Today in Baseball History
1917 At Griffith Stadium, the Tigers collect 21 hits during a 16-4 rout of Washington. Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt, batting second, third and fourth, respectively, each enjoy a 5-for-5 day at the plate.
1930 In first night game ever played by a major league team, the American Association's Indianapolis Indians defeat the Reds in an exhibition game, 17-5. The big floodlights used to illuminate West Washington Street Park make it difficult for the players to judge distances when fielding balls in play.
1933 Dizzy Dean sets a modern major league record, striking out 17 Cubs. Cardinal teammate Jimmie Wilson, the club's catcher, also sets a new mark by recording 18 putouts.
1947 Ewell Blackwell's 16-game winning streak ends as the Reds are defeated by the Giants in ten innings, 6-5. During the streak 'the Whip' completes every game and throws five shutouts, including a no-hitter
1951 Retired Hall of Famer Ty Cobb testifies in front of Emanuel Celler's Congressional committee in Washington, D.C. The 'Georgia Peach' denies the reserve clause makes 'peons' out of baseball players and says that it is necessary to keep the competitive balance in the game.
1959 At Seals Stadium, Willie McCovey collects four hits, including two triples, in four at-bats in his major league debut. The Giant freshman first baseman, who will be selected the league's Rookie of the Year despite his late call-up, will hit 13 home runs in just 52 games.
1960 Yankee manager Casey Stengel celebrates his 70th birthday and quips, "most people my age are dead at the present time". The 'Old Perfessor' and Connie Mack will be the only two skippers to manage in the major leagues into their seventies until they are joined by 72year-old Jack McKeon, who will pilot the Marlins to a World Championship in 2003, and Davey Johnson, who will lead the Nationals.
1962 After mysteriously disappearing off the team bus to use the rest room three days ago and trying to fly to Israel, pitcher Gene Conley returns to the Red Sox and is fined $2000. Yesterday, the right-hander sent a telegram to manager Mike Higgins explaining he was tired and had other plans.
1966 In the fifth season of the franchise's existence, the Mets experience their first winning month when they beat Chicago at Shea Stadium, 6-3. With another victory tomorrow, the Amazins will finish July with an 18-14 record.
1968 In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer, and the first since 1927, to execute an unassisted triple play. All five American League unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player.
1969 Bob Tillman hits three consecutive home runs. The Braves' backstop's offensive output helps Atlanta to beat the Phillies in the opener of a twin bill at Shibe Park, 6-3. The second, fourth and sixth inning blasts all come off starter Grant Jackson.
1969 During an 11-run top of the ninth inning at Shea Stadium, Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn both hit grand slams. Jimmy Wynn and Norm Miller score on each bases loaded home run as Houston cruises to a 16-3 victory over the Mets.
1969 Trailing 8-0 in the third inning of the nightcap against the Astros, Mets manager Gil Hodges walks past Nolan Ryan on the mound, and continues into the Shea Stadium outfield where he asks Cleon Jones to leave the game after a brief conversation with the left fielder. It is reported at the time the star player suffered a leg injury fielding Johnny Edwards' double, but many believe it was the skipper publicly demonstrating that he would not tolerate lack of hustle on his team.
1973 Jim Bibby becomes the 14th rookie to throw a no-hitter and becomes the first hurler in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The Rangers right-hander holds the World Champions A's hitless in a 3-0 Texas victory at the Oakland Coliseum.
1975 Jose Sosa becomes the first Astros player in the 14-year history of the franchise to hit a home run in his first major league at bat. The relief pitcher belts a three-run homer off Danny Frisella during in an 8-4 victory over the Padres at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium.
1975 Pat Darcy goes the distance, beating San Francisco at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1. The contest is the first complete-game thrown by a Reds' pitcher in 45 consecutive starts by the Cincinnati staff, snapping their record streak without one.
1980 During a workout at the Astrodome, Houston hurler J.R. Richard, who had complained on several occasions about a dead feeling in his arm, suffers a stroke attempting to throw for the first time since being hospitalized for tests. Emergency surgery is performed to remove a blood clot behind his right collarbone, but the Astros' fireballer will never pitch in the major leagues again.
1982 The first-place Braves remove Chief Noc-A-Homa's tipi from the unoccupied section of the bleachers so that the team can make more seats available during sellouts. After the team blows a 10.5 game lead, losing 19 out of its next 21 games, the fans will pressure the management to reinstate the mascot's home, a move that appears to end the skid for the eventual division champs.
1987 Although the Bulova company had promised a free watch to any player who hit their clock located high above the scoreboard in right field, Bama Rowell didn't receive the timepiece after his 1946 blast. The injustice is corrected more than 40 years later when the former Braves' outfielder, whose blast is thought to be the inspiration for author Bernard Malamud having Roy Hobbs, the hero of his 1952 novel, The Natural, smashing a glass-shattering homer off the light tower, receives his wristwatch from Bulova on 'Bama Rowell' Day in Citronelle, Alabama, the honoree's hometown.
1988 Reds' reliever John Franco establishes the major league record for the most saves in the month. His 13th save bests the mark shared by Sparky Lyle, Bruce Sutter and Bob Stanley.
