This Day In Baseball July 3
July 3, This day in baseball. Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck purchases the contract of outfielder Larry Doby. Hall of Famer Don Drysdale passes away. Cleveland Indians right-hander Luis Tiant strikes out 19 Minnesota Twins batters in 10 innings. Tony Cloninger Sets grand slam record and much more on This Day In Baseball.
Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on This Day In Baseball.
Events for July 3
At a packed Washington Park, the Giants beat up Brooklyn, winning, 5 – 3 and 2 – 1, in a total of 23 innings. In the opener, Christy Mathewson relieves Bugs Raymond with the score knotted at 3 in the 9th. Matty shuts out the Superbas in the next six innings, and the Giants score two in the 14th off Harry McIntire for the win.
The Giants’ Rube Marquard nips Nap Rucker, 2 – 1, to capture his 19th straight game this season. With two end-of-year wins in 1911, he has 21 in a row in regular season play. Both marks are records. On the 8th, the Cubs will beat him, but he will ultimately compile a league-leading 26 victories against 11 defeats. Today’s game is the Giants’ 16th consecutive win. Brooklyn will end the streak tomorrow.
Milt Stock sets a National League mark by having his fourth consecutive four-hit game, going 16-for-23 during the span to compile a .696 batting average. The 31 year-old second baseman’s offensive output, which includes three singles and a triple, helps the Robins beat the Giants at Ebbets Field, 6-3.
With a Boston law that prohibited games from being played within 1000 feet of a church on Sundays now rescinded, the first Sunday game is played at Fenway Park with the Red Sox dropping a 13-2 decision. The team played its Sunday games at Braves Field on Commonwealth Avenue until the law was changed, having played their first home contest on the Christian day of worship on April 28, 1929.
San Diego minor leaguer Ted Williams, pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the seventh inning in a game against the Angels, gets his first professional hit, a long single off the right-field fence at LA’s Wrigley Field off Glen Babler. The 17 year-old Padres player stays in the PCL contest to replace the hurler he batted for, retiring the side in order, but will be removed from the mound in the next frame when he gives up two home runs.
The Red Sox complete a 12-11 comeback over the A’s, scoring six times in the bottom of the ninth in the Fenway Park afternoon tilt. Boston, having trailed by seven runs after seven innings, ties the game in the final frame thanks to Ted Williams’ three-run homer, and wins with Jimmie Foxx’s walk-off round-tripper.
In a 14-2 victory over Brunswick, Cordele A’s third baseman Ralph Betcher goes deep for the Philadelphia farm club, accounting for the only home run the team will hit all season. ‘Froggie,’ a moniker given to the infielder because of his deep voice, records the only round-tripper in the 4,679 at-bats that the Class D team will take during the 139-game Georgia-Florida minor league season.
Pittsburgh’s right fielder Roberto Clemente pounds Dodger pitching in the opener of a twin bill split, doing most of his damage against former Montreal Royals teammate Ed Roebuck. “Eddie was celebrating his 24th bithday,” reports Jack Hernon of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “but Roberto Clemente apparently didn’t know about it. The Buc rookie belted him for two triples, scoring the tying run on the first one in the 4th and driving home the run Ron Kline needed in the 5th.”
Before 50,556 fans in New York, the Yankees sweep two from the Tigers, winning 7 – 6 and 6 – 2. In the opener, Ryne Duren fans Charlie Maxwell with the bases loaded and two outs in the 9th. Detroit is ahead, 2 – 1, in the night cap when Norm Cash argues at length about a call at first base, and finally gets tossed. When play resumes, Pete Burnside serves up a 3-run homer to Mickey Mantle, batting righty. The Yankees are 23-5 since June 5th and lead the American League by three games.
Pre-game horseplay between Phillies teammates Frank Thomas and Richie Allen turns serious when Thomas swings a bat at Allen. Allen recovers enough to hit a 3-run triple in the 7th and Thomas hits a pinch homer to tie the game in the 8th inning. But the Reds prevail, 10 – 8. Following the game, the Phils release Thomas, who has had a history of irritating players before the incident with Allen, and he signs with Houston.
