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1925 Lou Gehrig's four-run home run is the difference in the Yankees' 11-7 victory over the Senators. The New York first baseman's bases-full homer is the first of a record 23 grand slams he will hit during his 17-year career in the Bronx.
1925 In a Class C Western Association minor league game against the Topeka Jayhawks, Paul Richards of the Muskogee Chiefs is summoned from his shortstop position to pitch. The future major league player and manager throws with both hands during his brief appearance on the mound, including an unusual confrontation with a switch-hitter, that briefly results in both the pitcher and the batter continually swapping hands and batter's boxes respectively, until the ambidextrous hurler becomes a left-hander and right-hander on alternate pitches, regardless of where the batter places himself.
1930 Pirates third baseman Pie Traynor hits game-winning homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The future Hall Famer's ninth inning home run wins the opener and he ends the nightcap when he connects in the 13th.
1939 Using yellow dyed balls, the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-2 at Sportsman's Park. The experimenting with use of the color sphere, which is designed to make the ball easier to see for the players and the fans, started in Brooklyn last week and will be tested once more, in a September game played at Wrigley Field.
1939 In a 16-3 Tigers rout at Briggs Stadium, A's catcher Harry O'Neill appears in his only major league game. In 1945, the 22-year old backstop will die in combat on Iwo Jima becoming one of only two big leaguers to be killed in World War II.
1941 Although Lou Boudreau is usually credited for implementing the shift on pull-hitter Ted Williams, White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes becomes the first to employ the defensive alignment against the Red Sox outfielder, who foils the plan when he goes 2-for-5, including a double, in Boston's 10-4 loss to the Pale Hose at Fenway Park. The Chicago skipper will abandon the strategy when 'the Kid' collects four hits in ten at bats in the two-game series.
1944 In the eighth inning of the second game of a doubleheader with the bases loaded, Giants manager Mel Ott orders for Bill Nicholson, who has hit four home runs in the twin bill, to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded by his pitcher Andy Hansen. The free pass to 'Swish' doesn't work when the Cubs score three runs to tie the game.
1960 During an 8-3 loss to the Senators, A's outfielder Whitey Herzog hits into a triple play as his line drive is snagged on the mound by Pedro Ramos‚ who tosses it to first baseman Julio Becquer to double up the runner‚ and the third out of the play is made by relaying the ball to shortstop Jose Valdivielso getting the runner at second base. It is the first all Cuban triple play in major league history.
1960 Jimmy Piersall is ejected for the sixth time this season after ignoring the home plate umpire's warning to stop running around the outfield with his arms raised during Ted Williams’ plate appearance. The Indians’ center fielder, who charges the umpire after being tossed from the game and has to be restrained by teammates, was guilty of trying to distract the batter from the field which is forbidden by the rule book.
1962 Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining the Dodger infielder in the Cooperstown ceremony are fireballer Bob Feller, veteran manager Bill McKechnie, and outfielder Edd Roush.
1964 Kansas City's Bert Campaneris homers off Twins' Jim Kaat on the first major league pitch he ever sees. The A's rookie shortstop homers again in the seventh knotting the score with a two-run round-tripper in the team's eventual 4-3 victory in 11 innings at Metropolitan Stadium.
1965 In a 5-1 win over the Mets, Phillies' first baseman Dick Stuart homers at Shea Stadium becoming the first player to have gone deep in 23 major league ballparks.
1969 At Washington's RFK Stadium, the National League scores early and often to coast to an easy 9-3 victory over the AL in the 40th All-Star game. Cardinals' right-hander Steve Carlton, the starting and winning pitcher, hits a double in the third inning off Blue Moon Odom to become the last hurler to get an extra-base hit in a Mid-Summer Classic contest.
1974 At Three Rivers Stadium, Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey, a write-in All-Star starter, singles and doubles to help the National League beat the Junior circuit, 7-2. Mike Schmidt, also a write-in, plays in his first Midsummer Classic thanks to radio intern Howard Eskin's on-air campaign which urged Phillies fans to stuff the ballot box for their young third baseman.
1974 In a surprise statement released after the All-Star game played in Pittsburgh, Hank Aaron, who had indicated on many occasions that he had no interest in the position, let it be known he would accept a Braves' offer to manage the team "simply because there are no blacks managers in baseball." The superstar's comments create an awkward situation the next day when Atlanta announces it has hired Clyde King to replace Eddie Mathews, who was fired three days ago.
1975 At Three Rivers Stadium, Frank Taveras is picked off first base in an unusual play. After getting a big lead, to get a good jump on a sac bunt, the Pirates shortstop is picked off when the catcher throws the ball to first base with the Phillies right fielder Jay Johnstone covering the base to complete the 2-9 play.