1990 As word begins to circulate around Yankee Stadium that George Steinbrenner has been permanently removed as the owner of team, many of the 24,037 fans in attendance start chanting, "No More George! No More George!" After a long day of turmoil, the 'Boss' learns of the fans' glee, much to his chagrin, when he watches the 11 p.m. local television news.
1990 In a stunning decision made by George Steinbrenner, the Yankee owner agrees to go on the permanent ineligible list, amounting to a virtual lifetime ban from the day-to-day operation of the team. 'The Boss', who will be reinstated in 1993, agrees to the dire consequences of the "agreement", not wanting to jeopardize his relationship with U.S. Olympic Committee if he were to be "suspended" from the game.
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1996 The Giants trade starting pitcher Mark Leiter to the Expos in exchange for Kirk Rueter. 'Woody' will compile a 105-70 record during his ten-year tenure with San Francisco, while Al's right-handed brother will post a 4-2 mark during his one season playing north of the border.
2001 The Twins get Mets starter Rick Reed for outfielder and leadoff batter Matt Lawton. The 36 year-old right-hander, a member of the National League All Star team this season, had compiled an 8-6 record with a 3.86 ERA with New York prior to the deal.
2003 Battling a 5-for-36 slump, Jose Valentin hits three home runs in a 15-4 victory over the Royals. The White Sox shortstop becomes the first switch-hitter in baseball history to have three-homer games in both the American and National Leagues, having accomplished the feat with the Brewers in 1998.
2003 The Cubs obtain center fielder Doug Glanville from the Rangers in exchange for cash and outfielder/first baseman prospect Jason Fransz, who will not appear in a major league game. The Chicago flychaser will play in only 28 games, hitting just .235 for his new ball club.
2004 In separate deals with the Pirates and Devil Rays, the Mets gamble with their future, giving up top prospects to acquire major league pitchers who can immediately step into the rotation. Free agent eligible Kris Benson and infielder Jeff Keppinger are obtained from the Pirates for infielder Ty Wigginton, pitcher Matt Peterson and infielder Jose Bautista, who came in a trade today with the Royals for minor league catcher Justin Huber, and Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato become Mets when Tampa Bay agrees to take New York's top pitching prospect Scott Kazmir and minor league pitcher Jose Diaz.
2004 In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, the winner of two World Series games last season, first baseman Hee Seop Choi and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy (will be traded to the Diamondbacks tomorrow) to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.
2006 The Yankees trade four minor leaguers, shortstop C.J. Henry, southpaw reliever Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Carlos Monasterios, to the Phillies in exchange for All-Star outfielder Bobby Abreu and veteran pitcher Cory Lidle. New York will assume responsibility of Abreu's contract, which includes the remaining portion of the $13.5 million for this season, $15.5 million for next year, and a $16 million option for 2008 with a $2 million buyout.
2006 Eighteen individuals, the largest number ever selected, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. The group consist of 17 persons, including the first woman to enter the Hall, who had participated in the pre-Negro Leagues or Negro Leagues and Bruce Sutter, the fourth reliever to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
2007 In front of a record crowd of a estimated 75,000 fans and unprecedented number of 53 members of the Hall of Fame, Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn are inducted into the shrine at Cooperstown. Joining the ballplayers on the dais are Denny Matthews, the longtime radio voice of the Royals, the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award given to outstanding broadcasters, and Rick Hummel, beat writer for the Post-Dispatch, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award honoree for his outstanding coverage of the Cardinals.
2008 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.
2008 With a 4-3 victory at McAfee Coliseum, the Royals sweep the A’s in Oakland for the first time in two decades. The last time Kansas City broke out the broom in O-town was in June of 1988.
2008 In a slugfest at Progressive Field, the Tigers defeat the Indians in 13 innings, 14-12. Cleveland catcher Kelly Shoppach's five extra-base hits in one game, two home runs and three doubles, ties a major league record.
2011 The Indians trade veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera (.244, 4, 38) to the Giants for minor league prospect Thomas Neal. In 60 games with Triple-A Fresno, the Tribe's newest outfielder hit .295 along with two homers and drove in 25 runs.
2011 The Orioles trade Derrek Lee to the Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Baker, who will be assigned to Class A Frederick. The Bucs hope their new good-fielding first baseman can provide some pop to the lineup as the team tries to stay in contention in the competitive NL Central Division race.
2011 The Indians announced the team has completed the trade with the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal, contingent on the right-hander passing his physical, sends highly touted minor league pitchers Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, along with right-handed prospect Joe Gardner, and utility player Matt McBride to Colorado in exchange for the Dominican ace, who the Tribe hopes will anchor their rotation down the pennant stretch as the team attempts to pass Detroit.
2013 In a three-team, seven-player deal made just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the White Sox, with third baseman Jose Iglesias going to the Tigers as part of the transaction that includes Avisail Garcia, whom the Red Sox acquired from Detroit, being sent to Chicago. Boston’s new right-hander gives the eventual World Champs another proven starting pitcher in their rotation, helping to fill the void created by the injury suffered by Clay Buchholz.
2014 Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in major league history to make 14 consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched with giving up two runs or less. The Mariners right-hander, known as 'King Felix', breaks the mark record previously held by Tom Seaver, who established the mark in 1971 while pitching for the Mets.