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July 18th

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1882 Louisville hurler Tony Mullane, without wearing a fielder's glove, pitches with both arms in an American Association game against the Orioles. The natural right-hander's ambidextrous efforts are to little avail when the home team defeats the Eclipse at Baltimore's Newington Park.
1891 In a North Dakota Red River Valley League contest, the Fargo Red Stockings and Grand Forks Black Stockings each use one pitcher when they play to a 25-inning, 0-0 tie at the State Militia Training Grounds in Devils Lake, a neutral site selected to attract more fans. The umpire abruptly ends the longest scoreless game in history, a four-hour and ten-minute nightcap of a twin bill, after the bottom of the 25th to allow the players to catch a train.
1907 Al Orth becomes the first pitcher to win 100 games in both the American and National League, tossing a two-hitter to beat future Hall of Famer Ed Walsh, who also throws a complete game, in the Highlanders' 4-0 victory over the White Sox at Chicago's South Side Park. The 34 year-old New York right-hander, known as the Curveless Wonder, broke in with the Phillies where he won precisely 100 games during his seven seasons the club, before jumping to the Junior Circuit in 1902, signing with the Washington Senators, along with many of his Philadephia teammates.
1921 At Navin Field in Detroit, Babe Ruth becomes the all-time home run leader when he hits his 139th career blast as a major leaguer. The Yankee slugger's 36th homer of the season, a mammoth shot that travels over 500 feet, puts him ahead of Roger Connor, who connected for 138 round-trippers during his 18 years in the National League.
1927 Ty Cobb becomes the first major leaguer to collect 4,000 career hits. The 40 year-old A's outfielder reaches the milestone with a first-inning double off Sam Gibson in Philadelphia's 5-3 loss to the Tigers at Shibe Park.
1935 The Cardinals extend their winning streak to 14 games, beating Boston, 13-3, behind the five-hitter tossed by Paul Dean, and the offensive output of Burgess Whitehead and Ripper Collins, who each collect four hits in the Redbirds' 18-hit barrage at Sportsman's Park. The fourteen victories mark the longest stretch of games without a loss in franchise history.
1939 The Red Sox send 21 year-old farmhand Pee Wee Reese to the Dodgers for $35,000 and a player to be named later (Red Evans), along with three minor leaguers due to a less-than-enthusiastic scouting report filed by Joe Cronin, the team's current player-manager, who deliberately downplayed the prospect's talent to keep his own job in the Boston infield. The Louisville Colonels regular shortstop, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite, helping Brooklyn to win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.
1947 The Yankees' American League record-tying nineteen-game winning streak, which began on June 29, comes to an end when Detroit right-hander Fred Hutchinson blanks New York, 8-0, at Briggs Stadium. The Bronx Bombers will run away with the Junior Circuit flag, after compiling 31 victories during a span of 34 games.
1948 Pat Seerey hits four home runs in the White Sox's 12-11 extra-inning victory over the A's. The Chicago outfielder's homer in the top of the eleventh inning proves to be the difference in the Shibe Park contest.
1948 After the first two Cubs get on base in the bottom of the ninth inning at Wrigley Field, Phillies rookie right-hander Robin Roberts appears to pitch out of trouble by getting the next two batters out. The 21 year-old hurler and future Hall of Famer, however, proceeds to hit the next two consecutive batters, Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko, with a pitch, giving Chicago a 3-2 walk-off victory.
1949 Jackie Robinson testifies in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, reading a carefully worded statement put together with the help of Dodger GM Branch Rickey. The Brooklyn second baseman's statement makes it clear he disagrees with singer and actor Paul Robeson's belief that American Negroes would refuse to fight in any war against Russia due to the country's racial discrimination toward blacks.
1952 The Cardinals, trailing 11-0 after three innings against Sal Maglie, pull off a major comeback, defeating the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 14-12. The rally equals the largest come-from-behind win in National League history.
1954 In the fifth inning at Sportsman's Park, Babe Pinelli forfeits the second game of the twin bill to the visiting Phillies. The umpire makes the rare call when the Cardinals, trailing 8-1 in the not-yet-official contest and darkness approaching, delay the game by bringing in three new pitchers during the inning.
1961 In consecutive doubleheaders played at Busch Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Bill White ties Ty Cobb's 49 year-old record by collecting 14 hits in four games when he goes 3-for-4 in both games of the sweep over the Cubs. The future NL president started the streak, ironically, on the day the Georgia Peach died, going 8-for-10 in yesterday's twin bill, also against Chicago. (entry inspired by a question asked by J. Stevens)
1962 For the first time in major league history, teammates hit grand slams in the same inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew both go deep with the bases full in the first frame at Metropolitan Stadium. The remarkable round-trippers contribute to the 11-run inning, a team record, in the 14-3 rout of the Indians.
1964 At Crosley Field, Pete Rose blasts a grand slam, a fifth-inning shot off Dallas Green in the Reds' 14-3 rout of Philadelphia. The round-tripper will be 'Charlie Hustle's' only bases-loaded home run among his major league record 4,256 hits.

