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
At Star Park, Harry McCormick, the Syracuse starter, hits a first-inning homer to beat Tommy Bond and the Boston Red Stockings, 1-0. This most likely will be the only occurrence in major league history that a pitcher will record a 1-0 victory, with his own first inning round-tripper being the game’s lone run.
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.