This Day In Baseball July 7
Events for July 7
In a game with the New York Highlanders, White Sox OF Danny Green is called out at first base by Jack Sheridan, and after returning to the bench continues to yell at the umpire. Sheridan finally rushes the bench and hits Green with his mask. Green then belts the umpire, who is taken from the grounds and locked up on charges of disorderly conduct. An hour later, he is released after bail is posted by Highlander president Joseph Gordon.
To fend off possible future challenges to the legality of the standard contract and its reserve clause, new wording provides for compensation to the player for the right to renew. A player’s salary is specified as 75 percent for his services and 25 percent for the privilege of reserving them for the following season.
Suffering heavy losses from Federal League competition in Baltimore, Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers Babe Ruth (plus Ernie Shore and C Ben Egan) for $10,000 to old friend Connie Mack, who refuses, pleading poverty. Cincinnati, which has a working agreement giving them the choice of two players, ignores Ruth and takes OF George Twombly and SS Claud Derrick. Dunn finally peddles his threesome to new owner Joe Lannin of the Red Sox for a reported $25,000.
At Fenway Park, the Indians score in the 1st off Babe Ruth, but manage just one more hit through the 7th. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th, lefty hitting reserve Olaf Henriksen pinch hits for Ruth and draws a walk, forcing home the tying run. Boston scores another in the 8th to win, 2 – 1.
Major League-leading slugger Babe Ruth brings the Yankees but apparently little else – least of all his A-game – to Forbes Field for an exhibition bout against the National League-leading Bucs. Ralph Davis of the Pittsburgh Press is clearly not at all impressed: “Bambino Didn’t Shine. Babe Ruth didn’t have a batting average yesterday. His strikeout average was .500. The King of Swatters didn’t look good against Hal Carlson’s pitching. He struck wide at several pitches and fanned twice. His other efforts were flies to Max Careyand Dave Robertson. Rip Collins, the Yankee pitcher, witnessed the game from the press box. As Robertson captured Ruth’s fly, he remarked: ‘You can’t make me believe that the National League ball is as lively as the American League sphere. If Ruth had cracked one like that in our league, the ball would have gone to kingdom come.’ As a fielder, Ruth was a joke yesterday. Luckily for the Yanks, he didn’t have many chances, but he surely looked slow and bad on those he had.” One of those chances is Charlie Grimm’s 2nd-inning triple which bounces over Ruth’s head, scoring the Bucs’ first run and setting up the second, which ties the contest at two all. One inning later, Robertson unties it with a tape-measure, two-run blast and the Bucs never look back.
Pirates OF Max Carey is the busiest man on the field in an 18-inning 9 – 8 loss to the Giants. He gets six hits, draws three walks, has three stolen bases, including one of home, and catches seven flies. His 51 stolen bases in 53 attempts is the highest success rate ever achieved by a stolen base leader, remarkable in a season where the league average success rate on steals is 54%. His record of 31 straight steals without being caught will be broken by Davey Lopes’ 38 in 1975. Johnny Gooch also has six hits in the losing effort.
Cleveland scores in every inning against the Red Sox, but playing at home, the team does not bat in the 9th. In the eight innings, they run up an American League-record 27 runs, including 13 in the 6th, for a 27 – 3 win. In three innings, Lefty O’Doul gives up 16 runs on 11 hits and 8 walks. This is his last season as a major league pitcher, but he will return to the major-league in 1928 as an OF. The Indians keep it up, scoring three in the 1st inning of the second game en route to an 8 – 5 win.
The Indians become the first American League team to score a run in every inning when they rout Boston, 27-3, in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland’s Dunn Field. The Tribe tallies nearly half their runs in the sixth frame, crossing the plate 13 times, in a contest that takes only two hours and ten minutes to complete.
A military all-star team that includes Bob Feller, Cecil Travis, Sam Chapman, Benny McCoy, Johnny Sturm and Frankie Pytlak loses, 5 – 0, to American League stars in a game at Cleveland in front of more than 60,000 fans. Jim Bagby wins against his Indian teammate Feller. Military relief receives $160,000.
The Indians stun the baseball world by signing Satchel Paige, veteran Negro League pitcher. The move is ridiculed by some as a Bill Veeck publicity stunt, and J.G. Taylor Spink in The Sporting News editorializes, “Veeck has gone too far in his quest for publicity […] To sign a hurler at Paige’s age is to demean the standards of baseball in the big circuits.” The 42-year-old Paige will answer the critics in his first game tomorrow, getting a relief decision in a 8 – 6 win over New York in a doubleheader sweep. He will finish at 6 – 1. Paige is the oldest player to debut in the majors, but not the first 40-year-old: Chuck Hostetler in 1944 was 40.
