This Day In Baseball July 15
Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on July 15 This Day In Baseball.
On July 15, 1951, the New York Yankees demote struggling rookie Mickey Mantle to their Kansas City farm team in the American Association. Mantle will return to the Yankees in August and finish his first major league season with 13 home runs and 65 RBIs. On July 15, 1967, St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson suffers a broken leg when he is struck by a line drive hit by another future Hall of Famer, Roberto Clemente. Incredibly, Gibson pitches to two more batters before leaving the game. Gibson was sidelined until Labor day. He would come back and would win 3 games in the World Series against the Red Sox.
On July 15, 1973, Before 41,411 in Detroit, California Angels ace Nolan Ryan hurls his second no-hitter of the season in taming the Detroit Tigers, 6 – 0. Ryan fans 17 batters, the most ever in a 9-inning no-hitter, including eight straight, but only one over the last two innings. Nolan’s arm stiffens while watching his team rally for five runs in the top of the 8th. With two outs in the 9th, Norm Cash, who had struck out his three other times at bat, comes to bat wielding a piano leg. Umpire Ron Luciano points out the illegality and Cash then pops out using a regulation bat. Ryan’s eight strikeouts in a row ties the American League record he set last year.
On July 15, 1990, Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals hits home runs in three consecutive at-bats before separating his shoulder trying to make a diving catch against Deion Sanders of the New York Yankees. Jackson’s power surge helps the Royals to a 10-7 victory, but the two-sport star will miss the next six weeks.
On July 15, 1994 – In the first inning at Comiskey Park, Chicago White Sox manager Gene Lamont accuses Cleveland Indians slugger Albert Belle of using a corked bat, and umpire Dave Phillips confiscates the bat and stores it in the umps’ dressing room. In a Mission Impossible caper revealed in 1999, the Indians’ Jason Grimsley crawls 100 feet along a ceiling, drops down into the dressing room, and exchanges Belle’s bat for one of Paul Sorrento’s. After the 3 – 2 Indians win, the switch is discovered to the consternation of the umps and the White Sox. The Indians subsequently turn over one of Belle’s bats and Belle is given a 10-day suspension, later reduced to seven games.
Events for July 15
In the minor league American League, Detroit Tigers manager George Stallings, afraid that his home crowd would injure umpire Joe Cantillon after the previous day’s hostilities, refuses to let him work, and is ready to forfeit today’s game to the Cleveland Lake Shores. But Lake Shores manager Jimmy McAleer agrees to play using reserve player Sport McAllister as the ump, and Detroit wins, 6 – 1.
In a showdown game at Pittsburgh, the New York Giants score three runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3 – 2 lead, but the Bucs tie it up against Christy Mathewson. No runs are scored again till the 14th when New York scores three off Ed Doheny to give Matty his 6th win of the year over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Matty strikes out 11 and scatters 10 hits.
In New York, the Giants open a four-game series against the 2nd-place Pittsburgh Pirates by staking Joe McGinnity to a 6 – 0 lead. But the Bucs score two in the 6th and five runs in the 7th inning before Iron Joe is lifted. Christy Mathewson shuts out Pittsburgh over the last 2 2/3 inning and the Giants score a deuce in the 9th on a two-run homer by George Browne. Browne is carried off the field by the ecstatic fans after the 8 – 7 win. Pittsburgh takes the nitecap, 3 – 0, behind Deacon Phillippe’s four-hitter. Honus Wagner secures the victory with a two-run homer onto the elevated tracks in the 8th inning.
The Cincinnati Reds swap Fred Beck, last year’s co-leader in homers in the National League, to the Philadelphia Phillies, and include Bill Burns with him. The Phils send Bert Humphries to the Reds. Beck was acquired from the Boston Rustlers in March, but hit just .184 for Cincy. He was the second Brave in four years to lead the NL in homers and then get shipped to the Reds in the off-season. The other, Dave Brain, lasted just 16 games with the Reds in 1908.
The Boston Red Sox play their fourth doubleheader in six days, losing the opener, 2 – 1, to the St. Louis Browns. Tilly Walker’s RBI double in the 8th gives Boston its first score in 28 innings. Boston breaks out in the second game, pounding four Brownie pitchers for 18 hits to win, 17 – 4. Babe Ruth picks up the win, leaving after six innings.
In the second game of a doubleheader, Satchel Paige pitches the first no-hitter in Greenlee Field as the Pittsburgh Crawfords defeat the New York Black Yankees, 6 – 0. Three Hall of Famers support Paige: Oscar Charleston at first base, Judy Johnson at third, and Josh Gibson in left field. Ted Radcliffe, who pitched in the first game, is behind the plate for Paige’s gem.
