This Day In Baseball July 6
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Events for July 6
7/6/1893 – The New York Giants difficulties batting in the correct order arose again just six days later. In a game at Louisville in which the home team was batting first, Michael “King” Kelly replaced Jocko Milligan at catcher in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, the number five hitter, Jack Doyle, was due to lead off, but Kelly who had replaced Milligan in the number six spot came up instead. He struck out, but the umpire Ed Seward, who had a bad day according to newspaper stories, allowed the out stand and also called Doyle out. Given the batting out of turn was being enforced, the correct call was to call Doyle out and have Kelly bat again. The next hitter reached third on a single and error, but the following one made the third out. The wrong ruling may have cost the Giants the game. It ended as an 11-11 tie after nine innings due to darkness.
7/6/1902 – George Yeager of the New York Giants ended the sixth inning. When the Giants came to bat in the seventh, Yeager led off in Heinie Smiths batting spot and singled. As Smith came to bat, the St. Louis fans started to make noise about the mistake. Umpire Hank O’Day called out Smith and removed Yeager from first base.
At St. Louis, the Senators push across two runs in the top of the 9th to take a 3 – 2 lead, Walter Johnson, the fourth Washington pitcher, shuts out the Browns in the 9th and is awarded the win. As reported in Sporting Life, President Ban Johnson rules “that when a pitcher leaves the box at the end of an inning he shall not receive benefit of any runs made in the following inning. He says all runs should aid the reliever, not the previous pitcher.”
The A’s sell pitcher Boardwalk Brown, 17 – 13 last year, to the Yankees. New York also brings back Birdie Cree by sending Bill Holden and cash to Baltimore (IL) in exchange. Birdie hit .348 in 1911 and .332 next season before injuring his leg. He slumped to .272 last year and was sold to Baltimore, but he will hit .309 in 77 games this year.
After losing 11 in a row, including a 10 – 6 loss in the opener, the Cardinals break out in the second game. They score 10 in the first and 10 more in the fifth to wallop the Phils, 28 – 6 on 28 hits. The run and hit totals are National League records. The Cardinals (43) and Phillies (30) combine for a record-tying 73 hits in the doubleheader at the cozy Baker Bowl.
After watching the Tigers belt eight home runs on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, the Browns use the off day to erect a screen in front of the RF pavilion. The screen stretches 156 feet from the foul pole toward CF, 310 feet down the line from home. In the next day’s game, Heinie Manush will hit three balls off the screen against the Yankees’ Waite Hoyt, while Babe Ruth will hit two off it in the series. This screen will remain in place into the 1940s, the only stadium with extended OF seating where it is impossible to catch a home run ball.
Bill Veeck Sr’s very popular Ladies’ Day promotion at Wrigley Field reaches new heights when more than 30,000 female fans attend the Cubs’ doubleheader against Cincinnati. An over-capacity crowd packs the small ballpark, with thousands of others, including late-arriving regular paying patrons, who are unable to gain admission into the North Side venue.
1932 – Cubs SS Billy Jurges is shot twice in his Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli. In a scuffle for the gun, Jurges is hit in the shoulder and hand. Jurges fails to prosecute, and Valli will be signed to a 22-week contract to sing in local nightclubs and theaters. She is billed as “Violet (What I Did for Love) Valli – the Most Talked About Girl in Chicago.”
After the first batter is thrown out trying to bunt, Bob Feller, a 17 year-old farm boy from Van Meter, Iowa, strikes out 8 consecutive batters in three innings during an All-Star break exhibition game against the Cardinals’ Gashouse Gang. It is the Indian rookie’s first appearance in a major league uniform.
The National League wins the sixth All-Star Game, 4 – 1, with the aid of fine pitching and four American League errors. Starter Johnny Vander Meer gets the win. Yankeeshurler Lefty Gomez is defeated for the first time in four All-Star starts. National League shortstop Leo Durocher becomes the first Dodger to start in an All-Star Game and gets a ‘bunt’ home run.
The Yankees edge the Twins, 7 – 5 in Bloomington, as Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris each hit a pair of home runs. The M&M boys hit back-to-back homers in the 1st inning, off Camilo Pascual (12-4), the third time in four games they’ve hit back-to-back shots. New York is a half-game in back of Cleveland.