“Robbing a Pirate: Willie Mays of the Giants, with his back to the diamond, takes Dick Rand’s long drive on cinder path between bleachers in centerfield.” So reads the caption accompanying John Orris’s New York Times photo capturing Mays’ spectacular grab. “Willie was going toward the Eddie Grant monument between the clubhouse stairways,” writes Roscoe McGowen, “when he gloved Rand’s long drive – nearly 470 feet from the plate.” The actual distance is probably closer to 430 feet, but it is still a prodigious poke and a tremendous run, especially given Mays’ shallow positioning against the light-hitting Rand. Frank Thomas hits three home runs on the day for the Pirates, who sweep the doubleheader, 10 – 6 and 8 – 1.
Phil Regan picks up two wins in relief for the second time this season as the Cubs sweep the Pirates, 5 – 4 and 4 – 3, edging Bob Veale and Elroy Face. Regan won a pair on April 21st for the Dodgers, and no other reliever has ever won a pair twice in a season. The Vulture will the top the National League with 12 relief wins and 25 saves.
Roberto Clemente’s rooftop shot foils Philly, breaking a 2 – 2 tie as Pittsburgh prevails, 4 – 2. “Clemente’s homer,” reports the Pittsburgh Press, “a long blast to the roof of Connie Mack Stadium’s double-decked left field seats, was his fifth in the last five days. Clemente is on a 14 for 23 streak.”
In the opener of a doubleheader, Don Money sets a major-league record for consecutive errorless games at 3B with 78. The Brewers beat the Twins, 8 – 5, then lose 5 – 3. Money will end the season with just five errors, breaking George Kell’s record set in 1950. Money also holds the National League record with just 10 errors, set with the Phils in 1972.
In an 8 – 6 loss to the Cardinals, Giants catcher Marc Hill – as well as the Cards – ties a mark last accomplished in 1905 when he tags out three Cards runners at home on throws from the outfield. The three Cards dealt out are: Ken Reitz, in the 1st inning on a throw from LF Gary Thomasson – Reitz tries scoring from second base on a Mike Tyson single; Ron Fairly in the 6th inning, thrown out by RF Bobby Murcer on a Tyson fly ball; and Bake McBride in the 7th, thrown out by LF Chris Arnold when he tries to score on a Willie Davis fly.
Mike Schmidt homers in his first three times up for the Phillies, to give him a major league record-tying four straight over two games. Schmidt flies to the warning track in his next at bat, and the Phils lose, 8 – 6 to the Giants. Schmidt will hit three more home runs in the next three games to tie the National League record of seven home runs in five games.
Floyd Youmans, ticketed for the minors after the game to make way for Bill Gullickson coming off the disabled list, pitches the last three innings to get his first major league win as the Expos outlast the Astros, 6 – 3, in 19 innings. A two-out error by Enos Cabell and a two-run single by Mike Fitzgerald do it for the Expos.
In Philadelphia, the Phillies defeat the Dodgers, 7 – 6, in a 20-inning marathon when Lenny Dykstra hits a bases-loaded two-run double off Rod Nichols. The game takes 6 hours and 10 minutes, and concludes at 1:47 AM. The Phils’ Mitch Williams blows a 5 – 3 lead in the 9th, allowing a hit and walking three before being ejected by umpire Jim Quick. Afterwards, John Kruk says, “I came here and I wanted to kill Mitch, but they told me it was against the law.” Phils rookie Kevin Stocker makes his major league debut, playing all 20 innings.
The Marlins fire manager Rene Lachemann. Florida vice president John Boles replaces Lachemann, although he has not managed at any level in 10 years; except for Ted Turner’s one-game stint in the 1970s, Boles is the first manager since Emil Fuchs in 1929 with no professional playing experience at any level. He wins his first game today, 7 – 4, in 10 innings over the Phillies.
7/7/1996 – On the last day before the All-Star break, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Matt Mieske batted out of turn in the top of the second inning at Yankee Stadium. The lineup posted in the dugout was different than the one given to the umpires. After John Jaha led off the inning by doubling to right-center, Mieske singled to right, moving Jaha to third. When Yankee skipper Joe Torre talked with the umpires, Jose Valentin, the proper batter, was called out. Mieske then batted again and flew out to right. The Brewers beat the Yankees, 4-1.
