This Day In Baseball June 30
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Events for June 30
Cleveland is the first American League team to hit three consecutive home runs in one inning as Nap Lajoie, Piano Legs Hickman and Bill Bradley connect in the 6th off St. Louis, with all the hits ending in the LF bleachers at St. Louis. The last two come on the first pitch thrown. Jack Harper tees up the gopher balls in the 17 – 2 loss. The feat was last done on May 10, 1894.
At Chicago, the White Sox jump on Boston starter Nick Altrock for eight runs in the 1st inning. Chicago has seven hits and three walks. Altrock finishes the game, a 10 – 3 Chicago win, for his only complete game in a Boston uniform. Chicago must like what they see: they purchase Altrock on July 2nd.
The Cards bunch three hits and a George Davis error in the 6th for three runs and beat Christy Mathewson, 4 – 2. Davis will appear in just four games this year, all for the Giants, before White Sox owner Charles Comiskey secures an injunction to keep him off the field. He’ll be back with the Sox next season.
Cy Young’s third career no-hitter is an 8 – 0 Boston win over New York. Cy almost duplicates his perfect game of 1904, walking just one batter – leadoff hitter Harry Niles. Niles is then caught stealing and the next 26 batters make out. Cy also tallies three hits and drives in half the Pilgrims’ runs off Rube Manning. At 41 years and 3 months, he is the oldest pitcher to turn the no-hit trick. Nolan Ryan will beat him in 1990 at the age of 43.
Forbes Field opens in Pittsburgh, PA with a sell-out crowd of 30,332 watching the first-place Pirates lose, 3 – 2, to the Cubs. Built at a cost of over $1 million, it is the most expensive ballpark built to this point and the first to feature amenities such as elevators and an underground parking garage for motorcars.
The Athletics hold a special day to benefit the widow and children of Doc Powers, who died a year earlier from an intestinal condition while still active as a player. 12,000 persons come to Shibe Park to witness skills competitions followed by a friendly exhibition game between the A’s and stars from other American League teams, raising $8,000 for the cause.
At Philadelphia, New York’s thrilling 11 – 10 win over the Phils puts the Giants on top to stay. Hooks Wiltse pitches the first nine innings for New York before wilting, and Christy Mathewson relieves. In the 10th, Buck Herzog singles off Grover Alexander and Matty wins his 14th. The fireworks continue after the game when John McGraw, walking to the clubhouse with several Phillies, is belted and then jumped by several Philly fans. McGraw is cut up and Phils P Ad Brennan is identified as the instigator of the fight. After investigating, National League President Tom Lynch will suspend both McGraw and Brennan for five days, with Brennan also fined $100.
The Dodgers were playing a doubleheader against the Giants at the Polo Grounds. In the bottom of the seventh inning of game 1, Lew McCarty pinch hit for Jesse Winters in the ninth place in the batting order and singled. Al Lefevre ran for McCarty and stayed in the game playing second base. The new pitcher, Bill Hubbell, entered the game in the seventh spot in the lineup. In the ninth inning, Lefevre, actually in the ninth spot, batted in the seventh spot out of order but struck out. Frank Snyder, the eighth-place hitter, then came to the plate out of order and grounded out. The next hitter should be Lefevre in the ninth-hole in the order. Benny Kauff was sent up to pinch hit for Hubbell even though it was not his turn to bat. Kauff cannot be considered as batting out of order since he is a pinch hitter. Officially, he is hitting for Lefevre not Hubbell. Kauff singled in a run but none of this matters as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 7-3.
2B Max Bishop and 3B Sammy Hale, the first two men in the A’s batting order, draw 8 of the 9 walks issued by New York pitchers in the A’s 10 – 3 win. A .271 hitter for 12 years, “Camera Eye” Bishop will draw 1,153 bases on balls, giving him a walk percentage of .204, which is higher than Babe Ruth’s and just behind Ted Williams’s .207.
6/30/1926 – The Reds were in Chicago and in the first game of the doubleheader, Cincinnati shortstop Frank Emmer and catcher Bubbles Hargrave swapped spots (7th and 8th) the first three times through the order. Although Hargrave did have a single in the 2nd inning, he did not drive in any runs so the Cubs bided their time. In the 8th inning, Hargrave batted with two outs and singled to give the Reds an apparent 4-0 lead. At this point the Cubs noted the batting order problem and Emmer, the proper batter, was declared out, keeping the score at 3-0 in favor of Cincinnati. The Cubs scored two in the bottom of the 8th, but fell short, losing 3-2.
