This Day In Baseball July 12
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Events for July 12
7/10 – 7/12/1890: The Pittsburgh at Boston Players League games were thrown out because Boston illegally used a player, Gil Hatfield, on loan from the New York team in the league. There were four homers hit in the three games that were removed from the official records: 7/10: Boston’s Hardy Richardson in the second and Dan Brouthers in the eighth. 7/11: Richardson in the eighth. 7/12: Richardson in the thirdRichardson also homered, which counted, in his next two games, so he lost a streak five games.
Appearing in his only major league game, Mr. Lewis (first name unknown) yields 13 hits, walks seven batters, and allows 20 earned runs during the three innings of his major league debut at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The rookie’s performance contributes to the last place Buffalo Bisons’ 28-16 loss to the Wonders in the Players’ League contest.
Frank “Noodles” Hahn of Cincinnati twirls a 4 – 0 no-hitter over Philadelphia. The Reds lefty gives up five walks to the visiting Quakers who are playing without Nap Lajoie. Hahn strikes out 7, including the first two batters in the 9th. The last batter, Roy Thomas, is thrown out on his two-strike bunt. Philadelphia’s Bill Bernhard allows seven hits, including a homer by Sam Crawford in the 7th.
Overcoming poor Buc baserunning, Pirates star Jack Chesbro pitches a five-hit shutout and strikes out 11 Giants to beat Christy Mathewson, 4 – 0. The Buccos lose five straight runners via baserunning errors. With two outs in the 3rd, Ginger Beaumont is on second base, with first base empty, and he is put out trying to advance to third on a grounder. In the 4th, Hans Wagner leads off with a triple, but is out at the plate on Kitty Bransfield’s grounder to first. Bransfield is then thrown out trying to steal second. Claude Ritchey draws a walk, but is picked offfirst. Jimmy Burke leads off the 5th with a double, but tries to stretch it into a triple, and is tagged out by Matty, covering the bag.
Chicago’s Three-Finger Brown scores the first of nine straight wins over Christy Mathewson, 8 – 1, as he allows just two New York hits. New York’s lone run scores on an error by Billy Maloney. Matty gives up 12 hits while his teammates commit five errors. Of 28 match-ups over their careers, Brown will win 14.
After an absence of 24 days, Roger Bresnahan returns to the lineup and collects two hits in a 3 – 2 win for the Giants against Andy Coakley, the same hurler who hit him with a pitch on June 18th. Bresnahan does not wear the headgear he developed. When a fan keeps a foul ball during the game rather than tossing it back, Giants team secretary Frank Knowles warns that “in the future he will not be so lenient about anyone stealing a ball.”
The legendary verse detailing the Cubs’ double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance, entitled That Double Play Again, is published for the first time. When the ‘New York Evening Mail’ republishes the same poem six days later, the newspaper will use the title by which the poem is best known today, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon
In the 1st inning of a 9 – 0 win over the Athletics at Detroit, Ty Cobb walks, then on consecutive pitches steals second base, third base, and home off lefty Harry Krause. Twice he beats perfect throws by C Ira Thomas. After Cobb reaches on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd, Sam Crawford homers. In the 7th, Cobb walks, is bunted to second, and scores on a sacrifice fly, knocking the ball out of the hands of the new catcher, Paddy Livingston.
Highlander third baseman Roy Hartzell, acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte, has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a three-run double and another double in one inning, then piles on a sacrifice fly and grand slam, to drive in eight runs. It is an American League record until Jimmie Foxx’s nine RBI in a game in 1933. New York defeats the Browns, 12 – 2.
The largest crowd in the history of Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, 45,715 (in a ballpark with 35,000 seats), creates a travesty and permanently distorts the record for doubles hit in a game. Easy fly balls drop for ground rule doubles among the fans encroaching on the field. There are 32 doubles hit in two games, including 23 in the second game, setting records both for the most doubles in one game and in a doubleheader.
The Phillies score six runs in the 7th inning to beat Hal Schumacher and the Giants, 6 – 3. With the bases loaded in the 1st, Giants OF Mel Ott starts an unusual 9-2-5 triple play. But the highlight of the game comes when umpire Bill Klem ejects Giants manager Bill Terry for the first time in Terry’s 15-year career.
The Chicago Cubs stop Tommy Holmes’s modern-day National League-record hitting streak at 37 games, beating the Boston Braves, 6 – 1, behind Hank Wyse, for their 11th victory in a row. The Braves take game two, 3 – 1, as Claude Passeau loses his first after nine straight wins. Holmes hit .433 during the streak and will finish at .352, second in the National League. His nine strikeouts coupled with 28 homers and 47 doubles is unparalleled for making contact and hitting for average and power.
