This Day In Baseball July 20
Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on July 20 This Day In Baseball.
July 20, 1976, future Hall of Famer Hank Aaron blasts the final home run of his legendary career. The Milwaukee Brewers’ designated hitter connects for No. 755 against Dick Drago of the California Angels. Aaron’s home run helps the Brewers to a 6-2 victory.
July 20, 1944, Nelson Potter of the St. Louis Browns becomes the first major league pitcher to be suspended for throwing a spitball. Potter is forced to the sidelines for 10 days, but will still win 19 games on the season.
1916: The Reds acquire three future Hall of Famers when Christy Mathewson is traded to Cincinnati with Giants CF Edd Roush and 3B Bill McKechnie for former Giants Buck Herzog and Red Killefer. McKechnie will make it to Cooperstown as a manager, not as a player, but the 23-year-old Roush is a steal for the Reds. A longtime nemesis of the Reds, Mathewson will pitch one game and then manage, and a new team nickname will be coined: “Matties.” The Reds lose today, managing just two hits off Pete Alexander, who contributes two doubles himself to the Phils offense.
1859 – At a racetrack on Long Island, about 1,500 fans become the first ever to pay to see a baseball game. The spectators spend fifty cents to watch New York defeat Brooklyn, 22 – 18.
Born on this day: 1901 – Hall of Famer – Heinie Manush, the Alabama-native was a dead-ball era hitter who came to the big leagues as the home run was gaining favor in the 1920s. Despite his unfortunate timing, he was very successful – posting a .330 career batting average. He won a batting title on the final day of the season, and lost a batting title on the final day of the season. Manush’s line-drive swing benefited from the teachings of Ty Cobb, who was his first manager in the big leagues.
Events for July 20
1907 – Chicago’s Carl Lundgren and New York’s Christy Mathewson are stingy today with the Cubs twirler allowing just four hits while the Cubs scratch three off Matty. The Giants score in the 4th when Cy Seymour parks a drive in the bleachers with two on. Prevailing rules make the hit a single, with just one run scoring: it is enough as Matty wins, 1 – 0. Joe Tinker is hitless against Matty, the only time this year that Mathewson shuts down his nemesis.
1909 – New York suffers two losses against the Cards. The first is a line drive in the 7th off the bat of Joe Delahanty that breaks a finger on the left hand of Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves the game and the Cards win, 4 – 3, in 11 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 11th with no outs but fail to score. Matty’s broken finger turns out to be “mashed.”
1911 – Frank Schulte hits for the cycle to help the Cubs tip the Phils, 4 – 3. “Wildfire” will end the year as the first player ever to top the 20 mark in doubles, triples, homers, and stolen bases. Only Willie Mays in 1957 will match him this century; the feat will be matched twice in 2007, by Curtis Granderson and Jimmy Rollins.