This Day In Baseball July 13
Here are Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, for July 13 on This Day In Baseball.
July 13, 1934 – Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run in a 4-2 victory over Tommy Bridges and the Detroit Tigers. Lou Gehrig left the game in the first with a severe case of lumbago, the most serious threat to his streak. He returned for one at-bat the next day and went on to win the triple crown that season.
1943 – The first night game in All-Star history, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, went to the American League, 5-3, despite a single, triple and home run by National League center fielder Vince DiMaggio of the Pirates. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox, which gave the AL the lead for good.
1963 – Early Wynn registered his 300th and final victory, at age 43, pitching the first five innings of Cleveland’s 7-4 win over the Kansas City A’s. Wynn was a hard throwing, hard nosed pitcher. Vida Blue once said of him as a coach “If you hit a ball good off of him, he’d knock you down”.
1971 – The American League defeated the National League 6-4 in the All-Star Game played at Tigers stadium which saw three home runs hit by each team. The most notable was Reggie Jackson’s mammoth shot off the power generator on the right-field roof. It has been estimated that Jackson’s bomb would have traveled 532 feet if not for striking the generator…surely one of the greatest displays of power in the history of the game.
1982 – The National League registered its eleventh consecutive All-Star victory over the American League with a 4-1 victory at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in the first game played outside the United States.
Dave Concepcion’s two-run homer off Dennis Eckersley in the second inning was the deciding hit.
Ted Williams would return to the All Star game in Fenway Park in on July 13, 1999, to throw out the first pitch. The best players of the day flocked to the mound to talk hitting with Willliams as fans roared and Williams waved his cap to them…a gesture he never made as a player.
Another type of greatness would be on display that night, as the Red Sox own, Pedro Martinez becomes the first pitcher to strike out the first 4 batters of All Star game and win as the starting pitcher on his own homefield. Barry Larkin, Larry Walker and Sammy Sosa in the first inning, and Mark McGwire in the second would all fall to Martinez as he got the W in the American League 4-1 victory over the National League.
Events for July 13
Ed Delahanty hits four home runs, but it’s not enough as the Phillies lose to the Chicago Colts, 9 – 8. “Big Ed” is the second man to hit four homers in one game in the National League, after Bobby Lowe two years earlier. It will be another 90 years until another man hits four long balls in defeat, when Bob Horner does it for the Atlanta Braves on July 6, 1986.
The Philadelphia A’s “sell” catcher Mike “Doc” Powers to the New York Highlanders. Powers will be sold back to the A’s on August 7th. Powers is needed to replace back-up C Red Kleinow, injured yesterday in a game with Detroit. Powers will play mainly at 1B, replacing Hal Chase whose nose was broken in the Detroit game.
At Nicollet Park in Minneapolis, Irv Young puts on “the greatest single-day mound performance in the history of the Millers”. In the first game of a doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers, Young holds them to four hits to win, 1 – 0. Young homers in the 5th for the game’s only run. So impressive is Young that he pitches the nitecap, holding the Brewers hitless until the 9th and finishing with a one-hit, 5 – 0 victory. The double shutout puts the Millers two games in front of Milwaukee. The two teams will fight for the American Association lead for the next two months, before fading in the final week, allowing Louisville to sneak into first.
7/13/1915: In a game at the Polo Grounds, Cy Williams of the Cubs hit what appeared to be a two-run inside-the-park home run to right center in the top of the fourth inning. However, Williams missed third base and was called out by umpire Mal Eason. Cubs skipper Roger Bresnahan was ejected by umpire Lord Byron for arguing the call on Williams. The Cubs lost to the Giants, 4-3.
Submarine P Carl Mays quits the mound after two innings at Chicago, blaming his teammates for lack of support afield. American League president Ban Johnson suspends Mays indefinitely and orders umpires not to let him pitch. In defiance of Johnson’s order that no action be taken until Mays is returned to good standing, Boston owner Harry Frazee will trade Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw and Allen Russell and $40,000. The Yankees then get a court order restraining Johnson from interfering, further eroding Johnson’s authority and standing, and the American League directors reinstate Mays. In retaliation, on October 29th the National Commission will refuse to recognize the Yankees’ third-place finish and will withhold the players’ share of the World Series pool. New York’s owners will pay out of their own pockets, and Johnson will never recover his authority.
