This Day In Baseball June 29
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Events for June 29
With the Giants leading the Superbas, 11-1, Archibald ‘Moonlight’ Graham makes his major league debut in the bottom of the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in right field at Brooklyn’s Washington Park. The career minor leaguer, who will not have a major league at-bat in his only appearance in the big leagues, will become immortalized by W.P. Kinsella’s book “Shoeless Joe” and the movie based on the author’s work, “Field of Dreams.”
Playing their last game in Exposition Park, the Pirates score four runs in the 1st inning off Mordecai Brown and sail to an 8 – 1 win over Chicago. Lefty Leifield is the winner. Tomorrow, the Pirates will move to Forbes Field, named after British General John Forbes, who captured Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War.
At Fenway Park, the Red Sox sweep two from the Highlanders, winning 13 – 6 and 6 – 0. Smoky Joe Wood wins the nitecap, his second shutout in a row, allowing just one hit, in winning 6 – 0 in seven innings. Dutch Sterrett’s single is the lone hit. In the nitecap, Hick Cady makes two hits in one at bat. His single scores Jake Stahl from third base, but umpire Silk O’Loughlin rules that Stahl was balked home. In Cady’s second chance, he doubles.
At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Robins battle to a split. Brooklyn lurches to an 8 – 7 win in the opener. In game 2, Giants starter Jeff Tesreau is tossed in the 3rd inning for disputing a call, and Christy Mathewson rushes in to relieve with the score 1 – 1. New York scores four in the 3rd off Frank Allen and goes on to win, 8 – 6.
6/29/1933 – In the top of the second Cardinals outfielder Ethan Allen hit an inside the park home run to deep left-center at the Polo Grounds. However, he batted out of turn and the proper batter, Joe Medwick, was called out. The drive came off Watty Clark with no one on and one out. Allen then batted again and grounded out to third.
In a 10-2 loss to Brooklyn, Chicago’s first baseman Ripper Collins does not make a putout during the nine-inning game. Although this is just the third occurrence of the rare feat, it is the second time for the Cubs infielder, who also didn’t make a putout playing first for the Cardinals in a game played against the Braves two seasons ago.
At Milwaukee (AA), Minneapolis OF Bama Rowell lofts a 4th-inning fly ball to right. As RF Bob Jaderlund awaits, two nighthawks dart in and peck the ball, altering its flight. CF Bob Addis also misses the ball, and Rowell ends up with a double, then scores what will be in the winning run as the Brewers win, 5 – 4.
In what looks like a football score, the Red Sox overpower the A’s, 22 – 14 in Philadelphia, the third time this month they’ve scored 20 or more runs. The 36 runs establish an American League mark for runs scored by two teams. Both teams match a major league record they set in 1901 for most players scoring two or more runs (Boston, 9: Philadelphia, 4). Overall, pitchers give up 21 walks in the debacle. Despite the high score, only one home run is hit – by Ted Williams in a game one newspaper calls “a two hour and 50 minute marathon.” The previous record of 35 runs was set by the same two clubs in 1901: Boston 23, A’s 12. The major league mark is 49 by the Cubs and Phillies on August 25, 1922.
In an effort to thwart the major leagues’ signing of black players, Dr. J.B. Martin, the president of the Chicago American Giants of the Negro American League, instructs manager, Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe to sign white players. Radcliffe inks three white players, teenagers Lou Chirban, Lou Clarizio and Al Dubetts. Later in the year he will sign at least two others (Stanley Miarka and Frank Dyall). However, their Negro League careers will be brief.
At Fenway Park, Mickey Mantle opens the scoring in the 1st inning with a 3-run shot, then sandwiches a homer between round trippers by Bobby Richardson and Joe Pepitone in the 3rd inning in New York’s 6 – 5 win. The consecutive trifecta was last done for the Yankees in 1947, when Charlie Keller, Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Lindell connected. Richardson is 5 for 5 in the game. Mantle’s two homers today, his 37th and 38th at Fenway, will be his last in Boston, and tie him with Babe Ruth for most homers by a Sox opponent.
Tony Oliva collects eight straight hits in the Twins’ twinbill split with the Royals. Kansas City takes the opener, 7 – 2, behind homers by Mike Fiore and Bob Oliver. Oliva flies out his first time up, then strokes three singles. In the Twins’ 12 – 2 win in game two, Oliva hits two homers, a double and two singles, driving in five runs.
