This Day In Baseball July 5
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Events for July 5
The Senators are shut out twice today against the Red Sox. Rube Foster wins the opener, 5 – 0, then Babe Ruth follows with a 6 – 0 win. Ruth scores two runs and hits his first triple. The Sox will sweep two more doubleheaders in the next two days with the Nationals to edge ahead of the White Sox for 1st place.
7/5/1921: Babe Ruth hit a homer into the right fields stands at the Polo Grounds in the sixth inning and should have had another. In the fourth inning, the Babe hit another long fly to right which would have cleared the fence. However, a fan reached out over the fence to catch the ball. Home plate umpire Tommy Connolly consulted with base umpire Ollie Chill and they ruled the ball a double. Ruth was already at third and returned to second only after a long argument.
The Cuccinellos become the third pair of brothers, following the Waners (2) and Ferrells, and the first on opposing teams to homer in the same game when Al goes deep in the bottom of the ninth in the Giants’ 14-4 loss to Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds. The New York’s third baseman’s sibling, Tony, playing second base for the Dodgers, had homered in the previous inning.
Responding to Red Barber’s remarks about the gentile Giants and their manager Mel Ott, Dodger skipper Leo Durocher tells the team’s announcer, “Nice guys finish last.” Master Mel’s club, who beats Brooklyn today with a 7-6 walk-off victory at the Polo Grounds, finishes the season in the cellar, completing the campaign 36 games behind the first-place Cardinals.
Striking out as a pinch hitter in an Indian 6 – 5 loss to the White Sox, 22-year old Larry Doby becomes the first black to appear in the American League. The former Newark Eagles standout will play in the major leagues for 13 years, amassing 1,515 hits, just three less than Jackie Robinson. Tomorrow, he will go 1 for 5 in his first full game at 1B.
Larry Doby of the Indians becomes the first black to appear in the American League, when he strikes out as a pinch hitter against Chicago hurler Earl Harrist. The 23 year-old former Newark Eagle standout will play in the major leagues for 13 years, amassing 1,515 hits, just three less than Jackie Robinson.
Ralph Kiner hits three home runs for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the visiting Reds, while teammate Stan Rojek hits the first of his two major league homers, connecting off rookie Herm Wehmeier. Kiner teams up with Johnny Hopp and Wally Westlake in the outfield for a record 19 putouts in the 10 – 3 first game win. The Reds score three in the 9th to take the nitecap, 6 – 4.
The Cards’ Gerry Staley picks up a pair of wins in relief over the Cubs, winning 6 – 3 and 5 – 2 over Ralph Hamner and Johnny Schmitz. Staley pitches two innings in the opener and 2 2/3 innings in the nitecap. It is the second time in three weeks that the Cubs have lost a doubleheader to a single reliever.
In a sloppy game that features 18 walks, Cliff Mapes drives in five runs with a homer and single to pace the Yankees to a 12 – 8 win over the Athletics. Tommy Byrne (9-3) is the winner despite giving up six hits and six walks in five innings (he walks two in the 6th). He also hits four batters to tie the major league record. Alex Kellner pitches four innings, giving up six runs in the loss. The A’s lose Eddie Joost who tears ligaments in his left knee in a collision with Mapes at second base in the 7th.
At Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges hits his 27th homer of the year to lead the Dodgers to a 8 – 4 win over the Giants. Andy Pafko also homers, off Larry Jansen. Don Newcombe notches his 12th win, giving up seven hits. After sweeping the Giants in the 3-game series, Dodger manager Chuck Dressen declares, “We knocked ’em out. They won’t bother us anymore.” The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 7 1/2 games but will be surpassed by season’s end.
Rich “Goose” Gossage is born in Colorado Springs, CO. Making his debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1972, the flame-throwing reliever will save 310 games over his career, make the All-Star team nine times and win a World Series title with the New York Yankees in 1978. He will gain election to the Hall of Fame in 2008.
At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris cracks a 7th-inning solo home run against the Indians, and also is credited – erroneously, as it turns out – with a 3rd inning RBI on a single. The two RBIs are officially recorded, though just one appears in the game’s box score, and the error will not be noted until 1995. With the correction, Maris and Jim Gentile become co-leaders in RBIs for the season.
With 2 outs and 2 strikes, Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente lines a tie-breaking 2-run homer into the right field upper deck at the Polo Grounds, putting Pittsburgh ahead to stay, 3 – 1, against the New York Mets. While the shot is not a tape-measure one, it is remarkable that the pitch almost hit Clemente in the head. Maury Allen reports it thus: “‘I was trying to waste a pitch’, Tracy Stallard said. ‘I figured if maybe I could get him to swing again at a pitch around his head.’ So Stallard threw a real pitch to Clemente, the kind any human being hitter would duck away from and scream for the umpire. Naturally, Clemente hit it upstairs.”
