This Day In Baseball July 16
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Events for July 16
Roger Bresnahan, playing center field for the Giants, starts a triple play against the Pirates with the bases loaded. The future Hall of Famecatcher snags a line drive and his throw to home holds the runner at third base. Catcher John Warner throws to second base to get the runner advancing and the return home nabs the runner from third. Pittsburgh gets two inside-the-park homers from Ginger Beaumont but New York wins.
At Chicago, manager Frank Chance figures to rattle Giants rookie Otis “Doc” Crandall and elects to bat the Cubs first (this option for the home team will only be stricken from the rules in 1951). But Crandall is a rock and nurses a 4 – 1 lead into the last of the 9th. After one out, Christy Mathewson, warming in the bullpen, decides the game is well in hand and goes into the clubhouse to shower. Crandall promptly walks three straight, wherein John McGraw looks in vain for Matty. The Giants’ ace quickly dries off, throws on a uniform, and puts his street shoes on. By the time he arrives on the mound, reliever Joe McGinnity has walked in a run. Matty gets a ground out, then a strikeout, and the Giants win, 4 – 3. Ed Reulbach takes the loss for Chicago.
At Bennett Park, the Tigers and Senators play the longest scoreless game in American League history. Ed Summers pitches the complete game, holding the Nationals to seven hits, two walks (one intentional), while fanning 10. The Nationals’ 30-year-old rookie, Bill “Dolly” Gray, allows only one hit before leaving with an injury after eight innings. He is replaced by Bob Groom. Gray will put another entry in the record books next month when he walks seven straight batters. The 0 – 0 contest is called after the 18th inning.
Tommy Thomas collects his third victory in three days, all against the same team, when the Senators rout St. Louis at Griffith Stadium, 11-0. The 32 year-old right-hander, who will defeat the Browns a total of seven times this season, picked up two of three wins of the streak as a reliever, prior to going the distance in today’s contest.
There are three managerial changes today. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies (though owner Bob Carpenter insists he was “not fired” saying “I’d like to make it clear that there is a difference between firing a man and concluding business with him.”) and Dusty Cooke takes over on an interim basis. Eddie Sawyer, with no major league experience as a player or manager, will get the job after Cooke goes 6-6. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back mild-mannered Burt Shotton, who replaced Durocher once before. In a newspaper poll over the winter, an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip. The changes today portend those at the end of the season: Bucky Harris of the Yankees, Ted Lyons of the White Sox, and Steve O’Neill of the Tigers will be released.
Ordered by Bill Veeck to pass up the All-Star Game, a well-rested Bob Feller is shelled from the mound with only one out in the 1st inning by the A’s. The A’s score first when Feller absent-mindedly goes into a wind-up with two on, and Ray Coleman and Barney McCosky pull a double steal. The Mackmen then jump on Bob Muncrief and roll to a 10 – 5 win over the American League-leading Indians. Lou Brissie wins his 4th straight. Joe Coleman will shut out the Tribe, 5 – 0, tomorrow to split the series.
Rookie Granny Hamner drives in seven runs to lead the Phils to an 11 – 10 squeaker over the Cardinals. Hamner has a pair of doubles and a single to go along with spectacular fielding, starting double plays in the 8th and 9th. Ken Heintzelman, who relieves Blix Donnelly after Stan Musial’s grand slam in the 2nd, is the winner.
The Cubs knock the Phillies out of a tie for first place, sweeping a doubleheder, 8 – 0 and 10 – 3. The Cubs lose Phil Cavarretta when he is hit by a Ken Johnson pitch in the first game, fracturing his forearm. Hank Sauer takes over at 1B. Walt Dubiel fires the shutout and Doyle Lade is the complete game winner in the second game. The loss in the second contest goes to Bob Miller, the first defeat for the rookie after eight straight wins. Ex-Bruin Russ Meyer loses the first game after defeating the Cubs five straight times. The Mad Monk, the greatest ever Cubs killer, will win his next 17 decisions against Chicago before losing on May 11, 1955.
Arguably the most memorable of today’s record-breaking home run total comes off the bat of career bench player Ted Beard, helping his cellar-bound Bucs salvage a split with the still contending Braves. At 5 foot, 8 inches, en route to a career .285 slugging percentage (albeit in the midst of his career year, with 4 HR, 12 RBI, and an OPS of nearly .700), Beard launches one over Forbes Field’s 86-foot high right field grandstand roof, just the second time in the grandstand’s 25-year existence this feat has been accomplished, its sole predecessor being Babe Ruth’s final major league home run on May 25, 1935.
While in Detroit, the Yanks option rookie Mickey Mantle to Kansas City (AA). Mantle, plagued with strikeouts – 3 on the 13th – and in a slump, will go 0-for-22 in his start with the Blues, before ending with a tear at .361. The Yankees will recall him on August 20th. Art Schallock takes Mickey’s place on the Yankee roster and gives up 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings in today’s 8 – 6 win.
