This Day In Baseball July 8
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Events for July 8
Player-manager George Davis leads the Giants to a 9 – 3 win over Cincinnati with four hits, including two inside-the-park homers, and 4 RBIs. Christy Mathewson beats Dick Scott for the second time this year, though Matty’s control is off. He walks four batters and hits two, including Cincy 1B Jake Beckley, who is hit in the head with a Matty pitch and knocked out for five minutes.
A rough outing as Boston righthander Doc Adkins faces 16 batters and gives up 12 hits and 12 runs in the 6th inning of a Philadelphia A’s 22 – 9 win over the Americans. Five players – Topsy Hartsel, Harry Davis, Lave Cross, Socks Seybold and Danny Murphy – collect two hits apiece in the frame. The A’s new 2B Murphy does not arrive until the 2nd inning and takes the field with no batting practice: he is 6 for 6, including a grand slam off Cy Young, while handling 12 chances flawlessly in a sensational debut. Teammate Davis adds another grand slam to tie the major-league record for a game. The 45 hits – 27 by the A’s – by the two teams sets an American League record. Rube Waddell picks up the win, facing just three batters in relief, while singling in the big inning.
John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Baltimore and Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles and officially signs to manage the Giantsat $11,000 a year, although he has already secretly signed a contract several days earlier brought to Baltimore by Giants secretary Fred M. Knowles. McGraw says, “I wish to state that I shall not tamper with any of the Baltimore club’s players.” But conspiring with National League owners John Brush and Andrew Freedman, McGraw swings the sale of the Orioles their way, enabling them to release Orioles Dan McGann, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity and Jack Cronin for signing by the Giants. Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to Brush’s Cincinnati Reds.
Just four days after throwing a no-hitter, Satchel Paige finds himself on the short end of another no-hitter, thrown by Willie “Sug” Cornelius. However, Cornelius’ Chicago American Giants are unable to score, and the game is a scoreless tie after nine innings. Paige’s Pittsburgh Crawfords break open the no-hitter in the 10th inning, and Paige beats Cornelius, 3 – 0.
The American League continues its All-Star Game reign, winning the third event, at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 4 – 1. Jimmie Foxx is the hitting star with a homer and three RBI. The rule that no pitcher can throw more than three innings unless the game goes into extra innings will be instituted after Yankee Lefty Gomez pitches six outstanding innings in the Mid-Summer Classic.
The American League’s winning streak reaches three as the Junior Circuit beats the NL in All-Star action at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, 4-1. The new rule that no pitcher can throw more than three innings unless the game goes extra innings is instituted as the result of Yankee Lefty Gomez pitching six outstanding innings in the Midsummer Classic.
At the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium, Ted Williams, hitting .405 at the break, homers off Chicago Cubs P Claude Passeau with two out and two on in the 9th inning to give the American League a dramatic 7 – 5 victory. Williams’s 4 RBI are matched by National League SS Arky Vaughan, who hits homers in the 7th and 8th.
Thanks to a dramatic two-out, bottom of the ninth inning, three-run home run by Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, the American League All-Stars beat the NL in Detroit, 7-5. The “Splendid Splinter’s” dramatic drive on a 1-1 pitch thrown by Claude Passeau off the right field press box makes the Briggs Stadium contest the first Midsummer Classic decided in the final inning.
Filling wartime rosters requires going deeper into the bag. The Dodgers bring back Babe Herman from California. He pinch-hits twice against the Cardinals, tripping over first base on a hit. Guy Bush, Clay Touchstone and Hod Lisenbee, contemporaries of Herman in the 1920s, will get their chances on the mound. The Babe will go 9 for 34, mostly as a pinch-hitter, sock one homer, and be a popular gate attraction in Brooklyn.
A special meeting of clubs deals with Mexican League defections and attempts by players to gain new rights. Some results: $5,000 minimum salary, $25-per-week training-camp expenses, a fixed period for spring training, 25 days for post-season barnstorming, maximum pay cut of 25 percent. A pension fund aimed at providing $100 a month for retired 10-year players will be funded by World Series broadcast rights and net proceeds from All-Star Games. Each league will have a player rep to baseball councils. The first player reps named are Yankees P Johnny Murphy and Dodgers OF Dixie Walker.