After an absence of several weeks, manager Mickey Cochrane rejoins the Detroit Tigers in New York, as they split a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Tigers take the opener, 5 – 1, then lose, 7 – 4, as New York maintains its 9-game lead. Cochrane will suffer a relapse and coach Del Baker will take over on the 21st.
At Pittsburgh, the New York Giants lose the opener, 5 – 4, when reliever Carl Hubbell walks in the winning run. With the loss, the Giants are 11 games in back of the leading Chicago Cubs. New York rebounds in the second game, winning, 14 – 4, behind Bill Terry. Terry, playing on an injured knee, collects a single, double and triple. The Giants will win 39 of their next 47 games.
A disputed call on a fly ball down the LF foul line at the Polo Grounds touches off a melee in which New York Giants Billy Jurges and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other. Both will be fined $150 and suspended for 10 days. National League President Ford Frick announces that two-foot screens are to be installed inside all foul poles to prevent future arguments. The American League will eventually also adopt the rule. The Giants lose, 8 – 4, to the Cincinnati Reds, and will add another eight in a row to take them out of contention.
The Boston Braves stop the host Chicago Cubs, 2 – 1, behind Johnny Sain, then battle to a 1 – 1 tie in 13 innings in the nitecap. Alvin Dark’s hitting streak of 23 games is stopped in the opener, but he has two hits and scores the run in the second game. Bob Rush pitches all 13 innings for the Bruins.
Philadelphia Athletics lefty Sam Zoldak pitches a one-hitter against the Chicago White Sox, winning, 5 – 0, in the second game of a doubleheader. Chico Carrasquel has the lone safety, a dribbler between SS and 3B. Zoldak also drives in 2 runs. Bob Hooper is the winner for the A’s in the first game, helping the cause with a three-run homer. The A’s lose Ferris Fainwhen he grounds out in the opener and, in disgust, kicks first base, breaking his foot. Fain is leading the American League with a .337 average. He’ll return on August 21st.
Walt Dropo continues his streak in the opening game of a doubleheader, going 4 for 4 against the Washington Senators’ Walt Masterson. In the second game, he gets 3 hits in his first 3 at bats to run his streak to 12 straight hits. He goes 4 for 5 with 5 RBI, but Washington wins both games, 8 – 2 and 9 – 8.
Trailing in their final turn at bat by six runs, Eddie Joost’s walk-off grand slam off of Satchel Paige gives the A’s a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Browns at Shibe Park. ‘Old Satch,’ who yielded a game-ending bases full round-tripper to Sammy White two weeks ago at Fenway Park, becomes the first hurler in major league history to give up two walk-off grand slams in the same season.
Home plate umpire Frank Dascoli stops play for 24 minutes when Willie McCovey hits a pitch into shallow left field that no one can see because of the dense fog. The Giants first baseman’s second inning ‘invisible triple’ doesn’t deter the Dodgers when they go on to win the Candlestick Park contest, 5-3.
In the seventh inning of the nightcap of a twin bill split with the Pirates at Forbes Field, Cardinal left fielder Stan Musial establishes a new National League record with his 10,428th time at bat. ‘Stan the Man’ who will finish his 22-year career with 10,972 plate appearances, surpasses Honus Wagner’s mark set in 1917. ( Upon further research, the Flying Dutchman gains two additional at-bats.)
Cardinals’ pitcher Bob Gibson’s right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive during a 6-3 loss to the Pirates. The injury will sideline the Redbird right-hander until Labor Day, but he will recover well enough to allow only three earned runs in three complete World Series game victories over the Red Sox.
The New York Mets rough up Fergie Jenkins for three home runs, including Al Weis’s second in two days, to beat the Chicago Cubs, 9 – 5. The Cubs now lead New York by 3 1/2 games. At the end of the game Tom Seaver jumps out of the dugout and clicks his heels several times, mocking Ron Santo’s gesture of the day before. The Mets will win tomorrow as well.
With President Richard Nixon attending his fifth game of the season, the Washington Senators beat the Detroit Tigers again, 7 – 3. The Tigers pull off the first triple play of the year when Ed Brinkman grounds to 3B Don Wert. Tim Cullen, hitting .206, drives in four runs with a single, double and home run.
In the Braves’ first game after the All-Star break, Hank Aaron goes deep off Clay Carroll in the fifth inning of the team’s 9-8 comeback victory over Cincinnati at Crosley Field. The round-tripper, the 534th home run of his career, moves the ‘Hammer’ into fourth place on the all-time list, ahead of Jimmie Foxx and only two behind Mickey Mantle.