The Tigers and Briggs Stadium are sold to a syndicate of 11, led by radio executives John Fetzer and Fred Knorr, for a record $5.5 million from Walter Briggs, Jr., after he was ordered by family estate administrators to sell the ownership inherited from his father. The deal includes an agreement to retain Briggs, who will also become the team’s general manager, as executive vice president, but the former owner, who wanted keep the team and ballpark, will resign from both posts at the start of next season.
After beating the Indians, yesterday, the Yanks sweep a doubleheader today to knock the Tribe out of first place. New York wins the opener when Yogi Berra ties the game in the 9th with a homer, and Mickey Mantle wins it, 7 – 5, in the 10th with a two-run shot off Gary Bell. Bobby Shantz wins the nitecap, 4 – 0. New York is 5 1/2 games out of first.
In precisely the same spot as Exposition Park, the home of the Pirates from 1891 to 1909, Three Rivers Stadium makes its debut. Cincinnati first baseman Tony Perez hits the park’s first home run as the Pirates lose to the Reds, 3 – 2. The Pirates parade their new uniforms of stretchable cotton and nylon. Willie Stargell homers for the Bucs.
After the Mariners tie the game at three apiece in the top of the 8th, Fred Lynn hits a two-out double to drive in two runs and the Red Sox hold on for a 6 – 3 win, their 8th in a row at Fenway Park, giving them a record of 27-4 in their last 31 games. The M’s lose their 9th in a row with the loss going to former Hubman Dick Pole.
The California Supreme Court rules that Ted Giannoulas, better known as the man inside the San Diego Chicken suit, can appear publicly in chicken suits similar to the one that brought him fame, but not bearing the call letters of San Diego’s KGB radio station. The station had fired Giannoulas when he began appearing publicly in the suit without permission, and claimed it had all rights to the costume, which was first used as a promotional device in 1975.
Despite much speculation that he is simply malingering, the Astros place star pitcher J.R. Richard on the 21-day disabled list with a mysterious arm problem. The 6′ 8″ right-hander is 10-4 with a 1.89 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 114 innings, but has removed himself from 10 games this year complaining of fatigue and a “dead arm.” On July 23rd, Richard will check into a hospital for a series of physical and psychological tests to determine the cause of his “erratic” behavior.
In the longest game ever played in Texas League history, the San Antonio Missions beat the visiting Jackson Mets in 26 innings, 1 – 0. The Keefe Stadium contest, which started on July 14th, was suspended at 2:25 a.m. the following day and continued today, taking a total of 7 hours and 23 minutes to complete.
At a press conference in Pittsburgh, Greg Maddux announces that he has broken off negotiations with Cubs management and will become a free agent after the season. Maddux is playing on a one-year contract. “I’ve given them two opportunities to sign me. I really think it should have been taken care of.” Tomorrow, Maddux will beat the first-place Pirates and he will move to the Atlanta Braves after the season.
After failing to score in the first two innings, the Brewers proceed to score in each of their remaining turns at the plate to punch out Detroit by a score of 20 – 7. Greg Vaughn drives home five runs for Milwaukee, and now leads the American League with 88 RBI, while Jose Valentin knocks out four hits.
In Oakland, Mark McGwire hits his 33rd and 34th homers to lead the A’s to an 11 – 3 win over the hapless Royals. Jose Canseco strikes out in all five at-bats for the Athletics, tying an Oakland record. Combined with his three strikeouts on Monday, he ties a major league record with eight whiffs in two consecutive games.
Kevin Brown tosses his first career one-hitter, leading Florida over Los Angeles, 5 – 1. Brown, who no-hit San Francisco on June 10th, faces just two batters over the minimum, allowing a lead-off single to left by Raul Mondesi in the 5th. He strikes out eight and retires his final 15 batters to hand the loss to Hideo Nomo.
The first time Enter Sandman is played as an entrance song for Mariano Rivera, the Yankee closer blows the save, giving up four ninth-ining runs in the team’s 10-7 loss to Atlanta. The ownership, after seeing the San Diego fans’ enthusiastic reaction to Padres closer Trevor Hoffman was getting during the World Series with AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells, comes up with the iconic Metallica heavy metal rock song for the quiet Panamanian, who is devout Christian.
The Twins are looking into the possibility of playing a home series outdoors in a temporary stadium next season. The move away from the Metrodome, which would require approval of Major League Baseball, the Players’ Association, the opponents, broadcast affiliates and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, will not materialize.
7/16/2000: Four homers were lost to rain in Denver. Oakland’s Jason Giambi and Ramon Hernandez each hit a dinger off Brian Bohanon with one man on base. Giambi connected in the first while Hernandez hit his in the fourth. Meanwhile, Larry Walker and Jeff Cirillo hit back to back homers off Tim Hudson in the third. Walker’s came with one man on base.
The Yankees send pitching prospects Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa to the Mets for hard-throwing embattled closer, Armando Benitez. The 30-year-old All-Star reliever, who is slated to be the set-up man for closer Mariano Rivera, has blown 7 of 28 save opportunities this year and has been object of much booing at Shea Stadium.
At the age of 77, Minnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball in seven decades. The Cuban native, who had a 16-year big league career which ended in 1964(with brief resumptions in 1976 and 1980), walks as the designated hitter for the St. Paul Saints against the Gary SouthShore RailCats in independent Northern League action.