As part of the Farmer’s Night festivities at Municipal Stadium, A’s pitcher Diego Segui rides Charlie O., the team’s mule mascot to the mound at the start of the game against the Twins. The promotion, which attracts the largest crowd in nearly two years, also features a milking contest between Kansas City first baseman Ken Harrelson and Minnesota right-hander Al Worthington as well as a greased pig competition for the fans.
Pitcher Tony Cloninger hits two grand slams and drives in nine runs, as the Braves rout the Giants at Candlestick Park, 17 – 3. Cloninger is the first National League player to slam two in a game, and the first pitcher ever, and his nine RBIs are a major-league record for pitchers, breaking Vic Raschi’s mark of 7. The National League record for pitchers was 5, held by several; the last hurler to collect five RBIs in a game was Cloninger himself, who had five on June 16th against the Mets.
Mickey Mantle hits a 1st-inning homer, and for the second time this week has hit three home runs in consecutive times at bat. New York blows a 5 – 0 lead in the 8th as the Senators storm back. Bobby Richardson homers in the 11th to give New York a 6 – 5 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Paul Casanova is on first when a sacrifice bunt moves him to second base. He overruns the bag and decides to head to third where he knocks the ball away from Tom Tresh. He then continues home where he is thrown out by a mile.
At the launching pad in Atlanta, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Randy Hundley homer for Chicago, and Rico Carty and Felipe Alou answer for the Braves – all in the 1st inning, a major league record. Carty adds another homer later, but Glenn Beckert’s three-run shot helps put the game out of reach. Ray Culp emerges the winner, 12 – 6.
In St. Louis the fans get boxing with their baseball in the Cards’ 7 – 3, win over the Reds. Bob Gibson pitches inside to Tony Perez in the 5th inning, and the pair exchange words after Perez flies out. Both benches empty but there is no fighting until the Reds bullpen, led by Bob Lee, show up. It takes 12 minutes before the police are needed to restore order.
Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Randy Hundley all homer for the Cubs in the first, and Rico Carty and Felipe Alou also go deep for the Braves in the same inning in Chicago’s 12-6 victory at Atlanta Stadium. The five round-trippers at the ‘Launching Pad’ tie a major league record for home runs hit by two teams in the same inning, but the barrage marks the first time the feat occurs in the opening frame.
Luis Tiant registers 19 K’s in 10 innings, as Cleveland beats Minnesota, 1 – 0. Tiant sets two modern major league records – most strikeouts in a 10-inning game; and 32 strikeouts in consecutive games – and ties the modern major-league record of 41 strikeouts in three successive appearances. He will top the American League in ERA with 1.60.
Luis Tiant strikes out nineteen Twins and scatters six hits in a ten-inning 1-0 complete-game victory against Minnesota at Cleveland Stadium. ‘El Tiante’, who equals Sandy Koufax’s record for 41 strikeouts for three consecutive games, becomes the second hurler to whiff more than 18 batters in an American League contest, behind only Tom Cheney of the Senators, who recorded more when he punched out 21 Baltimore batters in a 16-inning game in 1962.
At Los Angeles, Lee May hits a 2-run homer in the 11th and the Reds beat the Dodgers, 4 – 3. For May, second in the National League to Willie McCovey (27) in dingers, it is his 23rd homer, matching his birth date and uniform number (his younger brother Carlos May will also have his birth date as his uniform number). Wayne Granger, the third Red pitcher in the 11th, stops the Dodger rally.
At Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Gene Alley and Roberto Clemente each hit two homers to help the visiting Bucs outlast their hosts, 16 – 14. This slugfest also numbers a game-tying, 2nd-inning grand slam by Chicago’s Billy Williams among its 8 homers and 70 total bases. Mother Nature, however, has to get a good deal of credit for the day’s offensive production; clearly, the “Windy City” has earned its sobriquet today. “It blew fourteen miles per hour toward center,” reports The Chicago Tribune, “prompting Clemente to all but apologize for his first homer.” “I just tapped the ball,” Clemente tells The Post-Gazette. “There was no way that ball should have gone out of here. The wind was blowing to left, to center, to right. Everywhere it was blowing, it was for the hitter.”
In Boston, a Carl Yastrzemski homer in the opener and an unearned run in the nitecap provide the Red Sox with 2 – 1 and 5 – 4 wins over Cleveland. In the second game, Indians reliever Dean Chance is told to remove a tiny flag pin on his cap by umpire Ed Runge in compliance with a rule prohibiting glass buttons and metal objects on uniforms because of their glare.
In pregame ceremonies, California’s Clyde Wright is inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame for his pitching while at Carson-Newman College. He then hurls a 98-pitch no-hitteragainst Oakland, winning, 4 – 0, in one hour and 51 minutes. Reggie Jackson’s 400-foot shot to dead center in the 7th is caught.
After waiting three hours to begin the game due to rain, the Reds beat San Francisco at Riverfront Stadium, 6-3. At the end of the contest, the Cincinnati fans are treated to the nation’s earliest Independence Day celebration, when the team begins launching fireworks at two o’clock in the morning. (Our thanks to NPC editor Steve Basford, who attended this game and stayed for the fireworks, for sharing this fact!)
At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski strokes a run-scoring double in the 3rd, his 2,800th career hit, as the Sox pummel the Yankees, 9 – 5. Yaz adds two singles in Boston’s 12-hit attack, as Dennis Eckersley (9-2) tops Ed Figueroa. The win moves Boston ahead of 2nd-place Milwaukee by 7 1/2 games with New York now trailing by eight games.
The Tulsa Drillers score three runs on a fly out in a 7 – 1 win over the Jackson Mets. With the bases loaded, Ron Gooch flies out to Archie Amerson. Amerson’s throw home to get Mike Jirschele is off-target and the ball bounces away from C Stan Hough as Jirschele and George Wright score. Jackson pitcher Tom Thurberg recovers the ball but his throw is wild as well and hits on-deck batsman Phil Klimas. Mel Barrow charges home with the third run of the play, having legged it from first base.
The Rangers explode for 12 runs in the 15th inning of a 16 – 4 win over the A’s, setting a new major-league record for runs in a single extra inning. Reserve Bobby Jones has five hits in the game, including two doubles in the 15th. Dave Beard is the loser for Oakland, while Odell Jones is the victor.
Hitting just .212, Astros SS Dickie Thon bolts from the team. Thon has never fully recovered from a 1984 beaning that left him with blurred vision. An angry Astros General Manager Dick Wagner will put Thon on the disqualified list and he will not play for the rest of the year. Thon will become a free agent in November.
Oakland P Gene Nelson steals a base while pinch running for Don Baylor in a 9 – 8, 16-inning win over Toronto, becoming the first American League pitcher to steal a base since John “Blue Moon” Odom in 1973. Jose Canseco’s three home runs are not quite enough, and the game is not decided until Mark McGwire connects in the 16th inning to end it. McGwire will hit another 16th-inning home run tomorrow.
Colorado downs Houston by a score of 15 – 10 at Coors Field. The Rockies’ attack is led by 1B Andres Galarraga, who strokes three singles, a double, and two home runs, while driving home five runs and scoring four. The victory moves Colorado one game ahead of the idle Dodgers for first place in the National League West.
Pawtucket’s Izzy Alcantara makes every sports show in the country when he reacts to an inside pitch by drop-kicking Scranton/Wilkes-Barre C Jeremy Salazer and then charging the mound. Izzy’s Bruce Lee impression will earn him a seven-game suspension and get him dropped from the International League All-Star Game. The Sox will call up the slugger on September 1st.