Before 41,411 in Detroit, California Angels ace Nolan Ryan hurls his second no-hitter of the season in taming the Detroit Tigers, 6 – 0. Ryan fans 17 batters, the most ever in a 9-inning no-hitter, including eight straight, but only one over the last two innings. Nolan’s arm stiffens while watching his team rally for five runs in the top of the 8th. With two outs in the 9th, Norm Cash, who struck out his three other times at bat, comes to bat wielding a piano leg. Umpire Ron Luciano points out the illegality and Cash then pops out using a regulation bat. Ryan’s eight strikeouts in a row ties the American League record he set last year.
After being confiscated in the first inning of the Indians-White Sox contest at Comiskey Park, Albert Belle’s bat, suspected of being corked, is placed in umpire Dave Phillips’ locker for further examination. The theft of the questionable piece of lumber, taken and replaced by a burglar who gains access to the umpire’s room by squirming through an overhead crawl space, a thievery Jason Grimsley confesses to five years later, is immediately discovered when pieces of ceiling tile litter the floor, and the name on the ‘clean’ bat now reads, Paul Sorrento.
Cal Ripken is shifted to 3B after playing 2,216 consecutive games at SS for the Baltimore Orioles, but his consecutive game streak remains intact at 2,243 games. Baltimore defeats the Toronto Blue Jays, 8 – 6. Ripken’s replacement at short, Manny Alexander, will manage just a broken-bat single in 18 at bats and after six games at 3B, Cal will return to shortstop.
Despite a sluggish performance, Hideki Irabu wins his second major league start, leading the New York Yankees over the Cleveland Indians, 12 – 6. Irabu gives up five runs and nine hits in five innings, allowing homers to Tony Fernandez, Marquis Grissom, and Matt Williams. Cecil Fielder, the Yank’s 270-pound DH, tries to score from first on a double and his head-first slide results in a broken right thumb. Fielder will miss eight weeks.
Visiting San Francisco scores 13 runs in the 7th inning – the most in the National League since the Dodgers scored 15 in the 1st inning against the Reds in 1952 – to coast to a 16 – 2 win over the Padres. The Giants send 19 men to the plate in the 7th and face 80 pitches in the 52-minute inning. They score seven runs before J.T. Snow grounds out for the first out. Five Giants score two runs each, including starting pitcher Kirk Rueter (6-4). The only player not to score is Snow, who Ks with the bases loaded for the second out.
The Athletics defeat the Giants, 11 – 9, in a game in which San Francisco OF Barry Bonds sets an all-time major league record by receiving his 294th intentional walk. Henry Aaron held the previous mark. It is possible someone such as Babe Ruth drew more intentional walks in the years before the statistic was tracked.
For the first time in franchise history, the Mariners play a home game outdoors. Under an open retractable roof, Seattle’s debut at the $517.6 million Safeco Field becomes forgettable as closer Jose Mesa squanders a 9th-inning lead by walking four batters, resulting in a 3 – 2 defeat to the Padres. A crowd of 44,607 is on hand.
For the first time in the franchise history, the Mariners play a home game outdoors. Under an open retractable roof, Seattle’s debut at the $517.6 million Safeco Field becomes forgettable as closer Jose Mesa squanders a ninth-inning lead by walking four batters, resulting in a 3-2 defeat to the Padres.
The American Tobacco Company’s near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction. The high bidder will pay $1.265 million including a 15 percent buyer’s premium for the 91-year-old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop. Other high-priced items in the auction include a baseball autographed by the entire 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” team, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as the umpires who worked the final game of the 1919 World Series, which sells for $93,666, including a 15 percent buyer’s premium. The ball’s value, believed to be the most for such an item, is unusually high because the autographs include that of Jackson, who was considered illiterate and usually only signed legal documents. A ball signed by the 1919 Reds goes for $11,208, while a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth sells for $76,020. A contract from Jackson’s sale of his Chicagopool hall to teammate Lefty Williams, sells for $36,098; the contract, dated October 6, 1921, is for just $1.
Behind Mike Piazza’s three hits and three RBIs, the Mets win, 5 – 2, over Toronto as both teams celebrate Negro League Tribute Day by wearing old Negro League uniforms. The Mets wear that of the NY Cubans, 1947 Negro National League champs, while the Blue Jays are in the uniforms of the Chatham All-Stars. In Pittsburgh, the Pirates wear the Homestead Grays’ treads and the Royals wear Monarchs uniforms.