In the highest-scoring game in All-Star history, the American League beats the senior circuit, 13 – 8, in the thin air at Coors Field in Denver in the 69th All-Star Game. The 21-run total surpasses the previous record set in 1954 when the American League beat the Nationals, 11 – 9 in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. Baltimore’s Roberto Alomar is named the game’s MVP, going 3 for 4 with a home run, RBI, stolen base and two runs scored.
Drawing one of the largest crowds in team history, the Butte Copper Kings’ newest promotion, “John Rocker Awareness Night” is a huge success as the Angel farm club of the Pioneer League offers free admission to anyone belonging to a group insulted by the Atlanta reliever in his Sports Illustrated interview. The 672 fans in attendance include single moms with multiple children, people with purple hair, “foreigners”, as well as people with alternative life styles.
David Wells (15-2) posts his major league-leading 15th win in Toronto’s 6 – 3 victory over the Montreal Expos. Wells becomes just the second pitcher since 1988 to win 15 games before the All-Star break. The portly ace wins his 13th consecutive game on the road, stretching back to September 7, 1999. His only mistake is serving up a gopher ball to reliever Felipe Lira, who connects for his first major league homer.
The sports of baseball and softball are dropped from the for the 2012 Olympic Games scheduled to take place in London. It is the first time in 69 years that events have been cut from the games. There is criticism that these events are American-dominated, though the Cuban national team won Gold in 2004 and Australia won Silver. Japan and South Korea have appeared in the Silver Medal game in the past as well. Another reason given is that top professional players do not always appear, though Nippon Pro Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have routinely sent their top stars, as does the Cuban National League.
After Mark Kotsay doubles leading off the bottom of the first inning on a 3-0 count, and the next batter, Nick Swisher, also gets to a 3 balls and no strikes count, John Lackey retires the next 27 A’s batters. The 3-0 Angel victory, which is completed in 2 hours and 1 minute, also marks the end of LA shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s streak of reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games, twenty-one shy of Ted Williams’ record of 84 straight games established in 1949.
Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki records the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history when he hits Chris Young’s fastball into deep right-center field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The fifth inning blast caroms off the park’s quirky configuration and continues to bounce away from NL center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., allowing the American League leadoff hitter, who will be named the game’s MVP, to complete his way around the bases for the historic round-tripper.
Hiroki Kuroda of the Dodgers throws a perfect game for 7 innings against the Braves before Mark Teixeira doubles. Kuroda then wraps up with two more perfect innings for a one-hit, no-walk shutout and a 3 – 0 victory. Despite a 3.39 ERA, Kuroda is just 5-6 after today’s game; the losing hurler is Jorge Campillo, who is 3-4 despite a 3.06 ERA.
The Brewers, in an effort to reach the postseason for the first time since 1982, trade four highly touted farm hands to the Indians to obtain CC Sabathia. The Brew Crew sends their first-round draft pick last year, Matt LaPorta, along with minor league pitching prospects Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson, as well as Taylor Green (identified as the player to be named later), who was Milwaukee’s minor league player of the year, to Cleveland for last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner
Alan Embree earns a win without throwing a pitch. Entering the game with two outs and the score tied at 4 in the top of the 8th inning, he immediately proceeds to pick-off the Nationals’ Austin Kearns at first base. He is then lifted for a pinch hitter as the Rockies score a run in the bottom of the frame, and receives credit for the 5 – 4 win. The last pitcher to win a game under similar circumstances was B.J. Ryan, playing for the Orioles on May 1, 2003.
Jason Giambi agrees to a one-year $5.25 million deal to return to the A’s, the franchise where he started his major league career. The 37 year-old free-agent first baseman/DH, who celebrates a birthday tomorrow, joins the growing list of aging superstars – Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, and Mike Sweeney – who have been used to fill the same role with Oakland in recent years.
Adam Dunn hits three home runs in the Nationals’ 7 – 6 win over San Diego, driving in 5 runs. He is the second player to accomplish the feat since the team moved to Washington, DC, after Alfonso Soriano in 2006. In the 9th, pinch hitter Matt Stairs of the Padres hits a solo homer off Matt Capps, the 20th of his career, tying the record held by Cliff Johnson. However, Capps holds on for his 23rd save. San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez and Washington’s Ian Desmond also go deep on a night when the long ball is king.
The Rays complete a three-game sweep of the injury-riddled Red Sox with a 6 – 4 win at Tropicana Field. David Price earns his American League-leading 12th win, over Tim Wakefield. Evan Longoria homers for the winners, while Matt Garza earns the first save of his career in his first relief appearance in three years. The Rays have now won 7 of 8 after a difficult month of June.
