This Day In Baseball July 9
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 9 in baseball history.
Classic Games and Video Accounts of Historic Moments
Notable Events and Chronology for July 9
Ossee Schreckengost, 39, peripatetic catcher (7 teams) best known as battery and roommate of Rube Waddell while with the Philadelphia Athletics, dies of uremia in Philadelphia. Skilled defensively on the field, Schreckengost was an eccentric off. He had it written into his contract that Waddell could not eat crackers in bed.
The temperature is 106 degrees in Central Park, the hottest July 9th on record in New York, as the Indians take on the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks score four in the 1st inning, but Cleveland comes back to score 11 runs on 15 hits, including five homers, to win 11 – 4. Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly and Joe Vosmik all homer in the 2nd frame to tie the major league record. Trosky hits another homer to tie for the American League lead with 23. Lou Gehrig and Earl Averill also homer.
The BBWAA, by a narrow margin of 14-12, votes to establish the Cy Young Award to honor the major leagues’ most outstanding pitcher. Commissioner Ford Frick initiated the idea because he felt hurlers were not recognized in the MVP voting, but ironically the first recipient of the Cy Young Award, Dodger Don Newcombe, will also win the Most Valuable Player Award.
On Capitol Hill, Casey Stengel and Mickey Mantle appear in front of the Senate Anti-Trust and Monopoly Subcommittee which is investigating the baseball monopoly power in regards to sport’s antitrust exemption. After ‘The Old Perfessor’ gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Senator Estes Kefauver laughs when Mickey Mantle answers his inquiry about the topic with, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.”
Starting his first game since injuring his shoulder on May 19th, Roberto Clemente’s 10th-inning leadoff single helps Pirate reliever Elroy Face get his 18th consecutive win after blowing a one-out save in the previous inning. A bunt by Roman Mejias moves Clemente to second and a single up the middle by pinch-hitter Harry Bright brings Cubs a sudden death.
Sherm Lollar’s 9th-inning pinch-hit grand slam, off Frank Funk, for the White Sox, crushes Cleveland, 7 – 5. It is the 5th pinch slam in the American League this season – two by the Sox – and ties the major league record. The Sox also win the second game, 9 – 8. Over the afternoon 8 home runs are hit.
Appropriately, pitching dominates the All-Star Game in the first All-Star Game played indoors. Willie Mays, playing in place of the injured Pete Rose, tallies an unearned run in the 1st inning against American League starter Luis Tiant to complete the scoring for the day – the first All-Star effort to end 1 – 0. Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Ron Reed and Jerry Koosman hold the American League to three hits.
With the Twins hosting Kansas City, the Royals’ Bob Oliver attempts to steal second base with Ellie Rodriguez at bat. Catcher John Roseboro pushes Rodriguez’s bat out of the way and his throw to 2B nails Oliver. After huddling eight minutes with his umpire crew, home plate ump John Rice declares Rodriguez out for interference and orders Oliver back to first base, though the rule states that an out nullifies an interference call. The Royals win, 4 – 3. Harmon Killebrew accounts for all the Twins scoring with a homer.
Dalton Jones of the Tigers loses a grand slam against the Red Sox when he passes teammate Don Wert on the basepaths. Jones pinch hits for Jim Price and belts a 2-2 pitch from Vicente Romo into the RF upper deck for an apparent grand slam. However, he passes Wert between first and second and is called out, ending up with a three-RBI single.
The Angels’ Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 batters, including an American League-record 8 in a row and 3 on nine pitches in the 2nd inning, as he stops the Red Sox on one hit. Carl Yastrzemski’s one-out single in the 1st is the only safety: Ryan then racks up his eight K’s and retires the last 26 consecutive batters. Sonny Siebert loses the 3 – 0 battle. For Ryan, he is the third pitcher to twice fan the side on nine pitches.
In a record-setting walkathon between the Reds and Expos, 25 bases on balls are handed out as Montreal strolls to an 11 – 6 win. Well off the American League’s two-team mark of 30, this tops the National Leaguerecord of 23, last reached on July 7, 1911. Six Montreal pitchers walk 16, one short of the record for an NL team, while Reds pitchers Clay Carroll and Tom Hall walk 9. Hal King pinch hits a grand slam for the Reds in the 6th inning, his second pinch dinger in nine days.
