This Day In Baseball July 4
Recapping events that took place in the baseball world on this day
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different events and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, We offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on July 4 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology for July 4
7/4/1892 – In the first game of a holiday double header in Chicago, the Giants catcher, Jack Boyle has hurt by a foul tip in the first inning and had to leave the game. The starting shortstop, Jack Doyle, who was batting in the number five spot took over as catcher while Abram Hardy Richardson went to short and hit in Boyle’s number seven slot. In the second game, Richardson and Doyle reversed with the former hitting fifth and the latter seventh. Apparently, they did not pick up on the switch because Doyle came up in the first with two outs and flied out. Richardson was called out since he was the proper batter. We do not know how it was pointed out the Doyle was out of order. The Colts had no reason to do it since Doyle had made an out. The umpire, Tom Lynch who had more than four years of experience might should not have acted on his own, but perhaps he did. According to the Chicago Tribune, Doyle batted first in the next inning. However, the proper batter to lead off once Richardson is ruled out is the number six hitter, Denny Lyons.
John McGraw becomes the first major leaguer to achieve a stolen base cycle when he swipes second base, third base, then home plate all during the same inning of the same game. The 26 year-old Orioles (NL) third baseman accomplishes the feat in the fourth frame of the team’s 5-4 victory over the Boston Beaneaters at Baltimore’s Union Park.
At Cincinnati, in the 3rd inning of the second game, Giants 1B Jack Doyle slugs ump Robert Emslie after being called out on a steal attempt. Fans jump from the stands as the two get into it and players finally separate the two fighters. Two policemen chase the fans back into the stands and then arrest Doyle and take him to the York Street station. He’ll be fined for the assault. The Reds lose the nitecap, 6 – 3, after winning the opener, 8 – 1.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Phils to run their win streak to 18 games. New York wins the opener, 4 – 1, behind Dummy Taylor then take the nitecap, 11 – 3, behind Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves after seven innings, leading 11 – 1. The streak of 18 games matches one rung up by the 1885 White Stockings and the 1894 Baltimore Orioles; the record is 20 games, held by the 1884 Providence Grays.
In an A.M.-P.M, doubleheader between Boston and Philadelphia, the A’s take the morning game, 5 – 2, using pitchers Eddie Plank, Andy Coakley and Rube Waddell on the mound to beat Jesse Tannehill. The afternoon contest proves a classic as Philadelphia’s Waddell bests Cy Young in a 20-inning marathon, when the Athletics prevail, 4 – 2. Boston outhits the A’s, 15 to 13, but the 38-year-old Young loses on an error, hit batsman and two hits. Young walks nobody in the 20 innings, while 1B Bob Unglaub records 31 putouts. Philadelphia C Ossee Schreckengost works 28 innings in one day, a major league record.
The visiting Cubs and Pirates deal aces today with Chicago coming out on top in both games. Three Finger Brown beats Lefty Leifield, 1 – 0, in the lidlifter with both pitchers allowing just one hit. It is just the second double one-hitter in history, the first occurring on August 20, 1886. Lefty collects the only Buc shot while holding Chicago hitless until Jimmy Slagle’s safety in the 9th inning. Slagle scores on a sacrifice, error, and ground out. Brown will toss nine shutouts this year. In the second game, Carl Lundgren tosses another 1 – 0 shutout for Chicago, beating Vic Willis. When Brown and Leifield face off on September 6th, Brown will again allow just one hit.
Lefthander Hooks Wiltse pitches a 10-inning no-hitter for the Giants over the Phillies, 1 – 0. He loses his bid for a perfect nine innings when, with two outs, he hits Phils P George McQuillan with a pitch on a 1 and 2 count. Umpire Charles Rigler calls the earlier pitch a ball, to the dismay of Hooks and the fans, who thought it a strike. Art Devlin scores the winner in the 10th after singling off McQuillan and coming around on two errors. New York wins the nitecap more easily, 9 – 3.
In Pittsburgh, an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader with the Cubs draws 50,000 fans. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown wins the morning game, 2 – 0, for his 4th straight shutout. Ed Reulbach takes the afternoon affair, 9 – 3. The Cubs and Bucs play five games in three days with the Cubs winning three: Brown cops 2, tossing two shutouts – a six-hitter and a two-hitter.
Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida become the first Cuban natives to appear in a major league game as they both make their debut for the Reds. Steve Bellan had played in the National Association previously and had been born in Cuba when it was a Spanish colony; if one considers the NA a major league, Bellan has a claim as the first Cuban player.