Clutch pinch hits by Luke Appling and Stan Spence lead the American League to a 2 – 1 win over the National League in the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. Schoolboy Rowepinch-hits for Johnny Sain, becoming the first player to appear for each side. Rowe pitched three innings for the American League in 1936. Spec Shea is the first winning rookie pitcher in All-Star history.
Yankee right-hander Spec Shea becomes the first rookie to win an All-Star Game. The 26 year-old ‘Naugatuck Nugget’ tosses three solid innings in the American League’s 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field, but his appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic leads to a sore arm, limiting his effectiveness as a starter for the Bronx Bombers.
Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson, brought up from Jersey City three days earlier, are the first blacks to play for the New York Giants. Thompson, who was also the first black to play for the St. Louis Browns in 1947, starts at 2B, and Irvin pinch-hits in the 8th for Clint Hartung. Thompson broke into the majors 12 days after Larry Doby’s American League debut with the Indians in 1947.
Hank Thompson, who broke into the majors as a member of the St. Louis Browns twelve days after Larry Doby’s American League debut with the Indians in 1947, becomes the first African-American to play for the Giants. When the former Kansas City Monarchs’ standout faces Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, it marks the first time a pitcher-batter confrontation takes place between black players in the major leagues.
Red Schoendienst of the Cards goes 5 for 5 against Pittsburgh, but the Cards lose, 7 – 6, to drop the Birds into 2nd place, a game behind the Phillies. The Bucs win in the 9th when they load the bases and pinch-hitterJack Phillips’ long fly ball is seemingly snagged by Stan Musial, but then drops into Greenberg Gardens for a walk-off grand slam. Ralph Kiner and Stan Rojek also homer for the Corsairs.
The feud between Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel reaches a head in the 2nd inning against the Red Sox. Because of a misplay in the 1st, Stengel sends reserve Jackie Jensen out to CF to relieve the Yankee Clipper after he has already taken his position. The Red Sox clip the Yankees, 6 – 3, as the red-hot Clyde Vollmer belts a two-run homer.
The National League defeats the American League, 3 – 2, in the 1952 All-Star Game behind the pitching of Philadelphia’s Curt Simmons and Cub Bob Rush in Philadelphia. The game is ended after five innings because of rain. Cub Hank Sauer’s homer with Stan Musial aboard in the 4th proves to be the deciding run.
In the second game of a Pacific Coast League doubleheader at Edmonds Field in Sacramento, CA Neill Sheridan hits one of the longest home runs ever measured. The line drive shot by the Sacramento Solons hitter disappears into the night behind the left-field fence and brings little immediate notice. The next day, however, a spectator will show up claiming that the ball landed on the back seat of his car, breaking the back window, while the car was parked on a residential street behind the stadium’s parking lot. A surveying firm will officially measure the blast at 613.80 feet, from home plate to the parking spot. However, as there was no witness to the ball’s touching down, a doubt will remain as to whether the automobile was really parked where its owner said it was, and whether it did in fact have its back window shattered by the mighty blast.
The Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro brings an end to Havana’s International League team. The Sugar Kings relocate in Jersey City, marking that city’s return to the IL after a 10-year absence. Poor attendance at Roosevelt Stadium will prompt the parent Reds to cease the minor league operation there following the season however.
Cincinnati uses nine pitchers to win the 13-inning second game against the Houston Colt .45’s, 12 – 11. This sets a National League record and ties the major league mark. Houston scores once in the 13th and Cincy scores twice to win. The Reds also win the first game, 12 – 8, battling back from an 8 – 3 deficit.
With home runs in his first three at bats, 41-year-old Stan Musial of the Cardinals not only becomes the oldest player to hit three in a game but also ties the major-league record of four straight home runs, as the Cards whip the Mets, 15 – 1. His home run in the second game the day before won the game, 3 – 2.
With the help of Stan Musial’s three home runs, the Cardinals soundly defeat the Mets at the Polo Grounds, 15-1. ‘The Man,’ who at the age of 41 becomes the oldest major leaguer ever to accomplish the feat, misses an opportunity for another at-bat in the ninth inning, after being replaced in the previous frame by pinch-runner Bobby Gene Smith.
Joe Morgan is the first Houston player with six hits in a game, but the Braves beat the Astros, 9 – 8, in 12 innings, thanks to Mike de la Hoz. De la Hoz hits a pinch homer in the 8th inning, ties the game in the 9th with a single when the Braves score three runs, and singles and scores the winning run to end the game.
