This Day In Baseball July 26

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on This Day In Baseball.

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.

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