The Brooklyn Dodgers end the New York Giants’ win streak of 16 games by sweeping a doubleheader, 10 – 3 and 5 – 2. The Dodgers take the a.m. game, cuffing Christy Mathewson for five runs on five hits in three innings. Hooks Wiltse is the loser in the afternoon contest, but the Giants are still in the lead by 14 1/2 games.
Three weeks after the Tigers ask waivers on George Mullin, he pitches himself a 32nd birthday present at Detroit, a 7 – 0 no-hitter over the Browns. Mullin helps his victory with three hits and two RBIs. In the morning game, a 9 – 3 Detroit win, Ty Cobb steals second, third base and home in the 5th inning against the battery of George Baumgardner and Paul Krichell. Cobb has stolen home five times this season; this is his first swipe of home in his last eight successes that didn’t occur in the 1st inning.
The Robins drum the Braves, sweeping a doubleheader, 7 – 5 in 11 innings and 4 – 3 in the nitecap. The nitecap is especially hard fought: Lefty Tyler plunks Dodger SS Ollie O’Mara on the neck and when Jake Daubertcrosses the plate with the winning run in the 9th, he collides with Braves C Hank Gowdy and is knocked unconscious. Boston (26-40) is 10 1/2 games in back of New York.
7/4/1914 – In the second game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Terrapins of the Federal League batted out of order. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Fred Jacklitsch replaced catcher Harvey Russell after two outs were made by the Pittsburgh Rebels. He entered the game in the eighth batting spot. When the tenth inning started, the seventh place hitter was due up but Jacklitsch went to the plate and singled. However, the Rebels told the umpire of the error and the proper batter, Mickey Doolan, was called out. Jacklitsch then batted in his proper spot and grounded out to first. Pittsburgh won the game in the bottom of the tenth, 8-7.
7/4/1921 – In the first game of the holiday twin bill in Chicago, the Reds managed to bat in the wrong order twice in the first three innings. Pat Moran, the Reds manager, thought he had put Ivey Wingo in the number five spot, but he was eighth on the official lineup card. In the second inning, he batted fifth and struck out for the first out, so the Cubs naturally did not object. The next batter should have been the pitcher in the number nine spot, but not surprisingly, Greasy Neale, the true number five hitter, hit next and drew a walk. The Cubs protested, and after some consultation, Neale was called out although it should have been the pitcher Dolf Luque. Pat Duncan, the number six hitter in the order batted next although if the rule had been applied correctly, the lead off hitter should have come to bat. Duncan fanned for the third out. The number seven hitter correctly started the third, and he also struck out. That meant Wingo was the proper batter, but Luque hit next and singled. The Cubs again protested. Bill Klem, the home plate umpire called Luque out and ordered the lead off hitter to bat. So even a Hall of Fame ump did not understand the rule, which was not applied correctly in the second inning. This time the other ump, Bob Emslie, talked to Klem and they got it right by calling Wingo out and having Luque bat again. He again singled so he was able to get two hits, one of which did not count, in one at bat. The Reds batted in the correct order after the third.
A brawl breaks out in the 3rd inning of a game between the St. Paul Saints and the Minneapolis Millers in the American Association. The Millers’ Hughie McMullen grounds out to first base, and spikes P Huck Betts, who is covering the bag. Betts replies by firing the ball at McMullen’s head in retaliation, but misses him; however, reserve infielder Sam Bohne, who is coaching at first base, enters the fray by punching Betts, and both dugoutsempty and a free-for-all ensues. Reporter George Barton describes it as “the most vicious affair ever witnessed at Nicollet Park.”
After the finish of the holiday doubleheaders by all the teams, the Giants, by winning two from the Braves at the Polo Grounds, have a clear lead. They are 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs and 4 1/2 in front of the Cardinals. In the American League, the race has seesawed between the Yankees and Detroit with New York only one game ahead. The improved Red Sox are 6 1/2 behind, and Washington, last year’s winner, seven back and dropping fast.
When Dodgers manager Casey Stengel comes out to the mound to remove P Boom-Boom Beck from the game in Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the frustrated Beck turns and fires the ball at the tin wall in right field. Dodgers OF Hack Wilson, not paying attention to the happenings, hears the ball, hurries to retrieve it, and fires a strike to second base to prevent the imaginary runner from advancing.
In a Negro National League game, Satchel Paige pitches a 4 – 0 no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Crawfords against the Homestead Grays in Pittsburgh, with only a walk and an error spoiling a perfect game. He strikes out 17. Josh Gibson is his catcher, the only time in Negro league history in which battery-mates in a no-hitter are both members of the Hall of Fame, something which has never happened in the white majors. Legend claims that Paige then drives to Chicago to shut out the Chicago American Giants, 1 – 0, in 12 innings, giving him two shutouts in two different cities in the same day, but the claim has since been disproved. The no-hitter, however, is documented.
