This Day In Baseball July 14
July 14 on This Day In Baseball! Debuts, Milestones, No-Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on This Day In Baseball.
July 14, 1916 – Ernie Koob of the St. Louis Browns went the distance in a 17-inning 0-0 tie with the Boston Red Sox. Carl Mays went the first fifteen innings for the Red Sox and Dutch Leonard finished.
1956 – Mel Parnell of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox for a 4-0 victory at Fenway Park. This would be the first no-hitter for the Sox since 1923 when Howard Ehmke would blank the Philadelphia A’s.
1967 – Eddie Mathews of the Astros hit his 500th home run off San Francisco’s Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park. Houston beat the Giants 8-6. Matthews would become only the 7th member of the 500 Club.
Hammerin’ Hank Aaron collected his 500th home run off Mike McCormick on July 14th 1968 as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2. As Curt Simmons would say “Trying to throw a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster”.
On July 14th 1970 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds scored on Jim Hickman’s 12th-inning single after bowling over Cleveland’s Ray Fosse at home plate to give the National League a 5-4 victory over the American League at Riverfront Stadium. The collision is often blamed for Fosse’s shortened career, but the following year Fosse was again an All Star Catcher and also won a Gold Glove.
Events for July 14
The Buffalo Bisons were in Cleveland playing the Blues when in the bottom of the first the Sam Moffet, led off for Cleveland. He doubled, but he was the number eight hitter on the official lineup card. He was declared out. Under today’s rules, the correct lead off hitter, Bill Phillips, would have been called out.
At Robison Field, the New York Giants clip the St. Louis Cardinals, 5 – 1 and 4 – 0, with the help of two additions to the lineup. Cy Seymour, last year’s near Triple Crown winner, is a new addition from the Cincinnati Reds for $12,000. Seymour was with the Giants from 1896to 1900 as a pitcher and outfielder, and in 1905 led the National League in batting, RBIs, slugging percentage, and was 2nd in homers (8). Cy has four hits for the Giants today. The other addition is Spike Shannon, who moves over from the Cardinal dugout in exchange for Sam Mertesand Doc Marshall. Spike has three hits and two runs in the opener. Christy Mathewson wins the nitecap, shutting out the Birds on six hits.
Chicago White Sox P Red Faber steals three bases in the 4th inning against the Philadelphia A’s. With the White Sox leading 4 – 2 in the 4th and rain threatening, the A’s try to delay the game. Joe Bush purposely hits Faber with a pitch, and Faber, trying to speed up the game, tries to get thrown out by stealing. Little effort is made to retire him, and he scores Chicago’s 5th run. His “steal” of home turns out to be the winning run, as rain never materializes, and Chicago wins, 6 – 4.
At Navin Field in Detroit, MI, in an effort to keep the consecutive game streak intact, the Yankees have lumbago-stricken Lou Gehrig bat lead-off and list him as the shortstop in the lineup. After singling in the first inning, the “Iron Horse” leaves the game without fielding as the Detroit Tigers pound out 11 doubles to edge the Yankees, 12 – 11.
Player-manager Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians hits four doubles and one home run, but Ted Williams wallops three homers and drives in eight runs, as the Boston Red Sox top the Tribe, 11 – 10. In the Sox’s second-game win, the famous Boudreau Shift is born. Boudreau shifts all his players, except the 3B and LF, to the right side of the diamond in an effort to stop Williams. Ted grounds out and walks twice while ignoring the shift.
The Waterbury Timers of the Colonial League have a franchise but no players when the 12-man squad is fired after refusing to board the team bus for two scheduled games at Kingston, NY. Strike issues are several: the players claim that the team bus is unsafe; the bus is scheduled to bring them home after the first game and return for the second rather than lay over; six players claim that the club reneged on the promise of a pay raise if they were still on the roster on June 2. The league will disband on July 16.
Boston Red Sox lefty Mel Parnell pitches a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, winning 4 – 0. It is only Parnell’s third win against two losses and is the sixth straight loss for second-place Chicago. The no-hitter is the first for the Red Sox since 1923. Parnell will go 4-4 before a torn muscle in his pitching arm ends his career as the Red Sox’s winningest southpaw.
