This Day In Baseball July 25
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 25 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology for July 25
1905 – Christy Mathewson wins his 16th, defeating the Reds, 7 – 2. The game is close until Frank Bowerman belts a three-run homer in the 8th for the Giants. Cincy fans get a scare in the 1st inning when Reds catcher Ed Phelps is knocked unconscious when he is struck by the back swing of Sam Mertes. Phelps is rushed to a hospital.
7/25/1905 – With the Cardinals in Brooklyn for the second game of their series, Jimmy Sheckard ended the bottom of the seventh by striking out. However, the same batter started the eighth with a walk but nothing was said. The Redbirds scored twice in the top of the ninth on a passed ball to win, 4-3.
Future Red Sox pitcher Hugh Bedient, pitching for a semi-pro Falconer, NY team, strikes out 42 batters in what is heralded as a world’s record. He does it in 23 innings against Corry, PA, finally winning, 3 – 1. He is matched all the way by Charles Bickford. When the wire services pick up the story, Bedient will receive 19 pro offers.
Before an overflow crowd of 30,000 in New York, the Pirates’ Lefty Leifield tops the Giants and Christy Mathewson, 7 – 2. The loss drops New York to 3rd place. Two errors by Larry Doyle in the 7th open the gates for five Pirate runs. Pittsburgh is led by Honus Wagner who goes 5 for 5 to take over the batting lead from a hitless Mike Donlin. After each hit, Wagner holds up a finger to show the number of safeties to the RF Donlin.
With the Highlanders leading the Tigers, 3 – 2, in the 8th, Detroit scores two runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter, New York’s new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb, then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase’s only pitching appearance as the Tigers win, 5 – 3.
A 15-inning, 8 – 8, tie game between St. Louis and the Nationals is called for darkness. Reliever Walter Johnson fans a major-league record 15 in the last 11 innings, but he hits rookie catcher Sam Agnew with a pitch, breaking his jaw. Browns P Carl Weilman sets a major-league record by striking out six times. He becomes the first player in history to strike out six consecutive times in a game, as Johnson gets him four times, and Joe Engel and Long Tom Hughes once each. Johnson’s strikeout mark for relievers will last this century before another Johnson, Randy, breaks it, in 2001.
At Philadelphia, Pirates outfielder Max Carey scores five runs against the Phils without a hit, reaching first on an error and four walks, as the Bucs win, 12 – 2. He also steals four bases and advances twice on wild pitches. A student at St. Louis Theological Seminary, he will lead the National League in runs this season; he’ll lead in stolen bases as well, the first of 10 such seasons.
1916 – Tris Speaker has three hits against lefty Babe Ruth to finally drive him from the mound in the 8th inning. Reliever Rube Foster wild pitches home a run and Braggo Roth’s second double gives Cleveland a 5 – 3 lead. The Tribe wins it, 5 – 4, with Ruth the loser. Ruth is 2 for 4 with a two-run single.
1926 – Braves coach Art Devlin is riding Reds 3B Babe Pinelli. Coming off the field in the 3rd, Pinelli brushes against him. Devlin swings, starting one of the great baseball fights of the century. Police restore order, but not before Boston outfielder Frank Wilson is arrested and taken to jail for hitting a police inspector. In the 4th, Boston OF Jimmy Welsh crashes into C Val Picinich in a play at the plate. Picinich takes a poke at him, starting round two, and is ejected.
Lefty Grove, going the distance, wins his 20th game of the season when the A’s beat Cleveland at Shibe Park, 6-3. The Philadelphia southpaw, who improves his record to 20-2, is the second quickest player to reach the milestone, with Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19, 1912) being the only hurler to have accomplished the feat earlier in a season.
In the A’s 15 – 12 win over the Indians, Philadelphia catcher Frankie Hayes equals a major-league record with four doubles, the last coming in the 9th with the bases loaded. Reliever Harry Kelley is the winner, despite he and Carl Doyle giving up 18 hits. Veteran pitcher George Uhle, recently added to the Indians’ roster, hits a homer, but is replaced by Lloyd Brown.
The Red Sox tally 20 hits to crush the Tigers, 18 – 3, scoring all their runs in two big innings. The Sox score six in the 2nd to drive Tommy Bridges from the mound, then tally 12 more in the 5th; it is the second time this month that the Red Sox have scored more than 10 runs in an inning. Doc Cramer has four Boston hits, while three others have three hits. Lefty Grove gives up nine hits in the easy win.
