This Day In Baseball July 24
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 24 in baseball history.
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Notable Events and Chronology for July 24
1905 – Giant LF Sam Mertes makes an unassisted double play to help New York stop the Reds, 4 – 3, at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd inning, the Reds have one out and a runner on third base, outfielder Cy Seymour, once a pitcher for the Giants. Mertes catches a short fly off the bat of George Schlei and continues running to double off Cy.
At the Palace of the Fans in Cincinnati, the Giants establish a club mark, hitting four triples in one game. The plethora of three-baggers, including two-legged out by Hall of Fame hurler Rube Marquard as well as one each from Larry Doyle and Chief Meyers, and nine other hits enable New York to beat the Reds, 8-3.
1930 – The Phillies’ Chuck Klein objects sharply to an 8th-inning strike call by umpire Lou Jorda and is banished for the first time in his career. Also ejected are manager Burt Shotton, captain Fresco Thompson and 1B Don Hurst. It is necessary to use 42-year-old Cy Williams in RF in the 9th, the only inning of play Klein will miss this season.
A pair of bandits, who robbed a St. Louis drug store last week, send Dizzy Dean a gift as a goodwill gesture. After walking into the holdup, the thieves told the Cardinal right-hander to line up with the other innocent bystanders, but they would send six neckties because they had nothing against him personally.
Gabby Street, who led St. Louis to National League pennants in 1930 and 1931, is fired midseason by the Cardinals after the team gets off to a 46-45 start. Frank Frisch, the Redbirds second baseman, is named the player-manager of the fifth-place club, prior to a 10-1 exhibition rout of the Quincy Warriors of the Mississippi Valley League in Illinois.
1938 – 44-year-old Babe Ruth, roughly three years into his retirement and currently first base coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers, launches one 430 feet out of Sportsman’s Park to win the $50 grand prize in a pre-game distance-hitting contest featuring an otherwise active pool of contestants including Cardinals Joe Medwick (the runner-up at 425 feet), Johnny Mize and Don Padgett, as well as Brooklyn’s Dolph Camilli and Ernie Koy.
7/24/1950: In a game that had been rescheduled from 5/10 due to rain in Pittsburgh, Eddie Waitkus lost a home run. In the top of the seventh inning with the Pirates ahead, 2-1, the Phillies rallied to take the lead as Waitkus hit a two-run shot with two outs. There had been a 34-minute rain delay at the end of the second inning and after the homer, the game was delayed for an hour and two minutes before it was called. According to the rules, the score reverted back to the end of the sixth inning since the lead had changed and the home team had not had its turn at bat in the inning. Thus all events in the top of the seventh were eliminated.
“That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see” – Pirates GM Branch Rickey, commenting on a catch made by Willie Mays at Forbes Field. At cavernous Forbes Field, Giants’ outfielder Willie Mays, unable to reach across his body to make a catch with his glove of Rocky Nelson’s sinking 457-foot blast to deep center, sticks out his bare right hand and grabs the ball on a full gallop to make the incredible final out of the inning. Venerable Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh’s general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20 year-old rookie, “That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see.”
7/24/1953 – The Cardinals were in Philadelphia and manager Eddie Stanky turned in a lineup card with the first three batters listed as Solly Hemus, Stanky and Stan Musial. However as the game started the Redbirds followed the lineup as posted in the dugout. Stanky batted and struck out. Then Hemus singled and as Musial came to the plate Phillies skipper Steve O’Neill spoke with plate Umpire Bill Jackowski. The single by Hemus was nullified and Musial declared out. Musial later stole home for the Redbirds only run of the game as two Granny Hamner homers defeated the Cards, 2-1.
Honored just eight hours ago at a Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce luncheon as the Pirates’ leading hitter, Roberto Clemente continues to earn his laurels, leading the Bucs to a 6 – 2 win over Chicago with four RBI on three shots, all launched in the same direction: a long sacrifice fly to left center, an even longer triple off the wall, and one longer still into Schenley Park. The 1st-inning RBI triple ties the score at one all; Clemente scores the go-ahead tally on Dale Long’s sac fly, and the Bucs never look back.
