This Day In Baseball July 2
Recapping events that took place in the baseball world on this day
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different events and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, We offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on July 2 in baseball history.
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Notable Events and Chronology for July 2
7/2/1908 – The Phillies were at the Polo Grounds to play the Giants. Mickey Doolan (listed as Doolin in contemporary sources) batted seventh and Red Dooin batted eighth. Doolan made the last out in the seventh inning but then came to the plate to start the eighth. Doolan grounded out and then umpire Cy Rigler was notified that he had batted out of turn. Rigler called Dooin out. Since Doolan had already made an out the Giants should have ignored the confusion.
A’s OF Tilly Walker hits two home runs, giving him four in two days, as the A’s lose to New York, 9 – 3. He will finish with 37 for the year, two ahead of Babe Ruth. The Athletics, with the American League’s winningest pitcher in Eddie Rommel (27-13) and losingest in Slim Harriss (9-20) will lead the league with 114 home runs and climb out of the cellar.
Cardinals second baseman Rogers Hornsby, speaking with Billy Evans in today’s issue of the Pittsburgh Press, all but predicts that he will set a new National League single-season home run record this season: “When the season started, I didn’t give the matter of home runs a thought, even though I made 21 last year. However, they started to come my way rather easily and now I have the home run fever. With the season less than half over, I have 18 to my credit. Back in 1884, so the records say, Ed Williamson, playing with Chicago, made 27 home runs. That record has stood the test of all the great hitters of the National League for 38 years. I would like to break that record, and feel that I am well on the way to set a new home-run mark for a season in the National League.” In fact, Hornsby is as good as his word; he’ll catch Williamson within the month, passing him on August 5th and, in the end, he’ll leave the long-dead NL single-season leader far behind with his final total of 42.
At Wrigley Field, veteran ump Bill Klem’s delayed call of the infield fly rule leads the Cardinals to protest their game with the Cubs. The game is suspended with two out in the bottom of the 7th inning with the Cubs ahead, 5 – 1, and will be completed on the last day of the month with St. Louis losing with the final score of 7 – 4.
In a doubleheader with the Dodgers before 51,435 at the Polo Grounds, the fireworks start two days early. The Dodgers take a uneventful opener, 3 – 2, but in the 4th inning of the nitecap, Dodger player-manager Leo Durocher ends the inning by grounding into a double play and spikes 1B Zeke Bonura as he crosses the bag. Bonura takes off after Durocher, chases him down the right field line, and throws his mitt at him. He finally wrestles him to the ground. Both players are ejected, and the Giants go on to win, 6 – 4. To Bonura’s charge of intentional spiking, the Lip retorts, “If that big clown hadn’t got his foot in my way, I wouldn’t have been close to him.”
The Senators beat the Yankees, 2 – 1, in 12 innings as Walt Masterson allows three hits and goes all the way for the win. Tom McBride makes 12 putouts to set the American League record for a left fielder in extra innings. The Yanks drop two games behind first-place Cleveland and 1 1/2 games behind the A’s.
The Pirates sweep a pair from the Giants, winning 7 – 6 and 9 – 0. Sore-armed Vern Law, making his first start in more than three weeks, is lifted in the 6th and Harvey Haddix wins in relief. Bobby Shantz pitches a 5-hitter to win the nitecap as the Bucs score six unearned runs off Juan Marichal. The Giants, 2 1/2 games back yesterday, will be nine out on the evening of July 8. The Giants’ Orlando Cepeda flexes his muscles, as does Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente. The Baby Bull powers a two-run, tape measure blast over the centerfield bricks. Shortly thereafter, the rival stars trade 425-footers. Crashing against Forbes Field’s right center exit gate, Cepeda’s blast goes for two bases. Clemente’s clout comes in the nightcap, good for a bases-clearing triple which puts Pittsburgh’s up, 8 – 0.
At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils break their scoreless streak of 53 innings and sweep two from the Mets, 6 – 1 and 3 – 2. With successive pinch hits by Tony Taylor, Ron Stone and Byron Browne, the Phils score six in the 8th inning to win the opener for Jim Bunning, then again come from behind to win the nitecap for Chris Short. The opener is the 6,000th game played at the ancient stadium.
Minnesota’s Jim Kaat, sporting a 10-2 record and a 2.07 ERA, breaks his pitching hand while sliding. He will miss the remainder of the season. Kaat is relieved in the 8th by Wayne Granger, but gets credit for the 6 – 4 win over the White Sox. Tom Bradley wins his 10th in the nitecap, 2 – 1, for Chicago.
At Montreal’s Jarry Park, the Expos walk away with a 4-3 victory when Mets right-hander Bob Rauch issues his fourth free pass of the inning, forcing in Carl Morton the winning run from third base. The frustrating loss will be the 23 year-old rookie’s only decision during a brief 19-game major league career.