The Cubs pound out 19 hits to beat the Phils, 17 – 4, and extend their lead over the Cardinals to three games. Curt Davis is the winner, holding his former teammates to six safeties. Three of the Philly hits come in the 9th when they score three runs on Walt Bashore’s single and consecutive homers by Chuck Klein and Dolph Camilli. The Cubs are led by homers from Augie Galan and Ethan Allen as they chase Bucky Walters with four runs in the 3rd, and add another nine off Syl Johnson in three innings.
1937 – Washington’s Mel Almada ties the major-league record by scoring 5 runs in the first game of a doubleheader. When he adds four in the second game, he sets an 18-inning record, that still stands today. The Senators win, 16-10 and 15-5, in St. Louis. In 1987, Mark McGwire will score 9 runs in consecutive days.
In Boston, the other DiMaggio, Dom, makes two spectacular catches against the Indians as well as homering off Satchel Paige. The Red Sox beat Cleveland, 3 – 0, for their 15th win in 16 games. Joe Dobson tops Steve Gromek to leave the Sox percentage points ahead of the 2nd-place A’s. Cleveland and New York are each 1 1/2 games back. With the Braves in 1st place, it is the first time since 1916 that both Boston teams are at the top spot.
Montreal Royals rookie outfielder Roberto Clemente hits his first North American home run “Hollywood style” (as per Montreal sportswriter Lloyd McGowan, who also highlights the prodigious nature of this blast, launched “over the left field fence,” a feat “[f]ew players have achieved […] at Delorimier Stadium”). The 10th-inning, walk-off bomb off Havana reliever Bubba Harris guarantees Montreal at least a split of today’s twin bill; it also represents a distinct turning point in Clemente’s frustrating, increasingly bench-warming tenure with Brooklyn’s International League affiliate. It comes on Clemente’s first at-bat after having entered the game as a defensive replacement, and his first plate appearance in more than two weeks; in fact, prior to today’s action, Clemente had not played at all in 14 of the last 15 games, his sole appearance coming as a pinch-runner. From this point forward, he will be back in the starting lineup but strictly on a platoon basis: he will start every remaining game against southpaw starters and none against righties, raising his average from .207 at the start of today’s action to .257 by season’s end. In today’s nightcap, Clemente makes his first start since July 7th, helping Montreal secure a sweep with an RBI double.
1958 – When is scoring position not scoring position? When Roberto Clemente’s in right field, of course – as his tutor, Willie Mays, is reminded, to his great embarrassment. “The Giants only had one shot at Pirates’ starter Curt Raydon,” writes Bob Stevens in the San Francisco Chronicle. “In the 7th, Willie Mays, after walking in the 1st and 4th innings, led off with a line-drive single to right. Leon Wagner walked and Orlando Cepeda belted one safely to the same field. Even though the Giants were trailing 8 – 0 and had none away, Mays tried to score and was thrown out – Roberto Clemente to Bill Hall. Willie was out by so far he didn’t even try to slide. After the game Herman Franks, the traffic cop at third base, said, ‘I sent him in. It wasn’t Willie’s fault.'”
Against Detroit, Yankee first baseman Moose Skowron reaching for a wide throw, collides with Tiger runner Coot Veal. Skowron’s arm is broken in two places and he is out for the rest of the season. Marv Throneberry will fill in at 1B. The Yanks win, 9 – 8, when Yogi Berra hits a home run in the 9th with Mickey Mantle on. Prior to the Yogi home run, Bobby Richardson and Fritz Brickell hit their first major league homers for New York. Berra’s home run erases five Yankee errors, three by 3B Hector Lopez.
The Bucs return to first place as Bob Friend defeats the Cardinals, 4 – 2, in St. Louis. As UPI tells it: “Bob Skinner’s home run in the 8th inning broke a 2-all tie and Roberto Clemente iced it with a tremendous blast into the bleachers for the Pirates’ final run in the 9th.” Pittsburgh will remain atop the National League for the rest of the season. Clemente’s long home run – actually off the scoreboard behind Busch Stadium’s left-centerfield bleachers, according to The Sporting News’s Les Biederman – breaks a 73-game home run drought, dating back to a similarly prodigious shot launched at Candlestick Park on May 6.
