This Day In Baseball July 29

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on July 29 This Day In Baseball.

2009 – Ichiro Suzuki raps the 3,000th hit of his career, combining the major leagues (1,722) and Japan’s Pacific League (1,278). Isao Harimoto was the only player to collect 3,000 or more hits in Nippon Pro Baseball, putting Ichiro second all-time in hits by a Japanese player in top-tier baseball leagues.

July 29, 1996, future Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda announces that he is retiring as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 68-year-old Lasorda, who had suffered a heart attack earlier in the year, will become a team vice-president. Read more

1988 The Orioles trade pitcher Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox in return for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling. Boddicker will have two successful years with Boston while Anderson will become a productive lead-off man for Baltimore and Schilling will became one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers of his era.

July 29, 1983, Steve Garvey’s National League record playing streak of 1,207 consecutive games comes to an end. The San Diego Padres’ first baseman is unable to play Due to a dislocated thumb caused by a collision at home plate trying to score in the first game of a doubleheader against the Braves

On July 29, 1968, Washington Senators shortstop Ron Hansen turns an unassisted triple play – the eighth in the game’s history and the first in 41 years. With runners on first and second, Cleveland’s Joe Azcue hits a line drive to Hansen, who makes the catch before retiring the two runners. Three days later, the Senators will trade Hansen to the Chicago White Sox for utility infielder Tim Cullen.

1900 – With all the National League teams in the East, and no Sunday games allowed, 100 players gather in New York City. Their demands are: release of players who are not going to be used rather than farming them out, and players to share in the purchase price when they are sold. Says veteran Hughie Jennings: “We are not out to fight the owners, but to resolve injustices in the contracts.”

1919 – At Navin Field, Dutch Leonard decides to pitch around Braggo Roth with two outs in the ninth inning to face Babe Ruth. Although the Boston slugger, who has already reached the Detroit southpaw with two doubles, responds by tying an American League record with his ninth home run of the month and sixteenth of the season, the Tigers prevail, 10 – 8.

Events for July 29

2001 – A career utility player who’s making the most of his opportunity to play this year in place of the injured Edgardo Alfonzo, second baseman Desi Relaford makes several key contributions to a dramatic, back-and-forth, 6 – 5 nailbiter between the Mets and Phillies. After Relaford’s tremendous over-the-shoulder inning-ending grab robs Philly of two runs in the 6th, he goes to even greater lengths to break the tie he’s just preserved: after his one-out, 7th-inning, hit-and-run single moves Lenny Harris to third and brings up Mike Piazza, New York’s number one run producer produces a tailor-made 4-6-3, inning-ending double play grounder. Long before Relaford can reach second, shortstop Jimmy Rollins receives the throw and crosses the bag, continuing on another 10 to 12 feet past the bag and at least 7 feet clear of the baseline before turning and making the transfer from glove to hand. As the unsuspecting shortstop winds up to throw, Relaford, his left arm dragging the baseline to which his fully-extended body is perfectly perpendicular, suddenly enters the picture, sliding/tumbling past on his way to second base. Just as Rollins is about to unload, Desi fully extends his right toe, hooks Rollins’ right shin and completely turns him around. When he comes to rest, the Phillies’ shortstop is facing the now unoccupied third base as its previous tenant, Lenny Harris, crosses home plate. The resulting 3 – 2 Mets lead will last exactly two batters into the next half-inning as John Franco coughs it up on Scott Rolen’s no-out, two-run homer. Tsuyoshi Shinjohits a towering, two-run homer in the 8th, but New York’s Armando Benitez blows the save and Relaford must come to the rescue yet again, turning a double play to get Benitez out of further trouble, thus setting the stage for redemption in the form of Mike Piazza’s walk-off home run.

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