Don Baylor goes deep in his first three plate appearances in the Orioles’ 13-5 victory over Detroit at Tiger Stadium. The trio of home runs today gives the Baltimore left fielder four consecutive round-trippers, having hit one off Reggie Cleveland in his last at-bat yesterday in the team’s 10-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1976 – Cesar Cedeno drives in both game-winners in a doubleheader sweep of Cincinnati. Cesar goes 7-for-11 in the twinbill, including a single that is his 1,000th career hit . His two-run bomb in the 14th off Rich Hinton wins the opener, 10-8. The 25 hits collected in the game ties a team record set just months earlier. Cedeno delivers an eighth-inning double off Fred Norman to plate the winning run in the 3-2 nightcap.
Jim Spencer, for the second time this season, ties the club record established by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920, when he collects eight RBIs, duplicating a feat he first accomplished in May against the Indians. The White Sox first baseman’s two home runs help to beat the Twins at Comiskey Park, 13-8.
Ron Guidry wins his 13th consecutive game, the best start in Yankee history, in beating Detroit, 3 – 2. With the Yankees down 2 – 0, Mickey Rivers’ long drive to right is caught by a fan reaching down to take it away from Detroit’s Mickey Stanley. The fan drops the ball and Stanley, waiting for an interference call, fails to retrieve it. Rivers motors for an inside-the-park homer and New York ties the game, 2 – 2, eventually winning it.
Don Kessinger (46-60) is fired mid-season as the player-manager of the White Sox and will be replaced by rookie skipper Tony La Russa, who had been managing the club’s Triple-A Iowa Oaks in the American Association. During his eight-year tenure with Chicago, La Russa will compile a 522-510 record, with his team winning the AL West title in 1983.
After grounding out in a 4 – 1 loss to the Dodgers, Padres C Benito Santiago throws his batting helmet in disgust. The helmet bounces into the dugout, where it strikes pitching coach Mike Roarke in the head before ricocheting over to bean coach Greg Riddoch, giving him a concussion. Santiago is fined $300.
Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo, who is leading the National League in strikeouts, becomes the first player from Japan to be selected for the major league All-Star game. As the starter for the Senior Circuit, the 26 year-old rookie tosses two scoreless innings in National League’s 3-2 victory over their American League rivals at The Ballpark in Arlington.
The Marlins sign Domingo Aramboles, 16-year-old Dominican pitcher, to a contract, giving him a $5,500 signing bonus. Aramboles produces a birth certificate showing he’s 16, but later on it is discovered that he is only 14, and the Commissioner’s office will nullify the contract. His 1.71 minor league ERA will earn him a big bonus when he signs again in 1998. Josephang Bernhardt, another Latin ballplayer who will produce a phony birth certificate, will be taken away from Tampa Bay and sign with Toronto for $750,000.
Umpire Tom Hallion is suspended for three games for his actions during an argument with Colorado catcher Jeff Reed and coach Milt May on June 26th. The dispute began when Rockies pitcher Mike DeJean complained to third base umpire Terry Tata about a check-swing call while walking to his dugout, and home plate ump Hallion told him to get in the dugout. Hallion bumped Reed and May during the ensuing dispute. Officials cannot recall another suspension of an umpire for an on-field dispute. In 1990, National League president Bill White was prepared to suspend umpire Joe West for slamming Philadelphia pitcher Dennis Cook to the field, but commissioner Fay Vincent intervened and no discipline was imposed.
At Shea Stadium, Mets fan Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he throws a ball back onto the field which John Rocker had tossed into the stands. A few day later, the 26-year old Brooklyn man will be exonerated as Queens District Attorney Richard Brown concludes he had no criminal intent and was doing nothing more than following a baseball tradition of returning an unsolicited and unwanted souvenir.
At the SkyDome, Manny Ramirez belts a three-run homer in the 1st and the Red Sox roll to a 16 – 4 clipping of the Blue Jays. Manny’s blast travels 491 feet, the longest homer in Dome history; it is his 7th of the year against the Jays, the most an opponent has hit in a season, and his 5th at the Dome, which also ties an opponents record. Chris Stynes has three hits, three runs, and three errors in the hitfest. Hideo Nomo is the winner.
53 major league players hit a record 62 home runs, breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. A record 9 players have multiple home run games, breaking the previous mark of 8. The barrage includes a record-tying dozen hit at Chicago’s New Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in May 1995.
At Cincinnati, the Astros and Reds play the 1st inning with non-regulation baseballs, the result of a mix-up by an attendant in the umpires’ locker room. The attendant did not notice the word “practice” stenciled on the 144 balls he rubbed up for the game; the practice balls generally have defects such as irregular stitching or weight deviations. Astros pitcher Wade Miller notices the practice ball when warming up and informs ump Mark Hirschbeck, who rules that the practice balls must be used in the bottom of the 1st before switching. The Astros win in the 10th, 6 – 5. Austin Kearns has four hits, and Adam Dunn a homer for the Reds. Lance Berkmandrives in five for Houston.
