Charlton's Baseball Chronology
In a game marked by 37 hits, the White Sox defeat the Orioles by score of 13-11. Jim Thome scores 4 runs, and A.J. Pierzynski goes 5-for-5, including a HR, for Chicago. Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada each have 4 hits for the O’s.
The Red Sox down the Rangers 14-7 as Bill Mueller becomes the 1st player in history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in the same game. Mueller hits one from the right side in the 7th inning and from the left side an inning later. He also hits a solo HR in the 3rd to give him 3 HRs and 9 RBIs on the day.
The Reds send P Scott Williamson to the Red Sox for minor league P Phil Dumatrait a player to be named and cash in excess of $1 million which is more than the amount allowable. The Yankees protest to Selig in vain.
Thirteen NL umpires lose their jobs as the resignations they tendered on July 14 are accepted.
After 16 straight starts without a win Devil Rays' pitcher Tony Saunders gives up just 5 hits in 6 2/3 inning in a 6-0 win over Oakland. He'll end the year at 6-15.
The Rangers ship Ken Hill 16-10 last year to the Angels for C Jim Leyritz and a player to be named. Hill struggled to a 5-8 record this season. Leyritz is insurance in case the Rangers can't sign Ivan Rodriguez but they will ink Pudge in 2 days to a 5-year deal worth $42 million.
The Mariners and Randy Johnson knuckle under to Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox 4-0. Mo Vaughn's 2-run homer is the big blow for Boston. July 29 1997: Jay Buhner leaps and falls over the 5-foot wall in right field at Fenway Park snagging a ball hit by Scott Hatteberg. He lands in the Red Sox bullpen. "It was the kind of play outfielders always dream about" Buhner said.
Pedro Martinez strikes out 13 Rockies including Andres Galarraga 4 times in Montreal's 3-0 win. Martinez gives up just 3 hits in going all the way.
Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda announces his retirement. Lasorda who underwent an angioplasty earlier this year after suffering a heart attack will become a team vice president. Bill Russell is named manager.
In the Reds 2-1 loss to the Astros Reds IF Chris Sabo shatters his bat in the 2nd inning strewing pieces of cork over the field. He'll be suspended for 7 games for using a corked bat.
The Indians trade 2B Carlos Baerga and IF Alvaro Espinoza to the Mets in exchange for 3B Jeff Kent and SS Jose Vizcaino. Baerga a former All-Star is last in hitting and fielding among AL second basemen.
At Kauffman Stadium the Royals top the Tigers 5-4 on Jon Nunnally's HR in the 16th inning KC's first extra-base hit in the game following 21 singles including 5 by OF Vince Coleman. The AL record is 26 set by the Brewers in 1992. Nine players hit in the 9th slot including winning P Hipolito Pichardo who bats twice and pitches 5 hitless innings. He is the 1st Royals' pitcher to go to the plate since Mark Littell in 1977 though IF David Howard who tossed 2 innings in '94 batted while pitching. Four relievers hold the Tigers hitless over the last 9.2 innings.
Toronto defeats Oakland in an 18-11 slugfest at the SkyDome. A's P John Briscoe allows 2 runs in the 6th inning without letting a ball leave the infield. He allows an IF hit a walk a hit batsman another walk and another hit batsman.
Star P Osvaldo Fernandez of the Cuban national team defects as his team plays Team USA in Millington Tennessee.
Reds P Tom Browning is arrested for possession of marijuana.
The Phils complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals beating them 6-4 and now lead the NL East by 7 games.
During a game at Yankee Stadium Oakland OF Jose Canseco is bombarded with assorted objects by unruly fans. Included among the objects are an inflatable doll a transistor radio and a head of cabbage. Oakland escapes with a 10-8 victory and Canseco strokes a double in 4 at bats.
At Detroit the Red Sox bang out 12 doubles setting an AL record in a 13-3 win over the Tigers. Boggs has 3 while Naehring Jody Reed and Burks each have 2. Harris wins easily. The previous AL record was 11 set on July 14 1934 by Detroit against New York. The 12 two-baggers will be tied in 1996 by Cleveland.
Oakland's formidable Rickey Henderson has no official at bats but scores 4 times on 4 walks and garners 5 stolen bases. It's all for naught as the Mariners swamp Oakland 14-6. Randy Johnson is the winner.
In the Cubs' 8-3 win over the Kevin Gross and the host Phillies Rick Sutcliffe swipes home the first pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home. It comes on the front end of a double steal with Mitch Webster when the pitcher fakes a throw to 3B and throws to first where Jordan makes an error. Sutcliffe is the first Cubs pitcher to steal home since Hippo Vaughn in 1919.
