» Reds C Jason LaRue has a bad first inning with knuckleballer Jared Fernandez on the mound, and allows three consecutive passed balls and a run scoring wild pitch. LaRue will lead the majors this year with 20 passed balls. The Diamondbacks break a tie in the 6th as Tony Womack singles off reliever John Riedling to win, 7–2, their 18th out of 22 games. Luis Gonzalez misses the game because of a strained rib cage, and breaks his ML high streak of 446 consecutive games played.
Two contests in the American League go 14 innings. Geronimo Gil hits a 2-out 14th inning homer to give Baltimore a 6–5 victory over Minnesota, while the Yankees overcome a straight steal of home by Mike Sweeney to beat the Royals, 3–2. Bernie Williams hits an RBI single to give Ramiro Mendoza (8-3) the win.
» The Tigers score eight runs in the 5th inning and go on to defeat the Mariners, 15-4.
» Oakland scores eight runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 13-5 win over Toronto.
Boston defeats Seattle, 13-2, as rookie DH Brian Daubach goes 5-for-5, including a home run, and drives home six runs. He'll drive in another five tomorrow.
The Rockies and Expos combine to hit 10 home runs in Colorado's 11-8 victory. Four players -- Montreal's Geoff Blum and Colorado's Edgard Clemente, Todd Helton, and Dante Bichette -- each hit a pair, while Jose Vidro and Rondell White also connect. It is only the 3rd time in major league history that four players have each hit two home runs in the same game.
» Baltimore C Chris Hoiles becomes the 9th player—and 1st catcher—to hit two grand slams in a single game, doing so in a 15–3 win over the Indians. Hoiles connects in the 3rd and 8th innings.
» The Indians best the Tigers, 12-1, in the 15,000th game in franchise history. The Tigers are the only other American League team to have played as many contests.
The Twins trade 1B Greg Colbrunn to the Braves in exchange for a player to be named.
» The Red Sox clip the Blue Jays, 8–6, on a 4-run 9th inning. Jacob Brumfield has a pair of homers for the Jays and Otis Nixon swipes four bases.
Marlins' OF Andre Dawson, in his 21st major league season, announces he will retire at the end of the year.
Giants infielder Shawon Dunston is operated on and will miss the remainder of the season. Dunston suffered a head injury on August four in a collision with Astro SS Ricky Gutierrez.
The Braves bring up Andruw Jones. He is believed to be the first player since Phils pitcher Pat Combs in 1989 to start a season in A ball, play in AA, triple A, and the majors in the same season.
» The Red Sox trade OF Wes Chamberlain to the Royals in exchange for OF Chris James.
» Atlanta OF Lonnie Smith gets five hits, and drives home six runs, in the Braves’ 15-0 whitewashing of the Pirates. Brian Hunter and Otis Nixon each have four hits. Tommy Glavine coasts to his 18th win and his league leading fifth shutout. Starter Zane Smith allows four runs in a third of an inning to lose.
» California's Dave Winfield slugs the 400th home run of his career, becoming the 23rd player in history to reach the milestone, in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. The blow comes off Minnesota southpaw Dave West.
Jeff Reardon of the Red Sox and Lee Smith of the Cardinals both reach the 30-save level for the 6th consecutive season, tying the major league record. Reardon notches his in a 2-1 win over Cleveland, while Smith saves St. Louis' 5-4 victory over the Mets.
San Diego's Fred McGriff hits a grand slam for the 2nd game in a row, tying a major league mark. He is the 12th player—but just the 3rd National Leaguer—to perform the feat, with Babe Ruth the only one to do so twice. His blast brings home all San Diego's runs in a 4-1 win over the Astros.
Seattle's Randy Johnson tosses a 1-hitter against the Oakland A's, losing the no-hitter in the 9th inning when Mike Gallego singles. He records his 11th win of the year with the 4-0 victory.