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.
In front of 20,000 fans during the 3rd inning at Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth wallops a 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 1st inning with a severe bout of lumbago.
Babe Ruth, in the top of the third inning at Detroit’s Navin Field, 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 Yankees back into first place, but Lou Gehrig will be helped off the field in the first frame, suffering a severe bout of lumbago.
The American League edges the National League, 5 – 3, at Shibe Park in the first All-Star Game played under the lights. Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox is the hitting hero with a three-run homer off Mort Cooper in the 2nd inning. Vince DiMaggio of the Pirates has a single, triple and home run in three trips. Doerr also handles six fielding chances. At the All-Star break he had handled 307 errorless chances, dating back to May 20th. His streak will end at 349 chances, a record he will break in 1948. The game is broadcast to GIs via shortwave radio.
A .300 hitter as a rookie for the Tigers in 1943, Dick Wakefield finishes Navy air training and then is released from the service pending assignment. He rejoins the Tigers and will hit .355 the rest of the season, pushing Detroit near the flag despite the loss of 12 of its first 13 home games. In the first week after the All-Star Game, Wakefield homers twice, and goes 9 for 24.
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. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, George Kell and Hal Newhouser miss places in the lineup due to injuries.
Doctors remove seven bone fragments from Ted Williams’ elbow in a 75-minute operation. He was injured in yesterday’s All-Star Game and will be sidelined until mid-September. But he will go on to hit .350 for the rest of 1950 and .336 throughout the rest of his career, including .388 and .328 to lead the American League in 1957 and 1958 respectively.
The Red Sox and White Sox play 19 innings under the lights, tying a major league record. Mickey McDermott pitches the first 17 innings for Boston, as Chicago wins this marathon, 5 – 4. Clyde Vollmer has a homer and two singles for the BoSox and 3B Vern Stephens plays the entire game (18 1/3 innings) without a putout. Boston scores twice in the top of the 19th, but the Sox strike back with three runs. For the second night in a row, the two teams set a record for the longest night game. Tomorrow the Sox will set a major league mark when they pull off their 14th double play in four games.
At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Senators hurler Dean Stone does not retire a batter, but gets the win in the American League’s 11 – 9 All-Star Game victory as he throws out Red Schoendienst trying to steal home in the 8th inning for the third out before retiring a batter. The AL breaks the National League’s four-game winning streak. Larry Doby’s pinch home run in the bottom of the 8th, followed by Nellie Fox’s two-run single, ends the highest-scoring All-Star Game in history. The two teams combine for 31 hits, with the AL amassing 17. The Indians’ Al Rosen has two homers and 5 RBIs.
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.
Vern Law becomes the second Pirate to win a 1960 All-Star Game, working two scoreless innings. Stan Musial comes off the National League bench and hits his record 6th and last All-Star Game home run. Willie Mays, Ken Boyer and Eddie Mathews also homer in the 6 – 0 NL win, the third shutout in All-Star Game history.
In Kansas City, the Red Sox outlast the A’s, 11 – 10, in 15 innings. Boston collects 21 hits to Kansas City’s 20. Lou Clinton wins the marathon with an RBI single and adds the cycle as he goes 5 for 7. Dick Radatz is the winner over Ed Rakow. K.C. catcher Haywood Sullivan is 4 for 4 before leaving for a pinch runner in the 10th.
Rookie right-hander Cal Koonce one-hits the Reds, yielding only a fourth-inning single to Don Blasingame in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field. The hit by the Cincinnati second baseman marks the first of four times, one shy of the major league record shared by Cesar Tovar and Eddie Milner, that he will collect his team’s only hit in a game.
At Kansas City in the second game of a doubleheader, Cleveland’s 43-year-old Early Wynn leaves with a lead after struggling through five innings. Four scoreless relief innings by Jerry Walker enable Wynn to score his 300th career victory, 7 – 4. It has taken Wynn eight tries to cop his 300th (and last) career win.
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. Willie Mays homers, walks twice and scores twice. Game MVP Juan Marichal throws three scoreless innings.