Umpires file a grievance against Major League Baseball, saying the commissioner’s office is pressuring them to call more strikes by keeping track of total pitch counts. As part of these efforts, cameras were installed over the weekend, July 13th and 14th, at Shea Stadium to track each pitch. Fenway Park and Shea are the only parks with the tracking system, which is similar to that used on FOX’s broadcasts, but major league officials hope to have four more by September.
The battle of two first-place teams draws 59,470 at Philadelphia as the Yanks lose a sloppy game to the Phils, 9 – 3. In the 5th, Jimmy Rollins takes second base on a passed ball, then swipes third for his 26th straight successful steal. Jorge Posada has three passed balls and should have been charged with a fourth, while Derek Jeter makes a critical error. Posada will lead the majors in PBs this year with 18.
At the All-Star Game played in Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, Angels outfielder Garret Anderson goes 3-for-4, including a two-run homer and a double, helping the American League to beat the NL, 7-6. Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock hits a go-ahead two-run homer off the usually untouchable reliever of the Dodgers, Eric Gagne.
At Miller Park, Mike Stanton’s first appearance in a Washington Nationals uniform is a memorable one as the southpaw balks home the winning run. Chris Magruder scores from third base in the bottom of the 10th, giving the Brewers a 4 – 3 victory thanks to the call made by first base umpire Paul Schreiber.
With an RBI double off Joel Pineiro at Safeco Field, Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 26th player to collect 3,000 career hits. The Orioles first baseman joins Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Eddie Murray as one of only four major leaguers to record 3,000 hits and 500 home runs during their career. Within the next couple of weeks, Palmeiro will test positive for steroid use, greatly tarnishing his accomplishments.
Mike Stanton’s first appearance since being waived by the Yankees is a memorable one for the Nationals when the southpaw balks home the winning run without throwing a pitch, giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory at Miller Park. Chris Magruder scores the winning run from third base in the bottom of the tenth, thanks to the call made by first base ump Paul Schrieber, who saw the lefty step toward home plate as he threw over to first in an attempt to pick off Rickie Weeks.
The Philadelphia Phillies lose the 10,000th game in franchise history, against 8,810 wins. They are the first professional sports club to reach that level, 319 games ahead of the Braves. Adam Eaton takes this defeat, in which the Cardinals smack six homers, two by Albert Pujols. Adam Wainwright gets the win.
The American League defeats the National League, 4 – 3, in 15 innings at the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. It is the first extra-inning win ever for the AL after seven losses and one tie. The two teams combine for a record 7 steals, six of them by the American League. The game goes 4 hours and 50 minutes, also a record.
Lou Gehrig’s wool warm-up jacket, given to Marion and Ray Parker in 1941, friends of the Yankee first baseman and his wife Eleanor, is won with a $325,000 bid at the Hunt Auctions site at the All-Star FanFest at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The heavy team jacket, most likely, is the one he wore to bring out the Yankee lineup card at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium in 1939, on the day his streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended.
In the longest amount in time needed to complete an All-Star Game, Rangers shortstop Michael Young’s sac fly plates Justin Morneau of the Twins to end the four-hour and fifty-minute marathon. The record-tying 15-inning contest gives the American League its 11th consecutive victory when the Junior Circuit beats the National League, 4-3.
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez, who last pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, signs a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander, who has been slowed by injuries the past three seasons, will first head to the disabled list and is not expected to play for another three weeks.
The White Sox’s hot streak has not been affected by the three-day layoff, as they beat one of their chief rivals in the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins, 8 – 7. John Danks gives up 6 runs with 2 outs in the 2nd inning, but the Sox grind back into the lead. J.J. Putz makes his 23rd straight scoreless appearance in relief in the Pale Hose’s 9th straight win.
The Braves defeat Washington, 11 – 1, behind the pitching of Tim Hudson, to claim the 10,000th win in franchise history, dating back to the 1876 Boston Red Caps. They are the third team to reach the milestone, following the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Martin Prado hits a three-run homer in his first game since June 9th.
Ben Sheets makes a successful return to the big leagues, a few days short of two years since his last game before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He keeps the Mets scoreless over 6 innings as the Braves win, 6 – 1. The game features the ejection of Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who starts arguing with home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor during a 6th-inning mound visit; the Braves score all their runs in that inning, highlighted by Freddie Freeman’s three-run homer off Johan Santana.
An incident over pine tar marks Washington’s 4 – 0 win over Miami at Marlins Park. Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen objects to the amount of the black substance on rookie Bryce Harper’s bat in the 1st inning, complaining to umpire Marty Foster, who asks Harper to use another weapon next time. When Harper comes back to the plate in the 4th, he mockingly points his bat at Guillen, who explodes with a string of shouts in his direction. After the game, the fiery skipper explains that he found Harper’s gesture disrespectful and unprofessional.