In Los Angeles, Steve Sax hits a 1st-inning triple, then swipes home, and Orel Hershiser scatters nine hits to lead the Dodgers past the Cubs and Rick Sutcliffe, 7 – 1. Hershiser will not miss another start until he injures his shoulder in 1990, and Sutcliffe will not lose again in the regular season.
The Padres’ general manager Jack McKeon trades his son-in-law, pitcher Greg Booker, to the Twins for P Freddie Toliver. Booker has been booed in every appearance, but will make just six outings for the Twins before being sold to the Giants at the end of the season. Toliver will get in nine games with no decisions.
Oakland’s Dave Stewart and the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela both throw no-hitters today, the first time this has happened since Hippo Vaughn and Fred Toney’s double no-hitter in 1917. Stewart blanks the Blue Jays, 5 – 0, and a few hours later Valenzuela beats the Cardinals, 6 – 0. The only threat to Stewart is a fly ball by Fred McGriff that Dave Henderson catches with his back pinned to the wall. Fernando almost loses his no-hitter with one out in the 9th when Pedro Guerrero hits a grounder up the middle with a runner on. Valenzuela, a former Gold Glover deflects the ball towards second base where SS Alfredo Griffin starts a game-ending double play.
The visiting Yankees score three in the 9th off Dan Plesac to beat Milwaukee, 9 – 8. Kevin Maas and Jesse Barfield homer for the Bronx Bombers. Teddy Higuera (3-2), in the first year of a $13 million, 4-year contract pitches seven innings, allowing three runs. Higuera, who started the year on the disabled list, will go on the DL again when a significant tear to his rotary cuff is discovered.
John Olerud hits two homers and Butch Huskey, Matt Franco and Todd Hundley also homer during a nine-run Mets comeback over the last three innings as they edge the Pirates, 10 – 8. For Franco, his home run is his 6th straight successful pinch-hit. Kevin Young is 4 for 5, including a homer, for the Bucs. John Franco picks up his 19th save, and the 342nd of his career, putting him in 4th place on the all-time save list.
In Atlanta, Keith Lockhart bangs a pinch grand slam as the Braves overcome a five-run deficit to beat the Phillies, 6 – 5. Phils starter Scott Ruffcorn does not give up a hit in 5 1/3 innings, but exits after walking four batters, hitting two, and tossing two wild pitches. Ron Blazier relieves with two on and a 5 – 0 lead, but gives up an RBI single and Lockhart’s slam. Fred McGriff’s tie-breaking triple in the 7th pins the loss on Billy Brewer.
After trying to get Juan Gonzalez and Sammy Sosa to bolster their failing offense, the Yankees acquire David Justice from the Indians for Ricky Ledee and two players to be named later. When Shane Spencer goes down in 10 days, Justice will take over LF. The trade occurs minutes before the start of the game against Detroit, an 8 – 0 Yankee win, and Ledee is scratched from the lineup. The Yanks tie a major-league record with three sacrifice flies in one inning.
On his much-awaited return to Shea Stadium, John Rocker pitches a perfect 8th inning in front of 46,998 booing fans, helping the Braves to stop the Mets’ winning streak at seven, 6 – 4. Prior to the game the Atlanta reliever read a statement apologizing for his inappropriate comments about New Yorkers which appeared in the off-season in Sports Illustrated.
At Bank One Ballpark, the Diamondbacks’ 40-year old fireballer Randy Johnson records his 4,000th career strikeout whiffing Padres third baseman Jeff Cirillo, a fellow USC Trojan, to become the fourth player in major league history to reach the plateau. The “Big Unit” needs fewer innings (3,237 1/3) than Nolan Ryan (3,844 2/3), Roger Clemens (4,151) or Steve Carlton (4,991 1/3) to accomplish the feat.
In Milwaukee, 3B Casey McGehee plays both the goat and the hero. In the top of the 6th, his drop of a routine pop fly leads to two New York runs; in the bottom of the inning, he hits his first career grand slam; in the 7th, he takes his time fielding a ground ball off the bat of Gary Sheffield, leading to an infield hit and another run; he is then removed in a double switch. Still, the Brewers bang out 19 hits, including 4 by J.J. Hardy and 3 by Jason Kendall, for a 10 – 6 win. With the loss, the Mets fall below .500.