New York City Mayor Robert Wagner appoints Charles J. Mylod as chairman and R. E. Blum and C. A. Allen as members of the newly-created Brooklyn Sports Center Authority. He reveals plans for a 50,000-seat stadium bounded by Warren Street and Fourth, Flatbush and Fifth Avenues. Robert Moses prefers a different Brooklyn site.
Under cloudy skies, former first baseman/outfielder Hank Greenberg and infielder Joe Cronin, currently serving as general managers for the Tigers and Red Sox, respectively, are inducted into the Hall of Fame as more than 8,500 fans witness the impressive ceremony. The former Detroit slugger becomes the first Jewish player to enshrined in Cooperstown.
1958 – After yesterday’s Kansas City spitting episode, Boston’s Ted Williams, for the second time in less than two years, is fined for his transgression, though in this instance by the league rather than his own GM, and for the relatively painless sum of $250 rather than the somewhat draconian $5000 extracted from the “Splinter” on August 7, 1956. Upon being informed of the league’s decision, Teddy delivers this heartfelt apology: “I’m sorry I did it. I was so mad at the park that I lost my temper and afterward I was sorry about it. I’m principally sorry about losing the $250.”
A home run derby featuring Bronx Bombers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle vs. Giants sluggers Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda planned to take place before tonight’s exhibition game between the two teams is postponed due to the inclement conditions at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle will be the only scheduled participant to homer in the actual contest, when his second inning round-tripper, a 450-foot blast off Bob Bolin that lands in the bleachers, accounts for New York’s only run.
In a mid-season exhibition match played at Yankee Stadium in front of 47,346 fans on a stormy night, and the San Francisco Giants beat their former cross-town rivals, 4-1. Mickey Mantle’s homer accounts for the only Bronx Bombers run, and Willie Mays, who is cheered enthusiastically throughout the entire evening, has two RBIs for the visiting ‘Jints.’
With the score tied 4-4, Cookie Lavagetto, filling in for manager Casey Stengel, who is attending his brother’s funeral, brings in Bob G. Miller, not to be confused with Bob L. Miller, also on the team, to face Braves backstop Del Crandall to start the bottom of the 12th inning. The first and only ball the 27 year-old southpaw reliever, convinced by the struggling team to come out of retirement because he needed only 18 more days of major league service to qualify for the players’ pension plan, throws is hit over the left-field wall at County Stadium, resulting in one pitch, one hit, one run, and one loss.
Unbeknownst to him at the time, 75 year-old Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor’s, the ‘Old Perfesser’ loses his balance and fractures his left hip, resulting in the unexpected retirement with the team.
Chicago’s Bill Melton ties the major-league record by striking out seven times in a doubleheader split with Detroit. Melton will strike out his first three times up in his next game, in Baltimore on the 28th, before flying out in the 9th. The Sox win the opener today, 5 – 2, with six straight singles and five runs in the 9th. The Tigers win the nitecap, 5 – 4, in the 9th when Don Wert draws a walk from Wilbur Wood with the sacks full.
After his two-out foul pop-up is dropped by Mets’ right fielder Bruce Boisclair, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The L.A. second baseman’s ninth-inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win and spoil the opportunity for a win for Nino Espinosa, who left the game needing just one more out for a complete-game victory.
In Pittsburgh, a 4th-inning call results in a 34-minute rhubarb during the Pirates-Reds game. With Buc runners on first and third base, a 3-1 pitch to Omar Moreno is called a ball, but Johnny Bench throws to second base ahead of the runner from first, Lee Lacy, who is attempting to steal. Lacy is called out by Dick Stello even though Moreno has just received a walk (therefore entitling Lacy to the base), and walks off the bag. He is then tagged out by Dave Concepcion, precipitating the argument. The subsequent protest is rejected by National League president Chub Feeney, and the Pirates’ 6 – 5 loss is upheld.