The first two Phillies batters-Juan Samuel and Von Hayes-greet Montreal's Bill Gullickson with home runs. Hayes adds another homer and the Phils win on a 2-run pinch homer by John Matuszek in the 9th 6-4.
Oakland's Mike Morgan wins his first ML game beating Seattle 2-1 on 3 hits. Morgan's record is now 1-9. Bannister is the hard-luck loser allowing 4 hits and no earned runs.
At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees pummel the Twins, 7-3 before 46,711 fans on hand for Oldtimers Day. Announcer Bob Sheppard tells the crowd that Bob Lemon will be the manager through 1979, then become GM."...and," Sheppard intones, "the manager in 1980 and hopefully for many seasons to come after that will be number one. . . Billy Martin." As it happens, it won't take that long. Martin will again take the helm of the Yankees during the 1979 season only to get fired again.
Phil Niekro picks up his 10th win of the year beating the Pirates 5-3 for the Braves. But he has to strike out 4 Bucs in the 6th inning to do it. He strikes out Dave Parker and Bill Robinson but after Al Oliver doubles Rennie Stennett whiffs and reaches 1st when the ball eludes the catcher. Omar Moreno then makes the 4th K in the inning.
Detroit hits 4 HRs in the first inning in an 8-2 win over the Indians. Al Kaline Bill Freehan and Mickey Stanley hit consecutive HRs off Fritz Peterson and Ed Brinkman adds another though not consecutive off Steve Kline.
Brooks Robinson hits a 2-out HR in the 11th to give Baltimore a 4-3 win over the Indians. Duffy hit his 1st ML HR for the Tribe and John Lowenstein hit a HR in the 9th to briefly give the Indians the lead.
The Reds George Culver overcomes an upset stomach and an ingrown toenail to pitch a no-hitter against the Phillies winning 6-1. A 2-base error ground out and sac fly give the Phils a run in the 2nd.
At Fenway the Twins and Red Sox split a doubleheader. Boston wins the opener 6-3 with the decision going to John Wyatt. In the nitecap. Boomer Scott thrills the crowd with an inside-the-park homer but Oliva Killebrew Allison (2) and Uhlaender all hit HRs for the Twins. Jim Perry wins 10-3.
The Yankees edge the White Sox 2-1 on Mantle's 14th homer in 24 games. Mick moves ahead of Gehrig into 6th place on the homer list with the blast.
Chicago's Joel Horlen flirts with a no-hitter against the Senators going 8 /13 innings before giving up a bouncing single up the middle to Chuck Hinton. One out later Don Lock keys a 2-1 Washington win with a home run.
Don Drysdale pushes his record to 19-4 as he completes a three-game Dodger sweep over the Giants winning 111. Howard has a HR and 3 singles to drive home 5 runs. Willie Mays accounts for the only Giants run with a HR. Los Angeles now leads the Giants by 4 games.
Larry Doby drives in 8 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the White Sox over Boston 11-2 and 6-3. Billy Pierce wins his ML-high 16th in the lidlifter when Doby drives in 5 runs with a pair of homers. Walt Dropo also drives in 5 runs. Reliever Paul LaPalme wins the nitecap.
In Chicago the first place Yankees having lost 6 of their last 7 games look like they'll lose another as the White Sox build a 7-0 lead through 6 innings behind Billy Pierce. New York scores 3 in the 7th to cut the lead then score 3 in the 9th off Harry Dorish. Dorish loads the bases for Mantle who goes downtown with his 2nd grand slam in three days. Reynolds then shuts out the Sox to give New York a 10-6 win.
Before a Stadium crowd of 70972 the Yankees sweep the White Sox 8-3 and 2-0. DiMaggio powers two homers off Lew Kretlow in the opener and ex-Sox Bob Kuzava outduels Saul Rogovin to win the nitecap. With yesterday's game rained out the Sox are now 6 1?2 out of first place.
In game 1 at Cincinnati Willie Mays steals the first of 338 bases. Then P Willie Ramsdell picks him off 2B. But the Giants win 3-1 behind Sal Maglie. New York takes the nitecap as well 6-4 as Irvin (2) and Mays both swipe bases.
Against the visiting Phillies Cubs player-manager Phil Cavarretta earns his money by driving home 3 runs in a first game win 5-4 snapping the Cubs 10-game home losing streak. His triple in the 6th off Robin Roberts ends the Cubs' scoreless inning skein of 31 innings and the consecutive scoreless innings by Phils pitchers at 41. Cavarretta takes the bench in game 2 but inserts himself as a pinch hitter in the 7th when Roberts relieves and hits a pinch grand slam home run as the Cubs sweep winning the nitecap 8-6. The nitecap loss goes to Bubba Church who put 2 runners on before giving way to Roberts. It is Church's 1st and only career loss to Chicago after 8 straight wins.