A crowd of 3,000 at Yankee Stadium see the Yanks hand the Red Sox their 12th straight loss, beating the visitors, 13 – 6 on 19 safeties. Lou Gehrig takes over the home run lead when he clouts his 25th in the first inning, a bounce home run off Slim Harriss, but Babe Ruth, back in the lineup, golfs his 25th in the 4th, also off Slim. Gehrig has three hits and also swipes home. New York (49-20) wins its 5th straight while Boston loses its 12th straight.
6/30/1928 – In the top of the fifth of the second game, Walt Lerian who had struck out to end the fourth, came up to start the inning and singled. (Perhaps since the Robins had scored six in the bottom of the fourth, Lerian, the catcher, had lost track of things.) He eventually scored on a single three batters later. Brooklyn protested that the run should not count, but the home plate ump, Cy Rigler, correctly pointed out that the objection was made too late and the Phillies had batted in the correct order after Lerian’s hit. Since Brooklyn was ahead 12-3 at the time, they really did not care.
Brooklyn, in need of an outfielder, buys Ike Boone from the San Francisco Missions (Pacific Coast League) where he was hitting .448 through 83 games. In 1929, Boone compiled an all-time record of 553 total bases while hitting 55 homers and batting .407. Boone wasn’t even Brooklyn’s first choice; the Robins preferred another PCL batting star, Buzz Arlett, who had his eye injured in a postgame fight with umpire Chet Chadbourne, who slugged the Oakland OF with his mask.
In a 4 – 3, 10-inning loss to the Browns, Tiger CF Gee Walker is picked off base twice in the same frame, earning him a 10-day suspension for his ineptitude. After Hank Greenberg singles, Walker reaches base on a error, but then gets caught off base when C Rollie Hemsley fires to first base. Greenberg attempts to draw a throw by running to third base and is thrown out, with Walker taking second. Moments later, with Walker standing six feet off the bag “as brave as a boy on a burning deck” (writer Charles P. Ward’s description), pitcher Jack Knott’s throw to SS Alan Strange nabs him. Mickey Cochrane is so furious he suspends Walker and fines him $20 – the 6th time this season that he has earned a $20 fine. Gee’s next appearance won’t come until July 16 when he pinch-hits for Cochrane.
At St. Louis, leadoff hitter Pete Fox leads the Tigers to a twinbill drubbing of the Browns, as Detroit rolls, 18 – 1 and 11 – 6. Fox drives in 10 runs, six in the opener when he hits his second grand slam of the month. Fox has eight hits, five in the nitecap, and scores four runs in each game. Schoolboy Rowe coasts in the opener and Alvin Crowder is the nitecap winner.
In his first full season as a pitcher, Bob Lemon of the Cleveland Indians pitches a no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers, 2 – 0 in front of 49,628 at Briggs Stadium. Lemon has only two scares: Dale Mitchell makes a miraculous catch of a George Kell drive in the fourth and Ken Keltner makes a great stop behind third base in the 5th. The Tigers’ home was the last park in the junior circuit to use lights, installing illumination only two weeks ago.
Joe and Dom DiMaggio both homer in the same game for the only time in their careers when each goes deep in Red Sox’s 10-2 rout of the Yankees. Dom’s sixth-inning solo shot off Joe Ostrowski pads Boston’s large lead, and Joe’s round-tripper to left field in the top of the eighth frame is much too little too late in the Fenway contest.
The Braves make it easy for new manager Tommy Holmes’s first appearance in front of the home crowd. Boston tallies eight runs in the 7th inning and seven runs in the 8th inning, to squash the Giants, 19 – 7. Backing Vern Bickford’s pitching, Earl Torgeson racks up seven RBIs in the two innings, including a grand slam off Sal Maglie, the first time that the Barber’s been clipped for a slam.
At Wrigley Field, a bizarre play occurs in the 4th inning when two balls are put into play. On a 3 – 1 count, Bob Anderson’s pitch to Stan Musial is wild and bounces back to the screen. Catcher Sammy Taylor ignores the ball, assuming it ticked off Musial’s bat, but Cubs 3B Alvin Dark rushes in to retrieve the wild pitch/foul tip. The bat boy tosses the ball to field announcer Pat Piper, and Dark finally retrieves it from him. Meanwhile home plate ump Vic Delmore has handed a second ball to Anderson. Through all this, Musial reaches first with what he thinks is ball four, and then streaks for second base. Simultaneously, Dark and Anderson fire to the bag. Anderson’s throw goes into CF, but Dark’s to Ernie Banks catches the sliding Musial. Stan ignores the tag and rambles to third base as play is stopped. Delmore then rules Musial is out at second, while Al Barlick rules Stan safe at first base. Both managers play the game under protest, but the Cards drop theirs after dropping the Cubs, 4 – 1. The National League will drop Vic Delmore at the end of the season.