1984 – Enos Cabell, Phil Garner and Jose Cruz slug back-to-back-to-back homers off Mark Davis to highlight a nine-run inning that dooms the Giants, 10-3, at Candlestick Park. Cruz homers again to ice the cake. Shortstop Bert Pena gets his first two big league RBIs on two separate singles in the fateful fifth inning.
Recently-recalled 1B Brian Hunter of the Braves hits a home run in Atlanta’s 7 – 4 loss to Pittsburgh while his former minor league team, the Richmond Braves, is finishing a suspended game against Pawtucket. Hunter had homered in that game before it was called, giving him round-trippers in the major and minor leagues on the same day.
In a game against the Mariners, the Yankees score three runs on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher. With runners on second and third base and one out in the 4th, Pat Kelly hits a comebacker to Erik Hanson. The Seattle hurler traps Kevin Maas in a rundown between third and home, but Maas scores when 3B Edgar Martinez’s throw hits him in the back. The ball rolls up the first base line in foul territory where it is recovered by C Dave Cochrane. Cochrane throws home to head off Alvaro Espinoza who is also attempting to score. The throw goes into the Mariners’ dugout allowing Espinoza and Kelly to cross the plate with the second and third runs.
1997 – Brad Radke allows the Athletics just five hits, striking out 10 and walking no one, in a 1 – 0 victory. The game is the gem of what has been a masterful stretch for Radke; he is tied for second in the American League in wins with 13 (Roger Clemens has 16) and his 149 1/3 innings are sixth most in the league.
Trailing Florida, 3 – 1, in the bottom half of the 9th, the Phillies get a two-out, two-run, pinch-hit home run from Mark Lewis to send the game into extra innings. Each team scores a single run in the 10th, then again in the 11th. The Marlins plate another in the top of the 12th to take a 6 – 5 lead, but the Phils get two in their half to finally win, 7 – 6.
During the third inning at Warner Park, the approximately 5000 fans attending the minor league contest between the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the hometown Madison Mallards set an American record for most people brushing their teeth at the same time. Next season, in another Northern League promotion, Winnipeg sets the Canadian record for the most fans simultaneous tooth brushing in a game against Calgary.
Another saga is added to the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry as a bench-clearing brawl breaks out after Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo hits Alex Rodriguez, who hit last night’s game-winning home run, with a pitch. As A-Rod stares out at the mound on his way to first base, Boston’s catcher Jason Varitek, after a verbal exchange, pushes the All-Star third baseman in the face, causing a series of fights with players in both team’s dugouts and bullpens involved.
After 18 consecutive losses in Cleveland, the Rays finally beat the hometown Indians for the first time in nearly five years. With the 6-3 victory over the Tribe, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon snaps a 0-21 personal losing streak as the visiting manager that began when he was California’s interim skipper in 1996.
2B Roberto Alomar, P Bert Blyleven and GM Pat Gillick are inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. The day has special significance for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays as both Alomar and Gillick had their greatest success with the Jays’ back-to-back World Series-winning teams in 1992 and 1993.
Former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, lifetime .300 hitter Roberto Alomar, and Bert Blyleven, ninth on the all-time list with 60 shutouts, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gillick won two World Series rings (1992-93) in Toronto with Alomar as his second baseman, and Blyleven helped the Twins win the 1987 Fall Classic as well as playing for the Pirates team that won it all in 1979.
Seattle’s Felix Hernandez breaks Alex Rodriguez’s hand with a pitch in the 8th inning of a 4 – 2 win over the Yankees. The Yanks make history by becoming the first team since the 1927 Athletics to have three players with 2,500+ career hits in the starting lineup. New York uses Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and the newly-acquired Ichiro Suzuki to pull that off.
