This Day In Baseball June 26
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Events for June 26
Boston arrives in Philadelphia for an expected game against the A’s, unaware that the schedule had been changed and they are supposed to be in Baltimore. The Orioles squad and 4500 fans wait for an hour and a half in 90-degree heat for Boston to arrive. The American League umpire assigned to the game shows up in Philly as well.
Before the start of the Giants-Pirates showdown, Giants catcher Frank Bowerman starts a fight with Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke in the Giants office. While the cause of the brawl is unclear, Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss reports it to the National League offices and Bowerman is fined $100. Clarke gets no fine, but does take home a black eye. Christy Mathewson then pitches his 5th victory over Pittsburgh, defeating them, 8 – 2, and beating Sam Leever. Sam Mertes, who will lead the National League in doubles and RBIs, doubles home three runs in the 5th.
Veteran SS George Davis, 1900-1901 Giants manager who played for the White Stockings in 1902 and was awarded to them as part of the peace treaty, gets the approval of National League president Harry Pulliam to play for the Giants. After Davis plays in four games, including today, for the Giants, Chicago’s owner Charles Comiskey gets an injunction preventing Davis from playing. On July 20th the NL directors vote that Davis cannot play for any team except the White Stockings. Davis sits out the rest of the season but will rejoin Chicago in 1904 and finish a 20-year career with them in 1909.
In an Iowa State League game at Waterloo, Herbert Whitney, catcher for the Burlington Pathfinders, is beaned by a pitch from Fred Evans and his skull is fractured. He becomes the first professional baseball player to die as a result of being hit by a pitch. The beaning occurred two days ago in an Iowa State League contest against the Waterloo Microbes.
At Washington’s Griffith Stadium the A’s doubleheader pasting of the Senators, 11 – 2 and 10 – 3, Nats catcher Eddie Ainsmith swipes second base, third base, and home in the opener. After safely reaching base on a single in the bottom of the ninth frame, the 23 year-old catcher’s thievery of second, third, and home proves to be of little consequence when Philadelphia routs the Nats.
The Robins split with the Giants, losing, 11 – 8 before winning the nitecap, 2 – 1. New York takes a 6 – 0 lead in the opener, but the Robins score five in the 5th off starter Pol Perritt, then put two on against reliever Rube Schauer. Christy Mathewson then takes over and George Cutshaw cranks a 3-run homer to give the Robins an 8 – 6 lead. Matty allows just one other hit and New York comes back against Duster Mails to win. It is Mathewson’s last major league victory. During the game, police at the Polo Grounds arrest three fans for petty looting for not throwing back baseballs hit into the stands.
Cleveland players, in a game with the White Sox, wear numbers pinned to their sleeves, marking the first time players are identified by numbers corresponding to those on the scorecard. Jack Graney, leading off for the Tribe, is the first batter to wear a number in the 20th Century. After a brief trial next season, the concept will be abandoned.
1920 – Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when, as a high school junior for New York City’s School of Commerce, he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand slam home run in the 8th gives the New York team a 12 – 8 victory. Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of the National Leaguepark (later known as Wrigley Field).
Throwing a scoreless inning against the Yankees, 23 year-old Senator southpaw Nemo Gaines makes his major league debut, becoming the first Naval Academy graduate, and only one for the next 94 seasons, to appear in a big league contest. In 2015, Right-hander Mitch Harris, also an Annapolis alumni, will appear in 26 games for the Cardinals during his brief one-year carreer.
In a matchup at the Polo Grounds, Giants’ right-hander Virgil Barnes faces his older sibling, Jesse, marking the first time brothers have started against one another in major league history. Neither of Luther and Sade’s sons gets the victory, but Jesse will be tagged with the loss when New York beats his Braves, 11-7.
1927 – In Washington, the Senators make it three straight over Boston, winning, 8 – 7, scoring all of their runs in the 4th inning. Former Senator Buddy Myer belts a homer off Walter Johnson, who lasts five innings and gets credit for the win. Johnson will serve up six gopher balls to the Red Sox in his career, all in Washington. Goose Goslin homers, off Tony Welzer.