Atlanta's Tom Glavine (18–3) leaves after seven innings and Randy St. Claire and Mike Stanton mop up a 15–0 whitewash over Pittsburgh. Lonnie Smith has five hits and Brian Hunter and Otis Nixon four apiece for the Braves. St. Claire, in his 2nd year with Atlanta, along with his father Ebba, is the first father-son pair to play for the Braves.
» California posts a 9–5 win over the Yankees with the winning margin coming on an inside-the-park grand slam by Luis Polonia. Yankee RF Jesse Barfield misses a shoe string catch and his leisurely pursuit of the ball allows Polonia to score. Jim Abbott is the winner. Barfield will misplay another drive into an 4-run IPHR in two weeks.
» Detroit pounds Boston 18–6 at Fenway Park to end the Red Sox' American League-record home winning streak at 24 games, two shy of the major-league record held by the 1916 Giants. Roger Clemens gives up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings as the temperature hits 97 degrees.
» Oakland's Mark McGwire slugs his 39th home run of the season, off Don Sutton in the 6th inning, in a 12-inning 7–6 win over California, breaking the major-league record for rookies shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson. McGwire will finish the season with a whopping 49 homers.
» Against the Giants, Reds player-manager Pete Rose is 3-for-4 as the Reds win, 2–0.
» Atlanta snaps an 11-game losing streak with a 6–5 win over the Padres and moves back within 1 1/2 games of first-place Los Angeles in the National League West. Atlanta had held first place since April 27th before the streak.
» Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career home run off Mike Scott as Philadelphia beats the Mets 8–4.
Mariners OF Jeff Burroughs hits three home runs in a 13–3 win over the Twins, giving Seattle a split of a doubleheader.
» The Astros Joaquin Andujar hurls a 4-hitter, and hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer, to defeat the Expos 2–1.
» The Yankees collect 15 hits, including homers by Rivers and Nettles, to swamp the Angels. 15–3. Dick Tidrow allows just two hits in six innings for the win.
Yaz leads the Red Sox to an 11–1 pasting of Seattle by collecting his 506th career double. This moves Yaz past Babe Ruth on the all time list. Boston has now defeated Seattle 10 straight times.
After taking the opener, 12–5, the Indians light up Milwaukee's Bill Travers for 18 hits and 14 runs to win, 14–5. It will be 21 years before another pitcher—Mike Oquist on August 3, 1998 versus the Yankees—allows 14 runs.
» The Orioles sweep two from the White Sox, 8–6 and 6–5. The O's are paced by grand slams off the bats of Reggie Jackson and Lee May.
» The Reds George Foster continues his hot hitting, collecting five RBIs in a 6–1 win over the visiting Pirates.
» Don Baylor is 5-for-5 to lead the Orioles to a 1210 win over Texas. Baylor has nine hits in his last two games.
» In Atlanta, Johnny Bench drives in five runs on a home run, double and single, to lead the Reds to a 12–2 win over the Braves.
» Before 30,678 Pittsburgh fans, Cardinals ace Bob Gibson, 35, hurls the first no-hitter of his career, an 11–0 shellacking of the Pirates. The Cards make it easy for Gibson by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Gibson walks three and strikes out 10, and paces the offensive with three RBIs. Gibson said after the game, "This was the greatest game I've ever pitched anywhere." The win, Gibson's 48th career shutout, improves his record to 11–10 and moves St. Louis to just five games behind the first-place Pirates.
The Braves purchase infielder Tony LaRussa from the Oakland A's.
» For a record-tying 4th time, Cesar Tovar has the Twins only hit, a single. This time Washington's Dick Bosman is the pitcher, winning 1–0.
» In a 3–2 win over the White Sox, the Yankees Horace Clarke triples with two on in the 9th, then scores the winning run on a passed ball. Wilbur Wood takes the loss while Jack Aker is the winner.
» Montreal officially becomes a member of the National League.
» Despite a 2–1 loss to the Twins, the Angels are within 11/2 games of first place.
After whipping the Mets eight straight times, Jim Bunning finally loses to the New Yorkers. The Mets beat Philadelphia 8–3.
