This Day In Baseball July 20
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 20 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology 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.
1922 – At Sportsman’s Park, Rogers Hornsby belts a two-out 9th inning home run with two men on the give the Cards a 7 – 6 win over Boston. It is the Rajah’s 25th home run of the year, breaking Gavvy Cravath’s National League home run mark (post-1900). In two weeks, Hornsby will break the record of 27 homers set in 1884 by Chicago’s Ned Williamson.
1936 – In an exhibition game in Pittsburgh, former Yankee Waite Hoyt stops his old teammates, 7 – 2. Lou Gehrig’s 6th-inning homer is the first score for New York. Ted Kleinhans is cuffed in his eight innings. While Hoyt wins, another old pitcher loses as the Pirates hand Guy Bush his release. The Bees will sign him.
1948 – An unprecedented 10-game suspension and $500 fine of an umpire, the veteran Bill McGowan, is announced by American League President Will Harridge following a confrontation in the Washington-Cleveland game. Tired of Senator pitcher Ray Scarborough continually complaining about strike calls, McGowan threw a ball-and-strike indicator at him. After that, he ejected Nats manager Joe Kuhel and several coaches. Kuhel also lodged a protest after yesterday’s 11th-inning loss when Ed Stewart was thrown out at home in the 10th. When Stewart argued the call with plate ump Joe Paparella, McGowan threw a ball at Stewart.
Larry Doby is thrown out trying to steal home with no outs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 7-3 loss to the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium. Tribe manager Lou Boudreau will fine his center fielder for the failed attempt to steal home and for taking several other unnecessary chances recently.
In a game against the Reds with All-Star hurler Ewell Blackwell on the mound, the Giants, for the first time, employ their infamous scheme for stealing catchers’ signs using a telescope positioned in the center-field clubhouse. The ‘Jints’ beat Cincinnati, 11-6, and New York will win 22 of the remaining 27 games at the Polo Grounds, overtaking the Dodgers to win the National League pennant.
1962 – Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Co. overpower Roberto Clemente’s Pirates with a devastating aerial assault and an assist from the Pirates’ very own fifth column, “Dr. Strangeglove”, Dick Stuart. “Vern Law was not around long,” writes Bob Stevens of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Chuck Hiller led off with a single and Jim Davenport forced him. Mays then hit a line drive, 420-foot home run for 2 – 0. With two down in the 3rd, McCovey belted a memorable shot over the left-field scoreboard. It was one of the few ever ripped into that area by a lefthander in the more than half a century existence of ivy-cloaked Forbes Field. The McCovey smash stood up for the victory, as Jack Lamabe, Tom Sturdivant and Earl Francis shut out the Giants on four hits until Stuart goofed in the 8th. The Bucs started to move in the 4th, when Bill Mazeroski singled home Clemente, who also contributed a dazzling throw from right field to cut down the sliding McCovey at the plate in the 6th.”
1962 – Roman Mejias singles home the winning run in the ninth as Houston nips the Cardinals, 4-3, on “Stan Musial Day” in Houston . Dick Farrell admits the next day during a radio interview that he threw an illegal spitball at Musial, but the St. Louis legend drilled it for an RBI single. Farrell is fined and touches off a debate that mars his 12-strikeout performance.
San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry connects for his first hit of the year, and his first major league homer, to beat the Dodgers, 7 – 3. The victim of Perry’s dinger is Claude Osteen. Last year, Alvin Dark had remarked to sports writer Harry Jupiter about Perry’s hitting, “They’ll put a man on the moon before he hits a home run.” Perry’s homer comes about 20 minutes after the club house receives word that Neil Armstrong has set foot on the moon.
Jim Perry does his brother one better by winning two games today in Minnesota’s sweep of the Pilots. Playing two more innings to complete yesterday’s suspended game, the Twins score four runs in the 18th to win, 11 – 7, then follow with a 4 – 0 win. Perry tosses 11 innings of shutout ball to win the pair. The loser in both games is John Gelnar. In the extra-inning game, the two teams strand a major-league record 44 runners, with the Twins contributing 23. The Mets and Cards will leave 45 runners on during a September 11, 1974 marathon. The two wins means the Twins go into the All-Star break with a four-game lead over the A’s in the American League West.
At Connie Mack Stadium during the top of the third inning of the nightcap against the Cubs, play is halted with the two teams moving silently to their respective baselines to look skyward as the Phillies’ crowd is informed word has been sent from Neil Armstrong to Mission Control in Houston that the Eagle had landed on the moon. The game will resume after a recording of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” is played, along with a prayer for the safety of the astronauts over the loudspeaker.
Trailing the A’s, 9-8, in the bottom of the ninth, the Indians get runners to second and third with nobody out. Rollie Fingers retires George Hendrick and Charlie Spikes, but with first base still open, manager Alvin Dark elects to pitch to John Ellis, who promptly lines a single to center to win the game.