At the Polo Grounds Carl Hubbell wins his 200th game, as the Giants beat the visiting Cubs, 5 – 1, and stretch their lead over the second-place Reds to two games. Larry French takes the loss. Newly-acquired Bob Seeds, up from Newark, leads the way with a 470-foot inside-the-park homer to the Eddie Grant memorial in dead center.
In the Phils-Reds split, Reds leadoff hitter Lonny Frey bangs out eight hits, just the third Red player to collect eight hits in a twinbill (after Dusty Miller, on October 9, 1898 and Kiki Cuyler, on July 30, 1936). Frey is 5 for 5 in game two as the Reds win 8 – 5 behind Paul Derringer. Claude Passeau wins the opener, 10 – 3 for the Phils. Buck Jordan has four hits and Phil Weintraub and Chuck Klein hit homers.
At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the New York major league teams face each other in a six inning three-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning) to raise money for war bonds. The charity contest, billed as the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game, ends with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.
1944 – At the Polo Grounds, with over 50,000 fans looking on, the three New York major league teams play against each other in a six-inning three-team game (each team plays consecutive innings against the other two teams then sits out an inning). The contest, which is played to raise money for war bonds ends with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.
Lou Boudreau, the Tribe’s player-manager, who will finish the season with 199 hits, has a two-run single taken away when his pitcher Bob Muncrief misses third base in the Indians’ 5-0 victory over Washington. The right-hander makes up for his base running gaffe by hurling a three-hit shutout in the Cleveland Stadium contest.
6/26/1949: Dino Restelli of the Pirates lost a home run during Game Two of the June 26, 1949 Brooklyn at Pittsburgh doubleheader. The game was cancelled due to rain and the curfew after three innings. Restelli had hit a home run in the first inning off of Rex Barney. The game was delayed by rain in the second inning and then stopped with the Dodgers leading 5-4 after three innings. The Pennsylvania Sunday curfew law prohibited any inning from beginning after 6:45 pm (or any play after 7:00 pm).
Hoping to speed up the election process, the Hall of Fame changes its voting procedures. The new rules allow the Special Veterans Committee to vote annually, rather than every other year, and to induct up to two players a year. The BBWAA is authorized to hold a runoff election of the top 30 vote getters if no one is elected in the first ballot.
* At Los Angeles’s Wrigley Field, Angel reliever Art Fowler, who has allowed just one hit in his last 12 innings, serves up a 9th-inning home run to Bill Skowron as New York wins, 8 – 6. Mickey Mantle adds an earlier homer, off Ken McBride, and Whitey Ford wins his 13th. Yogi Berra collects his 2,000th career hit, all as a Bronx Bomber. To celebrate the achievement a huge cake is rolled out.
In a clear message of support for the German people, President John F. Kennedy delivers his iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech from the steps of the Rathaus Schoneberg in front of an audience estimated at 450,000. During his visit, large crowds greet JFK with banners, including one that reads, “Let’s Go Mets.”
University of Wisconsin standout Rick Reichardt receives the highest bonus to date when he signs with the Angels for $200,000. The bidding war for the talented Badger outfielder ultimately led the owners to institute a draft, which started in 1965 when Arizona State University’s Rick Monday became the first-ever #1 overall selection.
At Busch Stadium Cardinal Bob Gibson pitches his 5th straight shutout in the first game of a doubleheader with Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh wins the second game, 3 – 1, although the Cardinals stop Maury Wills’ 24-game hitting streak. The future Hall of Famer’s accomplishment is one shy of the major league mark, set earlier in the month by Don Drysdale.
1970 – Frank Robinson belts two successive grand slams during a 12 – 2 Oriole romp over the Senators, just the 7th major leaguer to ever accomplish the feat. Dave McNally, the winning pitcher, Don Buford and Paul Blair trot home ahead of him on each blow. They will be Robby’s only grand slams for the O’s.
On Jersey Day in Metropolitan Stadium, every fan receives a jersey with #29 on it, Rod Carew’s number. Carew responds by going 4 for 5, scoring four runs, and collecting 6 RBI’s, raising his average to .403. One of the hits is a grand slam and he will hit another slam on July 4th. Teammate Glenn Adams drives in eight as the Twins beat the White Sox, 19 – 12.