At Yankee Stadium, American League home run leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 1 – 0 lead with a 1st-inning homer off Al Downing. Jim Kaat holds New York scoreless until two outs in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle clocks a ball over the 457-foot mark to tie the score. The game is rained out with the score 1 – 1 and will be replayed on August 18th. New York will win the replay, 1 – 0.
The White Sox become the second major league team in history to win a doubleheader with two walk-off homers when they sweep the Indians, 3-1 and 6-5, thanks to game-ending home runs by J.C. Martin and Ken Berry. In 1962, the Mets were the first team to accomplish the feat, with Hobie Landrith and Gil Hodges going deep, respectively, in the bottom of the ninth inning of each game to give the team its first twin bill sweep in franchise history.
At Busch Stadium, St. Louis starter Bob Gibson blanks the Phillies, 5-0, recording his 11th straight victory to break the franchise record established in 1944 by Ted Wilks. The Cardinal right-hander, who has tossed twelve consecutive complete games, also surpasses William Doak’s mark when he shut outs his opponents for 33rd time in his career with the Redbirds.
In his managerial debut with the club, Clyde King guides the Braves to a 1-0 extra-inning victory over San Diego. The former Giant skipper, who replaced the recently dismissed Eddie Matthews, will finish the season with a 38-25 record, but the team fires the Goldsboro, NC native next year in August with his club mired in fifth place in the NL West.
In the second game of a Cleveland Stadium twi-night doubleheader, Buddy Bell launches a ninth-inning two-run home run to tie the score at 3, enabling the Indians to beat Baltimore in 13 innings, 5-4. With their 8-7 victory in the opener, the Tribe ends the day a half-game out of first place in the tight four-team race in the American League East.
Pete Rose becomes the all-time hit leader among switch-hitters when he collects his 2,881st career hit, a fourth-inning single off Pete Falcone in the Reds’ 9-8 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Frankie Frisch, an infielder dubbed the Fordham Flash, had established the record nearly a half-century ago playing with the Giants and the Cardinals.
1980 – Astros shock Montreal with seven runs in the ninth inning for a 9-8 triumph. Terry Puhl starts the rally with a blast off Steve Rogers then Jose Cruz, Enos Cabell and Alan Ashby each deliver two-run hits to complete the comeback. Ashby’s double is his third hit. Frank LaCorte is the surprise winner.
The Cubs test their $5 million lighting system prior to their historic first night game at Wrigley Field scheduled for August 8th against the Phillies. Six banks of lights on 33-foot steel towers along the first-base and third-base baselines illuminate the field during the charity event in which players take batting practice and participate in a home run derby.
After having a commanding 9 – 0 lead and still ahead, 10 – 3, entering the bottom of the 9th, the Mets barely hold on to beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 10 – 9. The nail biter causes the usually even-mannered Bob Murphy to use a mild obscenity in his call of the final out, “they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!”.
Following his first-inning single, a triple in the third, and a fifth frame two-bagger, George Brett hits a leadoff homer in the seventh to complete the cycle in the Royals’ 6-1 victory over Toronto at the SkyDome. The Kansas City third baseman, who will retire with a lifetime .305 batting average, also accomplished the rare feat against Baltimore in 1979.
1990 – Danny Darwin goes the distance on five hits in a 5-1 victory in Atlanta. Eric Yelding goes 4-for-4, swipes two bases and drives home two as the offensive star. But it’s Franklin Stubbs who enters the record books, becoming only the 15th major leaguer to play an entire game at first base without making a putout.
Rico Brogna, who was recalled from the Norfolk Tides five days ago where he was hitting .351, becomes the third Mets rookie to get five hits in a game, joining Dick Smith (1964) and John Milner (1972). The 24 year-old slick-fielding first baseman collects three singles and two doubles in five at-bats during New York’s 7-2 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
Mark McGwire clouts his 37th homer into the 5th deck at Toronto’s Skydome, just the second player to reach there. The 488-foot drive off Huck Flener lands four rows up from where Jose Canseco hit one in the 1989 ALCS. The A’s still lose the game to the Jays, 4 – 3, when Joe Carter hits a dramatic two-run two-out homer in the bottom of the 9th. McGwire will hit his 38th tomorrow in an A’s win.
Rockies left-hander Bruce Ruffin strikes out four batters in one inning, a feat accomplished only 25 times in major league history. The opportunity for the rare occurrence happens when Cubs’ catcher Scott Servais strikes out swinging but reaches first base safely after whiffing on the southpaw’s wild pitch.