Interrupting Board Chairman M. Donald Grant’s pep talk during a team meeting, Mets reliever Tug McGraw shouts out the words, “Ya Gotta Believe,” which will become the rallying cry for the club, climbing out of the cellar en route to the NL pennant. Although New York beats Houston, 2-1, in 12 innings, their closer’s words of encouragement will not immediately light a fire under the team, as they will continue to struggle until the middle of August.
1976 – Larry Dierker tosses the fifth no-hitter in franchise history, a 6-0 gem over Montreal . He supports his own cause with a sacrifice fly while batterymate Ed Herrmann drives in two, one on his first National League homer . Dierker fans Pepe Mangual and Jim Lyttle before Mike Jorgensen taps out to first for the final out.
Chris Speier hits for the cycle and Ernest Riles hits the 10,000th home run in Giants history to lead San Francisco to a 21 – 2 rout of the Cardinals. The 21 runs are a San Francisco record. Speier also cycled as an Expo in 1978, just the 4th major leaguer to do so for two teams. He joins Joe Cronin (Washington, 1929; Red Sox, 1940), Babe Herman (Dodgers, 1931; Cubs, 1933) and Bob Watson (Astros, 1977; Boston, 1979).
Cal Ripken Jr.’s three-run home run lifts the American League to a 4 – 2 win over the National League in the annual All-Star Game. Andre Dawson homers for the NLers who lose for the 4th straight year. Ripken, who also won the pre-All-Star Game Home Run Derby, is named the game’s MVP. Tony LaRussa becomes the first manager with three straight All-Star victories.
The National League defeats the American League, 6 – 0, in the All-Star Game. Ken Caminiti and Mike Piazza homer for the winners. Piazza’s homer goes into the upper deck and he also adds a RBI double. The game is the first All-Star contest in which no walks are issued by either team. Cal Ripken Jr. starts the game, despite suffering a broken nose when he accidentally catches a forearm from Chicago P Roberto Hernández, who slipped on the tarp during the AL team photo shoot.
Benny Agbayani, Norfolk Tides outfielder about to be called up to the Mets, is married at home plate to his fiancee Neila before the Triple-A All-Star Game between the Internationaland Pacific Coast Leagues. Agbayani, from Hawaii, and his bride wear Hawaiian shirts and have a receiving line of bat-toting ballplayers. The IL whips the PCL, 8 – 4.
Ila Borders becomes the first female pitcher in history to start a minor league baseball game, as she hurls the first five innings for the Duluth-Superior Dukes in their 8 – 3 loss to the Sioux Falls Canaries in the Northern League, surrendering five hits and three runs, while registering two walks and two strikeouts,. Borders is tagged with the loss.
The uniform Lou Gehrig wore when he made his famous “luckiest man on earth” speech on July 4, 1939 is sold for $451,541 at auction. Leland’s spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone. Yesterday Carlton Fisk’s home run ball that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for the Boston Red Sox sold for $113,273.
The Yankees lose to Mike Hampton and the Mets, 2 – 0. Armando Benitez closes for the Mets, while Andy Pettitte is the loser. The Yanks also lose Shane Spencer, who blows out his knee and ends his season. The game at Shea Stadium draws 54,283, the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since 1970.
Luis Gonzalez, first Diamondback player to participate in the Home Run Debry, wins the All-Star long ball contest at Seattle’s Safeco Field. The Arizona outfielder, who will hit 57 home runs this season, almost double the amount he will compile in any other year, defeats 2000 Derby Champ Sammy Sosa in the final round, 6-2.
Despite chants of “Let them play!” from the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declares the 73rd All-Star Game a 7 – 7 tie after 11 innings. No player is selected to receive the first Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award, named in honor of the late Boston Red Sox legend who died five days ago. Alfonso Sorianoand Barry Bonds hit home runs in the contest.
In his first big league at-bat, Cubs pinch hitter Adam Greenberg is struck in the back of the head by the first pitch he sees from Marlin hurler Valerio de los Santos. The 24-year old Guilford, Connecticut native is forced to leave the game, but will be okay after the dizziness and headaches caused by a mild concussion wear off. The at-bat will remain his only taste of major league action until the Miami Marlins give him a chance to have the “at-bat he never completed” on the last day of the 2012 season.
