This Day In Baseball July 26
July 26, 1991 Against the Dodgers, Montreal’s Mark Gardner pitches a no-hitter for nine innings before Lenny Harris beats out an infield single in the 10th. The Dodgers get two more hits, including an RBI single by Darryl Strawberry, to plate the only run of the contest. After a 2-out walk in the 1st to Eddie Murray, Gardner retires 19 in a row. The Expos manage only two hits themselves against the combined efforts of Orel Hershiser, Kevin Gross, and Jay Howell. Gardner is the 11th pitcher to lose a no-hitter after nine innings; the last being Jim Maloney, on June 14, 1965, and the first pitcher to hurl nine no-hit innings against the Dodgers since Johnny Vander Meer, in 1938.
July 26, 1987, the Hall of Fame expands by three members. Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Billy Williams, and Ray Dandridge are honored in Induction Ceremonies in Cooperstown. Hunter played on five world champions
July 26, 1978, Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds collects his 300th career home run in a 12-3 loss to the New York Mets. In the same game, Cincinnati’s Pete Rose extends his hitting streak to 39 games. Rose’s streak will eventually reach 44 games – a new National League record.
July 26, 1962 In New York pitcher Gene Conley and infielder Pumpsie Green of the Red Sox mysteriously disappear after a 13 – 3 loss to the Yankees. They leave the team bus in traffic to use a rest room and fail to return. Conley decides he wants to fly to Israel, and goes to the airport, but is refused a ticket because he does not have a visa. Conley was the loser in the game, pitching 2 2/3 inning, and walking in two of the eight earned runs allowed. Pumpsie did not play. Jim Bouton is the winner, shutting out the Hubmen for six innings.
July 26, 1948, Babe Ruth makes his final public appearance. Ruth visits the film premiere of “The Babe Ruth Story.” Ruth will succumb to throat cancer only three weeks later.
July 26, 1933 The 61-game hitting streak of the San Francisco Seals’ 18-year-old rookie, Joe DiMaggio, is stopped by Ed Walsh, Jr. of the Oakland Oaks.
Events for July 26
Gus Weyhing is released by the Cardinals but does not get the 10 days’ pay he is entitled to. He gets a deputy sheriff to seize the St. Louis share of the gate at Brooklyn, but it comes to less than the $100 he’s claiming. Weyhing will pitch briefly in 1901 before calling it quits, the last gloveless pitcher in the majors.
7/26/1927 – In the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, the Browns sent four batters to the plate in the first inning. Then in the next frame the number five and six batters made outs. The next scheduled hitter was catcher Steve O’Neill but Wally Gerber, in the number eight spot in the lineup, came to the plate and ended the inning with a fly out. The fact that Gerber batted out of turn was discovered before the Browns came to the plate in the third inning. The next proper hitter according to the rules would be the ninth person in the order, pitcher Milt Gaston. However, the umpires told Gerber to bat again at his “proper” time. This time Gerber grounded out and Gaston followed him to the plate. The Browns then proceeded through the lineup in proper order. The Yankees won the game, 15-1, led by Babe Ruth’s two home runs off Gaston.
7/26/1928 – The Reds batted out of turn in the ninth inning at Philadelphia and scored the game-winning runs during that frame. In the eighth inning, Pinky Pittinger had pinch run for Bubbles Hargrave (in the seventh spot in the lineup) and remained in the game. In the top of the ninth, the Reds had one run in and two runners on when it was Pittinger’s turn to bat. Val Picinich, who had entered the game in the eighth spot in the previous half inning, strode to the plate instead of Pittinger. After Picinich fouled out, the proper batter, Pittinger, was called out. Now it really was Picinich’s turn. Instead, Pid Purdy pinch hit for Picinich and walked. Eventually, Hughie Critz doubled home three runs to claim the contest for Cincinnati. The Phillies gained nothing by pointing out that Picinich had batted out of turn since he was already out.
Ed Linke starts a 1-2-6 double play when Yankees outfielder Jesse Hill’s line drive, that caroms of his head, is caught by catcher Jack Redmond, who relays the ball to shortstop Red Kress to double up Ben Chapman at second base. The Senator right-hander will be hospitalized for two days after being carried off the pitcher’s mound on a stretcher.
