Today in Baseball History - July 16th (Click to show)
Today in Baseball History
1897 Colts first baseman Cap Anson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles off George Blackburn. The 45 year-old infielder's historic hit comes in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore at Chicago's West Side Grounds.
1902 At Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans, John McGraw begins his 30-year tenure as manager of the New York Giants. ‘Little Napoleon’, the team’s third skipper of the season, loses his debut to the Reds, 7-2.
1909 The Tigers and Senators play the longest scoreless game in American League history. Detroit's Ed Summers, who gives up just seven hits, goes the distance, but doesn't get a decision when the 0-0 contest at Bennett Park is called after the 18th inning.
1913 In a game against the Cubs, Superbas' second baseman George Cutshaw handles 14 chances without an error. The infielder's defensive prowess helps Brooklyn beat Chicago at Ebbets Field, 4-2.
1920 After pitching 16 scoreless frames, Earl Hamilton and the Pirates lose to the Giants in the 17th at Forbes Field, 7-0. New York starter Rube Benton tosses 17 shutout innings to get the victory.
1948 Brooklyn's Branch Rickey agrees on a deal with Giants owner Horace Stoneham that releases his manager Leo Durocher to become the Giants' skipper, relacing the popular Mel Ott. Burt Shotton will take the 'Lip's' place in the Dodger dugout.
1956 The Tigers and Briggs Stadium are sold to a syndicate of 11, led by radio executives John Fetzer and Fred Knorr, for a record $5.5 million from Walter Briggs, Jr., who wanted keep the team and ballpark, is ordered by the family estate administrators to sell his ownership he inherited from his father. The deal includes an agreement to retain Briggs, who will also become the team's general manager, as executive vice president, but the former owner will resign from both posts at the start of next season.
1966 Horace Clarke hits his second career home run, a tenth inning grand slam, giving the Yankees an eventual 9-5 win over the A's at Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. The New York shortstop's first-ever round-tripper was also hit with the bases full last season.
1968 Jose Cardenal becomes the first outfielder in 37 years and only the fourth flychaser overall to record two unassisted double plays in one season. The Cleveland outfielder joins Socks Seybold (1907 A's), Tris Speaker (1918 Indians) and Adam Comorosky (1931 Pirates) in accomplishing the rare feat.
1969 Rod Carew steals home for the seventh time this season, establishing a new AL record, tying Pete Reiser's major-league mark for swiping home in one season. After further research in 1991, the record is given back to Ty Cobb, who had stolen home eight times in 1912.
1970 On precisely the same spot as Exposition Park, the home of the Pirates from 1891-1909, Three Rivers Stadium makes its debut. Cincinnati’s first baseman Tony Perez hits the park's first home run as the Pirates lose to the Reds, 3-2.
1975 Bowie Kuhn is re-elected to his second term as the commissioner of baseball. Charlie Finley failed in his attempt to force the other owners to vote to remove Kuhn, who had become an adversary of the Oakland A's owner during his first seven years in the position.
1985 Marking its 21st victory in the last 23 Midsummer Classics, the National League beats the AL, 6-1. Sparky Anderson, who was the first manager to win 100 games in both the National and American Leagues, becomes the first skipper to lose an All-Star game in each league.
1988 In the longest game ever played in Texas League history, the San Antonio Missions beat the visiting Jackson Mets in 26 innings, 1-0. The Keefe Stadium contest, which started on July 14, was suspended at 2:25 a.m. the following day and continued on July 16, took a total of 7 hours and 23 minutes to complete.
1990 Steve Lyons slides head first into first base to beat out a bunt. The play becomes memorable when the White Sox first baseman drops his pants to brush away the dirt inside his uniform in front of 14,770 fans at Tiger Stadium.
1996 Although the team beats the Giants, 5-3, the Rockies’ streak of scoring seven runs in a game comes to an end at 11. Colorado’s mark ties the record shared by the Pirates (1911), Yankees (1938) and Reds (1976).
2000 A 1919 Chicago 'Black Sox' autographed baseball is auctioned for $93,666 at eBay. The ball's value, believed to be the most for such an item, was unusually high because the autographs included Shoeless Joe Jackson, who was considered illiterate and usually just signed legal documents.
2000 The Twins announce the possibility of playing a home series outdoors in a temporary stadium next season. The move away from the Metrodome, however, would require approval of major league baseball, the players' association, the opponents, broadcast affiliates and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.