With the score tied at seven in the bottom of the ninth at Coors Field, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta makes Evan MacLane’s major league debut memorable when he leads off the inning with a game-ending home run off the 27 year-old rookie. The Cardinals’ southpaw is the first hurler to surrender a game-winning homer to the first major league batter he faces since San Diego’s right-hander J.J. Trujillo accomplished the dubious deed in his major league debut by allowing Baltimore’s Tony Batista to end a game with a round-tripper in 2002.
Adam Dunn becomes the second Washington Nationals’ player to hit three home runs in a game, and the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat at the three year-old Nationals Park. The first baseman’s offensive output, which matches Alfonso Soriano’s performance in 2006, helps the home team edge San Diego, 7-6, on a very warm night in the nation’s capital.
At Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, a fan named Shannon Stone tumbles over an outfield wall trying to catch a ball tossed to him by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton during the 2nd inning of a game between the Rangers and the Oakland Athletics. Stone, a 39-year-old Brownwood, TX firefighter who attends the game with his young son, falls twenty feet from his seat in left field, landing near the A’s bullpen and passes away en route to the hospital. Incidentally, the Rangers win, 6 – 0.
Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who brought three different teams to the World Series, dies of an apparent heart attack in Henderson, NV at age 82. After a 14-year playing career, he led the “Impossible Dream” 1967 Boston Red Sox to the seventh game of the 1967 World Series in his first season as a major league manager, then won titles with the Oakland Athletics in 1972 and 1973, before quitting in disgust over owner Charlie Finley’s antics. A decade later, he returned to the Fall Classic with the San Diego Padres in 1984, which made him the first person – along with his opponent that year, Sparky Anderson – to manage a team from both leagues in the Series.
The Cubs fall into an 8 – 0 hole against the Nationals before rallying for a 10 – 9 win. Darwin Barney drives in Tony Campana with a 9th-inning double off Henry Rodriguez, his third hit and RBI of the day, to seal the win. The comeback starts when manager Davey Johnson leaves a tiring Livan Hernandez on the mound in the 6th inning, trying to save his bullpen; by the time he removes his ace from the game, the Cubs have scored 6 runs off the Cuban hurler. It is the largest blown lead in Nats franchise history, including its years in Montreal before moving to the nation’s capital.
Bryce Harper becomes the youngest position player to make an All-Star team when he is named to replace Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who is unable to participate because of an injury. The 19 year-old Nationals outfielder, who is older than hurlers Dwight Gooden (Mets) and Bob Feller (Indians) when they played in their first Mid-summer Classics, surpasses backstop Butch Wynegar (Twins) as the youngest non-pitcher to be selected.
Michael Brantley hits a pair of homers as the Indians defeat the Tigers, 9 – 6, ending a string of seven straight losses to their divisional rivals. Brantley’s second homer, off Al Alburquerque in the 8th, gives the Indians the lead and he has 5 RBI on the night. Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall also go deep for the Tribe.
The Cubs sweep a doubleheader at home for the first time since 2003 as they dispose of the Cardinals, 7 – 4 and 5 – 3. They score thrice in the 7th inning of the nitecap to ensure the double win, a frame which features Cards P Seth Maness being ejected for arguing that Addison Russell’s single down the first base line is foul, and his successor Kevin Siegrist throwing a potential double play grounder by Dexter Fowler into the outfield.
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, with his twenty-first home run, ties the National League mark shared by Dave Kingman (Giants,1972) and Albert Pujols (Cardinals, 2001) for the most home runs by a rookie before the All-Star break. Mark McGwire established the major league record, going deep 30 times before the Mid-Summer Classic while playing for the A’s in 1987.
It’s a high-scoring day in the majors as a number of marks are set or matched: Mark Reynolds ties the Nationals club record with 10 RBIs in an 18 – 4 win over the Marlins; the Diamondbacks set a franchise record by scoring 20 run in beating the Padres, 20 – 5; and the Red Sox score the most runs they have all season as they dispose of the Royals, 15 – 4. Wil Myers has a three-homer game for the Padres, but, obviously, it has little bearing on the final score.
1971 – Houston erupts for ten runs in the fourth inning as they pound the Giants, 18-4. Cesar Cedeno and Bob Watson both rap two hits in the inning. Cedeno drives in four for the day on a pair of two-run doubles. Larry Dierker picks up his 12th win and is named to the N.L. All-Star team but declines to appear due to a sore elbow.
1966 – After playing half the season with an artificial turf infield and a spray-painted dead grass outfield, the Astros depart for twelve days while the grounds crew rips up the sod and replaces the outfield with Astroturf. The last chunk of green dirt is boxed and shipped to Chicago’s Leo Durocher, a vocal critic of the new surface.
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