Roberto Clemente erases a 4 – 1 deficit with his two-out, 8th-inning, game-winning grand slam, hit “high and far into the black night, over the 410-foot sign in center-field,” according to Bob Stevens of the San Francisco Chronicle. UPI’s Scott Baillie elaborates, describing “a ball that took off low and gathered altitude like a jet as Willie Mays vainly scaled the left center field fence.” The Bucs tack on one more to beat the Giants by a final score of 6 – 4. The Chronicle’s Phil Berman collars Clemente for some post-game comments: “‘I was looking for an inside pitch,’ said Clemente. ‘I don’t know whether it was a fastball or not, but it came in a little inside and I was ready for it. I know it went out of here fast,’ he grinned. Although Clemente’s drive clears the centerfield fence like a shot, the Pirate outfielder recalls it is not the hardest ball he has hit here. ‘Last year I hit one harder to the left field bleachers (May 6, 1960). That was a high fly ball. But this was a line drive. And I liked this hit better because it won the game.'”
The Cubs overcome making five errors in the top of the third inning and beat the Mets, 4-2. The Chicago miscues, that include shortstop Andre Rodgers and catcher Dick Bertell each committing two and first baseman Ernie Banks contributing to the total by dropping a pop fly, account for all of New York’s scoring in the Wrigley Field contest.
In front of 57,011 on bat day at Shea Stadium, the Philadelphia Phillies take two to stretch their win streak to 6. Rick Wise wins, 5 – 3, and Grant Jackson fans 13 to win, 9 – 2, in his first complete game ever. Richie Allen knocks in three runs in each game with a pair of homers. John Briggs belts a pair in the nitecap.
Houston Astros Don Wilson fans 18 batters in a 6 – 1 win at Cincinnati, tying the major-league record set by Bob Feller. Wilson (6-11) fans Johnny Bench to end the game. He also ties the major-league record with eight strikeouts in a row, striking out the side in the first three innings; a one-out walk to Alex Johnson in the 1st is the only interruption. Wilson also fans the side in the 5th. The Astros win the opener, 5 – 4.
At Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs top the New York Mets, 1 – 0, to give Bill Hands (11-7) the win over Tom Seaver (14-4). Billy Williams singles home the winner, boosting the Cubs lead to 5 1/2 games. After the last out, Ron Santo jumps up and clicks his heels, igniting a roar from the crowd. The Mets think it’s bush.
The Minnesota Twins cap a 3-run rally in the 9th, scoring the winning run when Harmon Killebrew draws a bases-loaded walk from Boston Red Sox reliever Don Newhauser. Boston wins, 7 – 6. Minnesota is helped by Juan Beniquez’s second straight three-error game, a record for American League shortstops. John Kennedy will take over the SS job, while Beniquez will play the rest of his major league career mostly in the outfield and at 1B.
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates split a doubleheader marked by a free-for-all which is later credited with inspiring Pittsburgh and turning its season around. The fight starts after a 4th inning beanball when Jack Billingham plunks pitcher Bruce Kison, bringing both teams onto the field. When Sparky Anderson accidentally steps on Ed Kirkpatrick’s foot, the Buc catcher shoves the Reds manager, earning him a punch from the Reds’ Andy Kosco. Pedro Borbon pins Daryl Patterson, pulling his hair out and a piece of flesh.
Pitcher Kip Gross loses two games, in two different leagues, 1,100 miles apart. The Cincinnati Reds hurler takes the loss in the Reds’ 10 – 6 defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and also becomes the loser of a game played by the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. It is the completion of a game in Denver which had been suspended by rain back on May 15.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. homers off Chicago Cubs hurler Greg Maddux, making it the first time in history a father and a son have hit All-Star home runs. His dad hit one off the New York Yankees’ Tommy John in the 1980 All-Star Game. The American League pounds out a record 19 hits in defeating the National League by a score of 13 – 6 in the 1992 All-Star Game. It’s the AL’s 5th straight win. Griffey Jr., who strokes a single, double, and home run, is named the game’s MVP, 12 years after his dad wons the same honor.
The American League defeats the National League, 9 – 3, in the 1993 All-Star Game. Kirby Puckett, Roberto Alomar, and Gary Sheffield hit home runs, while the win goes to Jack McDowell. Craig Biggio is at 2B for the NL: last year, he was on the team as a catcher, the first player ever to make it at those two positions. A highlight of the game is Randy Johnson firing a 95-MPH fastball over John Kruk’s head. Kruk bails out on the next two pitches, saying afterwards: “he’s going to kill somebody.”