Giants outfielder Willie Mays, in his 2,639th major league game, singles off of Expos right-hander Mike Wegener for his 3000th hit. The 'Say Hey Kid' reaches the milestone in the second inning of San Francisco's 10-1 rout of Montreal at Candlestick Park.

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1972 Denny Doyle's RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning spoils San Diego starter Steve Arlin's bid for a no-hitter. The Philadelphia second baseman advances to second on a balk by the right-hander, scoring on Tim Hutton's single, but the 26 year-old gets Greg Luzinski to fly out to center, preserving the Padres' 5-1 victory at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1976 After Boston drops eight of its last 11 games, the fifth-place Red Sox (41-45) fire Darrell Johnson, replacing their manager, who led the team to the American League pennant last season, with third-base coach Don Zimmer. Although last year's AL's champs, posting a mediocre 41-45 record and trailing the division-leading Yankees by 13 games, climbed above the .500 mark earlier in the month, they couldn't overcome their poor start, when they lost 15 of their first 21 decisions.
1980 The Mets play their 3,000th game in franchise history, dropping an 8-3 decision in the nightcap of a twin bill sweep by Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium. The Amazins have compiled a 1300-1694 (.434) record along with six ties since playing their first game in 1962.
1983 The first-place Phillies, with an unimpressive 43-42 record, fire manager Pat Corrales and replace him with the team's general manager, Paul Owens. The 'Pope' will lead the 'Wheeze Kids' to the National League pennant.
1986 The Royals announce manager Dick Howser, who led the team to the World Championship last season, will miss the rest of the campaign to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. The Kansas City skipper, who will attempt a comeback during spring training, will lose his courageous battle against cancer in June.
1986 Jack Morris throws his third consecutive complete-game shutout, limiting Texas to two hits in Detroit's 5-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. The 31 year-old right-hander's scoreless streak, which spans 31 innings, will end in the first frame of his next start.
1987 With his home run leading off the top of the fourth inning off Jose Guzman in the Yankees' 7-2 loss to Texas at Arlington Stadium, Don Mattingly ties Dale Long's 1956 major-league record by homering in eight consecutive games. Ken Griffey Jr. will equal the mark in 1993 with the Mariners.
1988 In 2 1/3 innings, Mariners hurler Gene Walter balks four times in a 12-3 loss to Detroit. The southpaw becomes the third American League pitcher to tie the major league record this season.
1990 The Red Sox and Twins establish an American League record when the teams turn ten double plays at Fenway Park. After completing two triple plays in yesterday's contest, Minnesota completes six of the double killings in their 5-4 loss to Boston
1993 The Braves trade Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore, and Donnie Elliott to the Padres to acquire Fred McGriff, who will help spark the team to a 51-19 record en route to the NL East Division title. None of the prospects sent to San Diego will prove to have a significant impact on their new organization.
1994 Trailing 11-0 after the first three innings, the Astros pull off a major comeback to defeat the Cardinals. Houston's 11-run frame in the sixth inning puts the team ahead for good in the 15-12 victory at the Astrodome.
1994 After four ceiling tiles drop nearly 180 feet into the stands behind home plate, officials close the Kingdome in Seattle. Due to the mishap, the Mariners embark on a 22-day road trip, which will be cut short by the players' strike.
1995 Lee Smith becomes the third hurler in major league history to give up two game-ending grand slams in the same season when Albert Belle goes yard, giving the Indians a dramatic 7-5 victory over the Angels at Jacobs Field. At the end of last month, the 37 year-old closer yielded a walk-off four-run round-tripper to A's slugger Mark McGwire.
1998 With two outs, the Red Sox hit four homers in the fourth inning to become the first American League team to accomplish this feat with two down. Donnie Sadler, Darren Lewis, Nomar Garciaparra, and Mo Vaughn all go deep for Boston in the 9-4 victory over the Tigers.
1998 The late Ted Kluszewski, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Reds Hall of Fame since 1962, has his #18 retired by the club. The left-handed slugger's nine-foot replica jersey, unlike the others on the Cinergy Field wall, is depicted sleeveless because the first baseman would need to cut off the sleeves to make his massive upper arms fit into the tight flannel shirts the team wore.
1999 On Yogi Berra Day at Yankee Stadium, David Cone becomes the 16th pitcher in major league history and the third Yankee to toss a perfect game when he beats the Expos, 6-0. In pregame ceremonies, Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Yogi, commemorating his 1956 World Series perfect game.