7/6/1962 – In the top of the second inning with two outs, seventh-place hitter Mack Jones was the scheduled batter for the Braves. However, Del Crandall, eighth on the lineup sheet, strode to the plate and walked. Pitcher Bob Hendley should be the next batter but now Jones came to the plate. After Jones singled, the Cubs protested the order of the batters. The umpires ruled Hendley out and disallowed Jones’ single. The Braves went on to win the contest, 5-3, on Eddie Mathews’ 2-run homer in the tenth inning.
Don Demeter of the Phillies plays his record 226th consecutive game without an error in the OF. Finishing his string in the American League, Demeter will play 266 games without an error, a major league record, but his 226 mark will subsequently be broken in the National League by Doug Dascenzo; Darren Lewis will later break the major league record.
Tying an American League record, Boog Powell knocks in 11 runs in a doubleheader. In game one, the Oriole first baseman hits two home runs, including a grand slam, two doubles and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs in the Orioles’ 11 – 0 victory over the Kansas City A’s and in the nightcap he adds 4 RBIs.
The Red Sox sweep a pair from the Yankees, with reliever Don McMahon picking up both wins. He pitches 1 2/3 inning in the opener and another two innings in game 2. The only other pitcher to win a doubleheader from the Yankees was the Browns’ Dave Davenport in 1916, who threw two complete game victories.
Boog Powell, tying an American League record, knocks in 11 runs in a doubleheader. In game one, the Baltimore first baseman hits two homers, including a grand slam, two doubles, and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs in the Orioles’ 11-0 victory over the Kansas City A’s and adds four more RBIs in the nightcap.
In Atlanta, the Reds outlast the Braves, winning 15 – 13. The Braves spot the Reds six runs, then tie it up with a 6-run 4th inning. The Braves tie in the 7th at nine apiece, but the Reds score six in the 8th inning, four on a grand slam by Dave Concepcion. Atlanta scores one in the 8th and three in the 9th to complete a wild game.
After 1,887 plate appearances without a home run from the start of his career, Cubs outfielder Greg Gross finally goes deep when he homers off Don Stanhouse, a three-run shot to left field with two outs in the sixth-inning, in the team’s 8-6 victory over the Expos at Wrigley Field. The 24 year-old’s homerless drought establishes a new major league record, far surpassing runner-up Duane Kuiper, who recorded his first round-tripper needing 355 fewer trips to the plate to accomplish the feat.
On the 50th anniversary of the Midsummer Classic, Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star competition during a record seven-run third inning en route to the American League setting a record for runs scored by one team in a game in their 13-3 victory at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the site of the first All-Star Game in 1933. The Junior Circuit’s victory halts the National League’s 11-game winning streak
1988 – Yomiuri Giants outfielder Sadaaki Yoshimura hits his 100th career homer. The 25-year-old, fresh off a 30-homer, .322 season, sees his fortunes reverse in the 8th inning when he collides with teammate Tadahiro Sakaemura and severs three ligaments in his left leg. After a couple surgeries, he will return and play for another decade but will never again be a starter.
Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired player to be elected to start an All-Star Game. The Phillies third baseman, who announced his retirement on May 29, is hitting only .203 this season and decides not to play. A’s OF Jose Canseco, who has not played all season because of a wrist injury, is picked to start for the American League, but neither will play in the game.
The Astros defeat the Padres, 5 – 4 in 12 innings, as Houston pitchers strike out 17 San Diego batters. Padres SS Andujar Cedeno fans five times, while teammates Melvin Nieves and Roberto Petagine whiff four times each. No team over the past 15 years has had three players strike out four or more times in the same game. SD pitchers fan 15 Houston players themselves.
At Anaheim, Chuck Finley allows four hits and strikes out 13 to lead the Angels to a 8 – 0 shutout over the Mariners. Dave Hollins’ fourth inning grand slam is the big blow, while Darin Erstad also homers, the first by a lefty off Jeff Fassero (8-5) in over three years. Tim Salmon also hits a solo homer in the third, his third in three games. Fassero leaves the game in the 3rd inning after spraining his right ankle fielding Craig Grebeck’s bunt single.