At Los Angeles, Steve Garvey saves the Dodgers from a defeat by belting a two-run homer in the 10th to tie, and another two-run homer in the 11th by Bill Russell wins it, 6 – 5, over the Expos. Montreal takes the lead in the 11th when Rodney Scott drives in a run with his 5th straight hit. Dave Patterson wins his first major league game, while Manny Mota has a single for the 139th pinch hit of his career.
The game against the Cardinals is delayed for an hour after a fire breaks out in the skybox/press box area of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Recently acquired Fred McGriff pinch-hits a homer, enabling the Braves to rally from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-5, and appears to ignite the beginning of the team’s historic comeback from a 9.5 games deficit to win the National League West Division.
In a 26-inning New York-Penn League game which takes 6 hours, 40 minutes to complete at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, the Oneonta Tigers outlast the hometown Brooklyn Cyclones, 6-1. Mark Wright, a reserve outfielder, is the losing pitcher in the third-longest game by innings in professional baseball history.
Trying to keep their 14 straight postseason appearances streak intact, the Braves trade Class A catcher Max Ramirez to the Indians for Bob Wickman. Atlanta, winning 12 of 16 to get back into the wild-card race, is hoping the veteran 37 year-old closer can help solve the team’s late-inning woes, which includes the bullpen blowing half of this season’s 40 save opportunities.
7/20/2007: J.D. Drew hit a ball just over the left field wall at Fenway Park that was ruled in play. The three-run homer turned into one run and Manny Ramirez being thrown out at the plate. Red Sox Manager Terry Francona ejected by 3B umpire Tim McClelland while arguing the call. The Red Sox eventually won the game.
The Dodgers, with a five-run ninth-inning rally at Chase Field, beat the Diamondbacks, 6-5, and move into a flat-footed tie (48-50) with Arizona for first place in the National League West. Andre Ethier has the key hit in the comeback victory, a go-ahead triple off the center-field wall, as D-Back closer Brandon Lyon, pitching in his third consecutive game, couldn’t hold a three-run lead.
Francisco Rodriguez, surpassing John Smoltz’s effort for the 2003 Braves by ten games, becomes the quickest reliever ever to reach 40 saves. The Angels closer strikes out the side in the ninth of a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Red Sox, completing a sweep of the reigning World Series champions.
Jason Schmidt makes his first start since 2007 for Los Angeles, only his 7th since signing a three-year, $47 million contract in December 2006. Back from two shoulder surgeries, Schmidt allows three 1st-inning runs but nothing else over the next four frames to take credit for a 7 – 5 win over the Reds.
Matt Holliday drives in 6 runs to propel the A’s to a 14 – 13 comeback win over Minnesota, the biggest in team history. Oakland trails by 10 runs at one point, but Holliday’s grand slam in the 7th ties the score; Jack Custfollows with a solo blast that provides the winning margin. Justin Morneau drives in 7 runs for the losers, including a grand slam of his own, in a wild game that features 8 homers and ends when Michael Cuddyer is thrown out at home trying to score on Michael Wuertz’s wild pitch. The A’s become the first team in 55 years to win after their starter (in this case Gio Gonzalez) gives up 11 earned runs.
After trailing 12-2, Oakland comes back to beat the Twins, 14-13, making it the first time the A’s have come back from a ten-run deficit since being down by twelve runs in 1925, when the team, then known as the Philadelphia Athletics, beat the Indians, 17-15. The 3 hours, 32 minutes slugfest ends with Michael Cuddyer being called out at home plate on a very controversial call after trying to score on a wild pitch.
2010 – Today’s game between the Dodgers and Giants is decided through unusual events. Dodger Coach Don Mattingly is acting for manager Joe Torre, ejected earlier in the game along with P Clayton Kershaw and bench coach Bob Schaefer, when he calls a conference on the mound with the bases loaded and closer Jonathan Broxton trying to protect a 5 – 4 lead. As he walks away from the mound, Mattingly hears a question from 1B James Loney and walks back to the mound to answer him. Opposing manager Bruce Bochy contends successfully that this constitutes a second visit to the mound, and that Mattingly should be forced to remove Broxton from the game. He replaces him with the struggling (and unprepared) George Sherrill, who promptly gives up a bases-clearing double to Andres Torres. However, the umpires, led by Adrian Johnson, are wrong on the play, as Mattingly should have been ejected and Broxton forced to complete the at-bat before being removed, during which time Sherrill could have warmed up more properly. In any case, the play is allowed to stand, with San Francisco getting a 7 – 5 win.
