of the most dramatic games in World Series history, is sold for $113,273. George Foster, the Reds’ left fielder who retrieved and kept the historic home run ball, decided to sell the souvenir after realizing its potential value after Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball sold for almost $3 million.
At Leland’s ‘Hero’s Auction’ of sports memorabilia held in New York, the ball batted by Carlton Fisk in the 12th inning, which hit the Fenway foul pole ending one of the most dramatic games in World Series history, is sold for $113,273. George Foster, the Reds’ left fielder, who retrieved and kept the 1975 historic home run ball, decided to sell the souvenir after realizing its potential value after Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball sold for almost $3 million.
In an open letter, Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, Ted Williams’ oldest daughter, urges former Senator John Glenn and President Bush to help in preventing her half-brother, John Henry, from freezing the body of their dad at a cryonics lab in Arizona. She believes it her father’s wish to be cremated and not frozen.
In the 2007 All-Star Game, Ichiro Suzuki goes 3 for 3 with the first inside-the-park homer in All-Star Game history to win the MVP award. The American League wins for the 10th straight decision, the second-longest run in Midsummer Classic history. Josh Beckett gets the win and Chris Young the loss. The National League makes it 5 – 4 in the 9th and loads the bases with two away but Francisco Rodriguez retires Aaron Rowand to end the contest.
Wei-Lun Pan of the President Lions comes closer than anyone else in Chinese Professional Baseball League history until then to a perfect game. Pan throws the 6th no-hitter in league annals and walks none but a Kuo-Ching Kao error at first base costs him the perfecto. He beats the Chinatrust Whales, 7 – 0. No one in the CPBL had ever gone a game without allowing a hit or walk.
There are 6 shutouts pitched today, including Sanchez’s gem. Dan Haren of the D-Backs, Jeff Niemann of the Rays and Bronson Arroyo of the Reds all pitch complete game shutouts, while Jon Lester pitches 8 scoreless innings in Boston’s 1 – 0 win over Kansas City and Brett Cecil of Toronto goes 6 in a blanking of the Orioles.
In his third big league start and matched up against the Phillies’ Roy Halladay, rookie Travis Wood of the Reds takes a perfect game into the 9th inning but fails to get even a win. The Phillies win the game, 1 – 0, in the 11th, on Carlos Ruiz’s double and Jimmy Rollins’ single. Ruiz breaks up the perfect game bid with a single in the 9th, and Wood is lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 10th after pitching 9 scoreless innings. The Reds fail to score in spite of loading the bases that inning to set up the Phillies’ winning drive an inning later.
The United States team beats the World team, 6 – 4, in the 2011 Futures Game held in Phoenix, AZ. Jason Kipnis leads off the bottom of the 1st inning with a homer off Julio Teheran, but the game is decided in the 8th when Grant Green opens the inning with a double, then scores the tying run on Tim Beckham’s single. Austin Romine follows with another hit to put the U.S. ahead and Nolan Arenado adds an insurance run with a double. Green is the recipient of the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP.
The Phillies put a cap on a great first half by crushing the Braves, 14 – 1, managing 20 hits in the process. Cole Hamels is the beneficiary of the offensive outburst, led by Raul Ibanezwho has a homer and 6 RBI; John Mayberry Jr. pitches in with 3 doubles and 4 RBI. The Phillies are 57-34 at the All-Star break, the best mark in the majors, which also ties the team record for wins in the first half, established in 1993.
CC Sabathia wins his 13th game of the year for the Yankees, as they eke out a 1 – 0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The only run scores on a couple of miscues, after Robinson Canostarts the 7th inning with a single off James Shields. B.J. Upton makes a nice catch on Jorge Posada’s fly ball to center, but his throw to first to double Cano sails into the first base dugout. Cano moves to third on the play, then scores when Shields’ pick-off attempt is above 3B Sean Rodriguez’s head. The game takes only 2:11, tied for quickest this year.
The National League romps past the American League, 8 – 0, in the 2012 All-Star Game, for its third straight All-Star Game win. 11 pitchers combine on a six-hitter, with starter Matt Cain getting the win. Melky Cabrera hits a two-run homer and is named the game’s MVP, while a third member of the Giants, Pablo Sandoval, cracks a three-run triple in the 1st. AL starter Justin Verlander is shellacked for five runs in that opening frame.