Umpire Bill Summers is forced out the game after he is hit in the groin by a pop bottle thrown from an unruly crowd of 50,000 at Comiskey Park. The crowd is upset with an outcall at first base on Rip Radcliff in the 8th inning of the nitecap. Judge Landis, on hand to watch the game, offers a $5,000 reward over the public address system for the culprit, but only draws more boos. The deluge of pop bottles finally abates when Jimmy Dykes pleads through the field amplifier. The Yanks sweep a pair from the Sox, winning, 12 – 3 and 11 – 8, in 11 innings. Lou Gehrig hits his 29th homer with two aboard to start New York’s scoring in the opener. Joe DiMaggio and Tony Lazzeri add round trippers to make it easy for Johnny Broaca. Sugar Cain is the losing pitcher. In the nitecap, Gehrig adds another homer, while Zeke Bonura homers and drives home four runs for the Sox. DiMaggio has one hit, a triple. The sweep increases New York’s lead to 9 1/2 games.
Before a paid attendance of 41,596 in Boston, the largest crowd in the National League since 1930, the Cards and Bees split. The Bees take the opener, 4 – 3, on Wally Berger’s two-run homer in the 8th inning off Jesse Haines. The nitecap is knotted at 2 – 2 in the 7th, when the Cards unload five runs. Joe Medwick leads off the frame with a homer, Johnny Mize doubles, and Virgil Davis homers to knock out Ben Cantwell. After two more reach base, Dizzy Dean drives them both home to ensure his 16th win of the year. Dean has a run-scoring triple in the 3rd as well.
After singling and scoring the tying run in the 9th, ex-Pirate Arky Vaughan launches a 10th-inning, game-winning grand slam inside-the-park home run off the base of Forbes Field’s left-center light tower more than 440 feet from home plate, thus preventing the Pirates from wresting second place from his current team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. The other Dodger home run in the game is not only hit inside-the-park, courtesy of Luis Olmo, but hits the same light tower.
The Phillies, who are five games under .500, name Eddie Sawyer to replace interim manager Dusty Cooke, who had filled the position when the team fired Ben Chapman earlier in the month. The former skipper of the Triple-A International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs will get off to a poor start, posting a 23-40 won-lost record in his first year at the helm, but will lead the Philadelphia Whiz Kids to a National League pennant in 1950.
Brooklyn beats the Cardinals, 7 – 5, as the Dodgers’ Jim Russell switch-hits home runs, making him the first switch-hitter in history to do it more than once. Stan Musial hits in his 30th straight game, the longest hitting streak of the decade. He is en route to a .346 batting average for the season and his 4th batting title. The Cards, currently 1 1/2 games behind Brooklyn, will begin a slow and steady descent to 5th place.
In a 9-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Jim Russell becomes the first player in major league history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game in two different games. The Dodger outfielder’s accomplishment will be surpassed in 1956, when Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle goes deep both right and left-handed in the same game for a third time.
The Phillies end their scoreless streak of thirty-eight consecutive innings when Johnny Callison plates Tony Gonzalez with a sixth-inning single in the team’s 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Philadelphia’s drought began when the team failed to score in the last six frames of a 3-0 win against the Giants, and continued when they were shut out in three straight games (2-0, 2-0, and 9-0) by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Johnny Blanchard ties a major-league record by hitting his 3rd and 4th home runs in four at bats over three games. He drives in four of the Yankee runs in a 5 – 2 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. New York manages just six hits but four are homers, including one by Mickey Mantle following Blanchard’s 1st-inning clout. Blanchard will end the year with 21 homers in 243 at bats, the first player in history to hit 20 or more in fewer than 250 at bats.
In New York pitcher Gene Conley and infielder Pumpsie Green of the Red Sox mysteriously disappear after a 13 – 3 loss to the Yankees. They leave the team bus in traffic to use a rest room and fail to return. Conley decides he wants to fly to Israel, and goes to the airport, but is refused a ticket because he does not have a visa. Conley was the loser in the game, pitching 2 2/3 inning, and walking in two of the eight earned runs allowed. Pumpsie did not play. Jim Bouton is the winner, shutting out the Hubmen for six innings.
Braves hurler Warren Spahn, en route to a complete-game victory, homers off Mets right-hander Craig Anderson to set the National League record for round-trippers hit by a pitcher. The southpaw’s 31st career home run helps Milwaukee to extend New York’s losing streak to 11 with a 6-1 victory at County Stadium.
With ten year-old Bill Bradley, who had regained some of his eyesight, in the stands and the bases loaded in the first inning of a game against New York at Colt Stadium, Bob Aspromonte sends Tracy Stallard’s pitch over the left-field wall for a grand slam, fulfilling his young fan’s wish to see his hero hit a home run, that leaves the third baseman in tears as the two embraced when the game is halted for the special moment. Their well-publicized friendship began last season when the Colt .45’s player went to a Houston hospital to visit the blindfolded boy, who had lost his eyesight when a tree that was struck by lightning fell on him.