In New York, the Senators win the opener, 7 – 6, then blow a four-run lead in the nitecap to lose, 7 – 5. Mickey Mantle is 5 for 8 in the doubleheader, including a homer in each game. The second homer, off Jim Hannan, is a 461-foot sky shot over the monuments into the CF bleachers. Mick follows with a sure double in the 5th but tears a hamstring muscle rounding first and will be sidelined for two weeks.
Roberto Clemente’s final assault on 436. Roberto revisits the scene of the crime, as it were, recalling his overwhelming 1966 assaults on the once-seemingly-impregnable 436-foot Forbes Field barricade. “Clemente’s third hit of the game will provide conversation for at least the rest of the week,” reports Bill Christine of the Pittsburgh Press. “It went over the gate in right-center field, just to the right of the light standard and the 436-foot mark.” Charley Feeney of the Post Gazette elaborates: “Clemente’s drive, off Bill (No-Hit) Stoneman, carried well over the wall in centerfield. Few hitters have hit a ball out of the ballpark in this sector, which is to the right of dead center between the exit gate and the light stanchion.”
With three runs in the 9th inning, the Mets beat the Cubs, 4 – 3, cutting Chicago’s lead in the National League East to four games. Ron Santo rips into CF Don Young for two misplays in the outfield. Santo will apologize tomorrow for criticizing Young, who left early and doesn’t take the team bus. Santo will get booed in his first game back at Wrigley Field.
At Shea Stadium, Don Young is roundly criticized by Cubs’ teammate Ron Santo for his two misplays in center field that help the Mets score three ninth-inning runs, resulting in a 4-3 walk-off victory and cutting Chicago’s division lead to four games over the surging New York team. The emotional third baseman will apologize for his remarks tomorrow but will be soundly booed by the hometown fans in his first game back at Wrigley Field.
Jim Ray Hart ties a modern major-league record with 6 RBIs in one inning (the 5th) with a three-run homer and a three-run triple; Hart is the first player in 59 years to accomplish the feat. The Giants score 11 in the frame. Hart also hits for the cycle as the Giants rout the Braves, 13 – 0. Gaylord Perry is the easy winner, posting San Francisco’s first shutout of the year. Perry will throw four more to lead the National League.
The Royals jump on Milwaukee starter Bill Travers for five runs in a third of an inning and flatten the Brewers, 9 – 1. The Brewers’ lone run is George Scott’s 16th homer of the year. Mike Hegan pinch hits for Hank Aaron, the 6th time in his career that’s occurred. All the pinch hitters have been lefties.
Randy Jones posts the most victories at the All-Star break in National League history, winning his 16th game of the season in the Padres’ 6-3 defeat of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In the second half of the season, the 26 year-old southpaw’s good fortune runs out when he will lose seven games by a run, including two 1-0 loses.
At Dodger Stadium, the 51st All-Star Game features J.R. Richard (10-4) and Steve Stone (12-3) as the starters, with Richard going just two innings because of various back and shoulder problems he’s been having. The National League battles back to win its 9th consecutive Midsummer Classic, 4 – 2, pinning the loss on Dodger defector Tommy John. Reds outfielder Ken Griffey goes 2 for 3 with a solo home run to win the game’s MVP Award.
Losing 7 – 0 to California in the 3rd, the Brewers score 20 unanswered runs, including 13 in the 5th, to win. This is the biggest swing of runs since 1980 and will not be topped in the 1990s. Looking for his 279th win, Bert Blyleven starts for the Angels but never makes it out of the 4th. He’ll win only once more the rest of the year.
In Seattle’s 7 – 4 win over Boston, Red Sox SS John Valentin turns the 10th unassisted triple play in major league history. In the 2nd inning, he catches a line drive off the bat of Marc Newfield, steps on second base to retire Mike Blowers, then tags runner Keith Mitchell who is heading for second. Valentin then homers in the bottom of the inning. Blue chipper Alex Rodriguez, 18, is 0 for 3 in his major league debut, but makes a long throw to start a double play.
Red Sox shortstop John Valentin snares Marc Newfield’s sixth-inning line drive, steps on second retiring Mike Blowers, and then tags the runner coming from first, Kevin Mitchell, to turn an unassisted triple play. After completing the rare feat, accomplishing a play that has occurred only ten times in major league history, the infielder begins a three-homer outburst by Boston in the bottom of the frame, helping the team defeat the Mariners at Fenway Park, 4-3.