In Boston Big Bill Voiselle pitches the first-place Braves to a 2-1 win over the Pirates and collects his 5th hit of the year. Voiselle raises his average to .097 average a point higher than his uniform number. Voiselle has the highest uniform number ever in the majors in honor of his North Carolina home town of Ninety Six.
The Giants win their 3rd straight shutout stopping the Reds 5-0 behind Dave Koslo. Jansen and Hartung threw the other two shutouts. Walker Cooper's grand slam off Ken Raffensberger is the big blow.
The Red Sox rout the Tigers 8-1 behind Jack Kramer's 10th straight win. Billy Goodman's grand slam along with homers by Kramer and Bobby Doerr pace the attack. The victory extends the Red Sox AL-lead to a half-game over the idle A's.
After failing as a pinch hitter in the opening 2-1 loss to Walt Masterson Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon hits his first home run off Washington's Early Wynn a future teammate in an 8-4 nitecap loss. Lemon will hit another 36 to finish one behind former Indian Wes Ferrell on the homer list for pitchers.
Needing 2 hits to reach 2000 Boston's Bob Johnson collects 4 to lead the Red Sox to an 8-4 win over the Senators.
Van Lingle Mungo makes his debut in a Giants uniform but gets poor support and loses to the Cubs 4-2. Mungo gives up 7 hits in 7 innings in losing to Hi Bithorn. Mungo leaves after giving up Bill Nicholson's 10th homer. Dick Bartell and Babe Young homer in the nitecap a 3-1 win for Dick Lohrman.
Outhit by the Cards 9 to 6 the Dodgers win 4-3 behind Whit Wyatt at Ebbets Field. Mort Cooper is the loser dropping the Cards eight games behind the Dodgers The game ends at 9:14 the first major league contest to be stopped because of the Army's dim-out rule. There is one out in the home half of the 7th when the game is stopped.
The Pirates use 21 players and rally for 6 runs in the 9th but still lose to Brooklyn 7-6.
Athletics owner Connie Mack says the team is considering a proposal to do spring training in Mexico City next year instead of Ft. Myers FL. They will go back to Florida.
Cleveland's Wes Ferrell shuts out Washington 6-0 scattering 10 hits as the Senators leave a record tying 15 runners on base. It's only been done once before on May 22 1913 but it will eventually be matched and in 1994 finally topped.
Cleveland hands the Tigers a four-run lead then roars back to win 14-7. Four walks plus three hits off Guy Cantrell gives the Indians 7 runs in the 2nd inning. In the inning Earl Averill hits his 10th homer and a double. Reliever Milt Shoffner pitches 7 1/3 innings for the win.
Ruth contributes a pair of singles and a walk but Gehrig supplies the big blows in New York's 12-3 win over the host A's. After Ruth opens the 4th with a single Gehrig hits his 30th homer into left-center field. In the 5th Babe walks and Gehrig triples to center; a Ruth single in the 7th is followed by a Gehrig smash over the RF wall. Lou adds a double in the 2nd and his 6 RBIs make it easy for Henry Johnson to pick up the win. Gehrig's hitting moves him into the AL lead at .390 as Al Simmons (.386) is hitless.
The lively ball is threatening the popularity of the National pastime in the opinion of the majority of major and minor league baseball managers and officials polled by the United News (as noted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette). Ten major league managers favor a return to the dead ball four like the present ball one doesn't care what kind of ball is used and another failed to express an opinion. John P. McGraw and Wilbert Robinson are the leaders of the group who would return to the dead ball. Miller Huggins steadfastly sticks by the lively ball but admits it might aid the game to help the pitcher. "We've got to play this game the ways the fans want it played" Huggins said. "They build the stadiums and they pay the Ruths and Gehrigs. And they like the home runs. "President E.B. Barnard of the American League thinks the lively ball is being exaggerated as a menace to baseball while President John Heydler of the National League maintains that there is no difference in the baseballs used in the senior circuit during the past 10 years.
The Indians score 8 in the first and 9 in the 2nd in a 24-6 romp over the Yankees at Cleveland. George Pipgras takes a quick loss allowing 5 hits and getting no outs in the first. Johnny Hodapp of the Indians becomes the first AL player to get 2 hits in an inning twice in a game when he strokes a pair of singles in both the 2nd and 6th innings. Hodapp and Joe Sewell each have 5 of the Tribes' 27 hits as Joe Shaute coasts home with the win. The 24 runs is the most ever scored against the Yankees. The Yankees' lead shrinks from 11 1?2 games to 6 in one week.