1976 Tying an American League record, Orioles outfielder Reggie Jackson hits a home run in six consecutive games. The round tripper does not help when the Birds bow to the Brewers in Baltimore, 4-3.
1976 Joining Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron, Sadaharu Oh becomes the third professional to hit 700 home runs. The 33-year old Yomiuri Giants' slugger, who will finish his career with his 868 career homers, is the first player to accomplish the feat in Japan.
1985 Oddibe McDowell becomes the first Ranger player to hit for the cycle. His seventh inning home run completes the unique event, but the center fielder adds another round tripper in the following frame when Texas beats the Indians at Arlington Stadium, 8-4.
2000 Joining his grandfather and his father, Reds' third baseman Mike Bell becomes part of the first three-generation family to play for the same team. Gus played for Cincinnati from 1953 to 1961 and his son spent the 1987-88 seasons in the Queen City.
2000 The Astros hit four homers in one inning off Cardinal hurler Andy Benes, tying the major league record for round-trippers allowed by one pitcher in a single frame. The second inning uprising helps Houston set a team record for homers in one inning and ties a team record with six big flies for the game.
2000 After rejecting a trade to the Mets, Reds' All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin agrees to a three-year, $27 million contract extension that will keep him Cincinnati until 2003.
2000 The Big Red Machine rolls into Cooperstown delivering first baseman Tony Perez, manager Sparky Anderson and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with 1975 Red Sox World Series rival Carlton Fisk. Also enshrined are 19th century Cincinnati second baseman Bid McPhee and Negro League star 'Turkey' Stearnes.
2002 Celebrating his 29th birthday by hitting three homers in Boston's 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays, Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record becoming the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games. It was the Red Sox shortstop's second three-homer game, having accomplished the feat against the Mariners on May 10, 1999.
2002 Nomar Garciaparra establishes the record for consecutive home runs in the shortest time in terms of innings. In a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays at Fenway Park, the Red Sox shortstop homers three times in two frames - two two-run homers in the second and a grand slam in the third.
2005 At SBC Park, uniform number 36 is added to the second deck of the left field bleachers joining nine others as the Giants honor Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer, who won 134 of his 314 career victories with San Francisco, remembers his 37-year old son, Jack, who died last month of complications from leukemia.
2006 In a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field, Francisco Liriano and four Twins relievers establish a club record with 17 strikeouts in a nine inning game. The Minnesota starter reached double-digit whiffs (10) for the third time this season with Pat Neshek, Dennys Reyes, Juan Rincon and Joe Nathan adding seven more punch outs over the last four innings.
2006 Adrián Beltré hits the first inside-the-park home run in the eight-year history of Safeco Field. The eighth-inning blast to centerfield comes off Mike Timlin in the Mariners' 9-8 victory over Boston.
2008 In a slugfest at Angel Stadium, Los Angeles collects a season-high 19 hits beating the Indians, 14-11. The hit parade is lead by Howie Kendrick (4), Jeff Mathis (4), and Casey Kotchman (5), making it the first time in franchise history three different players have had four or more hits in the same game.
2009 Thanks to a spectacular grab of Gabe Kapler's bid for a leadoff home run in the ninth inning by defensive replacement DeWayne Wise, Mark Buehrle tosses the 18th perfect game in major league history, a 5-0 gem over the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. The 30-year-old southpaw, who received a congratulatory call from President Obama, a big White Sox fan, becomes the second pitcher in franchise history to throw two hitless game for the team, matching Frank Smith's accomplishment when the right-hander did it against the 1905 Tigers and the 1908 A's.
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2010 With a bases-empty homer in the first, a ground-rule double in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth, and a single in the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks' 7-4 loss to San Francisco at Chase Field, Kelly Johnson becomes the fourth player in franchise history to complete a cycle. The Arizona second baseman joins Luis Gonzalez (2000), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Stephen Drew (2008) to accomplish the feat with the D-Backs.
2011 For the first time in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Mets compile a 50-50 won-loss record after playing one hundred games. New York achieves the dubious distinction when they lose in Florida, 8-5.
2011 The Mariners tie the 1992 franchise record for consecutive defeats by losing to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 3-1. Seattle's 14th straight loss results in Boston's skipper Terry Francona's 1,000th win as a major league manager.
2013 Wearing their home whites and batting in the bottom of the innings, the Reds drop a 5-3 decision to the Giants in the second game of twin bill at San Francisco's AT&T Park, the make-up game of a washout of a July Fourth contest that could not be rescheduled to be played Cincinnati. The Reds would have been the first team in major league history to produce a walkoff win on the road had they come back from their two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth.

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