Tommy Holmes goes 0-for-4 in the Braves’ 6-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 37, which sets a modern National League record. The mark will stand for 33 years until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1978 en route to establishing a new standard of 44, but the Reds’ infielder’s effort remains a game shy of the all-time record set by Willie Keeler’s 45-game streak over the 1896 and 1897 seasons with the NL’s Baltimore Orioles.
The National League commits five errors, allowing the American League to record an 11 – 7 triumph in the All-Star Game at Ebbets Field. The contest marks the first appearance of black players in an All-Star Game: Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe in the NL lineup, and Larry Doby among the AL stars.
The major league owners agree to install warning tracks made of cinder in front of outfield fences before the start of next season. The origin of the concept began at Yankee Stadium, where an actual running track, used in the ballpark’s track and field events, helped fielders know their proximity to the outfield fence when attempting to make a play.
At Cleveland, Allie Reynolds of the New York Yankees blanks Cleveland, 1 – 0, for the first of his two no-hitters this season. Gene Woodling’s 7th-inning homer off loser Bob Feller is the difference in the 1 – 0 game. The Chief’s no-hitter is the first by a Yankee since Monte Pearson in 1928. New York takes the nitecap behind Vic Raschi as Joe DiMaggio cinches it with a three-run homer off Chuck Stobbs.
The Red Sox and White Sox draw a record crowd of 52,592 for a twi-night doubleheader at Comiskey Park. Boston wins the opener, 3 – 2. In the second game, Saul Rogovin of the White Sox goes the route in a 17-inning contest, only to lose, 5 – 4, on Clyde Vollmer’s sac fly. Ellis Kinder of Boston pitches 10 scoreless innings in relief for the win.
At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Cardinal outfielder Stan Musial comes to bat leading off the bottom of the 12th inning of a 5-5 All-Star deadlock. After Yankee catcher Yogi Berra complains about his feet hurting, ‘The Man’ tells him, “Don’t worry, I’ll have you home in a minute”, then promptly hits a game-winning home run off Frank Sullivan on the next pitch.
Roberto Clemente’s walk-off wall-banger makes it 19 straight for Elroy Face. At Forbes Field, the Pirates reliever blows a four-out save against St. Louis, thanks to Bill White’s RBI single, but gets out of trouble and settles down long enough to reap the benefits of the Bucs’ bats. “The Pirates won their 12th of 13 extra-inning games,” reports the Associated Press, “when Roberto Clemente smashed a hit off the right-field wall with the bases filled in the 10th.” Face’s record goes to 14-0 with the win; his streak will extend to 22 before he takes his first and only loss of the year, en route to an unprecedented 18-1 season.
Exactly one month after accomplishing the feat for the first time, the Aaron brothers both homer again in the same game, giving Milwaukee an exciting 8-6 victory over St. Louis at County Stadium. Behind 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Tommie’s solo shot cuts the deficit to two runs, and his older sibling Hank seals the deal four batters later with a walk-off grand slam.
St. Louis hosts a hot midsummer All-Star classic. Maury Wills’ 10th-inning single scores Tim McCarver, as the National League wins, 2 – 1, in 105-degree heat. Brooks Robinson’s stellar game (3 hits, eight chances) earns him the game MVP award. Asked about the new ballpark, Casey Stengel remarks, “it holds the heat well.” On-field temperature is 113 degrees.
The National League All-Stars edge the AL, 2-1, in a game played at the newly-built Busch Stadium when hometown favorite Tim McCarver scores the winning run on Dodger shortstop Maury Wills’s tenth-inning walk-off single, with Giants hurler Gaylord Perry getting the victory by tossing a scoreless ninth and tenth inning. The 105-degree weather, 113 degrees on the playing surface, results in nearly 150 people needing treatment for heat exhaustion.
In the second inning of an eventual 7-3 win over the Orioles, the Tigers lay down a record-tying three sacrifice bunts and score a run on a sac fly. Detroit muffs Cesar Gutierrez’ and Mickey Lolich’s attempts to give themselves up, resulting in both players advancing a runner and reaching first base without making an out.
Steve Henderson hits a game-winning home run off Bruce Sutter to give the Mets a 4 – 2 victory over the Cubs. After the game the Cubs relief ace admits his arm is bothering him, and asks to be excused from the All-Star Game. Bleeding will be found in Sutter’s arm and he will get the week off after the All-Star break to rest it.