Keep the ball down right? The A's infield and batter combine for 21 assists called a major league record but still lose to the Tigers 4-3.
The Browns host the Red Sox and beat them 4-1 behind Urban Shocker. However both George Sisler and C Hank Sevreid are injured the latter with a split finger on a foul tip. Sisler is spiked in the 4th.
John McGraw buys OF Irish Meusel who is hitting .353 but has been suspended by the Phillies for lackadaisical play. McGraw gives up 3 bench warmers and $30000. The Giants take 3 from the Reds and go into the NL lead for the first time. They will fall back by 7 games before coming on with a rush in September.
In defiance of Ban Johnson's order that no action be taken until Carl Mays is returned to good standing Boston owner Harry Frazee trades Mays to the Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw Allan Russell an unnamed third player to be chosen and a reported $20000 (The New York Times lists $40000).
The Yankees chase White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte with 12 hits in 5 innings and roll to a 10-0 win. Hank Thormahlen allows 6 hits in the white wash. Frank Baker has 4 hits including 2 doubles and a triple and Roger Peckinpaugh adds 3 hits.
In the 9th inning with two out Detroit P Dutch Leonard walks Braggo Roth to pitch to Babe Ruth who already has hit 2 doubles off him. The two had had an argument in early June at Fenway. The Babe then hits his 9th homer of the month and his 16th of the year a new AL record. Despite the homer Detroit tops the Red Sox 10-8.
Pitching for the 7th place Browns Dave Davenport throws two complete game wins over the first place Yankees winning 3-1 and 3-2 over Ray Caldwell and Reb Russell. This singular effort will not be matched against the Yankees though Boston's Don McMahon will beat them twice in relief. The Red Sox losers of two to the Tigers today remain in 2nd place a half-game behind New York.
At 41 Honus Wagner becomes the oldest player in this century to hit a grand slam when he connects in Pittsburgh in the drizzling rain. It is inside the park against Jeff Pfeffer of Brooklyn in an 8-2 win. The record will stand until Tony Perez hits a grand slam on May 13 1985 one day short of his 43rd birthday. Pfeffer is also caught off 1B when RF Hinchman nabs a Myer's line drive and makes an unassisted DP.
Walter Johnson wins his own game with a 10th inning drive to deep CF with a man on and 2 out to beat Cleveland 2-1. Johnson struck out his first 3 times up.
Ernie Koob of Kalamazoo College pitches the Browns to a 5-1 win over the A's.
In Kansas City Brookfed pitcher Dan Marion fires a 4-0 shutout. KC's George Stovall and Lee Magee watch from the stands after their altercation with umpire Corcoran. The runin will also cause the postponement Saturday of "George Stovall Day" celebrations.
Boston NL pitcher Pat Ragan wins 2 games today beating the Reds twice 10-5 and 7-6. In game 1 he is lifted after 4 innings with a lead but is givien credit for the victory. He goes the distance in the 2nd game.
For the first time a NL team loses a game because of the rule that holds runners in place when a batted ball hits an umpire. A double by the Giants' Buck Herzog drives in 2 runs but the ball hits umpire Garner Bush and the runs do not count. New York loses 4-3 to the Cubs.
Red Sox fireballer Joe Wood hurls a 5-0 no-hitter against the Browns. He walks 2 and hits one batter.
In his last appearance for Cleveland Cy Young pitches just 3 innings and gives up 5 runs in a 7-1 loss to Washington. After this game Cleveland will waive the veteran (3-4) to the Boston Rustlers (NL).
White Sox OF Patsy Dougherty breaks up Detroit's Ed Summers' no-hitter but the Tigers edge the Sox 1-0 on the one-hitter. It is the 4th time in his 10-year career the .284-hitting Patsy has ruined a no-hitter.
The A's Jack Coombs shuts out the Senators 4-0 for his 10th win in July tying the post-1993 ML record set by Rube Waddell in 1902 for most wins in a month (as noted by Brian Rash). Nine are complete games and one is a win in relief on July 11.
NL president Harry Pulliam despondent over his inability to handle the problems and controversies of the league dies after shooting himself in his room at the New York Athletic Club yesterday. Pulliam had been suffering from a nervous breakdown.
Mathewson defeats the Cardinals again beating Harry Sallee 1-0. Sallee allows 4 hits but the one run scores on an error and passed ball.