Dick Stuart blasts three consecutive home runs, as the Pirates split with the Giants. Stuart drives in seven runs and joins Ralph Kiner as the second Pirate to hit three home runs in a game at Forbes Field. Jack Sanfordpitches a 3-hit shutout to give the Giants an 11 – 0 first-game win. With the 11 – 6 nitecap victory, Pittsburgh is three ahead of the 2nd-place Braves.
At Fenway Park, SS Don Buddin pulls some fancy footwork to lead the BoSox to a win against the Tigers. With the score tied in the 8th, Buddin is caught in a rundown between third base and home, but he eludes Detroit catcher Red Wilson to score. Wilson argues that Buddin left the base line, and earns an ejection by Red Flaherty for his views. The Red Sox score three more runs and win, 11 – 7. Ted Williams has a home run, off Jim Bunning, and Rocky Colavito answers with two homers.
Whitey Ford (14-2) tops the Senators, 5 – 1, to give the 2nd place Yankees their 22nd win of the month. Roger Maris drives in three runs and Mickey Mantle lines a shot over CF Willie Tasby that rebounds for an inside-the-park home run. Ford becomes the first pitcher in American League history to win eight games in one month.
Houston has no monopoly on problematic weather, it would seem; in St. Louis, a messy, muddy game features 36 hits, 22 of them collected by the visiting Pirates, en route to a 17 – 7 rout of the host Cardinals. Chief offenders among the ungracious guests are Smoky Burgess and Roberto Clemente with 3 home runs, 2 doubles and 12 RBI between them. Burgess pushes home 7 with his 3 extra-base blows while Clemente, for the second consecutive season, reaches the right field pavilion roof at Busch Stadium. “The Pirates, better than the Birds as mudders, added some power to the plodding in the 2nd inning and scored five times,” writes Ed Wilks in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Bob Skinner’s skimmer went through Julian Javier, but was ruled a hit, giving Julie the benefit of the doubt in the mud. Clemente gave the Cards no such benefit when he followed with a three-run drive to the pavilion roof. It was his seventh homer of the season and brought Bobby Shantz in from the bullpen. Clemente and Pittsburgh continued their streaks in the 4th. The Pirates scored for the fourth straight inning when Skinner walked, Dick Stuart grounded out and Clemente followed with a run-scoring single, his third consecutive hit.”
Sandy Koufax becomes the first Dodger southpaw to throw a no-hitter since Nap Rucker accomplished the feat in 1908 when he keeps the expansion Mets hitless in the team’s 5-0 victory in Los Angeles. The 26 year-old left-hander, en route to fanning 13, strikes out the first three batters he faces – Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl, and Felix Mantilla, on nine pitches to start the game with an immaculate inning.
1962 – The Colt .45s walk off with a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati, cut short due to fog. The Reds must have thought they’d entered some Biblical plague what with the heat, humidity, a blinding fog and those Texas-sized mosquitoes. A six-run rally puts Houston on top early. Manager Harry Craft has something else on his mind – the birth of his first grandchild is taking place at the same time.
6/30/1969: At Parc Jarry in Montreal, in the top of the second inning Ernie Banks of the Cubs hit a ball to right field that cleared the fence but was difficult to see in the bad lighting. Expos right fielder Rusty Staub kicked some dirt around and convinced the umpires that the ball went under the fence. Cubs manager Leo Durocher argued the call and was ejected. He then protested the game, won by the Expos, 5-2. This homer would have been #488 for Banks, who finished his career with 512 four-baggers.
A sellout crowd of 51,050 is on hand for the dedication of Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium, rushed to completion so the Reds can host the All-Star game. There is no electricity in the refreshments areas, and the scoreboard occasionally misfires, but Hank Aaron doesn’t misfire as he hits the park’s first home run off Cincinnati starter Jim McGlothlin in the 1st inning. The Braves win, 8 – 2.
On an 0-2 pitch from Atlanta Braves pitcher Jamie Easterly, Giant first baseman Willie McCovey launches his 500th career home run over the left field fence at Fulton County Stadium becoming the 12th player to accomplish the feat. The historic homer occurs in the 2nd inning of the opener of a doubleheader which the Giants sweep, 10 – 9 and 10 – 5. Mike Ivie adds his second pinch grand slam of the year in the opener. Jack Clarkhas three home runs in the two games.
Giant first baseman Willie McCovey, on an 0-2 pitch thrown by Jamie Easterly, launches his 500th career home run over the left field fence, becoming the 12th player to accomplish the feat. Stretch’s historic homer occurs in the second inning of the opener of a doubleheader, which the Giants sweep from the Braves at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, 10-9 and 10-5.