Baseball’s realignment committee discusses a variety of plans including one that would have as many as 14 teams changing divisions and leagues next year. Kansas City would switch to the National League, and baseball’s eight Pacific and Mountain time zone teams could be grouped together if the sport switches back from six divisions to four in 1998. With the addition of Arizona to the National League next season and Tampa Bay to the American League, baseball’s current plan calls for two 15-team leagues in 1998 with three divisions in each. The Major Leagues have till August 1st to present next year’s schedule to the players’ association.
Helping to snap the National League’s three-game winning streak, Sandy Alomar, Jr., belts a seventh-inning two-run home run to lead the Junior Circuit to a 3-1 All-Star Game victory in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd at Jacobs Field. The 31 year-old Indian catcher, in the midst of a 30-game hitting streak, is named the Midsummer Classic’s Most Valuable Player.
The Yankees sweep their cross-town rivals in the first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical scores, 4 – 2 in an afternoon tilt at Shea Stadium and 4 – 2 in an evening contest at Yankee Stadium. It proves to be quite an interesting day in New York as Mike Piazza is hospitalized with a concussion after being beaned by Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden gets his first Shea win since 1994 and a bizarre obstruction call on Mets first baseman Todd Zeile causes the first game to be played under protest.
Lance Berkman has three hits to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. It’ll end here, but Moises Alou reaches 16 straight games today on his way to a 23-game streak. Jeff Bagwell and Mendy Lopez collect three RBIs for Houston as they outslug the Royals, 10 – 8. Scott Elarton is tossed in the 1st after plunking leadoff hitter Rey Sanchez in retaliation for Craig Biggio being hit.
In Toronto’s 9 – 3 win over Montreal, Jays rookie Cesar Izturis hits his first major league homer inside the park, thanks to Expos LF Mark Smith losing the ball in the lights. Smith gets a glove on it, but Izturis beats the relay throw from Orlando Cabrera, who also hit his first homer inside-the-park. The win goes to 30-year-old rookie Chris Michalak (6-6), who will be waived next month and picked up by Texas.
The Class A Charleston Riverdogs defeat the Columbus RedStixx, 4 – 2, on “Nobody Night” in Charleston. Fans were barred from Joe Riley Stadium in the team’s attempt to set an all-time record low attendance for a single game. The previous mark is believed to have been 12 set in 1881. Fans are let into the park after the 5th inning, at which time the attendance is officially recorded as 0.
Fausto Álvarez, the Amsterdam Pirates DH and batting coach, hits his 9th home run of the season. That represents a new Hoofdklasse record in the wooden bat era (since 2000), breaking Ivanon Coffie’s old mark. Álvarez is 46 years and 7 months old and already collecting a pension after retiring from Cuban play earlier in the decade.
The Cubs bolster their pitching staff, obtaining starter Rich Harden and reliever Chad Gaudin from the A’s in exchange for right-hander Sean Gallagher, second baseman/outfielder Eric Patterson, outfielder Matt Murton, and minor league backstop prospect Josh Donaldson. Chicago’s dealing may be in anticipation of the trade rumors of the Brewers getting Indians’ ace, CC Sabathia.
In a battle of promising young pitchers, Chris Volstad pitches his first career complete game in leading Florida to a 7 – 0 shutout of San Francisco. His opponent, Ryan Sadowski, enters the game without having allowed an earned run in his first 13 major league innings; he runs his streak to 16 before giving up his first runs in the 4th, but still leaves the game with an ERA of 1.00.
Astros P Roy Oswalt, rumored to be on the trading block, increases his value with a brilliant one-hitter over the Pirates at Minute Maid Park. Neil Walker’s 1st-inning single is the only hit he allows in the 2 – 0 complete game win, his first shutout since September, 2008. Lance Berkman provides all the offense with a pair of homers.
Ubaldo Jimenez wins his 15th game in his last start before the All-Star Game – which he is expected to start – as the Rockies win, 4 – 2, to complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals at home. Jimenez is the first pitcher to have 15 wins at the All-Star break since David Wells in 2000; he is only two wins away from the Rockies franchise record of 17 in a season.
