» The NL beats the AL 6-1 at Minnesota's Metrodome for its 13th win in the last 14 All-Star Games. San Diego's LaMarr Hoyt allows one unearned run in 3 innings and is named MVP.
» Despite much speculation that he is simply malingering, the Astros place star pitcher J. R. Richard on the 21-day disabled list with a mystery arm problem. The 6 foot 8 inch righthander is 10-4 with a 1.89 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 114 innings, but has removed himself from 10 games this year complaining of fatigue and a "dead arm." On July 23rd, Richard will check into a hospital for a series of physical and psychological tests to determine the cause of his "erratic" behavior.
The California Supreme Court rules that Ted Giannoulas, better known as the man inside the San Diego Chicken suit, can appear publicly in chicken suits similar to the one that brought him fame, but not bearing the call letters of San Diego's KGB radio station. The station had fired Giannoulas when he began appearing publicly in the suit without permission, and claimed it had all rights to the costume, which was first used as a promotional device in 1975.
» Tulsa's Dave Righetti strikes out 21 Midland batters in 9 innings to set a Texas League record. A Tulsa reliever loses the game 4-2 in extra innings.
» Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is reelected for a 7-year term.
» Vida Blue boosts his record to 18-3 with a one-hit 4-0 victory over Detroit.
» The Reds spoil the Pirates debut in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium 3-2. Cincinnati's Tony Perez hits the park's first homer, offsetting a later one by hometown Willie Stargell.
» Rod Carew steals home for the 7th time, as the AL-West leading Twins sweep a twin bill, winning 9-8 and 6-3 from the White Sox. Carew ties Pete Reiser's record for steals of home in a season.
» Cleveland's Jose Cardenal becomes the 4th OF in ML history with 2 unassisted DPs in one season to help the Tribe to a 2-1 win over the Angels.
» Steve Barber regains first place for the Orioles with a successful 6-1 outing against the Yankees and Jim Bouton.
P Jack Harshman of the Orioles hits 2 HRs in a 6-5 win against the Sox in the nitecap of a doubleheader.
A group headed by Fred Knorr and John Fetzer buys the Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium for a record $5.5 million.
The Browns tie a record with 3 successive HRs--by Clint Courtney, Dick Kryhoski, and Jim Dyck--in the first inning. Their 5 bases-empty HRs in 3 innings establishes a new mark. It's enough to beat the Yankees 8-6.
Walt Dropo gets 2 more hits, giving him 15 in 4 games, which ties the AL record.
The ML players connect for 37 HRs today for a new record.
» The Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 when, with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 9th inning, rookie Robin Roberts hits Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko on the back with successive pitches.
There are 3 managerial changes in one day. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies, and Eddie Sawyer gets the job. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back Burt Shotton. At the end of the season, Bucky Harris of the Yankees, Ted Lyons of the White Sox, and Steve O'Neill of the Tigers will be released.
» The Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against the Braves to win 8-5 and break their 16-game losing streak. They will lose another 5 in a row.
» Bees All-Star SS Eddie Miller collides with teammate OF Al Simmons and fractures a bone in his ankle. He will be out for the season.
» Red Lucas of the Reds pitches a 15-inning 1-0 win over Roy Parmelee and the Giants in the opener of a doubleheader.
» Giants 1B George Kelly hits his 7th HR and becomes the first to hit HRs in 6 consecutive games. He will finish with 21.
» At age 63, Arthur Irwin, pioneer player, manager, and executive who began in the NL in 1880, jumps to his death from a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
» The Pirates' Earl Hamilton runs out of steam after pitching 16 scoreless innings against the Giants, and loses 7-0 in 17.
» Detroit and Washington play the longest scoreless game in AL history--18 innings. Ed Summers pitches the complete game, holding the Nationals to 7 hits. The Nationals' 30-year-old rookie, Bill "Dolly" Gray, allows only one hit before leaving with an injury in the 9th.
» Ed Walsh sets another fielding record for pitchers, handling 12 assists and 3 putouts in a 13-inning game.
A game is played under electric lights at the Clyde Park in San Antonio, TX. Dallas wins the exhibition 10-5.
Owner outrage at player ineptitude is vividly expressed by Washington's president J. Earl Wagner. His Senators, en route to a not-so-bad 7th place, are denounced as "dunghills and quitters."
The Louisville Colonels purchase the contract of Honus Wagner, the Atlantic League's star fielder and batter.
After the Louisville Colonels score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to gain a 7-7 tie with New York, the Giants complain that the rally was illegally aided by suspicious calls by the umpire. New York refuses to take the field in the 10th inning, and the Colonels are awarded a 9-0 forfeit victory.
Cincinnati beats Baltimore 5-0 for its 11th straight win. The streak has moved the Reds into first place.
After Louisville falls into last place in the AA, a Louisville Courier-Journal headline asks that someone "Give Them a Commercial Name to Advertise Something Outside the City." This headline reflects the relationship between baseball and business in the 19th-century city.