David Ortiz of the Red Sox becomes the all-time hit leader as a designated hitter when his 2nd-inning double gives him 1,689 safeties, breaking the mark held by Harold Baines. Big Papi then adds a two-run homer in the 3rd, his 8th hit in 9 at-bats, giving further evidence that he will add plenty more hits to the record before he’s done. Boston defeats Seattle, 11 – 4.
The Cardinals record a very rare putout in the 6th inning of their game against the Pirates. With two men on and P Edinson Volquez attempting a bunt, the Cardinals defend the play by having their two corner infielders rush towards the batter, while the SS covers third base and the 2B goes to first base. However, when Volquez pops up the ball towards the third base line and does not immediately run, 3B Matt Carpenter sees an opening for a potential double play and lets the ball drop, then throws to second base, forgetting that it is uncovered. But a heads-up play by CF Jon Jay results in a 5-8 putout at second, as he picks up the throw, then runs to the second base bag ahead of the runner for the out. However, the Pirates still manage to score 5 runs in the inning, on their way to a 9 – 1 win.
The World Team wins the 2016 Futures Game, 11 – 3, snapping a streak of six straight wins by the US Team. Yoan Moncada hits a two-run homer off Anthony Banda in the 8th to put the World Team ahead and win the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP. Eloy Jimenez adds a three-run shot in a seven-run 9th inning.
Aaron Judge adds another flourish to his outstanding rookie season as he wins the Home Run Derby, staged at Marlins Park on the eve of the 2017 All-Star Game, with a total of 47 homers, including four measured at over 500 feet. He defeats Miguel Sano for the title as local favorite and defending champion Giancarlo Stanton is eliminated in the first round.
The Astros get a walk-off win on a ball that barely travels two feet. With runners on first and second and one out in the 11th after the Astros have just tied the score at 5-all against the Athletics, Alex Bregman taps a ball that bounces off home plate, briefly rolls foul, before returning to fair territory. C Jonathan Lucroy picks it up and attempts to tag Bregman, who has not moved yet, but he somehow drops the ball. He then throws to 1B but his relay glances off Bregman’s helmet and past 1B Mark Canha, allowing Kyle Tucker to score the winning run from second base. “I think it was the softest ball anyone’s ever hit,” Bregman reflects after the bizarre play.
Not to be outdone, the Indians lose a game on a strange 9th-inning managerial gaffe. They lead the Reds, 4 – 0, coming into the top of the 9th, after a brilliant start by Trevor Bauer, but closer Cody Allen gives up 4 runs and loads the bases with two outs, prompting manager Terry Francona to call in lefty Oliver Perez to face Joey Votto. Trouble is, its not Perez who’s been warming up, but righty Dan Otero, the result of a miscommunication with pitching coach Carl Willis: Francona asked to get “OP” warmed up, whereas Willis understood “OT” (Otero’s nickname). Given a favorable match-up, Votto lines a 3-2 pitch into right-center field to clear the bases and send Cincinnati on its way to a 7 – 4 win.
2003 – Houston explodes for nine runs in the first inning (a franchise record) and coasts to an 11-2 blast over Cincinnati, completing a four-game sweep. Geoff Blum gets two hits and two RBIs in the opening frame. Craig Biggio becomes the 40th player in major league history to reach 500 doubles in his career . Richard Hidalgo drives in four as the Astros extend their lead in the weak Central Division to two games, even though they are just five games above the .500 mark.
1993 – Pete Harnisch hurls a one-hitter at Wrigley Field to begin a doubleheader sweep of the Cubs. Mark Grace’s single in the seventh is the lone hit. Luis Gonzalez swats a double, triple and homer to drive in all four runs in the 4-0 opener. Gonzo belts another homer in the nightcap then Kevin Bass takes over to finish the 5-2 sweeper. Craig Biggio adds two doubles and a triple among his five hits.
1966 – Mike Cuellar slams the door in the eighth with the bases loaded and nobody out to preserve a 6-5 triumph in St. Louis. Rusty Staub bashes two home runs and drives in four while Bob Lillis singles home the game-winner. It’s a sweltering 104 degrees as the Great Plains bake in a killer heatwave. Cuellar induces a double play grounder from infielder Jimy Williams to end the contest – one of the 14 big league games in Williams’ playing career.