Due to his ‘wandering’ ball, Iola hurler Harold Liell, a 5′ 6 1/2″, 155-pounder with pigeon-toed feet, is called up for a tryout with the Kansas City Blues. The K.C. manager Dutch Zwilling is impressed with the young southpaw’s performance, but advises the Greeley, Kansas lad to get more experience, suggesting he play in the Ban Johnson League.
The Phillies move into Shibe Park by splitting a twin bill with the Boston Bees, losing the first game, 10-5, and winning the nightcap, 10-2. The National League franchise decided to abandoned the Baker Bowl in the middle of the season to rent the newer and more spacious home of the A’s, citing the move to the ballpark, which is only five blocks away from where the team formerly played, will help cut expenses as stadium upkeep can be shared between the two clubs.
In the 8th inning of an 8 – 4 Negro National League victory over the Newark Eagles at Yankee Stadium, Baltimore Elite Giants spitball ace Bill Byrd beans Eagles manager Willie Wells. Wells is carried from the field, and the incident causes him to design a batting helmet. When he steps into the batter’s box in a few days, he will be wearing a modified construction worker’s hardhat.
Ted Williams faces three pitchers in the 7th inning, a first in American League history, as Boston snaps a 5 – 5 tie by scoring 14 runs to beat the visiting Philadelphia Athletics, 20 – 8. A’s pitcher Charlie Harris retires one batter in 14 and coughs up 12 runs, before Bill McCahan takes over. Williams, who makes the final out in the inning, and Bobby Doerr, tie records by drawing two walks apiece. Pitcher Ellis Kinder has two hits, off Harris and McCahan. The 14 runs in one inning is a record, but five years later they will do even better with 17 in one inning.
In a wild doubleheader featuring a double ejection of manager Charlie Dressen, the first-place Dodgers sweep the Giants, winning 6 – 5 in 11 innings, and 4 – 2. The Dodgers drive out Sal Maglie in the opener after the Giants build a lead on homers by Don Mueller and Willie Mays. Brooklyn counters in the 8th with a pinch homer by Roy Campanella, a homer by Pee Wee Reese, and a tying single from Gil Hodges. Bobby Thomson’s homer in the 11th puts the Giants ahead by one, but Preacher Roe wins it with a squeeze bunt. Ralph Branca wins the nitecap with homer help from Hodges and Duke Snider. Dressen is tossed in the 2nd inning of the second game for protesting pitch calls; after he takes a seat behind the dugout umpire Scotty Robb tosses him a second time. The victories put Brooklyn 6 1/2 games up.
At Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning the opener, 6 – 4, when Julio Becquer hits a 9th-inning grand slam as a pinch hitter. Cal McLish shuts out the Twins in the second game until the 8th inning when the Twins score four runs, two on Harmon Killebrew’s only career inside-the-park homer, off McLish. It is the Twins’ first inside-the-park home run. They win, 4 – 2, behind Jack Kralick.
Ron Santo sets a modern-day Cubs record when he hits in his 28th straight game, as the Cubs lose the opener to the Pirates, 7 – 5. The Cubs win the nightcap 6 – 4, but Santo is held hitless. In between the first and second game of the streak, the opener of a twinbill on June 1st, Santo had no official at-bats. He received four walks and was hit by a pitch. The day before, however, he was 1 for 3, which counts as the actual start of the streak.
Opposing his younger brother, Joe, Phil Niekro goes the distance to get the victory when the Braves beat the Cubs at Atlanta Stadium, 8-3. Joining Jesse and Virgil Barnes, who face one another five times as starters in the 1920’s, the Niekros become the second pair of siblings to start in the same major league game.
In the opener of a twin bill between Pittsburgh and Chicago, Roberto Clemente hits his 3rd and 4th Wrigley Field round-trippers in two games. The first blast puts Pittsburgh up, 2 – 1, in the 3rd, and the last provides the Pirates’ final two runs in the 10 – 6 win. With Clemente resting in the second game, the Cubs salvage the split, 7 – 2, behind Milt Pappas, with Pittsburgh falling half a game behind division-leading New York.
Denny McLain makes his National League debut in the second game of a twinbill with the Cubs, called in the 8th inning because of rain. McLain gets no decision in the 3 – 3 tie, but receives a standing ovation at the end from the crowd of 50,597. Atlanta wins the opener, 5 – 1, as Ron Reed beats Juan Pizarro. Paul Casanova’s first National League homer and Mike Lum’s three-run homer in the 7th account for four runs.