1963 – Bob Aspromonte hits another home run for blinded Bill Bradley who is able to watch this grand slam that beats the Mets, 7-3 . After three operations in two years, Bradley’s sight is restored, allowing him to see the promised homer and to see his hero point to him as he rounded the bases. The blast capped a seven-run first inning which was all Turk Farrell needed to chalk up the victory.
Leaving with a strained knee after five innings of pitching, Earl Wilson of the Tigers earns a 4 – 1 win in the opener of three games with the Orioles. Rookie Daryl Patterson provides spectacular relief coming in with the bases loaded in the 6th and striking out the side. Boog Powell’s homer in the 8th is the only tally for the O’s. The win increases the Tigers’ lead over the O’s to 6 1/2 games.
Johnny Bench of the Reds and Orlando Cepeda of the Braves each collect three consecutive homers and seven RBIs during respective games with the Cardinals and Cubs. Bench hits all three off Steve Carlton and adds a single in the Reds’ 12 – 5 win over the Cards. Bench now has 33 homers and 95 RBIs to lead the majors. Cepeda collects his seven RBIs in the Braves’ 8 – 3 win over the Cubs in game 1. His first two are solo shots, and the third follows an intentional walk to Hank Aaron to load the bases. His last RBI comes on a single in the 9th. In the nitecap of the twinbill, Cepeda has three hits but the Cubs win, 7 – 6. Glenn Beckert, 2 for 3 in the opener, raps five straight hits in game two to lead Chicago.
1974 – Larry Milbourne scores in the 11th on a fielder’s choice to give Houston an 8-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Roger Metzger has three hits and raps into the game-winner when the throw home by Davey Lopes is late. Cesar Cedeno socks two home runs and drives in four. His 79 RBIs lead the league while his 21 home runs are just one shy of ex-teammate Jim Wynn for the top spot in that category.
In a 10 – 0 blanking of the Cubs, Los Angeles’s Pedro Guerrero is 2 for 2 to complete an on-base streak of 14, setting a National League record. The streak, which began on July 23rd includes two singles, three doubles, two homers, six walks, and a hit by pitch. He’ll be 1 for 3 tomorrow. Jerry Reuss scatters seven hits in the shutout and is backed by three homers, including a grand slam by Mike Marshall, a three-run shot by Greg Brockand a two-run homer by Guerrero.
After hitting a single off Oakland’s Dennis Lamp in the first inning of the Brewers’ 7-4 victory at County Stadium, leadoff batter Paul Molitor steals second and third base, and then swipes home plate to complete a rare stolen base cycle. The Milwaukee DH becomes the first American Leaguer to steal his way around the bases since Dave Nelson accomplished the feat with the Rangers in 1974.
Against the Dodgers, Montreal’s Mark Gardner pitches a no-hitter for nine innings before Lenny Harris beats out an infield single in the 10th. The Dodgers get two more hits, including an RBI single by Darryl Strawberry, to plate the only run of the contest. After a two-out walk in the 1st to Eddie Murray, Gardner retires 19 in a row. The Expos manage only two hits themselves against the combined efforts of Orel Hershiser, Kevin Gross, and Jay Howell. Gardner is the 11th pitcher to lose a no-hitter after nine innings; the last being Jim Maloney, on June 14, 1965, and the first pitcher to hurl nine no-hit innings against the Dodgers since Johnny Vander Meer, in 1938.
Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers for nine innings, but Los Angeles wins the game in the bottom of the tenth on two singles off the Expos’ starter and Darryl Strawberry’s RBI single off reliever Jeff Fassero. It’s the first time the Dodgers had been held hitless at home for nine innings since Johnny Vander Meer’s second straight no-hitter in 1938.
In his 319th career victory, which surpasses Phil Niekro’s total for #12 on the all-time list, Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23 consecutive seasons, a major league record. The 45 year-old right-hander, who is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.65 in his last six games, gets the win when the Rangers beat Baltimore and Mike Mussina at Camden Yards, 6-2.
In the last appearance of his 25-year major league career, Marlins starter Charlie Hough lasts one-third of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits. The 46 year-old knuckleballer, who is the last active player to have been born in the 1940s, does not get tagged for the loss in the team’s eventual 10-8 defeat to Philadelphia, so he’ll retire with a 216-216 won-loss record.