In Detroit, the Tigers top the Orioles, 14 – 9, their 3rd straight win after 11 consecutive losses. Brian Johnson and Travis Fryman homer for the Tigers while teammate Bobby Higginson adds a two-run inside-the-park homer, his fifth round tripper this week. For Scott Erickson (11-4), it is the worst start of his career for Baltimore, allowing all 12 runs, 11 earned, and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Willie Blair (6-4) takes the win in relief. The O’s are led by Rafael Palmeiro’s homer, triple and single and homers by Geronimo Berroa, Jeff Reboulet and Tony Tarasco.
The American Sportscasters Association names Dodgers legend Vin Scully as the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century. Howard Cosell finishes 2nd, followed by Mel Allen and Red Barber. The Dodgers veteran broadcaster’s 51-year career has included play-by-play of 25 Fall Classics and 12 All-Star Games.
Playing in the 101st different park since 1876, the Cubs beat the Tigers in Comerica Park, 15 – 8. The Cubs win for the first time in Detroit in 56 years, dating back to Game 3 of the 1945 World Series when Claude Passeauthrew a 3 – 0 shutout in Briggs Stadium. Cubs DH Roosevelt Brown gets five hits in the game, including a double and home run.
The Phillies call up 30-year-old Joe Roa, winner of 20 straight games in the minor leagues. He won his last six decisions with Calgary in 2001 and was 14-0 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year. Roa was closing in on the International League record of 20 straight wins set by Rube Parnham of Baltimore in 1923. The last 20-game winner in the IL was in 1950.
7/6/2002: In the top of the tenth with Mike Caruso on first and one out, the Royals Michael Tucker hit a long fly to center which was caught by Terrence Long of the Athletics at the wall. However, Long snow-coned it and lost it over the fence for a homer when he hit the wall. Tucker stopped as he approached second, but Caruso not realizing that the Long had not held the ball started to tag up and passed Tucker going back to first. Tucker was called out for passing the runner; he lost a homer but was credited with an RBI-single that gave the Royals a 4-3 victory over the Athletics.
Daryle Ward becomes the first player in the brief history of Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to hit the Allegheny River on the fly, helping the Astros rout the Pirates, 10-2. PGA legend Arnold Palmer, also known for long drives, is on hand to watch the Houston left fielder’s fifth inning towering grand slam, estimated to have traveled 479 feet before making a splash.
The Twins sweep a twin bill from the White Sox, beating the home team 20-14 and 12-0 at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field. The 32 runs tallied by Minnesota are the most runs scored by one club in a twin bill since the Red Sox crossed the plate 35 times in their double victory over the Philadelphia A’s on July 4, 1939.
In the ninth inning of a tied game at Yankee Stadium, Manny Ramirez, appearing as a pinch-hitter, upsets the citizens of Red Sox Nation when he strikes out on three consecutive fastballs thrown by Mariano Rivera, without swinging the bat. Citing knee pains, proven to be baseless by MRIs ordered by the team’s management, Boston’s disgruntled outfielder had asked to be left off the starting lineup for the critical series with New York.
The Phillies jump on the Reds for 10 runs in a 1st inning featuring home runs by Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs and Chase Utley, on their way to a 22 – 1 drubbing of Cincinnati. Jayson Werth adds a grand slam in the 8th off infielder Paul Janish as the Reds suffer the worst defeat of their long history.
A federal lawsuit brought by a fan kicked out of Yankee Stadium by a police officer allegedly for leaving his seat to use the men’s room during the playing of ‘God Bless America’ is settled with the resident of Queens receiving $10,001 from New York City. The Yankees, who do not have to pay any money, claim patrons have always had freedom of movement, but ushers in previous years have blocked some exits with chains while the patriotic song was played due to complaints that spectators showed a lack of respect by not staying in their seats.
Alex Rodriguez hits the 21st grand slam of his career and adds a solo homer to bring his career total to 597 long balls. The Yankees defeat the Athletics, 6 – 1. CC Sabathia wins his 7th consecutive start to improve to 11-3 on the year. A-Rod’s slam ties him with Manny Ramirez for second on the all-time list, two behind Yankee legend Lou Gehrig.
The Rockies explode for 9 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the stunned Cardinals, 12 – 9. They enter the inning down 9 – 3, but score and score some more, capping the rally with Seth Smith’s three-run walk-off home run off closer Ryan Franklin. Chris Iannetta also hits a three-run homer off Franklin, who gives up 6 runs in a third of an inning. Manuel Corpas (3-5) is the beneficiary of the outburst. It is only the third time in major league history a team has scored nine or more runs in the bottom of the 9th to win and the first time since 1901.
