In the first game of a doubleheader, A's pitcher Weldon Henley no-hits the Browns, 6-0. During his four-year big league career, the Georgia native will compile a 32-43 won-loss record.
Without a single assist registered by his Cincinnati teammates, Bob Ewing beats the Phillies, 10-3. 'Long Bob' will post a stellar 2.38 ERA this season, but he will finish the season with a 13-14 record for the sixth-place Reds.
Ty Cobb steals three bases in one inning when the first-place Tigers beat the Red Sox, 6-0. The thievery takes place at Boston's Huntington Avenue Grounds.
In a game against the Superbas (Dodgers), Slim Sallee becomes the first pitcher in Cardinal history to steal home. In the third inning, the Redbird southpaw scores the first run in St. Louis's 3-1 victory over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field.
At League Park, the Indians complete a 31-game homestand in which every American League team pays a visit. After a slow start, the Tribe finishes with a 16-15 record during their month at home.
At Cleveland's Dunn Field,
Walter Johnson fans the Tribe's Stan Coveleski to become the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters. The Senator legend's milestone will not be reached again until Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson accomplishes the feat in 1974.
With the help of four triples, the Reds score 11 runs in the second inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Braves. Curt Walker ties a National League record for most triples in an inning by hitting two in the frame.
On a very warm and humid day at Long Island's Mitchell Field with the media well represented, Babe Ruth, wearing an Army uniform, catches the last of seven baseballs dropped from a plane, being piloted by Captain Harold McClelland that is traveling 100 mph at a height of about 250 to 300 feet above the ground. The publicity stunt was arranged by Major Benjamin Foulois to bring more attention to the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and the Citizens Military Training Camp.
The Red Sox end a game for the second consecutive day with Wes Ferrell hitting a walk-off home run. As a pinch-hitter yesterday, his round-tripper beat the Tigers, 7-6, and today, as a starter, his game-ending homer gives Boston a 2-1 victory against the Browns.
Dick Wakefield becomes baseball's first 'bonus baby' when he signs with the Tigers for $52,000 and a new car. The University of Michigan standout will get one hit in seven at-bats (.143) this season.
In an attempt to put more pop in the lineup, Yankee skipper Casey Stengel shifts Mickey Mantle to shortstop from center field in the top of the ninth inning. The move works when the 'Commerce Comet' hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth, giving the Yankees a 4-3 victory over Chicago.
Floyd Robinson goes 6-for-6, helping the White Sox defeat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 7-3. All of the Chicago outfielder's hits are singles.
During a twin bill with the Reds at Crosley Field, the Mets manage to have four runners thrown out trying to score at home plate. The new National League expansion team from New York loses both games, 11-4 and 4-3, en route to a record-setting 120 defeats this season.
Clay Dalrymple breaks up Giants hurler Gaylord Perry's no-hitter with an eighth inning single. It’s the second time the Phillies’ catcher has spoiled a no-hit bid in the eighth inning at Candlestick Park, as he collected the only hit in Juan Marichal’s debut in 1960.
The Mets left fielder learns he is a new dad when the Dodger Stadium scoreboard relays the message, "Congratulations, Ron Swoboda. Your new son is born tomorrow morning". Cecilia Swoboda gave birth to Chipper, the couple's first child, at 1:05 a.m. eastern standard time, making it the next day on the West Coast.
Using five pitchers in the same inning, the Braves establish a major league mark for the number of hurlers called upon in one frame. Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley, and Cecil Upshaw all face the batters in the ninth inning of the team's 5-4 defeat to St. Louis in 13 innings at Busch Stadium.
The All-Star game, for the first time since its inception in 1939, is rained out due to the soggy conditions at RFK Stadium caused by a torrential rain storm that pelted the nation's capital during the day. The postponement of the 40th Midsummer Classic, which will be played tomorrow at 12:45 pm, is a disappointment to President Nixon, who had been scheduled throw the ceremonial first pitch, but will be leaving Washington to greet the returning Apollo 11 crew, scheduled to splash somewhere in the Pacific Ocean during the next twenty-four hours after their historic trip to the moon.
The Reds' shortstop Dave Concepcion will miss the rest of the season due to a broken ankle. The All-Star infielder hits .287 in the 89 games he plays for the eventual National League Western Division winners.
Angels' outfielder Brian Downing's American League record consecutive errorless streak ends at 244 games when he misplays Chet Lemon's line drive in a 13-11 loss to the Tigers. The 'Incredible Hulk' will never win a Gold Glove during his 20 years in the major leagues.
Due to a series of maneuvers by Mets' manager Davey Johnson and the late-game ejections of Darryl Strawberry, Ray Knight, and Kevin Mitchell (the latter two as a result of a bench-clearing brawl precipitated by Knight when he decks pinch-runner Eric Davis at third base), the team runs out of position players. The shortage of regulars leads to some interesting juggling by the New York skipper when catcher Gary Carter plays third base and a pair of relievers shift between the mound and a corner outfield position, with righty Roger McDowell playing left field when Jesse Orosco pitches to lefties and the southpaw hurler moving to right field when McDowell comes in from the outfield to face right-handed batters, with Mookie Wilson moving from corner to corner as needed.