Jesse Ibarra of the Jacksonville Suns hits grand slams from both sides of the plate in a 12 – 9 win over the Memphis Chicks. It is later concluded to be the first Organized Baseball game in which such a feat has occurred. The balls are flying out that day as Memphis’s Shane Monahan sets the Southern League record with his fourth grand slam of the season.
Former Yankees P Jim Bouton makes his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since 1970 at Oldtimers Day and is greeted with cheers all around. Bouton had been persona non grata in New York since writing Ball Four, which broke a long-standing taboo in sports by taking readers into the locker room and revealing players’ extracurricular escapades. The Yanks invited the Bulldog back after his son wrote a Father’s Day article in the New York Times suggesting it.
The Hall of Fame adds an unprecedented number of first-time eligible candidates when George Brett, Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount enter Cooperstown. In addition, the Veterans Committee’s selections Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee, and ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams are also inducted, joining the trio of first-timers elected by the BBWAA.
Carlos Delgado’s three-run blast in the Blue Jays’ 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay makes the slugger the first player in the 27-year history of the franchise to drive in 1,000 runs. The Toronto first baseman, who will also play for the Mets and Marlins, will collect 1512 RBIs during his 17-year major league career.
2005 – Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman set a franchise first by blasting back-to-back homers twice in the same game . It happens in the first and third innings against Cory Lidle during a 7-1 victory over Philadelphia. Jason Lane later blasts the fifth Houston homer. Andy Pettitte works seven solid innings for the win.
Down 9 – 1 coming into the 7th, the Rays tie the game on 9th-inning solo homers by Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar off Blue Jays closer Scott Downs, then add a run in the 12th on a double by Jason Bartlett for a 10 – 9 win. The Jays load the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th, but Joe Nelson wiggles out of the jam to save J.P. Howell’s victory. It is the biggest comeback win in Rays history.
For the second time this year, a star player is injured in a celebration after a game-winning hit. Following the Angels’ Kendry Morales’s broken leg in May, Florida’s Chris Coghlan tears a meniscus in his left knee while attempting to throw a cream pie in the face of teammate Wes Helms, who hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning for a 5 – 4 win over the Braves.
Chris Coghlan seriously injures himself when he tries to smash a shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms’s face after his teammate hit a single to give the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off victory over Atlanta. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will go on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Angels acquire right-hander Dan Haren from the last-place Diamondbacks in exchange for southpaws Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named. The addition of the three-time All-Star strengthens an already strong rotation that includes Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Joel Piniero, and Scott Kazmir, who is presently on the disabled list.
One day after being shut out at home on four singles by Brett Cecil, the Rangers explode for 27 hits in a 20 – 6 drubbing of the Minnesota Twins. They score at least three runs in each of the first five innings, a scoring feat only accomplished two other times since 1900, to cruise to the highest run total in the American League this year. Lead-off hitter Ian Kinsler drives in 5 runs for Texas, while All-Star RF Michael Cuddyer of the Twins moves to the mound in the 8th inning and escapes without allowing a run after loading the bases.
The Pirates get another good performance from James McDonald to stay in the middle of the tight NL Central division race. McDonald strikes out 9 in 5 2/3 innings, a career high and the most by a Bucs pitcher in almost two years, as the Pirates defeat the Braves, 3 – 1. Pittsburgh is tied with St. Louis atop the division, half a game ahead of Milwaukee.
Michael Cuddyer becomes the first Twins’ position player to pitch since outfielder John Moses hurled against California in 1990. Moving from right field to the mound in the eighth inning, the starting first baseman gives up a double to Mike Napoli, a single to Mitch Moreland, and after Endy Chavez grounds out, the right-hander walks Ian Kinsler to load the bases, but then gets Elvis Andrus to fly out and David Murphy to pop-up for a scoreless frame in the 20-6 loss in Texas.
Deals continue to be announced ahead of the trading deadline, with Los Angeles acquiring 3B Hanley Ramirez and P Randy Choate from Miami in return for Ps Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. In other moves, the Phillies sign P Cole Hamels to a six-year extension worth $144 million, taking him off the market, while the Rays release veteran DH Hideki Matsui, who is hitting only .147, to make room for Ryan Roberts, who was acquired in a trade yesterday.
