This Day In Baseball July 29
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.
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