In Cincinnati, Reggie Sanders hits two homers and P Dave Burba launches his first major league home run as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7 – 6. The Reds get the deciding runs in the 7th with Sanders’ second home run and Eduardo Perez, son of Reds star Tony Perez, hits his first major league homer, off Steve Parris.
At Fenway Park, Wil Cordero, homers as the Boston Red Sox collect a season-high 21 hits to rout the Detroit Tigers, 18 – 4. Cordero is cheered after hitting a two-run homer in the 7th. Cordero, accused of assaulting his wife on June 11, has been booed on each of his previous 14 at-bats since he ended 11 games on the sidelines with a pinch-hit appearance last Thursday.
A report presented to owners, “The Commissioner’s Initiative: Women and Baseball”, finds women make up 46% of the average crowd at a big league game and urges major league franchises to make more of an effort to market to women patrons. According to the same report, 43% of women could not name a player on their home team’s roster.
Major League owners decide to return to playing an unbalanced schedule (teams play more games against teams in their own division) rather than the presently-used balanced schedule in which they play approximately the same number of games against all teams within the league. The American League has used a balanced schedule since 1977 and the National League started in 1993.
John Olerud has a game-tying double disallowed in the top of the sixth inning when first base umpire Jim Wolf had called time before the pitch because a baseball had come out into fair territory from the visitors’ bullpen. The Mariner first baseman’s disappointment is short-lived after he hits Brian Meadow’s 1-0 pitch for a three-run homer, giving Seattle a 4-2 lead in their eventual victory over the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium.
A report presented to owners, The Commissioner’s Initiative: Women and Baseball, finds women make up 46 percent of the average crowd at a big league game and urges major league franchises to make more of an effort to market to women patrons. According to the same study, forty-three percent of women could not name a player on their home team’s roster.
Bobby Valentine wins his 1,000th career game as a manager when Glendon Rusch and closer Armando Benitez combine to throw a one-hitter in the Mets’ 2-0 victory over the Red Sox. Trot Nixon’s first inning bunt single, a result of the New York starter’s inability to cover first base, is Boston’s only hit in the Shea Stadium contest.
Nelson Barrera, the Mexican League’s career home run and RBI leader, is electrocuted trying to free metal roofing from high-tension wires. The 44-year old “Admiral”, who hit 455 home runs during his 26-year Mexican Baseball League tenure, had hoped to continue playing so that he could hold the career Triple Crown by also reaching the career hit record.
Nelson Barrera, Mexico’s career home run and RBI leader, is electrocuted trying to free metal roofing from high-tension wires. The 44 year-old ‘Admiral’, who hit 455 home runs during his 26-year Mexican Baseball League tenure, had hoped to continue playing so that he could hold the career Triple Crown by also reaching the career hit record.
Houston fires Jimy Williams and names Phil Garner, a former Astro, as the interim manager through the rest of the season. The 60-year-old former skipper, who had a .515 (215-197) winning percentage in his two years at the helm, including this season’s 44-44 record, was roundly booed by hometown Minute Maid Park fans at yesterday’s All-Star Game.
Houston fires Jimy Williams and names Phil Garner, a former Astro, as the interim manager through the rest of the season. The 60 year-old former skipper, who had a .515 (215-197) winning percentage in his three years at the helm, including this season’s 44-44 record, was roundly booed by the hometown Minute Maid Park crowd at yesterday’s All-Star Game.
The first-known baseball card, which is part of a children’s educational game, illustrates several boys playing together in a field as one pitches a ball to another holding a bat, makes its public debut at the Smithsonian Institution. The historic card, which was discovered in an attic in Maine, dates to the early 19th century and predates other known cards by several decades.
The first-known baseball card, which is part of a children’s educational game, illustrating several boys playing together in a field as one pitches a ball to another holding a bat, makes its public debut at the Smithsonian Institution. The discovery of the historic card, discovered in a Maine attic, dates back to the early 19th century, predating other known cards by several decades.
A rarity in any professional game occurs when both teams have to use position players on the mound. In the second game of a doubleheader, the Tulsa Drillers bring in catcher Brian Esposito (who has pitched briefly in the minors) in the 10th inning, their 6th hurler of the game. The Springfield Cardinals counter with Matt Pagnozzi, another backstop, an inning later. After 3 scoreless innings, Pagnozzi allows 4 runs in the 13th, while Esposito goes 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the 7 – 3 win.