The Giants score eight runs in the 1st inning on their way to an 18 – 5 rout of the Rockies. OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo gets five hits for San Francisco, including a double and two home runs. Damon Minor, Shinjo, and Reggie Sanders each homer twice to tie a major league record. The Giants become the 16th team to have three players with multiple home runs in the same game.
2004 – Morgan Ensberg, who had smacked 25 homers the year before, belts his first homer – 213 at-bats into the season . The blast is a dramatic two-run bomb over the railroad tracks in left field in the eighth to give Houston a 7-5 comeback victory over the Texas Rangers. Ensberg swats a grand slam the next night in a 10-8 win that overcomes a five-run deficit.
In one of the most severe penalties ever imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field behavior, Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions which send a camera operator to the hospital and launch a police investigation. The veteran southpaw, who will appeal the MLB decision, is selected by his peers to be a member of the American League All-Star squad scheduled to play next week in Detroit.
In the competition for most unusual reason for a delay, today’s game between Houston and San Diego stakes a bold claim for first place. In the top of the 9th, a swarm of bees invades part of the left field area of Petco Park, forcing an emergency call to a beekeeper and evacuation of part of the stands. After a 52-minute delay, the game resumes and the Astros prevail, 7 – 2.
A 7-2 Astros victory in San Diego is delayed 52 minutes in the top of the ninth when a swarm of bees moves into left field and begins nesting in the jacket of the ballgirl. A local bee expert is brought in to kill and capture the queen and her nest, dispersing the others. “Killer B’s” Geoff Blum, Lance Berkman and Michael Bourn delivered six hits, six runs and six RBIs between them.
Bidding for his American League-leading 12th win of the season, David Price of the Rays pitches no-hit ball into the 5th inning against the Twins, before being done in by rookie Danny Valencia, who gets the game’s first hit in the 5th, then drives the go-ahead run in the 7th. The Twins prevail, 2 – 1, behind Scott Baker, to stay atop the AL Central.
More injury woes for the Red Sox: after Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek landed on the disabled list earlier this week, joining four other regulars already in the infirmary, reliever Manny Delcarmen is now out of action with a strained right forearm. The Sox call up Robert Manuel from AAA Pawtucket to take his place, but they would probably be better advised to call a witch doctor to end the curse that’s been stinging them.
The Mets’ Jose Reyes, leading the major leagues with a .354 batting average, injures his hamstring in the 2nd inning of today’s game with the Yankees and is headed for the disabled list at a time when trade rumors are swirling around the soon-to-be free agent. The Mets also lose the game, 5 – 2, as Bartolo Colon wins in his first start since returning from a hamstring injury of his own. Curtis Granderson homers for the Yanks.
Entering the 9th inning with a 7 – 4 lead, Twins closer Matt Capps collapses completely, giving up 4 runs to the Brewers to lose, 8 – 7. Capps starts off the inning by giving up a run on three straight singles, then after two outs Nyjer Morgan belts a two-run double off the right-field wall to tie the game at 7. Pinch-hitter George Kottaras follows with an RBI single. The Twins build an early 7 – 0 lead in the first four innings against Chris Narvesonbefore the Brewers get their bats going. John Axford shows Capps how it’s done in the bottom of the 9th, setting down the Twins in order to earn his 21st save.
SS Billy Hamilton of the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League steals his 100th base of the season in his team’s 78th game, setting his sights on Vince Coleman’s all-time minor league record of 135 stolen bases set in 1983. The speedster in batting .327 with an OBP of .412 while scoring just a little under a run per game.
Homer Bailey of the Reds throws the first no-hitter of the season, defeating the Giants, 3 – 0; Bailey also pitched the last no-hitter of 2012. He strikes out 9 while only a 7th-inning walk to Gregor Blanco keeps him from a perfect game. 1B Joey Votto makes a heads-up play to save the bid, however: one batter after Blanco’s walk, he fields a soft liner off the bat of Buster Posey, but realizes he has no play at first base, as Bailey is late in coming to cover; instead he throws to third base, where Todd Frazier tags out Blanco, turning Posey’s potential hit into a fielder’s choice.
The Angels crush the Red Sox, 21 – 2, behind the combined hitting of C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez. Cron goes 6 for 6 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs while Perez has 5 hits in 6 at-bats, with 6 RBIs, making them the first pair of teammates to amass 5 hits and RBIs in a game since Gene Moore and Buck Jordan did so for the 1936 Boston Bees. Most of the damage comes during an 11-run 7th inning.
The rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game, which will take place at Marlins Park in Miami, FL, are announced. Not surprisingly, the teams who are leading in the standings dominate these rosters, with the Nationals and Astrosproviding three starters each for their respective teams. Bryce Harper of the Nats is the top vote-getter.
In an interleague meeting between top postseason contenders and former Cy Young Award winners, Rick Porcello of the Red Sox gets the better of former teammate Max Scherzer of the Nationals when he surprizes him with a bases-clearing double in the 2nd, the first extra-base hit of his career. Those 3 runs are the only ones Scherzer allows in 6 innings, but they are enough to saddle with a 4 – 3 loss.
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