The Reds score eight runs in the 1st inning and go on to beat the visiting Giants, 15 – 5. Paul Householder drives in four runs, two on a freak inside-the-park homer. With Ron Oester on first base, Householder hits a shallow fly that LF Chris Smith loses in the sun and it bounces over his head. Smith then slips going after the ball and the two baserunners race around the bases. Oester slides across the plate just ahead of Householder’s slide, which is so close he spikes Oester’s knee.
Lance Junker hits two grand slams in the ninth inning of the Redwood Pioneers’ 16-5 victory over the Class-A Padres at Reno’s Moana Stadium. The 23 year-old California League slugger, who comes to bat for the second time in the frame after the catcher drops a two-out pop up in front of home plate, becomes the third professional player to accomplish the feat, joining Ken Myers (1947 – Las Vegas/Sunset League) and Armando Flores (1952 – Laredo Apaches/Gulf Coast League).
Rockies 2B Eric Young steals six bases in Colorado’s 16 – 15 win over the Dodgers to tie a major league record. Three steals come in the 3rd inning when he steals second base, third and home. The two teams score in 14 of their 18 turns at bat, tying another big league mark. There are seven lead changes in the contest, which is marked by 38 hits, 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases – 9 of them with Hideo Nomo on the mound. Three of the homers come on consecutive pitches as Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Raul Mondesi homer off Mark Thompson. The 4-hour and 20-minute game is the longest 9-inning contest in National League history. Mondesi drives home six runs for Los Angeles, while Dante Bichette gets five hits and four ribbies for Colorado.
Rangers hurler Bobby Witt becomes the first American League pitcher to hit a home run in a regular season game in nearly 25 years. His round tripper off Ismael Valdes helps Texas beat the Dodgers in interleague action, 3 – 2. Roric Harrison was the last AL pitcher to hit a home run, in 1972, before the introduction of the designated hitter the following year.
Bobby Higginson belts three home runs and drives in seven runs and Justin Thompson allows four hits in eight innings as Detroit kicks the Mets, 14 – 0. It is the most lopsided shutout in Mets history. Detroit hits more homers (6) than the Mets have hits (5), and it is the most home runs given up by Mets pitchers since April 29, 1978.
The Blue Jays defeat the Orioles, 10 – 9, in 10 innings, as Willie Greene ties an American League record by hitting a pinch home run in two consecutive at bats. His previous pinch home run came against the Royals on June 20th. Greene’s homer in the bottom of the 9th ties the score at 7 – 7. The Orioles score two in the top half of the 10th, but the Blue Jays come back with three runs in their half of the inning to win.
The New York Yankees tie a major-league record when three players (Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and Jose Vizcaino) each hit sacrifice flies in the 4th inning against the Tigers. The record was set by the Chicago White Sox on July 1, 1962, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.
Oakland defeats Texas, 15 – 4, as SS Miguel Tejada hits three home runs and a single and drives home eight runs. Tejada had gone 26 games without a homer before hitting a grand slam in the 1st, followed by a three-run shot in the 2nd. He adds a solo blast in the 9th. Erik Hiljus is the benefactor, winning his first major league decision. Hiljus also strikes out four batters in the 7th.
In a 13 – 1 drubbing by the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Padres second baseman D’Angelo Jimenez comes in to pitch with two outs in the 7th inning. He retires the four batters he faces, but Jeff Suppanallows one run in seven innings, and Raul Ibanez uses a home run and triple to drive in four runs for the Royals.
After loading the bases in the top of the ninth, Chad Cordero gets Ryan Doumit to fly out to deep right field to record his 15th save in June, tying the Nationals closer with Lee Smith and John Wetteland for the most ever recorded in a single month. Washington’s 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh at RFK Stadium puts the first-place team 4.5 games ahead of Atlanta.
The Yankees, in need of a catcher due to Jorge Posada’s season-ending surgery, obtain 13-time Gold Glove winner Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers in exchange for reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The 36 year-old All-Star backstop waives his no-trade clause to go to New York, which completes the deal a day before the trading deadline.
The Baltimore Orioles complete the biggest comeback in their history, besting Boston, 11 – 10, after trailing 10 – 1. They score 5 runs in the 7th and 5 more in the 8th, capped by Nick Markakis’ two-run double off closer Jonathan Papelbon, thus depriving John Smoltz of a chance to win his first game for the Red Sox.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are busy on the transaction front. They trade starting LF Nyjer Morgan and P Sean Burnett to the Washington Nationals in return for P Joel Hanrahan and OF Lastings Milledge, a former top prospectwho has failed to crack the Nats’ line-up. In a separate move, the Bucs send veteran OF Eric Hinske to the Yankees for two minor leaguers.