John McFarland of Helena (Arkansas State) loses his perfect game when the 27th batter refuses to bat resulting in a 9-0 forfeit.
At St. Louis the Giants edge the Cards 4-3 in 11 innings. New York blows a 2-0 lead in the 9th when Mathewson makes a wild throw to 1B. A triple by Cy Seymour sandwiched between 2 hits gives the Giants a pair of runs and Matty holds on to win.
Brooklyn's John Cronin outpitches Mathewson to beat the Giants 1-0. Brooklyn scores in the first inning when Matty walks two with two runners on base.
Pittsburgh's Ed Doheny (12-6) jumps the team to return home because he is convinced he is being followed by detectives. The Pittsburg Post headlines Doheny going AWOL with a headline: 'His Mind is Thought To Be Deranged.' He will return on the 15th of August.
Cy Young goes all the way as Boston loses to the Highlanders 15-14. The New Yorkers had been shut out in their two previous matches in the series. Patsy Dougherty leads the Boston offense by hitting for the cycle but Cy gets little defense as Boston makes 8 errors behind him. New York starter Jack Chesbro is lifted in the 6th for Harry Howell while Willie Keeler has 4 hits to lead the Highlander offense. The game lasts 2 hours: 10 minutes.
With all the NL teams in the East and no Sunday games allowed 100 players gather in New York City. Their demands are: release of players who are not going to be used rather than farming them out and players to share in the purchase price when they are sold. Says veteran Hughie Jennings "We are not out to fight the owners but to resolve injustices in the contracts."
Faced with a labor boycott in Cleveland the Spiders transfer their series against Baltimore to Philadelphia.
Baltimore appeals to the NL board of directors for its share of gate receipts for the July 25 game forfeited by New York. Baltimore feels a $1000 penalty should be instituted against New York.
Aggressive Bill Dahlen notorious umpire baiter is banished by freshman arbiter Tommy Connolly for "kicking." He and hot-tempered Cleveland manager Patsy Tebeau will lead the league in this category with 6 expulsions.
Philadelphia outscores Boston 7-4 in the 9th inning to earn a 12-10 decision.
Poor baserunning by the pitcher costs Baltimore dearly against St. Louis. In the opener Bert Cunningham is thrown out at home in the 9th inning as the Orioles lose 4-3. In the 2nd game of a doubleheader Matt Kilroy pitches a 7-inning no-hitter but has to settle for a 0-0 tie because he fails to touch 3B while scoring a run in the 3rd inning.
Boston wins a ten-inning 7-6 decision over Philadelphia (NL) but the Phils claim they are robbed by Mike Kelly. When Phillie slugger Sam Thompson hits a ball apparently over the fence in right field Kelly runs back and then fires a ball to the infield depriving Thompson of his homer. The Phils claim Kelly used a hidden ball trick but the umpire rules it is the game ball. Thompson does not score.
Young Willie McGill 15 years old pitching for Evansville (Central Indiana L) hurls a 3-0 no-hitter over Davenport.
For the second day in a row Baltimore is held to one hit in a 6-0 loss. Today it is Louisville's Tom "Toad" Ramsey doing the pitching and giving up a 1st inning single to leadoff hitter Pat O'Connell. The Orioles are the 2nd of 10 teams in history to get 2 hits in 2 games. Some accounts report this as a no-hitter: Reichler quotes the July 30 Baltimore Sun that "Ramsey the great left-handed pitcher of the Louisville Club had the Baltimore team completely at his mercy yesterday at the Huntingdon Avenue grounds. Not a single safe hit was scored against him during the game." The Louisville Courier also reports that "the official scorer of Baltimore did not give the home team a single hit."
In Philadelphia's (AA) 9-5 win over Baltimore Henry Larkin strokes a record tying 4 doubles.
Old Dickey Pearce is given a benefit in New York on the 25th anniversary of his joining the old Atlantic club. He'll use the proceeds to set himself up with a "wine saloon" in Brooklyn.
Rochester Hop Bitters manager Horace Phillips disappears with $400 of the club's money. He would later claim that he borrowed the money from owner A.S. Soule.
Billy Holbert succeeds Mike Dorgan as captain of the Stars but Syracuse still loses 13-4 to Boston.
Behind Cal McVey's 4 hits first-place Chicago eliminates Cincinnati from the pennant race. Hartford is in 2nd place 6 1/2 games back.
A questionable hit recorded by Charles Fulmer is all that George Bradley allows as St. Louis blanks Louisville 7-0.
In only the 5th championship match played anywhere since the "chicago" or shutout of the 13th the Atlantics give the visiting Reds all they can handle losing 17-12 in 11 innings.