AL East leader Baltimore breaks a 3-game losing streak as Dave McNally (12-0) wins his 14th straight game, 9 – 3 at Detroit. Detroit OF Mickey Stanley plays his 220th straight errorless game and C Bill Freehan picks Paul Blair off third base unassisted. Blair, on third with a triple, strolls too slowly back to the bag after the bat flies out of the hands of Frank Robinson.
University of Hawaii lefty Derek Tatsuno, selected in the 2nd round of the June draft by the Padres, signs with a subsidiary of the Seibu Lions for $750,000. Tatsuno, of Japanese-American descent, set an NCAA record of 20 wins (in 22 starts). He will finally sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, who select him in January of 1982 but he will be ineffective in the minors.
Down 4 – 1 with two outs in the 9th, the visiting Tigers score six runs to beat the Rangers, 7 – 4. Lou Whitaker’s bases-loaded single scores two, Alan Trammell’s single scores another, and Kirk Gibson seals it with a three-run shot down the right field line. Charlie Hough is the loser, while reliever Aurelio Lopez’s record goes up to 7-0.
In a 7-player swap, the Padres trade pitchers Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts and OF Kevin Mitchell to the Giants for 3B Chris Brown and pitchers Keith Comstock, Mark Davis and Mark Grant. In 1989, Mitchell will win the MVP Award for the Giants, and Davis will win the Cy Young Award for the Padres.
In an seven-player trade, the Giants swap southpaws Keith Comstock and Mark Davis, right-hander Mark Grant, and third baseman Chris Brown to the Padres for infielder/outfielder Kevin Mitchell and left-handers Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts. Mitchell, obtained by San Diego in an off-season blockbuster trade with the Mets, will be the NL’s Most Valuable Player in 1989, helping the Giants to capture the circuit’s pennant.
The A’s first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star Game as Oakland defeats the Red Sox, 6-2. The Oakland infielder will finish the season with 49 round-trippers, establishing a new freshman mark previously shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson with 39.
Umpire Bill Hohn ejects an Atlanta Braves fan from the Braves-Cubs game for making obscene gestures. The gestures might have been meant for the Braves, who are shut out, 8 – 0. Greg Maddux goes seven innings for the win over John Smoltz, giving up three runs. The other five come off Juan Berenguer, who lasts a third of an inning. Chicago gets homers from Kal Daniels, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace.
7/5/1992: In the bottom of the sixth inning at the Metrodome against the Orioles, Chili Davis hit a deep fly to right off of Rick Sutcliffe that was headed deep into the stands when it hit a speaker. The ball bounced back toward short right field where second baseman Mark McLemore made the catch for an out. The Orioles were ahead 1-0 at the time, but the Twins rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory.
Oakland OF Rickey Henderson leads off both games of the A’s doubleheader against the Indians with home runs. It is the first time this has happened since 1913, when Harry Hooper performed the feat for the Boston Red Sox. The Athletics win the 1st game, 6 – 5, but the Indians come back to take the nightcap, 6 – 2.
After the California Angels score three runs in the top of the 1st inning, the Oakland Athletics respond with 13 of their own in the bottom half to mark the highest-scoring 1st inning by two teams in major league history. The 13 runs is one short of the record. DH Matt Stairs ties a major league mark with six RBIs in the frame. The Athletics go on to post a 16 – 8 victory.
The Cardinals defeat the Diamondbacks, 1 – 0, as Jose Jimenez hurls a two-hitter to defeat Randy Johnson. Jimenez no-hit the Diamondbacks in his last appearance against them. Johnson loses his third game in a row, during which Arizona has not scored a run and only made three hits. He strikes out 12 Cardinals to tie Dwight Gooden’s National League mark of 43 strikeouts over three starts. He also reaches 200 strikeouts for the year and ends St. Louis rookie Joe McEwing’s 25-game hitting streak, the 5th longest ever for a rookie.
Mets right-handed reliever Eric Cammack triples in his only major league at-bat, joining Charlie Lindstrom (1958), Eduardo Rodriguez (1973), and Scott Munninghoff (1980) as the only players to accomplish this unlikely feat. The 24 year-old Nederland, Texas native, who will appear in only eight big league games, all with the Amazins’, legs out his three-bagger off Ron Mahay in the top of the ninth inning during the team’s 11-2 loss to the Marlins at Pro Player Stadium.