Using an online ballot, fans select Nick Swisher of the Yankees and Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto to fill the last two roster spots in this year’s All-Star Game. The New York outfielder, who has edged Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the final AL spot, used his Twitter account to campaign for votes and to thank his fans for their support.
The Red Sox score 8 times in the 1st inning, including three runs on a homer by David Ortiz, chasing starter Zach Britton on their way to a 10 – 3 win over the Orioles. In the 8th, Big Papi charges the mound against Baltimore reliever Kevin Gregg, missing with a couple of punches after being brushed back on two consecutive pitches and then being berated by Gregg for failing to run out the ensuing pop-up. Both benches empty and when order is restored, Ortiz, Gregg, Boston C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Oriole reliever Jim Johnson have all been ejected.
The United States team defeats the World team, 17 – 5, in the 2012 Futures Game played at Kauffman Stadium. The World takes an early 4 – 0 lead on homers by Jurickson Profar and Jae-Hoon Ha, but a great catch in the outfield by Anthony Gose turns the tide in the top of the 3rd. The U.S. evens the score in the bottom of the inning, scores two in the 4th, then puts the game away with a 9-run barrage in the 6th, largely against Ariel Pena. But the crowning blow in that inning is Nick Castellanos’ three-run homer off Julio Rodriguez, that earns him the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP.
The Mets play their fourth game of 15 or more innings this season. After losing the first three marathons, they come out on top this time, defeating the San Francisco Giants, 4 – 3, when Eric Young Jr. scores on a 16th-inning error by SS Brandon Crawford. Buster Posey goes 5 for 8 with two doubles and a homer in a losing cause.
Two inside-the-park homers are hit in one game for the first time since 1997 in Kansas City’s 9 – 7 win over Tampa Bay at home. The win is costly for the Royals, however, as All-Star LF Alex Gordon is injured in trying to prevent Logan Forsythe’s inside-the-parker in the 4th. Jarrod Dyson replies with a similar hit in the 6th.
Starters and reserves for the 2018 All-Star Game that will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on July 17th are announced. Beyond the expected participants like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, the game will feature more unexpected actors, such as 2B Gleyber Torres, who began the year in the minors, voted as the starter for the AL at his position; Matt Kemp back for the first time since 2012 as a starter in the NL outfield; Nick Markakis, who is voted to star in the outfield for the NL and in the process establishes a new record with 1,928 games played before a first selection; and former journeyman pitcher Miles Mikolas, who has been outstanding after being signed out of Japan, on the NL roster.
In a move certain to cause tension with Nippon Pro Baseball, the Royals sign 16-year-old P Kaito Yuki as an international amateur free agent. Yuki is the first Japanese middle schooler to skip high school in order to sign with a major league organization, although a few high schoolers have done so as well in the past. He is expected to move to Arizona in August and begin a professional career in 2019.
2010 – Roy Oswalt fires a one-hitter at the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-0 complete game shutout. It comes as rumors swirl about trading the pitching ace before the deadline on July 31st. Lance Berkman provides all the offense with two solo homers into the Crawford Boxes as part of a three-hit afternoon.
2001 – Scott Elarton is ejected after he hits the first batter and misses a 14-5 thrashing by the Astros in Kansas City. After Craig Biggio and Julio Lugo are plunked to start the game, umpires warn both teams. After Elarton hits Rey Sanchez with his fifth pitch of the day, he and skipper Larry Dierker get the thumb. Jeff Bagwell and Mendy Lopez bash three-run homers in the game. Lance Berkman (.365) and Moises Alou (.362) take the league’s top two batting averages into the All-Star break.
1973 – Tommy Helms’ two-run single caps a ninth-inning comeback for a 9-7 victory in Montreal. Cesar Cedeno clubs two home runs and Doug Rader adds a solo shot. Bob Watson breaks SS Tim Foli’s jaw while sliding into second, causing a shower of debris to fall from Parc Jarry when Watson returns to left field.
1965 – Joe Morgan sets a club record, going 6-for-6, but the Astros lose in Milwaukee, 9-8, in twelve innings. Morgan launches two bombs, scores three times, drives in three and steals a base. The Braves counter with five solo homers then push three more across in the ninth to tie it. Don Bolling singles home Mike de la Hoz for the game-winner and it was good timing for them – Morgan was due up the next inning.