In an effort to bolster their injured pitching rotation, the Yankees acquire recently released Al Leiter, formerly of the Marlins. The 39-year-old, $8-million, southpaw, who posted a disappointing 3-7 record and a 6.64 ERA with the Fish, will quickly pay dividends limiting the Red Sox to one run and three hits in his first start back as a Bronx Bomber.
The Northern League initially approves the idea of having fans watch the 16-by-24-foot video stadium monitor, alongside the Kansas City T-Bones and Schaumburg Flyers players looking on from their respective dugouts, as two kids using an X-Box and the MVP Baseball 2005 software determine the outcome of the first two innings of tonight’s scheduled game. The individual player statistics generated by the video game would not have counted, but league officials later decide against the promotion, and instead replay the final two innings of the game on the game system.
The idea of having fans watch the 16-by-24-foot video stadium monitor, along with the Kansas City T-Bones and Schaumburg Flyers players looking on from their respective dugouts, as two kids determine the outcome of the first two innings by using an X-Box and the MVP Baseball 2005 software is initially approved by the Northern League for tonight’s scheduled game. The individual player statistics generated by the video game would not have counted, but league officials later decided against the promotion, with the final two innings of the game being replayed on the game system instead.
The Reds honor perfect game hurler Tom Browning and slugging first baseman Lee May with induction into the team’s Hall of Fame. Tom Seaver, who spent five-plus seasons and hurled a no-hitter with Cincinnati and who is presently enshrined in Cooperstown as well as a member of the Mets Hall of Fame, is also included as an inductee.
The Phillies do it with the long ball in beating Florida, 4 – 0. Raul Ibanez homers twice and Ryan Howard once. For Howard, it is the 200th home run of his career, in his 658th game; he is fastest to reach that mark, beating Ralph Kiner who took 706 games to hit 200 dingers. Jamie Moyer allows one hit over seven innings for the win.
Ryan Howard, playing in his 658th game, becomes the fastest player to hit 200 home runs when he goes deep off Chris Volstad with his solo shot in the sixth inning in the team’s 4-0 victory in Miami. The previous mark was held by Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner, who played in 48 more contests than the 29 year-old Phillies first baseman to reach the plateau.
Chris Hatcher makes his debut as a major league pitcher, pitching a perfect inning for the Marlins as they defeat the Cubs, 13 – 3, at Wrigley Field. Hatcher’s first outing on the mound comes the year after he played his first major league game as a catcher; Art Doll, with the Boston Bees in 1936 was the last person to debut as a pitcher the year after breaking into the big leagues as a catcher.
The Twins set a Target Field record for runs in defeating Baltimore, 19 – 7. They stake starter Scott Diamond to an early lead with a seven-run outburst against Chris Tillman in the 1st inning, capitalizing on a costly error by 1B Mark Reynolds who lets a ground ball skip by him with the bases loaded and two outs. Justin Morneau goes 4 for 5 with 3 runs and a pair of doubles for the Twins.
In the first All-Star Game played in the Queens in 49 years, the American League pitchers hold their National League opponents to just three hits, blanking the Senior Circuit at Citi Field, 3-0. Yankee closer Mariano Rivera, voted the game’s MVP, receives a standing ovation from the enthusiastic 45,186 fans in attendance when he enters the contest in the eighth inning en route to retiring three consecutive NL batters.
In the All-Star Game played at New York’s Citi Field, Salvador Perez, who replaced Joe Mauer behind the plate in the last inning, leads off the eighth with a single to right field off Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel. The Kansas City catcher becomes the first Royals’ player to get a hit in the Mid-summer Classic since Bo Jackson blasted his memorable moonshot at Anaheim Stadium in 1989.
NPB All-Star Game 2 ends in a 5-5 tie, giving the Central League a 1-0-1 win in this year’s series. Game 1 MVP Yoshitomo Tsutsugo again goes 2 for 3 with a homer for the CL, but the MVP goes to the Pacific League’s Shohei Otani, who is 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs and two RBI. PL second baseman Hideto Asamura hits the 400th NPB All-Star Gamehome run.
1987 – In his first major-league game, Ken Caminiti homers and triples, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 triumph over Philadelphia. Another rookie, Gerald Young, singles off Mike Jackson with the bases loaded to send the fans home happy. Danny Darwin goes the distance on a four-hitter.
1980 – Despite speculation that his problems are psychological, J.R. Richard is placed on the 21-day disabled list after complaining of a “dead arm”. He took himself out during the fourth inning of a 2-0 loss to Atlanta two days before, although he got one of the two Houston hits in what would be his final major league at-bat.
1971 – Astros turn the first triple play in their history during a 9-4 victory over Nolan Ryan and the Mets . Shortstop Roger Metzger takes a tap by Cleon Jones and steps on second, forcing Tommie Agee. His toss to first beats Jones to the bag. First baseman Denis Menke sees Ken Boswell make a belated dash to third so he fires across the diamond where Doug Rader completes the trifecta.