Baseball legend Ted Williams, considered by many the greatest hitter in the history of the game, dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 83. The first-ballot Hall of Famer, who was a lifetime .344 hitter, won the Most Valuable Player Award and the Triple Crown twice, led the American League in batting six times, and hit .406 in 1941 during his 19-year career with the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees obtain P Jeff Weaver from the Tigers in a three-team deal. New York sends P Ted Lilly to the Oakland A’s while the Athletics send 1B Carlos Pena to Detroit. The Tigers also acquire P Franklyn German and a player to be named later from Oakland, while the A’s get OF John-Ford Griffin and P Jason Arnold from New York.
In an effort to honor local military personnel, the Twins give away a G.I. Joe action figure to the first 5,000 children attending a game against the Royals. The team, in an effort to appease protesting peace groups, who see the promotion as glorifying war, asks Hasbro, the toy’s maker, to remove the customary gun from G.I. Joe’s side, but the hand grenades remain visible.
As a gesture to honor local military personnel, the Twins give away a G.I. Joe action figure to the first 5,000 children attending the game against Kansas City. The team, in an effort to appease protesting peace groups, who see the promotion as glorifying war, asks Hasbro, the toy’s manufacturer, to remove the customary gun from G.I. Joe’s side, but the hand grenades remain visible.
7/5/2006: Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox hit a blast to left field off Devil Rays pitcher Tim Corcoran in the top of the third inning which hit one of Tropicana Field’s “B-ring” catwalks. Per the ground rules the ball was in play, so when Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford caught the ball after it caromed off the catwalk Youkilis was actually retired on a drive that should have been a long home run.
Vladimir Guerrero plays his first game of the year in the outfield and belts his second homer in two days as the Angels defeat the Orioles, 9 – 6. Vlad has been in a power drought to start the year, but now has 4 homers. Los Angeles stays tied atop the AL West as its main rival, Texas, completes a sweep of Tampa Bay with a 5 – 2 win at home. The Rangers now expect their own injured slugger, Josh Hamilton, to return to the line-up tomorrow. Starting 1B Chris Davis, who is hitting for power but has already piled up 114 strikeouts, is sent down AAA to make room for Hamilton.
The outgoing Texas Rangers ownership group decides to put the team up for auction, as it appears that they will be unable to satisfy creditors under the current plan to sell the team to a group headed by Chuck Greenbergand Nolan Ryan. The lenders, who stand to receive $75 million under the plan, have expressed their preference for a competitive bidding process as part of bankruptcy procedures for current owner Tom Hicks’s sports properties company, in the hope of receiving a larger settlement. The auction could take place as early as next week.
Joey Votto, in competition for the last spot on the National League All-Star team, hits two solo home runs in the Reds’ 8 – 6 win over the Mets. The game features the ejection of Mets manager Jerry Manuel, who complains over a ruling that Scott Rolen is hit by a Mike Pelfrey pitch with the bases loaded in the 5th, scoring the go-ahead run. Manuel argues that the ball tipped Rolen’s bat, but is tossed when he tries to press his case. Drew Stubbs and Corky Miller follow with two-run hits each, then pitcher Travis Wood hits a triple to make it 7 – 1. The Mets counter with 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, but never manage to catch up.
It took a while, but Jason Bay is finally giving the Mets the production they have been waiting for since they signed him to a large contract before the 2010 season. Today, he hits two homers and drives in 4 runs as New York shuts out the Dodgers, 6 – 0, giving him a .347 average and 17 RBI in his last 18 games. Mike Pelfrey is the winner over Ted Lilly, with the help of three relievers.
Juan Uribe doubles, triples and homers to drive in 7 runs in leading the Dodgers to a 10 – 2 win over the Giants. The Dodgers have won 11 of their last 13, but lose OF Matt Kemp who re-injures his left shoulder in the 2nd inning. The Giants are heading the opposite direction however, with their 10th loss in 11 games.
Starters for the 2015 All-Star Game, which will be played in Cincinnati, OH, are announced. Early fears of a complete sweep of American League starting berths as a result of ballot stuffing by Royals fans are allayed, but they still manage to get four players elected. The leading vote-getter is Toronto 3B Josh Donaldson, who gathers over 14 million votes, thanks to a late patriotic surge coming from north of the border. In the National League, Nationals OF Bryce Harper leads all players with 13,8 million votes, almost double the highest total ever recorded by a member of the senior circuit.
Trailing 9 – 0 to the Marlins in the 4th, the Nationals stage a great comeback, eventually winning, 14 – 12 to get back to .500. Trea Turner hits a pair of homers, including his first career grand slam, and drives in 8 runs while Matt Adams adds 4 hits in his first game since coming off the disabled list.