» Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are rained out in Cooperstown, NY. The ceremony will be conducted the following day at a local high school.
» The Reds pound the Giants' new pitcher Steve Carlton for 7 runs in 313 innings to win 11-6. Carlton records his 4,000th strikeout to join Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to reach that plateau. The Giants will release Carlton on the 7th and he will join the White Sox.
» Darryl Strawberry belts 3 home runs to lead the Mets to a 7-2 win over the Cubs and vault the Mets into first place in the NL East.
» Toronto's Cliff Johnson hits his 19th career pinch home run, breaking the ML record of 18 he had shared with Jerry Lynch. Johnson's 8th-inning blast gives the Blue Jays a 4-3 win over the Orioles.
Frank Robinson, who had led his club to a 42-64 record, is fired as manager of the Giants and will be replaced Danny Ozark.
» AL president Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees manager Billy Martin for the 2nd time this season because of continuing abuse of umpires. Martin is suspended for 2 games for calling umpire Dale Ford "a stone liar" after a July 31st game with the White Sox. He earned a 3-game suspension earlier this year for kicking dirt on umpire Drew Coble.
» Expos manager Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game 11-5 over the Mets at Olympic Stadium. He is 3rd in wins among active managers behind Gene Mauch and Earl Weaver.
» The Phillies beat the Pirates 12-8 in the first game of a doubleheader. Philadelphia's Greg Luzinski and Pittsburgh's John Milner each hit a grand slam, and Rose collects his 2,427th career single to break Honus Wagner's NL record.
The Red Sox demolish the Brewers in a doubleheader 7-2 and 19-5. The Sox amass 27 hits in the 2nd game.
Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
» The first 8 Phillies hit safely in a game against Bill Bonham and the Cubs, setting a ML record.
» The Pirates win at Montreal, but lose 3B Jose Pagan when his arm is fractured by a pitch. He will return to be a WS hero.
» Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro no-hits the Padres 9-0 and improves his record to 11-4.
» During a 4-3 win over Cleveland, Detroit SS Ed Brinkman commits an error; this ending his ML-record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue.
» Consecutive HRs by Dave Marshall, Ron Hunt, and Bobby Bonds highlight the first of 2 San Francisco wins at Philadelphia. The Giants win game 2 5-3 to regain first place in the NL West by one-half game.
Pirate Willie Stargell hits the first HR completely out of Dodger Stadium. The 512-foot blast comes in an 11-3 Pittsburgh rout of Los Angeles.
» Ford Frick tells the league presidents and club owners he will not run for another term as commissioner.
The Senators lose 7-3, their 18th loss in a row, before Tex Clevenger shuts out the Indians in the nitecap 9-0.
McCovey hits 2 HRs and Mays another as the Giants whip the Braves Bob Buhl 4-1 to move into first place.
The Brooklyn Sports Authority gets an engineering report on a 50,000-seat stadium in the downtown area. It will cost an estimated $20.7 million, including the land site. Indications are that there will be trouble finding a market for the bond issue.
After playing 274 straight games at 2B, Nellie Fox is given a day off by White Sox manager Marty Marion. Fox will come back the next day and play in 798 consecutive games.
Ben Flowers of the Red Sox shuts out the Browns 5-0 in his first ML start.
Bobby Shantz of the Athletics wins his 20th game.
Danny Menendez, the owner of the Toledo Mud Hens, is indicted and charged with cheating 3 fans out of $1,700 worth of tickets after he failed to keep his promise of keeping the team in Ohio until the end of the season. Menendez moved them to Charleston, WV, midway through the season, where they became the Charleston Senators, and kept the proceeds from 38,000 extra seat sales.
Jim Hearn gives up a leadoff single to Bob Dillinger, then throttles the Pirates the rest of the way for a 5-0 win at the Polo Grounds.
» Dodger Gene Hermanski hits 3 successive HRs to help Brooklyn beat the Cubs 6-4.
» Mickey Owen quits his Mexican League team. He and Luis Olmo ask Commissioner Chandler for reinstatement 3 days later.
» Forty-year-old Browns P Fred "Cactus" Johnson wins his first ML game since 1923. He won 252 minor leagues games in his career.