In a game which features six home runs, including Reggie Jackson crushing a Dock Ellis 4th-inning pitch off the power generator located on the Tiger Stadium right-field roof 520 feet from home plate, the American League beats the National League, 6 – 4, in All-Star action. All the players who homer – Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew as well as Reggie – will become members of the Hall of Fame. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983.
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. On June 17, 1943, Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin accomplished the feat against the Philadelphia A’s. Expo pinch-hitter Jim Lyttle also adds a homer. Montreal outslugs Atlanta, 11 – 7 in the first game, and the Braves return the favor, 15 – 6, in the second.
The National League emerges victorious in the annual All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium, 7 – 1. George Foster, one of seven Reds position players on the squad, homers, drives in three runs, and is named the game’s MVP. Rookie Mark Fidrych gives up two runs and takes the loss. It is the NL’s 13th win in the last 14 games.
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.
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.
The Orioles defeat the A’s, 2 – 0, on a combined no-hitter by pitchers Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson. It is only the second time in history that four pitchers have combined to throw a no-hitter. On September 28, 1975, Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers turned the trick for Oakland against the California Angels. Milacki is lifted in the 6th after Willie Wilson smashes a ball off the pitcher’s index finger.
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.
The Indians score four runs in the 4th, five runs in the 5th, and six runs in the 6th as they defeat the Twins, 19 – 11. The Tribe counts 12 doubles and 3 home runs among its 22 hits. The 12 doubles tie an American League record set in 1990, and the two teams combine for 18 doubles, a new AL record (the National League mark is 23). OF Rich Becker gets four hits, including a double and two homers, and drives home six runs for Minnesota.
Casey Candaele flies out to left field in his last major league at-bat, ending his nine-year career with the Expos, Astros, and 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.
The Dodgers edge the Angels, 4 – 3, in 10 innings but not before California executes an unusual play. After the Dodgers’ Adrian Beltre triples off the newly-renovated RF fence in the bottom of the 10th, the Angels move LF Darin Erstad to the infield to prevent the run scoring. Erstad, playing at about second base, throws out Kevin Elster for an OF assist. Jim Leyritz then singles in the run.
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 1st 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 5th inning as the much chagrined “Rocket” receives the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award from Bud Selig in recognition of his outstanding 21-year career.
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, and 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.
The World team shuts out the USA in the 2008 Futures Game, as 9 hurlers combine on a three-hitter. It is a poor showing for what is billed as the Olympic trials for the US. Carlos Carrasco gets the win and Shairon Martis the save while Che-Hsuan Lin wins the Larry Doby Award as MVP thanks to his two-run homer in the 3 – 0 victory.
The Cubs tie the National League record with 8 All-Star selections, tying the 1943 Cardinals, 1956 Redlegs and 1960 Pirates. Carlos Marmol is picked to replace injured teammate Kerry Wood, joining Cubbies Ryan Dempster, Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto and Carlos Zambrano.
George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees since 1973, passes away from a heart attack at his home in Tampa, FL. Steinbrenner restored the Yankees to greatness during his ownership, spent lavishly on free agents, fired managers and front office personnel at a sometimes dizzying pace, but saw the team win seven World Series titles. He had relinquished the team’s operations to his son Hal Steinbrenner as his health deteriorated badly in 2008.
The National League wins the 2010 All-Star Game, played at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, 3 – 1, for its first win since 1996. MVP Brian McCann drives in all three runs with a bases-loaded double off Matt Thornton in the 7th. In a year in which pitchers have grabbed most of the headlines, the game is true to form, as pitchers dominate. The American League’s only score comes on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Cano.
C Bryce Harper of the College of Southern Nevada, the top pick in the 2010 amateur draft, wins this year’s Golden Spikes Award as the best collegiate baseball player in the United States. He is only the second player from a junior college to win the award since its creation in 1978, after Alex Fernandez in 1990.
With jury selection complete, both sides make their opening arguments in the trial of Roger Clemens for perjury. It is clear that the central issue will be the credibility of Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee, who has supplied much of the prosecution’s key evidence and will be its star witness. For its part, the defense argues that “Clemens’ only crime was having the poor judgment of staying connected with McNamee”, claiming that none of the allegations are founded and that the physical evidence is the result of tampering.