» Art Shamsky hits his 4th consecutive home run, tying the ML record, but the Reds lose again to the Pirates 4–2. Shamsky did not play yesterday, and did not come in today until the 7th inning when his 2-run homer puts the Reds up, 2–1. The homer streak will end tomorrow in Los Angeles, when he delivers a pinch single against Bob Miller.
The Yanks sweep two from the Indians, winning the nitecap, 6–4. The Indians help in the 2nd game by making six errors in one inning, one short of the record. Mickey Mantle helps with a homer, off lefty Jack Kralick, but he'll sit the next 12 days after reinjuring his knee.
» Bo Belinsky is suspended by the Angels after attacking sportswriter Braven Dyer. Four days later Belinsky is assigned to Hawaii (Pacific Coast League), then suspended for the season when he refuses to report.
» The Phillies lose their 17th straight game, 9–2 to the Cubs Dick Ellsworth. It is the 11th straight complete game pitched against Philadelphia.
At Memorial Stadium, the Cards Ernie Broglio allows just five Dodger hits in shutting out Los Angeles, 5–0. Don Drysdale takes the loss. For the Dodgers, this will be the start of a ten-game losing streak.
The Reds purchase Darrell Johnson from the Phils.
» The Pirates sweep a doubleheader from 2nd-place St. Louis to take a 6-game lead in the National League pennant race. Don Hoak's RBI single in the 11th inning gives Pittsburgh a 3–2 win in the nightcap, following a 9–4 win in the opener. The Cards Bill White connects for the cycle in the opener.
The Yankees lose a doubleheader to Washington and fall to 3rd place in the American League, a half game behind the Orioles and White Sox. P Camilo Pascual's grand slam is the difference in a 5–4 first-game win. In the 2nd, Mickey Mantle, believing there are two outs, jogs to 1B on a grounder to 3B. The Senators turn a DP, with New York's Roger Maris suffering bruised ribs trying to break it up at 2B. Maris will miss 18 games as a result. Mantle is heavily booed, and Casey Stengel replaces him with Bob Cerv. The clubs set a major-league record by using 17 pinch hitters—9 by the Yankees—in the doubleheader (more than 18 innings), while playing a major-league record 24 errorless innings.
» The Red Sox 1B Vic Wertz hits a pinch-hit grand slam off Ryne Duren of the Yanks to pace the 11–6 Boston win. Pete Runnels of the Red Sox walks twice in one inning to tie a ML record.
Reds teammates Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson go 5-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader as Cincinnati outlast the Phils 15–13. The Reds trail 11–3 after three innings, and score five in the 9th to win.
Vic Power steals home in the eighth inning and again in the 10th to give the Indians a 10-9 win over Detroit. Power becomes the first AL player since l927 to steal home twice in the same game. He will have only three steals all season.
Manager Birdie Tebbetts of the Reds resigns. Jimmy Dykes takes over as interim manager.
Cardinals manager Harry Walker pulls a shift by moving P Tom Poholsky to LF and bringing in lefty Luis Arroyo to face slugger Ted Kluszewski of the Redlegs. Big Klu foils the manager by homering. Cards rally to win anyway 5-4.
Dodgers slugger Duke Snider fans twice in the sixth inning of a game against the Giants, as the Dodgers hold on to a 6-5 victory.
The St. Louis Browns send Ned Garver to the Tigers for slugger Vic Wertz in a deal involving six other players.
» In a night game at the Polo Grounds—the last of 14 night games this year—the Giants righty George Spencer beats the Dodgers, 4–2. Erv Palica takes the loss, as the Giants jump on him early. Al Dark doubles and comes home on Don Mueller's homer. An out later, Whitey Lockman homers and Palica doesn't make the 2nd inning. The Dodgers score in the 8th on successive homers by Cox and Snider.
Ted Williams hits two home runs to take the American League lead, and the Red Sox pull off a triple play to beat the A's, 7–4. With his 25th home run, Ted reaches 100 RBIs.