The Texas Rangers, leading the AL West, make a deal for veteran catcher Benjie Molina, acquiring him in a trade from the Giants for P Chris Ray. The Rangers have been winning in spite of lacking a proven backstop. In today’s game, Vladimir Guerrero’s bat does the damage, as he belts a grand slam and a solo homer among his four hits against his former teammates, the Angels, to lead Texas to a 6 – 4 victory. In his major league debut, Omar Beltre only goes 4 innings for the Rangers and Dustin Nippert picks up the win in relief – the team’s 21st this month, a franchise record. Josh Hamilton extends his hitting streak to 23 games in the contest.
A rain delay during the 7th inning of a Frontier League game between the Joliet Slammers and the Southern Illinois Miners almost turns tragic, as hurricane-force winds begin tearing through the ballpark, ripping the tarp off the field and swallowing a number of the workers who are trying to secure it with sandbags. Luckily, no one is hurt, but the game is cancelled.
After a 14-inning marathon further lengthened by a two-hour-and-twenty-minute rain delay, the Pirates defeat the Brewers, 2 – 1, for their 9th straight win. Both starting pitchers have to leave after the 2nd-inning thunderstorm, but relievers Tyler Thornburg for Milwaukee and Vin Mazzaro for Pittsburgh are both outstanding, the latter retiring all 15 batters he faces in order. Trailing 1 – 0, the Bucs tie the game on a pair of hits off Jim Henderson in the 8th and Russell Martin finally ends the game with a pinch-hit single off Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom of the 14th.
“When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000.” – DELCIANNA WINDERS, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement at the PETA Foundation. Miguel Cabrera, joining Luis Gonzalez of the Dodgers, becomes only the second player to hit a homer into the 10,000-gallon touch tank at Tropicana Field. The Tigers slugger’s round-tripper draws the attention of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who, in a written letter to the Rays’ organization, requests the team to allow the 30 or more captive cownose rays be returned to their natural habitat because the animals are subject to harassment, loud crowds, and at the risk of being injured by baseballs.
Joining Alan Trammel, who is at the ballpark as part of the team’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of its 1984 World Championship, Rajai Davis becomes just the second Tigers player since World War II to hit a game-ending grand slam with his team trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The 33 year-old outfielder goes deep off Oakland’s Sean Doolittle, who hangs a curveball that gives Detroit the dramatic 5-4 victory in front of a sold-out Comerica Park.
Chris Sale ties a record set by Pedro Martinez in 1999 when he strikes out 10 or more batters for the 8th straight start. He also collects his first major league hit in limiting the Cardinals to a run and strikes out 12 in 8 innings, but leaves with the game tied 1 – 1. The White Sox win, 2 – 1, in 11 innings.
Chris Sale, making his 100th career start, becomes only the second major league pitcher to record 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts when he whiffs 12 batters in the White Sox’s 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The 26 year-old southpaw joins Pedro Martinez, who also accomplished the feat in 1999 with the Red Sox.
Coastal Carolina University wins the 2016 College World Series by defeating the University of Arizona, 4 – 3, in game three of the finals after the schools had split the first two games. It is Coastal Carolina’s first championship in any sport and comes in its first appearance in the College World Series.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy makes a rare decision, eschewing the use of the designated hitter in a road game against the Athletics to allow pitcher Madison Bumgarner to hit for himself. It turns out to be an inspired move as Bumgarner doubles off Dillon Overton in the 3rd inning, sparking a six-run outburst, as the Giants go on to win, 12 – 6. The last team to have deliberately declined to use the DH were the 1976 White Sox who had P Ken Brett bat for himself a few times.
The major leagues conclude the month of June with a record of 1,101 homers hit during the month. This beats the previous record of 1,069 set in May 2000. The sluggers doing the most damage are rookie Cody Bellinger, who led all batters with 13, George Springer, who hit 11, and Justin Smoak and another rookie, Aaron Judge, smashing 10 each. 77 batters had multi-homer games, including a four-homer game by the unlikely Scooter Gennett on June 6th.
Michael Lorenzen homers in a third consecutive at-bat, having done so on June 24h as a pinch-hitter and again on June 29th, this time in his normal role as a relief pitcher. The third one is the most spectacular, however, as it comes against Jacob Barnes of the Brewers with the bases loaded in the 7th inning, again as a pinch-hitter. His grand slam is key to the Reds’ 12 – 3 win.