This Day In Baseball July 21
Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on July 21 This Day In Baseball.
July 21, 1988, the New York Yankees make the infamous “Ken Phelps Trade” with the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees acquire the veteran first baseman/DH for promising outfield prospect Jay Buhner. Phelps will remain with the Yankees for parts of only two seasons, while Buhner will emerge as a star, reaching the 40-home run mark in 1995, ’96, and ’97. Even Seinfeld questioned this trade . . .
July 21, 1970, San Diego Padres manager Preston Gomez lifts starter Clay Kirby for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, even though the right-hander has a no-hitter in progress. With the Padres trailing 1-0, Gomez decides to play for the win instead of letting Kirby finish. The Padres eventually lose both the game and the no-hitter. Gomez would repeat the mistake in 1974 as well.
July 21, 1969, Major League Baseball celebrates the national pastime’s centennial anniversary with a gala banquet at the All-Star Game. The festivities include the announcement of an all-time team. Hall of Famer Babe Ruth is voted the “Greatest All-Time Player.” Another Hall of Famer, Joe DiMaggio, is selected the “Greatest Living Player.”
July 21, 1959, the Boston Red Sox become the last team to debut a black player when Elijah “Pumpsie” Green appears in a game as a pinch-runner and shortstop. Green’s debut with Boston comes 12 years after Jackie Robinson’s historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Events for July 21
The Chicago White Sox batting order in Boston against the Beaneaters had Mark Baldwin hitting 8th and Tom Daly 9th. The first time through the order they batted in reverse order. The second time through with two out Daly again hit before Baldwin and reached second on two errors. After the first pitch, a ball, was thrown to Baldwin, Boston protested, and after some discussions by the umpires and the teams’ captains, Phil Powers ruled Baldwin out for batting out of order. He was not the proper batter as the lead off man would have been under today’s rules. The rule in place at the time was as clear as the current one, but under both Chicago should have been able to put the proper batter up with a 1-0 count.
1892 – In a match up of 300-game winners at Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Phillies submariner Tim Keefe sinks Jim “Pud” Galvin and the Browns, 2 – 0. The next time two National League pitchers with 300 or more victories will face each other will occur in 2005 when Greg Maddux of the Cubs beats Astros ace Roger Clemens at Minute Maid Park, 3 – 2.
In a matchup of 300 game-winners at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Phillies’ submarinerTim Keefe sinks Jim “Pud” Galvin and the Browns, 2-0. The next time two National League pitchers with 300 or more victories will face each other will occur in 2005 when Greg Maddux of the Cubs beats Astros ace Roger Clemens at Minute Maid Park, 3-2.
1902 – At Brooklyn, the Superbas maul the Phillies, 10 – 1, nicking Doc White for 14 hits. Doc gets his due in the four-run 5th inning when he strikes 4 batters out, the first pitcher to strike out 4 in an inning since 1888 and the first to do it at 60′ 6″ (the record books list Hooks Wiltse in 1906 as the first this century). Bill Dahlen and Charlie Irwin strike out while 2 runs score. Ed Wheeler’s swinging third strike gets past Red Dooin with Hughie Hearne scoring. Frank Kitson singles and Jimmy Sheckard strikes out for the 4th K. White fans 5 in the game.
According to a Chicago newspaper contest, the Giants’ Mike Donlin, the National League’s leading hitter, is baseball’s most popular player. Turkey Mike tops Honus Wagner by a wide margin and will be awarded a trophy cup. Donlin was involved in a car accident on the 18th when the car he was riding in on Michigan Avenue collided with another vehicle driven by Chicago Mayor Fred A. Busse.
1914 – Dick Rudolph throws a three-hitter to give the Braves their second straight whitewash of the Pirates, winning, 6 – 0. Rudolph will end the year with 27 victories, tied with Grover Cleveland Alexander; one of his credited wins is a game in which he started and left after three innings. The Braves move ahead of the Reds and Phils into 4th place.