This Day In Baseball July 22
July 22, 2002 – Over 20,000 fans gather at Fenway Park for a tribute entitled, “Ted Williams: A Celebration of an American Hero”. The two-hour salute of the man many consider to be the greatest hitter in history, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a generous supporter of the Jimmy Fund, includes comments from present and former Red Sox players and broadcasters, historian Ken Burns, and former U.S. Senator John Glenn, who was Ted’s wing man during the Korean War, in addition to moving music and video.
July 22, 1986 – Ken Griffey hits three solo home runs but Atlanta falls to Philadelphia 5 – 4 in 11 innings. Griffey is the second Brave this month to hit three or more home runs in a losing cause, after Bob Horner went deep four times in a loss to the Expos.
July 22, 1968, the Atlanta Braves set a major league record by using five relief pitchers in the ninth inning of their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley, and Cecil Upshaw all take part in preserving a 5-4 victory for the Braves.
July 22, 1923, Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators becomes the first pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts in the major leagues. “The Big Train” strikes out five batters in defeating the Cleveland Indians, 3-1.
July 22, 1909, future Hall of Famer Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers steals second base, third base, and home plate during the seventh inning of a 6-0 win over the Boston Pilgrims. Cobb will repeat the stolen base “cycle” three more times in his career.
Events for July 22
1905 – Weldon Henley of the Athletics, who will win four games all year, fires a no-hitter against the 7th-place St. Louis Browns, 6 – 0. Harry Davis and Lave Cross each have three hits off Barney Pelty. During his four-year big league career, the Georgia native Henley will compile a 32-43 won-loss record. St. Louis cops a split by defeating Rube Waddell, 3 – 2, in the nitecap.