After a delay of an hour and 16 minutes, the White Sox are forced to forfeit the second game of twi-night doubleheader against the Tigers when over 5,000 fans refuse to leave the field during a Disco Demolition Night promotion gone awry. Mike Veeck’s promotion involves admitting fans for 98 cents with a disco record, collecting the vinyl and then literally blowing up the LPs and 45s in center field.
After a delay of an hour and 16 minutes, the White Sox are forced to forfeit the second game of a twi-night doubleheader against the Tigers when over 5000 adolescent fans refuse to leave the field during Disco Demolition Night. Mike Veeck’s promotion involves admitting fans for 98 cents with a disco record, collecting the vinyl and then literally blowing up the LPs and .45s in center field.
After being maligned by the press as an unworthy All-Star starter, A’s catcher Terry Steinbach hits a solo home run and a sacrifice fly to lead the American League to a 2 – 1 victory at Riverfront Stadium and is named the 1988 All-Star Game’s MVP. The A’s catcher becomes the first major leaguer to have homered in his first major league at-bat (on September 12, 1986) and also in the mid-summer classic.
Yankee left-hander Ron Guidry retires from baseball, compiling a 170-91 record with a 3.29 ERA during his 14-year career with New York. In 1978, Gator won the American League’s Cy Young Award unanimously after enjoying one of the most incredible seasons in baseball history, posting a 25-3 record with an ERA of 1.74.
In a 6-inning rain-shortened contest, White Sox starter Melido Perez no-hits the host Yankees, 8 – 0. His brother Pascual, who is watching from the New York bench, also hurled an abbreviated no-no in 1988 holding the Phillies hitless for five innings at Veterans Stadium. This is the 7th no-hitter this season, the most since 1917. Lance Johnson makes a diving over-the-shoulder catch in the 5th to save a hit and also bangs a three-run home run.
Moises Alou’s double in the 10th inning gives the National League an 8 – 7 victory over the American League in the All-Star Game. The NL is now a perfect 9 – 0 in extra-inning contests. Houston P John Hudek becomes the first pitcher in history to appear in an All-Star Game before recording a major league victory. Fred McGriff, whose two-run homer in the 9th inning ties the score, takes MVP honors.
At the Pirates’ Three Rivers Stadium, the National League ends its record six-game Mid Summer Classic slump when Tony Gwynn scores on Moises Alou’s double in the tenth inning, giving the Senior Circuit an 8-7 victory. Fred McGriff is named MVP, earning the honor with his dramatic two-run home run off Lee Smith that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
In a scene reminiscent to yesteryear, the first basemen leave their mitt in the field between innings throughout Montreal’s 3-2 victory over the Cubs. The Expos’ first baseman David Segui is really sharing his glove with Chicago’s Mark Grace, whose equipment did not arrive at Olympic Stadium, due to a shipping error.
Montreal defeats the Cubs by a score of 3 – 2. Throughout the game, Expo 1B David Segui shares his mitt with Chicago’s Mark Grace as Grace’s glove did not arrive at the ballpark due to a shipping mix-up. The players leave the mitt in the field between innings, as players did at the turn of the century.
In Pittsburgh’s first non-Opening Day sellout since 1977, a crowd of 44,119 sees Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon combine on a 10-inning no-hitter as the Pirates down the Astros, 3 – 0, on a 10th-inning pinch home run by Mark Smith. Cordova hurls the first nine innings while Rincon hurls the 10th and gets the win. The victory keeps the Pirates in a tie for 1st place with the Astros in the NL Central.
In front of a full house at Three Rivers Stadium on Jackie Robinson Night, two Pirates pitchers throw the first extra inning combined no-hitter in big league history. Ricardo Rinon takes over in the tenth inning to preserve starter Francisco Cordova’s effort and gets the win when Mark Smith pinch-hits a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning.
During the All-Star Game Town Hall discussion, Bud Selig, believing the designated hitter is a big part of the game, states the rule will remain in use for the foreseeable future. The commissioner however makes it clear the National League will not adopt the 1973 addition to the American League rule book.
At the Home Run Derby in Detroit, Bobby Abreu shatters the records for a single round, the championship round and the grand total for all three rounds of the derby by hitting 41 dingers into every part of Comerica Park. The Phillies outfielder, who is representing Venezuela in the event’s new international format, goes deep 24 times in the first round, tacks on six more in the second round and finishes with 11 more in the championship round.