In front of 55,039 fans, the Yankees complete a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox, avenging the three losses last week to the Sox at Fenway Park. New York takes a 4 – 1 lead into the 9th, but the Sox tie the game. In the bottom of the 9th, Paul Blair bounces a bases-loaded ball over the head of Butch Hobson at third base to pin the loss on reliever Bill Campbell.
1978 – Toronto’s Dave McKay and Otto Velez each hit two doubles in one inning during a 24 – 10 rout of Baltimore. With the score 19 – 6 following a homer by Lee May, Earl Weaver brings in OF Larry Harlow to pitch to the Blue Jays. Harlow gets two batters out in the 5th, then walks three in a row and hurls a wild pitch. He then allows a single, a walk, and a grand slam by John Mayberry makes the score 24 – 6. Bullpen catcher Ellie Hendricks then relieves Harlow and gives up just a walk and no runs in 2 1/3 innings. Closer Don Stanhouse takes over in the 8th.
1980 – Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees’ drafting of highly-touted high school shortstop Billy Cannon, Jr. Four teams had complained that Billy Cannon, Sr., college football’s Heisman Trophy winner in 1959, misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to college, in the hopes that he would then be drafted by the Yankees. In a special draft, the Indians will pick Cannon but he chooses to attend Texas A & M instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number one by the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys in 1984.
At Jack Russell Stadium, the organist is ejected by umpire Keith O’Connor from a Class A Florida League game for playing Three Blind Mice following a close call which goes against the Clearwater Phillies. The self-taught musician becomes famous, signing autographs, “Wilbur Snapp, Three Blind Mice organist” as the incident is reported by NBC’s Today show weatherman Willard Scott and is heard on Paul Harvey’s syndicated radio program.
At Yankee Stadium, Wade Boggs has his hitting streak snapped at 25 games as he is walked intentionally twice and the Rocket sputters as Roger Clemens fails to hold a 9 – 0, 2nd-inning lead. Boston loses to New York, 12 – 11, in 10 innings. The 9-run comeback ties a Yankee team record: Boston, alas, has blown bigger leads.
You gotta give him credit for trying. Paul Noce of the Cubs ties a major-league record (tied 11 days ago) in the 3rd inning by twice being thrown out trying to steal. A dropped ball leaves him safe at second base after he is caught, then he is thrown out trying to steal third. Pittsburgh beats Greg Maddux and the Cubs, 5 – 2. Maddux will finish 6-14, his last losing season until 2005.
1992 – The Padres top the Giants, 6 – 2, scoring four runs in the 4th. The Pads might have scored more but Tony Fernandez is thrown out twice in the inning, matching the major league record. Fernandez will attempt to steal 40 times this season, and be successful on just half; this is the worst percentage for anyone with 20 steals since Jack Fournier in 1923 (for seasons in which times caught stealing was counted).
Before rejoining the Yankees to make a start in Chicago, Columbus Clipper starter Mariano Rivera pitches a five-inning no-hitter against the IL’s Rochester Red Wings in Ohio’s Cooper Stadium. During his tenure in the minor leagues, Mo, the future major league leader in career saves, is used primarily as a starter, starting 68 games, including seven complete contests, en route to compiling a 27-18 record along with a 2.35 ERA.
Boston scores 11 runs in the 1st inning on the way to a 17 – 1 victory over the White Sox. Pedro Martinez (14-2) goes five innings with John Wasdin pitching the last 4. Brian Daubach and Nomar Garciaparra homer in the 1st with Nomar adding another in the 3rd. Mike Stanley and Jason Varitek also homer in the game for Boston.
Shortstop Pat Meares of the Pittsburgh Pirates, on the disabled list recovering from surgery on his left hand, participates in a sausage race at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Meares, dressed as a 10-foot bratwurst, wins the race defeating a giant hot dog and a polish sausage. Two days ago, Meares was caught on videotape sunbathing in the upper deck of Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium for the first six innings of a game.
Alex Cabrera homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a two-run pinch-hit round-tripper off Yorkis Perez in Arizona’s 6-1 victory over the Astros at Bank One Ballpark. The 28 year-old minor league veteran of nine seasons becomes the first player in the franchise’s three-year history to accomplish the feat.