The Yankees unload a 21-hit barrage and bat around twice to whip the Royals, 15 – 1. This is the most hits New York has collected in nine innings since August 25, 1984, when they had 23 against Seattle. Jimmy Key is the easy winner, giving up three hits in seven innings. Pat Kelly, who had been out the whole season after undergoing surgery, makes his debut and promptly injures a hamstring.
Boston defeats Toronto by a score of 6 – 3. Jose Canseco’s 8th-inning home run accounts for the Blue Jays’ first run. It is the 380th home run of Canseco’s career, making him the all-time leader among players born outside of the United States. Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez had been the co-leaders with 379.
The Diamondbacks bring up Mexican star Erubiel Durazo, 25, to replace slumping 1B Travis Lee. Durazo, whose contract was purchased from the Monterrey Sultans last December after he hit .350, tore up the minors (AAEl Paso Diablos, .403, 14 home run in 64 games; AAA Tucson Sidewinders, .407, 10 home run, 30 G). He’ll do the same in the National League hitting .329, with 11 homers, in 52 games.
The Phillies send their number one starter, Curt Schilling, to Arizona for first baseman-outfielder Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa. Next season, the 33 year-old right-hander will play a major role in Arizona’s world championship, posting a 22-6 record while hurling a league-leading 256.2 innings for his new team.
After waiting through a 2-hour 43-minutes rain delay in Atlanta to start the game, Greg Maddux becomes the 13th pitcher in history to register 3,000 strikeouts. Taking an inside fastball in the top of the 3rd inning, Omar Vizquel of the Giants becomes the historic victim of the crafty 39-year old Braves right-hander.
2006 – Craig Biggio smacks the 50th leadoff homer of his career in an 8-5 victory over the Reds. Lance Berkman goes deep twice and drives in four. Berkman’s 91 RBIs lead the league. However, the floundering Astros sit five games under .500, five games out of the wild card race and with five teams in between Houston and Cincinnati.
John Lannan has a rough major league debut, being ejected in the 5th inning by Hunter Wendelstedt after hitting Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in back-to-back appearances. Utley, among the National League leaders in doubles (1st), runs (2nd), total bases (2nd) and OPS (5th), is diagnosed with a broken right hand after the game. To make up for his absence, Philadelphia will trade for Tadahito Iguchi a day later.
The Pirates send .330-hitting Xavier Nady and interim closer Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Ps Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens and injured OF prospect José Tabata. The Pirates are in desperate need of pitching depth with injuries to Phil Dumatrait and Matt Capps, the struggles of Ian Snell, Matt Morris and Tom Gorzelanny, ineffective call-ups Yoslan Herrera and John Van Benschoten, and an empty minor league cupboard, while the Yankees need help for the pennant run, being in third place in the AL East. Nady is considered unlikely to re-sign with Pittsburgh.
Garret Anderson becomes the first player in Angels franchise history to score 1,000 runs. Los Angeles tops the Orioles, 11 – 6. The big star of the day is Torii Hunter, in his second day back from bereavement leave. Hunter homers twice, singles once, walks twice, scores four and drives in five to lead the charge.
Matt Garza pitches the first no-hitter in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise, blanking the Tigers, 5 – 0. He is helped by a great over-the-shoulder catch by Ben Zobrist in the 3rd inning. The only baserunner is Brennan Boesch, who draws a 2nd-inning walk but is erased in a double play. Matt Joyce hits a 6th-inning grand slam for the Rays, the first hit allowed by Detroit’s Max Scherzer. Tampa Bay had been no-hit twice this season – by Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson – and has now featured in three of this year’s five no-nos.
Allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch, who is promptly erased on a double play, Matt Garza faces the minimum 27 batters in his no-hitter against the Tigers. With the right-hander’s 5-0 victory, the Rays join the 1917 Browns and White Sox as the only teams to be involved in three no-hitters in the same season.
The Braves beat the Pirates, 4 – 3, in 19 innings in a game that ends on a very controversial play. After 6 hours and 39 minutes of play at Turner Field, Braves P Scott Proctor grounds to Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez; Julio Lugotakes off from third base and Alvarez’s throw to C Michael McKenry easily beats him to the plate, however umpire Jerry Meals calls him safe with the winning run. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle argues vociferously, and even though television replays show that Lugo was tagged out, the run is allowed to stand. Daniel McCutchen is the unlucky loser, in spite of giving up only that run in 5 1/3 innings as neither team scores after the 3rd inning until the deciding run. It is the longest game by time in both teams’ history. Immediately after the game, the Pirates launch a formal complaint about the disputed call to the Commissioner’s office. Tomorrow, both Meals and MLB Vice-President Joe Torre will acknowledge that the call was wrong, but that it will not be reversed. The tough loss marks the beginning of the end for the Bucs, who have been playing above .500 and battling for first place in the NL Central: on July 29th, they will start an 11-game losing streak and tumble well out of contention.