Milwaukee’s 5 – 2 win over the Diamondbacks is marred by serious injuries suffered by a player on each team in the 4th inning. First, D-Backs SS Stephen Drew breaks his ankle when he is tagged out sliding at home plate and will be out for the remainder of the season. On the next play, Brewers CF Carlos Gomez makes a terrific diving catch on Ryan Roberts’ short fly ball to end the inning, but breaks his collarbone and will also be out a long stretch. Ryan Braun hits a 1st-inning homer for the Brewers, but an apparent second long ball in the 8th is taken away when instant replay shows it was a foul ball. The game then goes into extra innings and Milwaukee scores three runs in the top of the 10th to break the 2 – 2 tie. Arizona reliever Ryan Cook, making his debut, receives a rough welcome to the majors, allowing all four batters he faces to reach base and ending up with the loss.
The Blue Jays and Astros swing a big trade, with 10 players changing teams. Looking for pitching after a rash of injuries, the Jays receive hurlers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter, while the Astros add veterans Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco, in addition to prospects Asher Wojciechowski, Joe Musgrove, David Rollins and Carlos Perez, and a player to be named.
The Braves, trailing 9 – 0 against the Nationals and ace Stephen Strasburg after 5 innings, mount a tremendous comeback to take a 10 – 9 lead with 2 runs in the top of the 9th. Washington manages to tie the game when Danny Espinosa homers against closer Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the inning. Atlanta completes its improbable comeback with a run in the 11th for an 11 – 10 win. In the game, Chipper Jones becomes the all-time leader for RBIs by a player who was primarily a third baseman with a two-run single in the 8th inning; he was tied with George Brett at 1,598; Mike Schmidt continues to hold the record for RBI collected when actually playing at the hot corner.
After trailing the Nationals by nine runs after five innings of play, the Braves take the lead, 10-9, when the team plates two runs in the top of the ninth. Washington will knot the score in the bottom the frame on Danny Espinosa’s home run, but Atlanta will complete its amazing comeback with an unanswered run in the eleventh inning.
2013 – The Mariners manage only one hit against the Astros but still win, 4 – 2. The lone hit is a two-run double by Michael Saunders off Jose Cisnero in the 7th. Starter Erik Bedard gives up no hits and strikes out 10, but allows 5 walks. Things unravel for him with a 2 – 0 lead in the 6th, when he issues back-to-back walks to Saunders and Brad Miller after one out, then a pair of passed balls and a sacrifice fly allow the M’s to tie the game without a hit. Bedard then allows another two walks in the 7th before leaving with two outs, having reached his pitch count limit, setting the table for Saunders’ double. Travis Blackley and Jose Veras toss a hitless inning each to complete the one-hitter, but it’s little consolation for the Astros.
At Miller Park in a game against Miami, the Brewers wear throwback jerseys to honor the Milwaukee Bears, a Negro League team that played in Brew Town during the 1923 season. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has a wardrobe malfunction when the letter u on his uniform is misplaced, spelling out Milwakuee.
Although the Mariners manage just one hit and strike out 15 times, the team beats the Astros at Minute Maid Park, 4-2. Seattle scores two runs in the top of the sixth thanks to two base on balls, two passed balls, and a sacrifice fly, and then tallies another pair in the next frame when Michael Saunders’ double plates Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino, who both reached base via a walk.
2014 – In his fifth major league start, Odrisamer Despaigne comes within four outs of throwing the first no-hitter in the history of the San Diego Padres. The Mets’ Daniel Murphy breaks his bid with a two-out double in the 8th, and David Wright follows with a single that ties the score at 1 – 1, ending Despaigne’s day. Joaquin Benoit is the winner after the Padres score in the bottom of the 9th for a 2- 1 win.
Xu Guiyan signs with Orioles, becoming the first player who is Chinese by birth and ancestry to ink a contract to play in the United States. The 19 year-old outfielder/first baseman nicknamed ‘Itchy,’ at the MLB China Development Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu will be evaluated by the Orioles scouts in the spring, before being assigned to a minor league affiliate.
2016 – All eyes are on P Drew Pomeranz, the All-Star who is making his first start for the Red Sox against the Giants, but it is 1B Hanley Ramirez who steals the show, hitting 3 homers and driving in 6 runs to lead Boston to an 11 – 7 win. Pomeranz pitches three scoreless innings, but loses it completely in the 4th as he allows the first seven Giants batters to reach base, including a three-run homer by Mac Williamson; his opponent, Matt Cain, in his return from the disabled list, does even worse, giving up three homers in 2 1/3 innings. Matt Barnes is awarded the win on a rare occasion where the final decision is left up to the official scorer.
2017 – The Pirates defeat the Brewers, 4 – 2, to complete a four-game sweep at PNC Park. Gregory Polanco homers and Chris Stewart has three hits to back Jameson Taillon’s strong pitching. Milwaukee’s seemingly comfortable 5 1/2 games lead atop the NL Central at the All-Star break has suddenly shrunk to only one game over Chicago and the Pirates are also back in the thick of the race after winning 11 of 13 to move within three games of the Brew Crew.
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