Not known for being a base thief during his playing days, Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon, ejected for arguing a close play in the team’s eventual 7-6, 12-inning come-from-behind victory over the Brewers at PNC Park, literally steals first base. “I told him (first base ump Rick Reed) he wasn’t using it, so I thought I’d take it,” explains the Bucs’ skipper after pulling the bag out of the ground and carrying it into the Pirates’ dugout.
Edgar Martinez, who already holds the Mariners’ all-time records for games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, walks and runs scored, passes Ken Griffey Jr.’s mark for team career RBIs. His two-run homer in the Mariners’ 10 – 6 victory over the Angels gives the All-Star designated hitter 1,153 RBIs – one more than Junior.
Giving his team a short-lived 3 – 0 lead (ultimately coughed up in a 5 – 3 come-from-behind win by the visiting Brewers), Chicago’s Sammy Sosa comes to the plate with one out and one on in the 5th and launches a GPS-measured 536-foot homer onto Kenmore Avenue, believed to be the longest home run in Wrigley Field history.
At Oklahoma City’s SBC Bricktown Ballpark, the public address announcer informs the Red Hawks fans of a lineup change, “now batting for Nashville, pinch-hitting for Corey Hart, Corey Hart.” The Sounds, who already had an outfielder named Corey Hart on an Triple-A injury rehab assignment on their roster, recently acquired an infielder also named Corey Hart from the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.
Brett Gardner collects five hits, including a triple and a homer, as the Yankees beat the Mets, 9 – 1, before a record-breaking crowd at Citi Field. Alex Rodriguez hits home run number 564 of his career, passing Reggie Jackson on the all-time list; Jackson was 6th at the time of his retirement in 1987 but falls to 12th now. Three errors by the Mets’ infield in the 2nd lead to four runs.
The Red Sox get bad news before today’s game, learning that 2B Dustin Pedroia, their hottest hitter this year, has a fractured left foot, the result of fouling off a ball in last night’s game. He joins four other Sox regulars on the disabled list – Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell and Jeremy Hermida. Then, in the game against the Giants, pitcher Clay Buchholz comes up lame in the top of the 2nd inning after reaching base with his first major league hit and must be removed from the game. But the bullpen comes up big, as seven relievers give up only 2 runs in 8 innings and the Sox win, 4 – 2. Darnell McDonald and Mike Cameron homer for Boston. Before the game, the Giants retire number 20 in honor of Hall of Fame OF Monte Irvin. In tomorrow’s game, C Victor Martinez will suffer a broken left thumb, adding to Boston’s injury woes.
Five new members are inducted into the Salón de la Fama. Honored are Gerardo Sánchez (the holder of the most consecutive games played streak in the Mexican League), Derek Bryant (the first Mexican Leaguer with a four-homer game), Alonso Téllez (a record 17 straight seasons of 100+ hits in Mexico), Armando Reynoso (former major league pitcher) and umpire Efraín Ibarra (posthumously).
The Nationals confirm the hiring of Davey Johnson as their new manager, three days after the sudden resignation of Jim Riggleman. Johnson, who last managed in 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, will take over tomorrow against the Angels. Meanwhile, interim manager John McLaren goes out a winner, as the Nats beat the White Sox, 2 – 1, to give him a 2-1 record during his stint as skipper; he is offered a job as a scout within the organization. Rookie 2B Danny Espinosa hits the key homer in the 7th inning while Livan Hernandez is the winner. The 68 year-old former skipper compiled an 1148-888 (.564) record during his 14 years in the dugout with the Mets, Dodgers, Reds, and Orioles, finishing lower than third place on only three occasions.
The Rays beat the Astros, 14 – 10, in an old-fashioned slugfest. Evan Longoria is given a game-tying two-run home run in the 6th, after initially being ruled out at second for attempting to stretch a single off the wall into a double; the instant replay shows the ball in fact bounced in the stands before falling back on the field. Longoria finishes the day 4 fo 6, adding a second homer in the 9th, a towering three-run shot that leaves no doubt as to its status.