NL manager Bruce Bochy names Matt Harvey as the National League’s starter. The 24 year-old rookie right-hander, who becomes the first Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden got the nod in 1988, will be the sixth hurler to start the Mid-Summer Classic in his home ballpark when he faces the American League lineup tomorrow at Citi Field.
The American League wins the 2014 All-Star Game, 5 – 3, over the National League. In his last appearance in the mid-summer classic, Derek Jeter leads off the game with a double and scores on a triple by Mike Trout. Jeter goes 2 for 2, while Trout adds an RBI double in the 5th to win the game’s MVP Award.
A baseball glove (c. 1935) worn and autographed by Lou Gehrig goes for a bid of $287,500 at an auction held in conjunction with the MLB All-Star FanFest in Minneapolis. Other items sold by Hunt Auctions at the event include Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame induction ring ($86,250), a Jackie Robinson bat ($80,500), and Harmon Killebrew’s 1958 Senators home jersey ($40,250).
The International League wins the AAA All-Star Game, 4 – 3, over the Pacific Coast League. Peter O’Brien hits a two-run homer to put the PCL ahead, 3 – 1, in the bottom of the 8th, but in the 9th PCL pitcher Jon Edwards loads the bases with none out. Kyle Roller hits a two-run single and Tyler Henson singles in the winning run. O’Brien and Roller are named their respective league’s player of the game.
The Central League wins 2016 NPB All-Star Game 1, 5-4, thanks to homers from Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (game MVP), Wladimir Balentien and Hayato Sakamoto. Shintaro Fujinami gets the win and Shota Nakazaki the save. Two CL rookies get hits, the first time two rookies had hits in the same NPB All-Star Game; Shun Takayama and Yasutaka Tobashira were the impressing freshmen.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, recently reacquired by the Mets from the Angels after they sold him to the Halos in May, hits three home runs his first three at-bats, helping the team complete a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 5-3 victory at Citi Field. The outfielder’s first three homers of the season mark the tenth time in franchise history a player has a gone deep three times in a game, but the 27 year-old is the first to accomplish the feat at home.
It takes 16 innings for the Yankees to defeat Boston, 4 – 1, at Fenway Park. The Yankees are trailing 1 – 0 in the top of the 9th after an excellent start by Chris Sale, but Matt Holliday ties the game with a homer against Craig Kimbrel. A line drive single by Didi Gregorius against Doug Fister in the 16th finally puts New York ahead in a game that ends just short of six hours to complete.
The Pacific League takes the second 2017 NPB All-Star Game, 3 – 1, to complete a sweep. Seiji Kobayashi is the first player in 47 years to homer on the first pitch he ever sees in a NPB All-Star Game, going deep off Chihiro Kaneko, but the rest of the fireworks go to the PL, including homers by Alfredo Despaigne and Daichi Suzuki and a triple by Suzuki. Despaigne is named MVP after a 3-for-4 day. The Softbank Hawks become the first PL team to have the MVP in both NPB All-Star Games in one year as Seiichi Uchikawa won the honor yesterday.
The 2018 Futures Game is played at Nationals Park ahead of the 2018 All-Star Game and it features a barrage of homers, with eight long balls being hit as the United States team prevails, 10 – 6, over the World team. Yusniel Diaz hits two homers for the World team, and he is almost matched by Taylor Trammell of the U.S., who hits one out and has a second ball bounce off the centerfield fence for a stand-up triple. Trammell is named the recipient of the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP.
1998 – Billy Wagner is KO’d when Arizona’s Kelly Stinnett swats a line drive off the pitcher’s head . After Houston climbed back from a 7-1 deficit to take an 8-7 lead, a stunned Jay Powell must replace Wagner and gives up a game-tying double. Mike Magnante surrenders the game-winner in a 9-8, eleven-inning loss. Wagner would not return to action until August 9th.
1986 – The Astrodome hosts its second and last All-Star Game, a 3-2 American League victory. Houston fans could cheer hometown stars Glenn Davis, Kevin Bass, Mike Scott and Dave Smith . They could also cheer Boston’s Roger Clemens, another Texas legend, who is the winning pitcher and the game’s Most Valuable Player.
1969 – Astros erase a five-run deficit en route to a 10-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Norm Miller drives in three. Doug Rader has two RBI singles. Jim Wynn walks during the five-run fourth, breaking a league mark with his 11th straight game with a base on balls. Ex-teammate Eddie Mathews set the record in 1954.