The Marlins set two team records in their win over Arizona: down 7 – 0 entering the 8th inning, they score 10 runs, led by Brett Carroll’s pinch-hit three-run homer, on their way to a 14 – 7 victory. It is both the highest-scoring inning and biggest comeback in team history. For their part, the D-Backs suffer their biggest-ever blown lead. Three pinch-hitters get two at-bats apiece in the 8th (Carroll, Ross Gload and Hanley Ramirez).
Joel Hanrahan wins his first game of the year while sitting in a hotel room in Philadelphia. He is credited with the win as Washington finishes off a game suspended on May 5th by defeating the Astros, 11 – 10. Hanrahan, who has since been traded to Pittsburgh on June 30th, pitched the top of the 11th two months ago, before the game was halted by rain in the bottom of the inning with him in the on-deck circle. When play resumes – in Houston, since the Astros are not scheduled to make another trip to D.C. this year – Nyjer Morgan, acquired in return for Hanrahan, is pinch running on first base; Hanrahan is replaced by pinch hitter Josh Bard, who hits a potential inning-ending double play grounder. However, Miguel Tejadathrows the ball away, allowing Morgan to score the winning run. Houston, now the home team, then wins the regularly-scheduled contest that follows, 9 – 4.
The Seattle Mariners trade ace hurler Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe and $2.25 million to the Texas Rangers for prospects Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matthew Lawson. Seattle goes for a youth movement after acquiring Lee for prospects last winter, while Texas, in first place in the AL West, pushes for a playoff run.
The Dodgers are on the verge of being no-hit when they wake up with two outs in the 9th inning against the Padres. Four Padres pitchers combine to keep the Dodgers off the hit sheet through 8 innings: Aaron Harang (6 innings), Josh Spence (0.1), Chad Qualls (0.2) and Mike Adams (1). However, four Dodger pitchers do almost as well, blanking the Padres on one hit – a single by Cameron Maybin – through the top of the 9th. Luke Gregerson starts the bottom of the inning by striking out Matt Kemp and retiring James Loney on a ground ball before Juan Uribe breaks up the no-no with a double to left and Dioner Navarro follows with a single to center for a dramatic 1 – 0 win. Blake Hawksworth is the winner in what is Los Angeles’s third consecutive shutout.
The Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League sell out their 815th consecutive home game, breaking the all-time record for a North American professional franchise held until then by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA (1977-1995). The Dragons have sold out every single home game at Fifth Third Field since moving from Rockford, IL in 2000. Dayton draws 8,688 in a 4-1 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks; Daniel Renken allows one run in 6 2/3 IP for the win, while Donald Lutz hits his 13th home run.
Alex Rios ties an American League record by going 6-for-6 in a 9-inning game as the White Sox defeat the Tigers, 11 – 4. The White Sox score 7 runs in the 8th, with Adam Dunndriving in 3 runs with a two-run homer and a single and Dayan Viciedo hitting his second long ball of the game. Rios is the 36th player to get 6 hits in a game, as the Sox record 23 safeties on the night. Miguel Cabrera hits his 29th homer for the Bengals, breaking the team record for most before the All-Star Game held by Cecil Fielder.
Boston’s David Ortiz ties Harold Baines for the most hits by a designated hitter when his eighth-inning single off Seattle’s Charlie Furbush gives him a total of 1,688 career hits as a DH. ‘Big Papi,’ before the record-tying at-bat, had already collected a home run and a pair of doubles in the Red Sox’ 11-8 victory at Safeco Field.
Zack Greinke makes a case to be named the National League’s starting pitcher of the All-Star Game. In his last start before the break, he holds the Phillies to one hit over 8 innings, extending his scoreless streak to 35 2/3 innings while lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.39. The Dodgers win, 6-0, as Greinke improves to 8-2.
Jon Lester has the worst start of his career for the Cubs as he allows 10 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in only two-thirds of an inning as the Pirates jump to a 10 – 0 lead in the 1st inning, on their way to a 14 – 3 win. Francisco Cervelli has the key hit, a grand slam as the Cubs finish the first half two games below .500, one year after ending their long World Seriesdrought.
The Astros conclude an outstanding first half by demolishing the Blue Jays, 19 – 1, for their 60th win of the year, most in the American League. Carlos Correa homers twice and drives in 5 runs, while José Altuve, Yuli Gurrieland Evan Gattis also go deep in support of Brad Peacock’s pitching. The Blue Jays are one out away from suffering the worst shutout loss in their history when Ezequiel Carrera goes deep to save a modicum of pride.
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