After hitting an apparent grand slam in the top of the second inning, Tim McCarver is credited with only a three-run single when he passes teammate Garry Maddox on the basepaths in the Phillies’ 10-5 victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The other baserunners are allowed to score on the Philadelphia catcher’s ‘grand slam single’ because only the player who passes his teammate is called out and there were less than two outs.
The Boston Red Sox end their nine-game losing streak by walloping a major league-record – since topped – eight home runs, in beating Toronto, 9 – 6 at Fenway Park. Seven of the homers are solo shots, another record. Four home runs (by Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski and George Scott) come in the 8th inning. Only Scott’s is not consecutive. Lynn and Scott each hit two, while Rice, Yaz, Butch Hobson and Bernie Carbo have one apiece. The Sox’s previous high for homers was six and they won’t top that number until 1999.
In the first game of a doubleheader, Chicago outfielder Larry Biittner pitches the last 1 1/3 innings for the Cubs, striking out 3. That’s the good news. The bad news is he allows six earned runs on five hits and a walk as the Expos crush the Cubs, 19 – 3. Two of the three K’s are of the opposing pitcher, Jackie Brown, and the last is Larry Parrish, who had earlier homered on a 1-2 pitch from his former teammate. Biittner also serves up homers to Ellis Valentine and Andre Dawson, each of whom have five ribbies. Biittner is later fined $50 by the National League for throwing a “brush-back” pitch after surrendering the three home runs, but a collection is taken up to pay for his shave. Further bad news for the Cubs in the nitecap is that Bruce Sutter is knocked out for the first time this year, and a massive knot beneath his right shoulder will keep him out of the All-Star Game. The Cubs also lose that game, 7 – 6.
In the bottom of the sixth at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 22 year-old Tiger phenom Mark Fidrych gets two quick ground ball outs, before giving up six runs on six consecutive hits and an intentional walk. ‘The Bird’, last year’s Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award runner-up, who has already won 6 of 8 decisions this season, appears to lose all of his effectiveness after throwing a pitch with an unusual motion, and will win only four more games before retiring in 1980 after compiling a 25-11 record before this start.
At Comiskey Park, with the score 1 – 1 in the bottom of the 8th, Sox OF John Cangelosi leads off with a drive to the right field corner. A fan leans out of the stands and appears to touch the ball as he tumbles onto the field. Anticipating an interference call, Yankee OF Claudell Washington slows down, while the speedy Cangelosi easily reaches third base. The umps don’t see any interference and Cangelosi remains on third, and scores on a sacrifice fly. The Sox win, 2 – 1.
The National Baseball Facility of Ireland, considered the main home of the Irish National baseball team, officially opens in Corkagh Demesne Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin when U.S. Ambassador Jean Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Dodger owner Peter O’Malley played an instrumental role in the construction of the diamonds now known as the Fields of Dreams, which includes a regulation sized adult field and an international standard Little League field.
The Royals defeat the Indians, 10 – 9, as C Mike Sweeney ties an American League record by recording an RBI in his 13th straight game. Taffy Wright of the White Sox set the mark in 1941. The major league standard is 17 games, set by Oscar Grimes of the Chicago Cubs in 1922. OF Jermaine Dye brings home six of Kansas City’s runs with four hits, including a pair of homers.
The Pirates lose to the Brewers, 4 – 3, losing C Jason Kendall to a severely dislocated ankle in the process. Trying to break up Steve Woodard’s perfect game, Kendall drags a bunt in the 5th inning and hits the first base bag awkwardly, ripping the ankle bone from the joint. He will be out for the rest of the season.
The Blue Jays defeat the Devil Rays, 6 – 3, despite Jose Canseco’s 30th home run of the season. Canseco becomes the first player in history to reach the 30 mark with four different teams, having previously done so with Oakland, Texas, and Toronto. Pat Hentgen wins his 100th career game and Shawn Green reaches the 100 homer mark with a pair of long balls.
The fifty people stranded on the Ferris wheel ride at Comerica Park for two hours during the Royal-Tiger game are rescued by firefighters and emergency crews using a cherry picker and a fire truck ladder. The inconvenienced fans will receive tickets to another game, free dinner and team autographs from the Tigers.
In a 10-3 victory over New York, the Red Sox score all their runs with the long ball, hitting a record seven home runs off the Yankees. Prior to today’s Independence Day fireworks, the Bronx Bombers had given up six homers in a game four times, including twice to Boston (1997 and 1977) and the Indians (1970).