2001 Fred McGriff invokes his no-trade clause, blocking a deal that would have sent him to the first place Cubs from the last place Devil Rays. Later in the day, the 'Crime Dog' homers, helping Tampa Bay to beat the Braves 6-5.
2003 At the age of 77, Minnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball in seven decades. The Cuban native, who played his last full season in 1963 with the White Sox, walks as the designated hitter for the St. Paul Saints against the Gary SouthShore RailCats in Northern League action, an independent minor league.
2003 The Yankees send pitching prospects Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa to the Mets for hard-throwing embattled closer Armando Benitez. The 30 year-old All-Star reliever, slated to be the setup man for closer Mariano Rivera, blew seven of 28 save opportunities and became the object of much booing at Shea Stadium.
2005 The idea of having fans watch the 16 by 24-foot video stadium monitor along with the Kansas City T-Bones and Schaumburg Flyers players looking on from their respective dugouts as two kids using an X-Box and the MVP Baseball 2005 software determine the outcome of the first two innings is initially approved by the Northern League for tonight’s scheduled game. The individual player statistics generated by the video game would not have counted, but league officials later decided against the promotion, with the final two innings of the game being replayed on the game system instead.
2005 In an effort to bolster their injured pitching rotation, the Yankees acquired recently released Al Leiter from the Marlins. The 39 year-old $8-million southpaw, who posted a disappointing 3-7 record and a 6.64 ERA with the Fish, will quickly pay dividends, limiting the Red Sox to one run and three hits in his first start back as a Bronx Bomber.
2006 Pitching two innings in New York's 6-4 victory over the White Sox, Mariano Rivera records his 400th career save. The Yankee closer becomes the fourth major leaguer to reach the milestone, joining Lee Smith (478), Trevor Hoffman (460) and John Franco (424).
2006 The Reds honor perfect game hurler Tom Browning and slugging first baseman Lee May with induction into the team's Hall of Fame. Tom Seaver, who spent five-plus seasons and hurled a no-hitter with Cincinnati and who is presently enshrined in Cooperstown as well as a member of the Mets Hall of Fame, is also included as an inductee.
2006 At Wrigley Field, Mets outfielders Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran both hit grand slams during a franchise record 11-run inning in the sixth of the 13-7 defeat of the Cubs. It's only the seventh time in baseball history a team has hit two bases-full home runs in one inning.
2006 Chipper Jones ties a major league record by collecting an extra-base hit in his 14th straight game. The Braves third baseman's fourth-inning home run equals the mark established in 1927 by Pirates outfielder Paul Waner.
2009 Beginning in 2011, the Diamondbacks and Rockies announce the teams will share an Arizona spring training home, believed to be the first major league facility located on tribal land. According to a 25-year agreement, the Pima-Maricopa Indian tribe plans to build an 11,000-seat ballpark and a complex that includes 12 practice fields.
2009 Ryan Howard, playing in his 658th game, becomes the fastest player to hit 200 home runs when he goes deep off Chris Volstad with his solo shot in the sixth inning in the team's 4-0 victory in Miami. The previous mark was held by Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner, who played in 48 more contests than the 29 year-old Phillies first baseman to reach the plateau.
2010 In the first home game played at Yankee Stadium since the death of Bob Sheppard, the team honors his memory with the players donning commemorative patches on the left sleeve of their uniforms as a tribute. No public address announcements are made from the empty PA booth during the game against Tampa Bay.
2010 Bengie Molina becomes only the eighth major leaguer, and the first backstop since 1900, to hit a grand slam and a single, double and triple in the same game. The slow-footed catcher, the eighth Ranger to hit for the cycle, legs out an eighth-inning triple to complete the feat.
2013 In the first All-Star Game played in the Queens in 49 years, the American League pitchers hold their National League opponents to just three hits, blanking the Senior Circuit at Citi Field, 3-0. Yankee closer Mariano Rivera, voted the game's MVP, receives a standing ovation from the enthusiastic 45,186 fans in attendance when he enters the contest in the eighth inning en route to retiring three consecutive NL batters.
2013 In the All-Star game played at New York's Citi Field, Salvador Perez, who replaced Joe Mauer behind the plate in the last inning, leads off the eighth with a single to right field off Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel. The Kansas City catcher becomes the first Royals' player to get a hit in the Mid-summer Classic since Bo Jackson blasted his memorable moonshot at Anaheim Stadium in 1989.