The interleague series between Florida and Seattle is plagued by scheduling problems, first being moved across the country because of a concert by the rock band U2 in Miami, and then seeing the start of today’s game delayed until 7:05 pm – the latest ever for a Sunday night game at Safeco Field – because the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer are playing an afternoon game and municipal authorities do not have the capacity to deal with simultaneous sporting events in neighboring locations. The game itself ends on a wacky play, as the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley scores the winning run on a wild pitch by Steve Cishek in the 10th inning. The game is not over, though, since the Marlins are the home team, but Brandon League pitches a scoreless bottom of the 10th to preserve the 2 – 1 win. The Marlins are now 3-22 in June.
At Yankee Stadium, third-base umpire Mike DiMuro rules that New York outfielder Dewayne Wise had made a clean catch of Indians’ Jack Hannahan’s pop fly in the stands to end the seventh inning. Replays, however, clearly show the empty-handed left fielder never made the catch, and Vinnie Pellegrino, a fan from West Islip, NY has the ball.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo keeps the Brewers hitless until the 8th inning, when he suddenly runs into trouble. Nursing a 3 – 0 lead resulting from Jay Bruce’s 6th-inning homer with two on, Arroyo walks George Kottaraswith one out, then Tyler Green doubles to break the no-hitter. Another double by pinch-hitter Corey Hart and a single by Norichika Aoki ties the game. Arroyo leaves with a no-decision. Sean Marshall inherits the win when Drew Stubbs homers to lead off the bottom of the 8th, and Aroldis Chapman picks up his 9th save by striking out the side, celebrating with a double forward somesault. Chapman had blown his last two save chances and was sporting an ERA of 11.37 over his last 7 games.
Rob Cordemans, tied for the Hoofdklasse win record at 150 (even with Bart Volkerijk), tosses a gem of a game only to lose. Cordemans gives up four hits, no walks and no earned runs in eight innings while fanning 12 for the L&D Amsterdam Pirates, but loses a 1-0 duel to DOOR Neptunus’ Tim Roodenburg and Dushan Ruzic (who fares much worse with 9 hits to 3 strikeouts). In the 6th, an error by Björn Hato lets Lennart Koster aboard for Neptunus and he winds up scoring on a hit by Rafaël Jozefa to delay Cordemans’ date with history.
Ismel Jiménez is named Serie Nacional Most Valuable Player for 2012-2013; the Sancti Spiritus hurler had gone 9-0 with a 1.06 ERA and is the first pitcher to win MVP since Maels Rodríguez 11 years earlier. Norge Luis Ruíz takes the Rookie of the Year Award. SS Yordan Manduley and OF Dayron Varona are the only players to win both Offensive All-Star and Gold Glove honors at their positions.
Prince Fielder hits his 300th career home run when he goes deep to right field off Mark Buehrle in the first inning of the Rangers’ 12-2 loss to Toronto at the Rogers Centre. TheTexas Ranger first baseman’s milestone round- makes him and his dad, Cecil (319), only the second son-father combo to hit 300-plus homers, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds.
2008 – Astros release pitcher Shawn Chacon a day after he grabbed General Manager Ed Wade by the throat and threw him to the floor in a pre-game altercation. Chacon had become increasingly defiant after getting yanked in the first inning of a start in Milwaukee then later getting dropped from the starting rotation. On the field, the news was better in a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers but a sour month had left the club in fifth place, five games below .500 at 37-42.
1988 – Catcher Craig Biggio makes his major league debut in a 6-0 whitewash of San Francisco. He walks in the fourth and scores the game’s final run after stealing second. Houston does all its damage on just three hits, aided by six walks. Jim Deshaies and Larry Andersen combine to blank the Giants on seven hits. Biggio will get his first hit three days later against Dodger ace Orel Hershiser.
1972 – The first five Astro hits in San Diego are all homers – two solo shots by Doug Rader , two-run blasts by Jim Wynn and Cesar Cedeno and a round-tripper by Lee May which ties a club record. All that does is create a 7-7 tie. Wynn doubles home Cedeno in the seventh and Houston tallies six more times for a 14-7 victory. Cedeno has three hits and four RBIs. George Culver pitches 7-1/3rd innings of relief for the win.