Indian first baseman Jim Thome, in the team’s 11-8 loss at Yankees Stadium, homers in his seventh consecutive game. The seventh-inning solo shot, off southpaw David Wells, leaves the Indians’ slugger one shy of the major league record shared by Dale Long (1956, Pirates), Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987), and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993, Mariners).
The Diamondbacks provide new manager Kirk Gibson with a vivid display of why they are in last place in the NL West, committing a team record 6 errors in a 14 – 1 loss to the Dodgers, Gibson’s first as a manager. But the most egregious error is courtesy of the winners: in the 2nd inning, Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw is caught going the wrong way on the bases. Standing at first base after an error by Tony Abreu, he goes past second base on a long drive by Rafael Furcal. Thinking CF Chris Young made the catch, he retreats to first base, only to be passed by Furcal, who correctly saw that Young dropped the ball and is running all out. Furcal is out for passing a preceding runner, losing credit for a potential triple.
Rosters for the 2011 All-Star Game, to be played July 12th in Phoenix, AZ, are announced. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista leads all vote-getters with 7.4 million votes, the most-ever in All-Star balloting. Left off the roster is Ichiro Suzuki, ending a streak of 10 straight appearances in the mid-summer classic.
The Brewers win a wild one, 13 – 12 over the Marlins in 10 innings. The Brewers manage to blow a 9 – 2 lead in the 7th and 8th innings, and the Marlins pull ahead on Jose Reyes’s solo homer in the top of the 10th. With two outs in the bottom of the same inning, Aramis Ramirez hits a two-run walk-off home run off embattled Marlins closer Heath Bell to give Milwaukee the win.
The Pirates move in to a surprising tie for first place with Cincinnati in the NL Central thanks to an 8 – 7 win over the Astros. Drew Sutton, playing for his third organization this year, hits a walk-off home run while Andrew McCutchen goes 3 for 4 with a homer to improve to .360, the best batting average in the majors.
In his final attempt to play major league baseball after being given a 100-game suspension in 2011 for taking performance-enhancing drugs, Manny Ramirez agrees to a minor league deal with the Rangers. After experiencing a lack of production due to his decreased bat speed while playing for the PCL’s Round Rock Express, the 41 year-old outfielder/DH will be released by Texas next month, effectively ending his controversial 19-year major league career with a lifetime .312 batting average.
Yasiel Puig becomes the first player to be named Player of the Month for the first month he plays in the major leagues in the 55-year history of the award. The Dodger outfielder played in 26 games in June, compiling a .436 batting average, with his 44 base hits being the second-most ever by a first-month player, only behind Joe DiMaggio’s total of 48 in 1936.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 2nd inning, Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose hits a grounder to A’s 1B Nate Freiman. He attempts to start a double play by tagging runner Munenori Kawasaki and throwing home, but 1B umpire Vic Carapazza rules that Munenori avoided the tag and is safe, allowing C Stephen Vogt to benefit from a force out on Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. Things get odd when Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decides to challenge the call at first base, arguing his own baserunner was out, in order for Encarnacion’s run to stand. Gibbons wins the challenge, but A’s manager Bob Melvin wants to protest the game, claiming the video review rule was interpreted incorrectly, since Vogt’s failure to tag Encarnacion was a direct result of the original call. In the end, the run is inconsequential, as Oakland wins, 4 – 1, but Major League Baseball will have to reflect on whether the rule needs to be tweaked to address a similar situation in the future.
Nostalgic for the 1980s, Rays manager Joe Maddon proposes a starting line-up that goes 8-6-7-5-3-0 (for the DH spot)-9 in today’s game against the Tigers, reproducing the 1981 hit single “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone. The line-up fails to be a hit, though, as the Rays lose, 8 – 1, to Max Scherzer. Maddon claims the line-up, which features Vince Belnome making his major league debut in the “0” slot, is inadvertent, but he embraces the coincidence as the namesake song is played in his team’s dugout.