At the Home Run Derby in Detroit, Bobby Abreu shatters the records for a single round, the championship round, and the total for all three rounds of the derby by hitting 41 dingers into every part of Comerica Park. The Phillies outfielder, who was representing Venezuela in the event’s new international format, goes deep 24 times in the first round, tacks on six more in the second round, and finishes with 11 more in the championship round.
The Cuban national team wins the 2009 World Port Tournament despite the defection of Aroldis Chapman on day one of the event. In the finale, Cuba beats the Dutch national team, 8 – 3, scoring 5 unanswered runs in the last 3 innings. Maikel Folch tosses four shutout relief innings for the win. Both Sidney de Jong and Eriel Sánchez hit two-run homers.
The Cubs and Cardinals split a day/night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. Chicago wins the opener, 7 – 3, on home runs by Micah Hoffpauir and P Carlos Zambrano, and the Cards take the nightcap, 4 – 2. Ryan Ludwick hits two two-run home runs to account for all of St. Louis’s runs; Adam Wainwright picks up his 10th win and Ryan Franklin strikes out the side in the 9th for his 21st save. As a result, the first four teams in the NL Central are within 3 1/2 games of each other heading into the All-Star break.
Veteran slugger David Ortiz wins the All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby with a dazzling performance, lining ball after ball into the right field stands at Angel Stadium, for a total of 32 long balls – 11 of them in the final round, where he defeats fellow Dominican Hanley Ramirez. He dedicates his performance to his friend, pitcher Jose Lima, who passed away suddenly a few weeks earlier.
The National League is the winner of the 2011 All-Star Game, played in Phoenix, AZ, 5 – 1 over the American League. Prince Fielder hits a three-run homer to put the NL ahead in the 4th and wins the game’s MVP award; Adrian Gonzalez accounts for the junior circuit’s only run with a solo homer. Tyler Clippard picks up the win and C.J. Wilson the loss.
Making his major league debut, the Astros’ Jarred Cosart takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning, holding the Rays to a pair of walks before giving up a one-out single to Ben Zobrist. Cosart gives up another hit in the 8th and a lead-off walk in the 9th before being replaced by Jose Veras, who allows a run to score. However, the Astros’ two 1st-inning runs on Carlos Corporan’s single stand up, as they win, 2 – 1, in spite of David Price pitching a complete game for the Rays.
The United States team wins the 2015 Futures Game, 10 – 1, over the World team. C Kyle Schwarber is named the winner of the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP after hitting a two-run triple in the 3rd. Josh Bell adds a two-run homer in the 4th and the U.S. puts the game completely away with a five-run 6th. The game is played at Great American Ball Park as part of the All-Star Game festivities.
The Angels enter the All-Star break with a half-game lead over the Astros on top of the AL West standings after a 10 – 3 win over the Mariners behind rookie Andrew Heaney, who pitches 7 scoreless innings. The Angels score 6 runs in the 6th, and also take advantage of three Seattle errors. They have won 11 of 14 while Houston has lost 6 straight.
Georg Bull is inducted into the German Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame, their first baseball inductee in nine years. A catcher of the 1980s and 1990s, he was the first German to play baseball in South Africa and the Dominican Republic and had managed seven German youth or junior national champions. He had won five Bundesliga-1 titles as a player.
The Red Sox win their 10th game in a row as they defeat the Blue Jays, 6 – 4, thanks to 5 RBIs by Mookie Betts. He hits a grand slam off J.A. Happ to cap a five-run 4th inning, at the end of an epic 13-pitch at-bat, then adds an RBI single in the 7th as the crowd chants “MVP! MVP!” The Sox have now won 66 games, the most before the All-Star break in team history.
1997 – Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon team to no-hit the Astros, 3-0, in ten innings. Cordova is flawless through the first nine, but Chris Holt and Billy Wagner shut down the Pirates. After a perfect 10th from Rincon, John Hudek walks two then surrenders a three-run blast to Mark Smith.
1970 – San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry is met by two umpires and forced to towel down before the second inning of a game at the Dome. Minus the medicine, Perry gives up five runs as the Astros build an early lead. The Giants roar back to claim a 7-5 advantage before Houston tallies three in the ninth for an 8-7 triumph. Doug Rader singles home Jim Wynn with the game-winner.
1964 – Nellie Fox singles home Eddie Kasko with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to end a wild 5-4 victory over the Giants at Colt Stadium. Tempers are hot as the Texas heat with players and managers from both teams getting run by umpire Lee Weyer. San Francisco’s Billy O’Dell is thumbed as he makes warm-up tosses after arriving from the bullpen. An angry Gaylord Perry grabs Fox’s bat when it’s all over and smashes it to pieces before handing it to the batboy.
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