» In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox, Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics, and AL President Heydler fines managers Cronin and McCarthy $100 each.
» While 3 teammates stand watching, a fly ball by Foxx drops for a double, the only hit given up by Lefty Gomez in the 3-1 win by the Yankees over the A's.
» Browns OF Sammy West equals the ML record with 4 extra-base hits in a 12-inning, 10-9 win over the White Sox. He hits one double, 2 triples, and a HR.
» Detroit P Tommy Bridges has a brush with baseball immortality when he retires the first 26 Washington Senators to face him, before surrendering a hit to pinch hitter Dave Harris. The Tigers win the game 13-0.
» For the 2nd time in his career, Jim Bottomley has 6 hits in 6 at bats, as the Cards defeat Pittsburgh 16-2.
The Cubs edge the Reds 3-2 at Wrigley Field when Leo Durocher boots a ground ball hit by Kiki Cuyler. It ends a string of 251 errorless chances in 53 games for Durocher.
» Cards RF Jack Smith charges in for a short fly ball and keeps on running, tagging 1B to double up the base runner before he can get back, for a rare unassisted double play.
Lefty Dickie Kerr, on the injured list since 1921, is reinstated and tries a comeback with the White Sox. He'll start twice, lose once, and after 10 relief chores, quit for good.
» Against the Browns, Ruth again bats righthanded. After the Babe hits his 26th and 27th HRs off of Ray Kolp, relief P Elam Vangilder takes no chances with Ruth and walks him intentionally in the 11th and again in the 13th inning. Ruth bats righty against Vangilder. Bob Meusel's single wins the game 9-8.
» The first radio broadcast of a ML game is heard over KDKA in Pittsburgh. The Pirates-Phils game is announced by Harold Arlin. The Pirates score 3 runs in the 8th inning, beating the Phils 8-5. Arlin, who broadcast the first football game between Pittsburgh and West Virginia, is the grandfather of future San Diego Padre Steve Arlin.
» Cubs manager Frank Chance suspends Joe Tinker and fines him $150 for indifferent play. He is reinstated the next day.
» The Nationals' Otis Clymer and Jim Delahanty draw indefinite suspensions for abusing umpire Silk O'Loughlin in Cleveland. Delahanty, a Cleveland native, is later fined $50 and barred from the Cleveland ballpark for one year for his unbecoming conduct.
» Highlanders 1B Hal Chase has a record 38 putouts in a doubleheader versus the Browns.
At Pittsburgh, umpire Bauswine forfeits a game to the Pirates with the score tied in the 9th when the Giants argue too long over a call at 3B. Two days later, Honus Wagner is fined $40 and suspended 3 days later for throwing a ball at the ump.
Duff Cooley gets half of the Athletics' 10 hits and 3 of their 5 runs to lead them to a 5-4, 12-inning win over New York.
With Anson at bat in the 6th, a fire breaks out in the grandstand of the West Side Grounds. Hundreds are injured as the 10,000 fans stampede, tearing down barbed wire fencing that had been put up to prevent the 25-cent bleacher fans from mobbing the umpire. The game is called with Chicago winning 8-1.
Brooklyn unveils its new cleanup hitter--5 foot 4 inches Willie Keeler--in a game against Boston. Despite hitting .313 in this role for his new team, Keeler is released to the Binghamton, NY, team of the Eastern League on August 26th.
Substituting in LF, Jack Stivetts breaks up a scoreless tie with a 2-run HR for Boston in the 11th to beat Brooklyn.
The Athletics hold a Sunday game at Gloucester, NJ, across the river from Philadelphia, beating the Cowboys 6-0. Gloucester will be the site of 30 AA games through the 1890 season.
Richmond--a midseason replacement for Washington--makes its AA debut with a 14-0 home loss to the Athletics. The Virginias will finish with a .286 record, some 96 percentage points better than Washington.
The ML debut of Chicago (NL) deaf-mute P Thomas Lynch goes well until the 8th, when his arm gives out. When the umpire refuses to allow Lynch to leave the game, Lynch switches positions with Cap Anson, who proceeds to surrender 5 runs and lose the game to Cleveland 8-5. Lynch, the 2nd deaf-mute in ML history, will never play another game.