Andrew Rector files a $10 million defamation suit in the Bronx Supreme Court against the Yankees, MLB, ESPN, and the broadcast’s play-by-play man Dan Shulman and commentator John Kruk. The 26 year-old used car salesman claims the commentary and photos of him at the April 13th nationally televised Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium showed him in a false light, damaged his reputation, and the fact that he was napping was not an issue of legitimate public concern.
Rays manager Joe Maddon, known for keeping his team loose throughout the long season by implementing fun and innovative ideas, uses Tommy Tutone’s song 867-53O9 Jenny as the inspiration for his lineup. The last-place team’s batting order against Detroit has the center fielder (8) leading off, followed by the shortstop (6), then the left fielder (7), with the third baseman (5) batting cleanup, and so on, leaving the second baseman and catcher to bat in the eighth and ninth position.
Major League Baseball celebrates military appreciation day by staging a game in Fort Bragg, NC, the nation’s largest military base. The Marlins defeat the Braves, 5 – 2 in a temporary 12,500 seat ballpark with no paid admission, as all spectators are active military members and their families. It’s the first major league game ever played in the state of North Carolina.
The first regular-season MLB game is played in North Carolina when the Marlins beat the Braves 5-4 at Fort Bragg. The contest, witnessed by 12,500 spectators made up of mostly current or former service personnel jammed into a temporary stadium constructed in a little less than four months, was staged on a military base to pay tribute to America’s Armed Forces.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reveals that Cuban-born umpire Angel Hernandez has sued Major League Baseball before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging racial discrimination that has resulted in his being passed over for prestigious postseason assignments and for promotion to the rank of crew chief. He points specifically to the appointment of Joe Torre, with whom he had run-ins when he was a manager, as MLB Vice-President for Baseball Operations in 2011 as a source of alleged poor treatment he has received.
The Rays win a wild game over the Marlins, 9 – 6. The score is tied at 4 through 15 innings when the Rays break through for 5 runs in the top of the 16th. Pitcher Vidal Nuno contributes to the rally with an RBI single, but injures his leg while running to first and has to be replaced by a pinch-runner, starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who scores the final run. However, the Rays try to avoid using another pitcher for the bottom of the frame by calling back-up catcher Jesús Sucre to the mound. The Marlins manage to load the bases on three singles, none of them hit particularly hard, before Bryan Holaday hits a sacrifice fly. At that point Rays manager Kevin Cash has no choice but to bring in a real pitcher, Jose Alvarado, who allows another run to score on a ground out, then walks P Dan Straily, who is pinch-hitting for P Brett Graves. Cameron Maybin comes up to bat representing the tying run, but he grounds out to second to end the game, as Alvarado picks up an unusual save. At 5 hours and 31 minutes, it is the longest road game in Rays history.
2005 – Roger Clemens tosses seven shutout innings on his way to a 9-0 whitewash in Cincinnati for his 335th career win. He shrinks his ERA for the season to 1.41. Clemens adds two hits of his own including an RBI single. To top off his day, Roger is named to the All-Star team for the 11th time, his second as an Astro. Closer Brad Lidge is also named to represent Houston. Morgan Ensberg, who swats his 22nd homer, and Roy Oswalt are later added as injury replacements.
1994 – Ken Caminiti slugs an inside-the-park homer while Craig Biggio and James Mouton belt the traditional kind as the Astros trap the Cubs, 12-6. Caminiti and Biggio are named to the N.L. All-Star team along with Jeff Bagwell, Doug Drabek and John Hudek(none as starters) to total a club-record five All-Stars in one season.
1971 – Jack Hiatt singles home Jim Wynn with the game-winner in a 4-3, 13-inning thriller over Cincinnati at the Dome. The two had also teamed up in the ninth to preserve the tie when Wynn snared a sinking liner in center field then gunned down Buddy Bradford at the plate with Hiatt supplying the tag.