» NL President Ford Frick reproaches Giant Eddie Stanky and bans his tactics, disallowing the Giants’ protest. He also fines Andy Seminick and Bill Rigney for the incident.
The Reds plate 11 runs in the third inning as they beat the host Pirates, 13–8.
Before 60,120, the Indians turn back the Tigers, 3–2, in 10 innings, and reduce Detroit's first-place advantage to two 1/2 games. Al Rosen had tied the game in the ninth with a 2-out HR. RF Bob Kennedy helps the Tribe's cause by starting a triple play from the outfield, recalling Tribe LF Charlie Jamieson's two triple plays of 1928.
» Rookie George Vico drives in seven runs to pace the Tigers to a 10–3 win over the Browns. Vico is one better than a cycle, collecting two doubles, a triple and homer to back Virgil Trucks' sparkling one-hit relief effort over 6+ innings.
» Cleveland's Lou Boudreau suffers a broken right ankle in a collision at 2B with Dolf Camilli, but the Tribe beats the Red Sox, 3–0 behind Jim Bagby's 3-hitter.
Giants rookie Sal Maglie makes his first ML start, beating the Reds, 5–2. It is Cincy's 11th straight loss. They'll lose a pair tomorrow before winning.
» The Yankees turn a ML-record seven DPs in an 11–2 win over the Athletics. Bill Dickey guns down two runners following third strikes, three are started by the DP combo of Rizzuto and Gordon, reliever Johnny Murphy triggers another, and 3B Red Rolfe initiates one. The seven DPs give the Yankees 150 on the year; they'll finish with 190, just missing the (since surpassed) ML mark they set last season of 194.
» Cleveland's Al Smith pitches a one hitter in beating the White Sox for his 13th victory. A 3rd inning single is the only safety.
Tigers P Eldon Auker hits two HRs while beating the Browns. Detroit wins 16-1 and 207 and scores an AL record 36 runs in the doubleheader to move into 2nd place, 10 games behind the Yankees.
The largest midweek crowd in NL history, 50,868, sees the Giants and Cards split at the Polo Grounds.
Schoolboy Rowe beats the Senators 18-2 and also goes 5-for-5 at the plate. His hits include a double and a triple, and he scores three and knocks in 3.
The Deans are suspended by the Cards and Dizzy is charged for two uniforms he tore up -- the second for the benefit of the photographers.
The largest weekday crowd in history watches as the Tigers sweep a pair at Yankee Stadium. It is the Tigers' 14th straight; Schoolboy Rowe has won 13 in succession. The next day the Yankees will end
the Tiger streak.
Jimmie Foxx hits for the cycle and drives in nine runs to break the AL record, as the A's beat the Indians 11-5. A record eight players will hit for the cycle this year.
John Quinn, at 49, becomes the oldest P to win a ML game. He relieves Van Mungo in the ninth with the game between Brooklyn and New York tied at 1-1. The Dodgers win in the 10th after Johnny Frederick hits a pinch-hit HR off Carl Hubbell in the ninth to tie. It is Frederick's fourth pinch-hit HR of the year, for a new major-league record. He will have six by the season's end.
Cardinals rookie Dizzy Dean fans six Cubs in a row, one less than the record, and wins 2-1 in the 10th.
» Wes Ferrell of Cleveland breezes to a 15–0 win over the league-leading A's for his 20th win.
The Cubs top the faltering Dodgers, 5–1, as Pat Malone picks up the victory.
» It is Charlie Gehringer Day in Detroit, and the popular 2B handles 10 chances in the field, hits three singles and a home run, and steals home in a 17–13 win over the Yankees.
The Pirates reduce the idle Cubs lead by a game by defeating the Pirates, 1–0, behind lefty Petty. Jones allows just three hits and the Pirates score without the aid of a hit.