Two players extend their hitting streaks into interesting territory today. Emilio Bonifacio of the Marlins reaches 24 games with a single off Jordan Zimmermann in his team’s 11 – 2 win at Washington, and Boston’s newly clean-shaven Dustin Pedroia extends his streak to 23 games with a 4-for-5 night against the Royals as the Red Sox come out on top in a slugfest, 13 – 9.
Matt Harvey strikes out 11 Diamondback hitters in his major league debut, beating the Mets franchise record of 9 held by Tom Seaver and Bill Denehy; it is the most in a debut since Stephen Strasburg fanned 14 for the Nationals two years ago. Harvey allows no runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, before leaving because of pitch count issues; for good measure, he also goes 2 for 2 at the plate, with a double off Wade Miley for his first major league hit. He gets credit for the Mets’ 3 – 1 win at Chase Field.
Not to be outdone, Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte homers on the first pitch of the game in his big league debut (only the third Pirate ever to do so), going yard against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. Pittsburgh goes on to a 5 – 3 win as A.J. Burnett improves to 12-3. Marte adds another hit before the night is through.
Starling Marte becomes the 28th player in history to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues when he goes yard to deep left-center field at Minute Maid Park off Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. The 23 year-old left fielder is the first Pirates player to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat since Don Leppert accomplished the feat against St. Louis in 1961.
The Yankees repatriate OF Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs, in return for minor league P Corey Black. Soriano plays DH and bats clean-up in tonight’s game against the Rays, but goes 0-for-5 as the Yankees lose, 10 – 6. Tampa Bay’s win, combined with Boston’s loss to the Orioles, puts the Rays in first place in the AL East for the first time since April 6th.
Four players, all elected by the BBWAA, are inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as the Class of 2015: pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, all elected on their first presence on the ballot, and 2B Craig Biggio. Martinez steals the show by dancing on stage and entertaining the large contingent of visitors from the Dominican Republic who have come to witness his induction.
The Gold Medal game in the women’s portion of the 2015 Pan American Games is held. It is the first Pan American Games to include women’s baseball. The women’s Gold, like the men’s, comes down to the USA and host Canada. In a reverse of the men’s field, the USA beats Canada 11 – 3. Stacy Piagno gets the win in relief, while Vanessa Riopel takes the loss. Sarah Hudek and Anna Kimbrell each drive in three, Samantha Cobb scores three runs and Jenna Marston raps three hits for the historic US win.
The Marlins defeat the Rangers, 22 – 10, to set a franchise record for runs; the 32 combined runs are also the most in a game this season. Dee Gordon starts off the game with a homer off Yu Darvish, who gives up 10 runs in less than four innings, while Christian Yelich goes 4-for-5 with a homer and three doubles. For Texas, Adrian Beltre homers and hits two doubles to move with four hits of the 3,000 mark, but he is ejected by umpire Gerry Davis in the 8th for dragging the large plastic mat marking the on-deck circle closer to home plate; his manager, Jeff Banister, is also tossed for coming to his defence.
The Phillies tie a team record by hitting 7 homers in a 9 – 4 win over the Reds. Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams all hit two homers, and Carlos Santana adds another long ball as the Phils have won 5 of 7 since the All-Star Game and have built a lead of 2 1/2 games over the second-place Braves in the NL East.
A number of trades take place with the deadline approaching. The Rangers send P Cole Hamels to the Cubs in return for two prospects and a player to be named later. The Braves repatriate reliever Jonny Venters from the Rays in exchange for international bonus money, and the Yankees add P J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays, sending IF Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney in return.
With three days still to play, Puerto Rico locks up Gold at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games; it is their third Gold, tying the Dominican Republic for second behind Cuba’s 12. Trailing host Colombia 1 – 0 after 7 innings, Puerto Rico improves to 5-0 as Ozzie Martínez singles off Ernesto Frieri to score pinch-runner Brian Ortiz in the 8th (Ortiz had run for Wilfredo Rodríguez-Chevere). Randy Ruiz drives in Martínez with the winner. Adalberto Flores and Fernando Cruz pitch very well for Puerto Rico. No other team is better than 3-2 and Puerto Rico has already beaten both 3-2 teams (Colombia and Cuba).