At Comiskey Park, Harold Baines surpasses Bill Melton to become the White Sox's all-time leading home run hitter when he goes deep off Mike Boddicker during the third inning of a 10-5 loss to Baltimore. The 28 year-old Chicago DH/OF has hit 155 home runs in his eight seasons with the Pale Hose.
Giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium, the Braves lose to the Pirates, 8-7, to fall ten games behind the division-leading Giants. In a remarkable turn-around, after the All-Star break Atlanta will post a 54-19 record, finishing with 104 victories, and will win the National League West historic race on the last day of the season by a single game.
Cleanup batter Manny Ramirez, who is listed as the designated hitter in the lineup posted by Indians' manager Mike Hargrove, plays defensive in the top of the first inning, mistakenly taking Alex Ramirez's position in right field. The gaffe will result in the Tribe losing the use of a DH during their 4-3 loss to Toronto at Jacobs Field.
The Ranger-Mariner game is delayed by rain due to Safeco Field's retractable roof failing to close. The contest is continued after 54 minutes, giving the roof time to overcome its electrical problem and providing the grounds keepers an opportunity to dry the field.
Although the Los Angeles Times has reported MLB players had tentatively set a strike date of September 16, union leader Donald Fehr, through a memo sent to players, indicates no such decision has been made. It would be baseball's ninth work stoppage since 1972.
Over 20,000 Red Sox fans gather at Fenway for a tribute entitled, "Ted Williams: A Celebration of an American Hero." The two hour salute of the man many considered to be the greatest hitter in baseball history, a vet of World War II and the Korean War and a generous supporter of the Jimmy Fund, in addition to moving music and video, includes comments from present and former Red Sox players and broadcasters, historian Ken Burns, and former U.S. Senator John Glenn, who was Ted's wing man during the Korean War.
Washington Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen, armed with a measuring tape and the help of a few teammates, checks the distance from home plate to the fences at Washington’s RFK Stadium and finds inaccuracies. The club had brought in a surveyor earlier in the day and as a result of the findings moved the green pads with the "380" markings closer to the respective foul lines to be more accurate.
Yhency Brazoban records his 18th save when he works a perfect ninth inning as the Dodgers beat the Mets, 6-5. The Los Angeles freshman, who is filling in for injured closer Eric Gagne, breaks Steve Howe’s club rookie record for saves established in 1980.
Tulsa Drillers’ first base coach Mike Coolbaugh is killed instantly when struck in the head by a line drive in the top of the ninth inning at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, home of the minor league Arkansas Travelers. The 35 year-old dad, who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two small sons, becomes the second on-the-field fatality in professional baseball history.
Devil Rays’ right-hander Shawn Camp yields nine hits in his in 1.1 innings of relief during the 21-4 rout by the Yankees. The 34 year-old Tampa Bay reliever allows three home runs to the 13 batters he faces at the Bronx ballpark.
Barry Larkin, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Reds, is inducted into the Hall of Fame. The former 12-time All-Star shortstop, a lifetime a .295 hitter, won the Gold Glove Award three times and is a nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
After hitting a first-inning triple in the Angels' 7-4 victory over Texas, Mike Trout comes home on an Albert Pujols ground-rule double, setting a team and an American League rookie record by scoring a run in his 14th consecutive game. The 20 year-old left fielder surpasses the freshman mark shared by Jake Powell (1935, Senators) and Don Lenhardt (1950, Browns) and also eclipses the franchise record established by Jim Edmonds in 1995.
The A's, after tying the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth, complete their sweep of New York with a 5-4 walk-off victory in the 12th inning at The Coliseum. It marks the first time in Yankees history that the Bronx Bombers have been swept in a four-game series while losing all four by one run.
Ron Santo, who died at the end of 2010 disappointed about not being selected for Cooperstown, is inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. In tribute of the team's former third baseman and beloved broadcaster, the Cubs click their heels as they jumped over the third-base line to begin the bottom of the first inning during their game in St. Louis, invoking the memory of the Chicago infielder's signature move after a victory.
The Rangers trade three prospects, third baseman Mike Olt, pitchers C.J. Edwards, and Justin Grimm, to the Cubs for Matt Garza, a player the team has attempted to land for the past two seasons. The deal also includes the Cubs receiving a player to be named later, most likely Neil Ramirez if his shoulder is sound, or two other minor-leaguers if the right-hander is still injured.
Chase Headley, obtained by the Yankees less than 12 hours ago, hits a single in the 14th inning, giving the Bombers a 2-1 walk-off victory over Texas in the Bronx. New York acquired their new third baseman earlier in the day when they traded minor league pitching prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte to the Padres, with the team also receiving $1 million from San Diego to pay part of the $4 million still owed to the infielder this season.