Chipper Jones ties Mike Schmidt for second place on the all-time list for RBI by a third baseman, knocking in his 1,595th run with a homer in Atlanta’s 7 – 5 win over the Mets. Jones is now one RBI behind George Brett among players who played the majority of their careers at the hot corner. C David Ross filling in for Brian McCann, who is on paternity leave, drives in 4 runs for the Braves, who also benefit from 11 walks issued by New York pitchers.
C Russell Martin guns down Howie Kendrick on a steal attempt at second base to preserve the Yankees’ 6 – 5 win over the Angels to begin the season’s second half. It is the third runner that Martin catches in a steal attempt tonight, and he also drives in the winning run in the 8th. Mark Teixeira drives in the other 5 runs for the Yankees with a pair of homers.
Zack Greinke of the Brewers becomes the first pitcher since Red Faber in 1917 to start three consecutive games for his team, when he faces the Pirates today. Greinke had been ejected after only four pitches on July 7th for spiking the ball into the ground, then started the next day’s game, lasting three innings. The All-Star break then intervened, allowing him to start the Brewers’ first game of the second half, but he pitches only 5 innings with a no-decision. Faber had done so under more demanding circumstances, starting both ends of a doubleheader before pitching a complete game the next day.
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.
P Madison Bumgarner and C Buster Posey both hit grand slams, accounting for all their team’s runs, as the Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 8 – 4. It is the first time that both members of a battery have hit slams in the same game, and for Bumgarner, it is his second of the year, making him only the second pitcher in history to do so – Tony Cloninger had hit two in the same game in 1966.
The U.S. team wins the 2014 Futures Game, 3 – 2, over the World team at Target Field. Although pitchers dominate the game, combining for 18 strikeouts and only two walks, the winner of the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP is DH Joey Gallo, the minor league’s home run leader this season, who hits a two-run homer in the 6th. Javier Baez also hits a two-run homer, for the losing side.
Backstop Buster Posey and southpaw Madison Bumgarner become the first batterymates in major league history to hit grand slams in the same game when they both go deep in the Giants’ 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The left-hander’s four-run round-tripper marks only the second time that a hurler has hit two in a season, a feat also accomplished by Tony Cloninger, who hit both his grand salamis in the same game in 1966.
Todd Frazier wins the annual Home Run Derby in front of a home crowd at Great American Ball Park, edging out rookie Joc Pederson, 15-14, in the final round. For the first time, the competition is staged with a time limit for batters, and Frazier hits the homer that ties him with Pederson with seconds to go before launching the clincher.
As play is about to resume following the All-Star break, the two Chicago teams pull off a rare trade, with the White Sox sending P José Quintana to the Cubs in return for four prospects: P Dylan Cease, OF Eloy Jimenez and IFs Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. In another trade, this one between contenders, the Yankees sent P Tyler Webb to the Brewers in return for 1B Garrett Cooper, in a deal designed to provide some depth at a position where the Yankees have become very thin.
The Pacific League wins 2018 NPB All-Star Game 1, scoring five in the first off comeback kid Daisuke Matsuzaka but blow their 5-0 lead thanks to three Central League homers, before the PL scores twice more for a 7-6 win. Tomoya Mori hits a three-run homer off Matsuzaka and also doubles to win game MVP honors. Naoki Miyanishi gets the win, Hirotoshi Masuithe save and Onelki García the loss.
2004 – Houston hosts the All-Star Game for the third time. Four Astros are named to the National League team and three start but the American League leaves with a 9-4 victory, buoyed by a six-run first inning off Roger Clemens. Jeff Kent and Carlos Beltransingle before the Minute Maid Park crowd while Lance Berkman mans center field . Local fans boo manager Jimy Williams when he is introduced. It will be the last time as he and two coaches are fired the next day. Former Astro infielder Phil Garner is named interim manager.
1962 – Colt .45s ground into five double plays, still a franchise record, during a 4-0 meltdown in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Dick Groat starts three of them. Bob Friend defeats hard-luck Dick Farrell, who is wearing number “13” on Friday the 13th. It’s the 16th loss in the past 18 games for the sinking Colts.