Jordany Valdespin sets a new Mets single-season record when he hits his fifth pinch-hit home run of the season in the team’s 5-2 loss to Washington at Citi Field. The 24 year-old’s accomplishment also ties Cliff Johnson (Astros, 1974) for the second-highest single-season total ever recorded by a rookie, trailing only Craig Wilson, who was a freshman with the Pirates in 2001 when he tied Dave Hansen’s major-league mark for pinch-homers with seven.
2013 – Down 3 – 2 with two outs in the 9th, the Dodgers wake up. With Yasiel Puig on first, Andre Ethier lines a soft single to center against Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, but the ball is misjudged by CF Colby Rasmus and it bounces over his head, allowing the tying run to score. The Dodgers then burst out for five runs in the top of the 10th, thanks to homers by Puig and Mark Ellis, and end up with an 8 – 3 win, their 6th straight. The Jays are headed in the opposite direction, having now lost 7 in a row and 9 of 10.
In his 10th major league start, rookie Marcus Stroman does not allow a hit until Shane Victorino leads off the the 7th inning with a bloop single; he combines with two relievers on a one-hitter as Toronto defeats Boston, 8 – 0. Juan Francisco goes 3 for 4 with a triple and a two-run homer to lead the offence.
After failing to re-sign him during the off-season, the Mariners reacquire DH Kendrys Morales from Minnesota in return for P Stephen Pryor. Morales had to wait until after the 2014 amateur draft in June to find a team, as none was willing to both meet his financial demands and give up a draft pick in order to sign him. In other deals, the Yankees purchase veteran P Chris Capuano from Colorado while the A’s designate struggling former closer Jim Johnson for assignment.
While singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch, Andy Milovich, the 45 year-old vice president and general manager of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is given a prostate exam in the TicketReturn.com Field press box. The first 1,000 men attending the Carolina League contest against the Winston-Salem Dash received a promotional foam rubber finger.
Receiving a standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd, Michael Conforto, the Mets’ first-round pick (10th overall) last year, becomes the 1,000th player in Mets history when he makes his major league debut, going 0-3 in the team’s 7-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field. Tomorrow, the 22 year-old rookie left fielder will enjoy a 4-for-4 day at the plate when he will collect three singles and a double en route scoring four runs.
2015 – A couple of trades are concluded in anticipation of the trading deadline in a week’s time. The Mets acquire IFs Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen. The Mets also promote top prospect OF Michael Conforto, designate OF John Mayberry for assignment, and move 3B David Wright to the 60-day disabled list. For Uribe, it’s a second trade this year. The Cardinals are also active, acquiring P Steve Cishek from the Marlins for P Kyle Barraclough.
2016 – Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza are inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. Griffey obtained the highest percentage of the vote ever – 99.3% – in being elected in his first year of eligibility by the BBWAA, while Piazza made it on his fourth try. A crowd estimated at 50,000, the second-largest ever at Cooperstown, is on hand to witness the event.
2017 – There is a wave of pitchers changing teams today. The Twins complete a long-rumored trade for Braves P Jaime Garcia, also getting back-up C Anthony Recker in the process, while sending pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa in return. Meanwhile, the Royals acquire three hurlers from the Padres – Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer – in return for Ps Matt Strahm and Travis Wood and minor league IF Esteury Ruiz.
An unusual substitution causes a dispute in Tampa Bay as manager Kevin Cash’s decision to move P Adam Kolarek to 1B with one out in the 8th to bring in P Chaz Roe causes confusion, as it is not clear which of the two replaces DH Austin Meadows in the batting order, and which one takes 1B Ji-Man Choi’s spot. The ensuing discussions between home plate umpire Angel Hernandez and Red Sox manager Alex Cora last 20 minutes, and not receiving satisfaction, Cora plays the remainder of the game under protest. The Rays hang on to their 3 – 2 lead until the end of the game. The Red Sox will drop their protest, realizing they have no chance to win as there was no clear rule violation.
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