The Athletics crush the Blue Jays, 16 – 0, for their 7th straight win, handing the Jays the most lopsided loss in team history. Coco Crisp homers twice in support of A.J. Griffin as the A’s erupt for 8 runs in the 2nd inning off Ricky Romero. If that isn’t enough, Brandon Inge fouls a ball off C J.P. Arencibia’s bare right hand, breaking a bone, then RF Josh Reddick rubs some salt in the wound by making a Spiderman catch in the bottom of the frame, climbing the fence and holding on with his right hand for a pair of seconds before catching the ball, robbing Travis Snider of extra bases.
Cole Hamels becomes the best paid Phillies player in history when he signs a guaranteed six-year, $144 million contract. The deal, the second richest contract for a pitcher, only behind the Yankees agreement with CC Sabathia, includes an option for a seventh season that could pay the 28 year-old southpaw as much as $162 million through 2019.
2014 – Yasiel Puig hits three of the Dodgers’ five triples to lead Los Angeles to an 8 – 1 win in the opening game of a three-game series with the Giants with leadership of the NL West at stake. Puig adds a double as well and ties a team record with his three-base hits, as do the five hit by the team. Zack Greinke gets the win and also records a four-strikeout inning in the 3rd.
In his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers, Cole Hamels throws a no-hitter against the Cubs, marking the first time Chicago has been no-hit since 1965. The 31 year-old southpaw joins Cliff Chambers (1951 Pirates) and Edwin Jackson (2010 Diamondbacks) as the only pitchers traded before their next start after hurling a no-no for their team.
The semifinal of the women’s bracket is held at the 2015 Pan American Games, with the winner advancing to the Gold Medal game and the loser taking Bronze. Canada starter Autumn Mills throws a four-hit, one-run complete game, but Canada fails to score against Esquiea Rengel for four innings, trailing 1-0. They then explode for six runs in the 5th on three hits, two walks, an error, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly. Becky Hartley’s two-run single off reliever Giddelys Cumaná puts Canada ahead for good, giving Venezuela the Bronze.
In a rare development, the Yankees are sellers at the trading deadline as they send P Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in return for a very rich package of prospects that includes OFs Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney, IF Gleyber Torres and P Adam Warren. The Yankees were dealing from a position of strength, with two other top-class relievers on hand in Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, while Chapman is headed for free agency after the season.
In the 20th season of interleague play since its launch in 1997, the last remaining possible match-up occurs, as the Padres visit Toronto for the first time ever, meaning that every team has now visited every other major league team at least once. The Jays win the game, 4 – 2, behind Aaron Sanchez, who records his 10th straight win, the first Blue Jays pitcher to do so since Roy Halladay in 2003. Alex Dickerson hits a two-run homer for the Padres in the 9th, extending the team’s record streak of games with at least one home run to 23.
2017 – In his first plate appearance at home as a member of the Yankees, Todd Frazier hits into one of the rarest plays in baseball: a triple play that actually scores a run. Batting with the bases loaded and none out in the 2nd, he hits a hard grounder to SS Jose Peraza, who steps on second and throws to first for the first two outs. Meanwhile, Didi Gregorius, who was on second base, freezes up between second and third, thinking Peraza may catch the ball on the fly. 1B Joey Votto throws to third and catches Gregorius in a rundown. He is called out for leaving the base line – but not before Matt Holliday has crossed the plate. Because the final out was not the result of a force out, the run stands. The Yankees go on to beat the Reds, 4 – 2.
The Red Sox author another chapter in the long saga that is their rivalry with the Yankees by defeating them by a score of 19 – 3 at Fenway Park. Masahiro Tanaka allows 12 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, the most by a Yankee pitcher against the Sox. Xander Bogaerts sets the tone with a three-run homer in the 1st as part of a four-hit night in which he adds another long ball, against C Austin Romine pitching mop-up relief in the 8th. The 19 runs by the Red Sox are the most they have scored in the 117-year history of facing the New Yorkers.
OF Stevie Wilkerson of the Orioles becomes the first position player to earn a save as he pitches a perfect 16th inning to preserve a 10 – 8 victory over the Angels. The 10th pitcher of the night for Baltimore, he uses slow lobs never topping 55 mph to put an end to a game that lasts over 6 hours. Jonathan Villar throws out the potential winning run at the plate in the 15th, then in the top of the 16th hits a two-run homer off Griffin Canning, the Angels’ scheduled starter for the next day’s game. The win is a rare highlight this year for an Orioles team that was 0-62 when trailing after 7 innings before erasing such a deficit for the first time today.
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