The American League runs its unbeaten streak to 13 games (12 wins and a tie) by defeating the National League, 4 – 3, in the 80th All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The win enables the AL to finish the 2000s without losing any All-Star Game (9-0-1) in the decade, the first time either league has ever accomplished this feat. Carl Crawford of the Rays earns MVP honors by climbing over the left field fence to deprive Brad Hawpe of a home run in the 7th inning.
Barack Obama, clad in his White Sox jacket, becomes the first Commander-in-Chief to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Midsummer Classic since Gerald Ford tossed the ball at the beginning of the 1976 contest. After warming up in the White House Rose Garden prior to arriving at Busch Stadium, the 44th president’s pitch barely reaches the plate, but doesn’t bounce, thanks to the efforts of Cardinals’ hometown hero Albert Pujols, who moves up from home and reaches out to scoop the low throw.
The Blue Jays and Braves trade shortstops, with Alex Gonzalez going from Toronto to Atlanta along with minor leaguers Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky, in return for Yunel Escobarand pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. Escobar is hitting .238 with little power for the first-place Braves, while Gonzalez has shown unexpected pop with the Jays, hitting .259 with 17 homers and 50 RBI.
The AAA All-Star Game is held in Allentown, PA, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The International League All-Stars defeat their rivals from the Pacific Coast League, 2 – 1, in front of 10,000 fans. The IL scores all of its runs off loser Josh Banks in the 6th, on doubles by Chris Valaika and Chase Lambin and a single by Elliot Johnson. Anthony Slama is the winner and Jonathan Albaladejo picks up the save.
The Marlins explode for 6 runs in the 9th inning in Wrigley Field to beat the Cubs, 6 – 3, for their sixth straight win. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs hits a bases-clearing double off closer Carlos Marmol to put his team on the scoreboard after they enter the 9th trailing, 2 – 0. The Marlins send 11 batters to the plate in their last turn at bat, negating a solid outing by Cubs starter Matt Garza, who throws seven scoreless innings. After blowing another 9th-inning lead tomorrow, Marmol will be relieved of the closer’s job.
The Blue Jays open the second half with a bang, scoring 8 runs in the 1st inning of their game against the Yankees, chasing Bartolo Colon after two-thirds of an inning. 3B Eduardo Nunez, filling in for Alex Rodriguez who underwent a knee operation during the All-Star break, commits a costly error that leads to 5 of the runs. The Yankees then close to within 9 – 7, but the Jays victimize the back end of their bullpen in the late innings to end up with an emphatic 16 – 7 win. The 16 runs and 20 hits are season bests for the Jays. Andruw Jones hits two homers in a losing cause, and SS Derek Jeter and DH Jorge Posada appear together in a game for the 1660th time, the all-time record for the Bronx Bombers, beating out Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri. The Jays get a scare when All-Star Jose Bautista has to leave the game in the 4th inning with a twisted ankle, but the injury will turn out to be minor.
Reggie Walton, the presiding judge in the Roger Clemens perjury case, declares a mistrial due to evidence revealed to the jury he believed would be prejudicial against the former major league right-hander. During the brief two days of the proceedings, the U.S. District Judge had scolded prosecutors twice during the trial for violating his orders not to reveal certain evidence to the jury, saying their non-compliance could put the whole case in jeopardy.
Taylor Teagarden is the hero in his first game for the Orioles this season, after spending the first half on the disabled list. Entering the game as a substitute in the 10th, he hits a walk-offtwo-run homer off Joaquin Benoit in the 13th inning for an 8 – 6 win over the Tigers; J.J. Hardy had earlier tied the score with a solo shot off Benoit, negating Quintin Berry’s two-out RBI single in the top of the inning. The Orioles had already come back from a 5 – 4 deficit in the 11th, rallying against closer Jose Valverde. Nick Markakis hits three doubles for the O’s.
There’s another wild finish in Los Angeles, as the Padres are one out away from losing, 6 – 5, but have Everth Cabrera on third base and Will Venable on second. Cabrera takes advantage of P Kenley Jansen having his back turned to steal home, and when Jansen notices, he throws over catcher A.J. Ellis’s head, allowing Venable to score as well. Huston Street then sets down the Dodgers in the bottom of the inning for the save. It’s not all bad for L.A., though, as OFs Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, both just off the disabled list, have three hits each.