The selection of Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., and Sammy Sosa as starters in the NL All-Stars lineup marks the first time in baseball history in which three players with 500 career home runs have appeared on the same team. The trio will appear in the starting outfield in the 75th All-Star Game in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
Yankee owner George Steinbrenner’s 76th birthday is less than festive, when the Indians provide all of the fireworks in a 19-1 Independence Day rout over the Bronx Bombers. The victory is the Tribe’s most lopsided victory at home since the 1950 team, scoring 14 first-inning runs, beat the Philadelphia A’s at Cleveland Stadium, 21-2.
In the highest-scoring game at Coors Field since the introduction of the humidor, Colorado tops the Marlins, 18 – 17. They also set a Rockies record with a comeback from a 9-run deficit as Florida led, 13 – 4, halfway through the 4th. Chris Iannetta singles home the winner for his 4th RBI of the day. Matt Holliday and Cody Ross each drive in five, Garrett Atkins has five hits, Holliday and Ryan Spilborghs each homer twice and both Spilborghs and Jorge Cantu score four in the slugfest. Taylor Buchholz gets the win with a scoreless 9th for Colorado.
In his 4,145th big league at-bat, Adam Dunn hits his 300th career home run in Washington’s 5-3 win over Atlanta at Nationals Park. The 29 year-old left fielder is the fifth quickest player to reach the milestone, behind only Babe Ruth (3,830), Mark McGwire (3,837), Ralph Kiner (3,883), and Harmon Killebrew (3,928).
The rosters for the 2010 All-Star Game, to be played at Angels Stadium, are announced today. The top vote getters are Joe Mauer in the American League and Albert Pujols in the National League. Among the first-time All-Stars is 40-year-old reliever Arthur Rhodes of the Reds; he sports a sparkling 1.09 ERA in his 19th big league season.
Drew Stubbs hits 3 of the Reds’ 7 home runs in a wind-aided 14 – 3 demolition of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Four of Cincinnati’s long balls come after two outs in the eight-run 7th inning. Rookie Tyler Colvin bangs two homers of his own in a losing cause. For the Reds, 1B Joey Votto is ejected in the 1st inning for arguing balls and strikes, but his replacement, Paul Janish, goes 4 for 4 with one of the homers.
Travis Snider’s return to the big leagues is less heralded, but the Blue Jays outfielder has a lot more success. He bangs three doubles in his return from a stint in the minors as the Blue Jays jump all over the Red Sox’sJohn Lackey, scoring 7 runs in 2 1/3 innings on their way to a 9 – 7 win at Fenway Park.
Vance Worley must wonder what he has to do to stay with the Phillies. Today, he pitches 7 scoreless innings in beating the Marlins, 1 – 0, improving his record to 4-1, 2.21, but still gets sent down to AAA Lehigh Valley after the game. The Phils explain that the demotion may be short-lived, as Worley is expected back in Philly after the All-Star break.
Shaun Marcum becomes the first Brewer pitcher to hit a grand slam for the franchise since 1969, when Fred Talbot accomplished the feat in the inaugural season of the Seattle Pilots, a year before the team moved to Milwaukee. The 29 year-old right-hander’s first career round-tripper isn’t enough to get a victory when he earns a no-decision in the team’s 8-6 loss to Arizona.
Austin Jackson goes 4 for 5 with a two-run homer and Justin Verlander pitches seven shutout innings to pick up his 9th win as Detroit demolishes Toronto, 11 – 1. Torii Hunter has 3 RBIs and Prince Fielder adds a couple more as the Bengals’ other sluggers compensate for the absence of Miguel Cabrera, who takes a rare day off.
Cincinnati rookie hurler Josh Smith ties a 108 year-old Reds record when he plunks Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gomez in the team’s 7-4 loss against Milwaukee at the Great American Ball Park. The last pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Nationals’ right-hander Livan Hernandez, who accomplished the dubious feat in 2005 against Colorado.
7/4/2016 – In the top of the first during the 11AM contest in the Nation’s Capital, Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun singled up the middle with two out. Nationals manager Dusty Baker spoke with HP Umpire Cory Blaser, pointing out that Jonathan Lucroy was the scheduled batter in that spot according to the lineup card. Lucroy was called out to end the inning.
Red Sox rookie LF Andrew Benintendi has a great day, collecting five hits, of which two are homers, and driving in six runs in an 11 – 4 win over the Texas Rangers. He also makes a great catch in the outfield in support of David Price’s pitching. He is the first rookie in Red Sox history to have two five-hit games in a season, having done so previously on April 23rd.
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