The Phillies suffer a tough blow as they place half of their starting infield – 2B Chase Utley and 3B Placido Polanco – on the disabled list. Utley suffers from a thumb injury sustained while sliding into second base, while Polanco feels discomfort in his right elbow and undergoes a cortisone injection. Both players are leading the All-Star balloting at their positions but are unlikely to play in the contest. In addition, SS Jimmy Rollins has been limited to 18 games this year because of a right calf strain.
Denard Span ties a modern major league record with 3 triples in the Twins’ 11 – 4 win over Detroit. The last player to do so was Rafael Furcal in 2002; Ken Landreaux is the only member of the Twins to have done it, in 1980. The all-time record was set by Bill Joyce with 4 triples in 1897. Span drives in 5 runs as the Twins retake first place from the Tigers, one day after losing it.
Minutes before the game against the Mets in San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria tells his players at an impromptu team meeting that the club has decided to retain interim manager Edwin Rodriguez to the end of the season. Rodriguez, the first Puerto Rican manager in the major leagues, ironically is told of the decision when Florida is playing a series in Puerto Rico, five minutes away from his home.
South Carolina wins the College World Series when Whit Merrifield’s 11th-inning RBI single beats UCLA, 2-1, giving the school its first NCAA team national championship in any men’s sport. The Gamecocks set a CWS record with six consecutive wins after losing their first game, becoming only the third club ever to record that many victories in the collegiate tourney.
Boston manager Terry Francona tries an unusual defensive alignment in today’s game against the Phillies, but it doesn’t help as the Sox lose, 2 – 1. In the middle of a nine-game stretch of interleague games played in National League ballparks where the designated hitter cannot be used, Francona puts David Ortiz at 1B for the first time this year, in order to give him a few at-bats, and to do this, he moves the American League’s leading hitter, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, to RF for only the second time of his career. However, their two bats stay mute, and Boston scores its only run when P John Lackey’s double to center field drives in rookie LF Josh Reddick; they fall to the NL leaders, led by rookie starting pitcher Vance Worley. Raul Ibanez drives in both Philly runs with a single and a homer.
Suddenly, the Mets are scoring at a record pace, even with a topsy turvy line-up that features C Ronny Paulino batting clean-up. They pound the Tigers, 16 – 9, to set a team record with 52 runs over their last four games. Paulino and Angel Pagan have four hits apiece, and Scott Hairston hits a bases-loaded triple. Utility player Don Kelly gets the final out of the game, the only Tiger hurler not to give up a run in the game. The Bengals hit five homers – two by Miguel Cabrera – to no avail.
In an episode bringing back memories of Moonlight Graham, whose abbreviated major league career took place on this day 112 years ago, the Yankees’ Dustin Fowler makes his big league debut as the starting right fielder in a game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The top of the 1st inning ends with him in the on-deck circle, and in the bottom of the frame, he vainly tries to track down a foul ball hit by Jose Abreu down the right field foul line and crashes into a wall, badly injuring hs knee. He has to be carted off the field, his season over.
2014 – Jose Altuve smacks three hits and steals two bases in a 6-4 victory against Detroit. Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan also contribute three hits apiece. Altuve becomes the first big leaguer to swipe more than one base in four consecutive games since the ill-fated Ray Chapman did it in 1917.
2005 – Houston drills Colorado, 7-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his 10th of the year. Morgan Ensberg blasts his 20th homer and Jason Lane belts his 13th. But the day’s headline belongs to Craig Biggio who is hit in the elbow by Byung-Hyun Kim to claim the modern day career record for being hit by a pitch. It’s his 268th plunking, passing Don Baylor. He’s third on the all-time list. Biggio thanks the Rockies with a solo homer his next time up.
1986 – Houston regains first place in a 2-1 nailbiter over Fernando Valenzuela and the Dodgers. Craig Shipley and Alex Trevino team up for the only Dodger run but they give it back in the seventh when a bad throw by Shipley puts Phil Garner aboard then a dropped third strike by Trevino puts Glenn Davis on base. Kevin Bass drives in Garner then Jose Cruz dribbles a 20-foot roller that Valenzuela must eat while the winning run scores.
1979 – The Astros witness the re-hatching of the famous San Diego Chicken before a 4-1 victory. Heavy traffic delays the game for a half-hour before Ted Giannoulas breaks out of a five-foot egg to thunderous cheers. Unimpressed, Terry Puhl bashes Gaylord Perry’s first pitch for a homer and Houston gets the last cluck.