» Lizzie Murphy of the Providence all-stars, plays 1B for an AL all-star team in an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox, making her the first female to play for a major-league team. Other all-stars are Chick Shorten, Tillie Walker, Frank Bruggy, Bootnose Hoffman, Jim Bagby, Nick Altrock, and Donnie Bush. The all-stars win 3–2 when Doc Johnson triples home Pep Young in the 10th. The proceeds benefit the family of former Sox player and manager Tommy McCarthy. The future Hall of Famer passed away August 5.
» The Browns open their home stand with a 7–5 win over Detroit. George Sisler continues his hot hitting, going 4-for-4.
Babe Ruth hits No. 17, the first of seven HRs in 12 days, which will include his 4th grand slam, an
AL record until 1959. The Yankees overcome Muddy Ruel's hitting into a triple play and beat the Tigers in 15 innings 5-4.
Chicago White Sox CF Happy Felsch ties the major-league record with four OF assists in one game, but Boston beats the White Sox 15-6.
The Dodgers waste no time in splitting a pair with the Cubs, losing 2-0 in an hour and 10 minutes, then winning 1-0 in one hour and seven minutes.
» The Giants and the Brooklyn Robins split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds,. New York's Ferdie Schupp takes the opener, 5–4, and ex-Giant Rube Marquard wins the 2nd game for Brooklyn, 3–1. A highlight of the nitecap is a fight between Brooklyn Casey Stengel and Giant SS Art Fletcher.
» In a Monday doubleheader in Philadelphia, 17,000 fans cheer as the Phils sweep the Giants, winning 9–0 and 7–4. Grover Cleveland Alexander applies the whitewash in the opener and Eppa Rixey wins the nitecap.
» In the first matchup of Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, the Babe comes away the winner, 4–3. He also goes 2-for-3 and scores a Boston run in the come from behind victory. Ruth is hitting .370, 2nd in the American League behind Ty Cobb.
» The Braves pound another 11 hits, off Jeff Tesreau, and the Braves beat the Giants, 7–3. Bill James is the winner with help from Connolly, who belts a homer, double, and single.
» William H. Locke, who bought the 2nd-place Phils earlier this year, dies. His cousin William Baker will succeed him.
At the Polo Grounds, the Pirates broadside Christy Mathewson for eight hits and eight runs in just three innings. Honus Wagner goes 4-for-5 on the afternoon with two hits off Matty: one a single and the other a 3-run homer. The only time the Giants get Hans out is when a pitch hits his bat as he tries to get out of way and the ball rolls fair. The Giants make a game of it, but lose 8–6.
» The Pirates score an unearned run in the 10th to beat Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Phils, 2–1. It is Pete's first loss to Pittsburgh.
Tris Speaker runs his hit streak to 20 straight games, lining a hit in game one of today's twinbill with the Browns. This is Speaker's 3rd long streak of the season; earlier he had streaks of 20 games and 30 games, the only player in history to do so. In the nitecap, Smoky Joe Wood wins his 25th, beating the Browns, 8–0. He allows four hits and strikes out 9.
In game one against Vean Gregg, Stuffy McInnis has two inside-the-park home runs to pace the A's to an 8–3 win over Cleveland. Philadelphia takes the nitecap, 2–0.
» Rube Marquard bests young Pete Alexander, 3–2, in 12 innings. Rube strikes out 13 Quakers to give New York the victory.
» Chicago pitcher's Ed Reulbach's 14-game winning streak is stopped by the Giants 5-2. New York has now won nine in a row, but Chicago will stop that tomorrow.
» The National's Walter Johnson hurls a 1-0 victory over the White Sox, allowing just two hits, the first a 9th inning single by Sox P Doc White.
» In Detroit, Cy Young picks up his 20th win as Boston wins, 6-3.
» Little Tommy Leach of Pittsburgh, never considered a long-ball threat, hits two HRs over the fence at Boston. He will close out the season with only 6, but it is enough to give him sole leadership of the NL, which totals only 99. Leach's leading number is the lowest since Paul Hines hit four in a 60-game schedule in 1878.