The trial of Roger Clemens on accusations of perjury in his testimony to Congress in February 2008, opens today in Washington, DC with jury selection. Among the witnesses which prosecutors are planning to call on are Commissioner Bud Selig, former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, former teammates Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada and slugger Sammy Sosa. Clemens’ attorneys also plan to call on former managers and teammates – albeit different ones – to testify on behalf of the former pitcher.
The Reds take an 8 – 0 lead over the Cardinals after 5 innings, but then manage to squander it by the end of the 9th. Chris Heisey, Jay Bruce, Fred Lewis and Scott Rolen homer to help the Reds take a big lead against Jake Westbrook, but the Cards score 5 in the 7th and tie the game on Jon Jay’s homer off closer Francisco Cordero in the 9th. It then takes until the 13th for the game to be decided in Cincinnati’s favor on pinch-hitter Ramon Hernandez’s double off Raul Valdes. The Reds win, 9 – 8, in 4 hours and 11 minutes.
The Giants lose a 1st-inning run when they are caught batting out of order against the Dodgers. C Buster Posey is listed as batting fourth on the official line-up, but comes up third in the inning, and drives in a run with a double. The Dodgers appeal successfully and Pablo Sandoval, who should have batted third, is called out, while the hit is wiped out; Posey hits again, now in his rightful spot, but flies out to end the inning. However, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner makes sure the mistake does not turn out to be costly, as he retires the first 14 batters he faces and drives in two runs on his way to a 4 – 2 win.
7/6/2013 – There was confusion concerning the Giants batting order in a game against the Dodgers. In the bottom of the first inning, the Giants had a runner on 3B and one out when Buster Posey hit an RBI-double to the RF corner. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly spoke to HP umpire Tony Randazzo, saying that Posey was listed fourth and Pedro Sandoval should have been the batter. Sandoval was ruled out, the runner went back to third, and Posey came back to the plate to bat in his proper spot, making the third out of the inning and wiping a run off the board for the Giants.
The two squads in the 2014 All-Star Game are named. The 68 players chosen include 25 first-timers. OF Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays leads the popular vote for the second time in four years with 5.8 million votes, while SS Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies is the leading vote-getter in the National League.
The Orioles and Dodgers combine for 36 strikeouts in a 14-inning game at Dodger Stadium. Both teams whiff 18 times before Jonathan Schoop hits a two-run double off Chris Hatcher in the 14th to take a 6 – 4 lead. The Dodgers have a chance to tie the score in the bottom of the frame when closer Zach Britton walks Yasmani Grandal intentionally to load the bases, but with no substitutes available, Hatcher grounds back to the mound to end the contest. Chase Utley has a six-hit game in a losing cause for Los Angeles, while Mark Trumbo hits a pair of homers for Baltimore, giving him a major league-leading 26 on the year.
Results of the Final Man Vote for the 2017 All-Star Game are revealed, with 3B Justin Turner of the Dodgers and Mike Moustakas of the Royals the winners. Turner establishes a new record with 20.8 million votes. Ironically, after fans had failed to elect any Dodgers players in the regular All-Star ballot, reliever Kenley Jansen had chastized L.A. supporters for failing to properly support the team’s players at the ballot box; it seems his message was heard.
Almost three years after first being issued a lifetime ban for repeated violations of Baseball’s Drug Program, P Jenrry Mejia is granted reinstatement by the Commissioner, after petitioning for it as allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He will be allowed to resume all baseball activities next spring training, but it is made clear that this is a final chance for him and that no further missteps will be tolerated.
1977 – After being called out on strikes by umpire Paul Pryor, Jose Cruz belts the game-winning homer in the 14th inning to give Houston a 2-1 triumph in Los Angeles. Cruz argues he has only two strikes on him and Pryor admits his mistake. Jose promptly sends the next pitch from Mike Garman into the right field stands.
1973 – Leo Durocher pulls Jerry Reuss with a cozy 7-1 lead in the doubleheader opener in Montreal. The Expos storm back for a 12-8 decision then thump the Astros again, 14-6, in the nightcap. Reserve catcher John Boccabella blasts two home runs in one inning for five RBIs. Ron Fairly also goes deep twice in the nightcap. Giddy Canadians taunt Durocher. Reuss fumes afterwards.