The United States team defeats the World team, 4 – 2, in the 2013 Futures Game. Matt Davidson hits a two-run homer in the 4th to win the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP. Arismendy Alcantara hits a solo homer for the World, while Jesse Biddle is the winner by pitching 1 1/3 innings, the most of any of the 18 pitchers in the game.
Chris Davis ties Reggie Jackson’s 1969 American League record for home runs before the All-Star break when he hits his 37th round-tripper, the best in the majors, in the Orioles’ 7-4 victory against Toronto at Camden Yards. The Baltimore first baseman ends the first half with home runs in his last four games, the same way he started the season.
Yoenis Cespedes successfully defends his title as Home Run Derby champion in the annual event held before the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. Cespedes defeats Todd Frazier in the final round, 9 long balls to 1, having hit 28 overall. Ken Griffey Jr. was the only other repeat winner in the event, winning in 1998 and 1999.
In a AA game featuring the Corpus Christi Hooks and Midland RockHounds, a fan tries to exact revenge on Hounds pitcher Blake Hassebrock after he plunks Hooks batter Telvin Nashwith a pitch. The fan rushes the mound and rears back to punch at Hasselbrock when 3B Dusty Coleman rushes in to tackle the intruder to the ground. The fan is arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and threatening assault.
Mike Trout leads the American League to a 6 – 3 win in the 2015 All-Star Game by starting off the game with a homer against Zack Greinke, then scores the go-ahead run in the 5th to earn MVP honors for the second straight year. David Price is the winner over Clayton Kershaw, and Andrew McCutchen and Brian Dozier also homer.
Before its 86th All-Star Game, MLB announces the selection of Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays as the sport’s greatest living players. MLB also reveals the fans’ choices of the “Franchise Four” for each organization, unveiling the four most impactful players who best represented the history of each franchise that included honoring the hometown Reds with Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan, along with Pete Rose, who received a loud ovation from the Cincinnati fans, being introduced before the start of the Great American Ball Park contest.
The Red Sox put an end to a disastrous episode when they designate 3B Pablo Sandoval for assignment. Signed to a $95 million five-year contract before the 2015 season, he played only 161 games over two and a half seasons, with little production. Boston’s decision leaves them on the hook for over $48 million, the second largest buy-out in major league history.
The Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny just before the All-Star break, following a loss to the Reds that put them just one game above .500. Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller are also let go, while bench coach Mike Shildt is named interim manager, with a permanent replacement expected to be named when play resumes after the Mid-Summer Classic in a few days.
For the second straight year, the Pacific League sweeps the 2018 NPB All-Star Games. They take this one, 5-1. Sosuke Genda breaks a scoreless tie in the 5th when he doubles off Yuta Iwasada to score Nobuhiro Matsuda; Takuya Kai then singles in Game MVP Genda. Andrew Albers gets the win, retiring six of seven batters he faces.
1978 – Ken Forsch wins a pair of extra-inning contests against the Expos. Jose Cruz singles home the winning run in the 13th for a 4-3 victory in the opener after Reggie Baldwin tied it with a two-out single in the ninth. In the nightcap, Jesus Alou draws a bases-loaded walk for the game-winner in a 5-4, ten-inning triumph.
1974 – Bob Gallagher drives in Milt May in the bottom of the 12th for a 7-6 win over the Cubs. It rains indoors! Workers forget to replace some tiles in the Astrodome roof and an evening downpour creates puddles in right and center fields while showering a few lucky outfield ticket-holders who are handed plastic trash bags for shelter.
1968- Don Wilson whiffs Johnny Bench for his 18th strikeout to tie, what was then, the major-league record held by Bob Feller and Sandy Koufax . It is part of a rain-soaked 6-1 nightcap that completes a doubleheader sweep in Cincinnati. Ron Brand scored Denis Menke for a 5-4, ten-inning victory in the opener.
1967 – Eddie Mathews rips a three-run homer off Juan Marichal, the 500th of his major league career . It helps the Astros topple the Giants, 8-6. Mathews had a similar chance two innings before when a mouse dashed from the Candlestick grandstands and scurried until Willie Mays shooed it under the outfield fence. Mathews fanned but Norm Miller followed with a three-run shot. Dave Giusti picks up the win and gets the game-winning hit.