2000 Johnny Damon collects a career-high five hits in Kansas City's 12-4 rout of the Cubs. The Royals outfielder's Kauffman Stadium performance includes four doubles, tying a major league mark.
2000 Hitting four doubles in a game, which has occurred only 37 times in the last century, is accomplished twice today. In a 12-4 drubbing of the Cubs, Royals leadoff hitter Johnny Damon accomplishes the rare feat, as does Shannon Stewart of the Blue Jays in an 11-7 loss to the Mets at the Skydome.
2001 The commissioner's office announces pitch counts, and pitch-count averages will not be used ''as measures of umpire performance''. The baseball's reversal is in response to the grievance filed by the World Umpires Association, who believed the proposed criteria for evaluation was an attempt to get the umps to reduce the number of pitches in a game by inducing them to call strikes on pitches that weren't strikes.
2001 The game between the Diamondbacks and Padres is halted at the end of the second inning after a Qualcomm Stadium transformer catches fire, causing a whole section of spotlights above centerfield to explode. The suspended game will resume the tomorrow.
2001 Detroit's Roger Cedeno collects four extra-base hits, including a double, triple, and two home runs. The outfielder's offensive output enables the Tigers to defeat the Yankees, 12-4, in Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park.
2006 After signing a one-day contract with the Kansas City T-Bones and being 'traded' during the game to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 94 year-old Buck O'Neil walks twice, once for each team, in the Northern League All-Star Game to become the oldest man ever to make a plate appearance in a professional baseball game. The former Negro League star surpasses 83 year-old Jim Eriotes, who struck out playing for the Sioux Falls Canaries earlier in the month but doesn't break the mark of Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, who threw one pitch in 1999 for the Schaumburg Flyers at the age of 96.
2006 With a 14-5 victory over the Cardinals, the Braves become the first team since the 1930 Yankees to score ten or more runs in five consecutive games. During the streak, which includes two 15-run victories, Atlanta has tallied 65 runs.

2006 Jason Varitek, calling a 1-0 pitching gem thrown by rookie southpaw Jon Lester, establishes a new team record, catching his 991st game with the Red Sox. The Boston captain surpasses the record previously held by Hall of Fame backstop Carlton Fisk (1969-80).
2008 Recently released Richie Sexson signs with the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers are hoping the former Mariners' first baseman, who has the lowest batting average in the major leagues, hitting just .218 overall but .344 against lefties, can add a potent bat when the club faces southpaws.
2008 In the last concert hosted at Shea Stadium, Billy Joel gets a little help from his friends as Paul McCartney joins him on stage and sings "I Saw Her Standing There," to a tremendous ovation from the sold-out crowd of 55,000 stunned fans. 'Sir Paul' tells the crowd the Beatles had a 'blast' playing at Shea that night in 1965, the year after the Mets home ballpark opened.

2009 In the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, ground is broken for the Marlins' long-awaited retractable-roof ballpark, scheduled to be completed by Opening Day 2012. The ceremony, attended by about 5,000 fans, includes Charlie Hough throwing a ceremonial pitch to Benito Santiago, the battery who threw and caught the first pitch in franchise history in 1993.

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