Burt Hart punches John Haskell and will be banned for life as a result of his assault on the umpire. The Orioles' first baseman will play only a total of 58 games in his major league career.
Pittsburgh's radio station KDKA provides its listeners with the first-ever broadcast of a major league game. Harold Arlin, detailing the action in the Pirates' 8-5 victory over the Phillies at Forbes Field, becomes baseball's first play-by-play announcer.
On a bloop single by pinch-hitter Dave Harris, the 27th batter he faces, Tommy Bridges loses his bid for a perfect game in the Tigers' 13-0 rout over Washington. The 24 year-old right-handed Tennessean will toss two more one-hitters for Detroit next season.
On a very rainy Monday afternoon at Fenway Park, the Yankees and Red Sox engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics trying to take advantage of the inclement weather. American League president John Heydler will fine both managers, Joe Cronin (Boston) and Joe McCarthy (New York), $100 for their antics during the Bronx Bombers' eventual 10-2 victory.
The Newport Canners vs. Johnson City Soldiers' Appalachian League contest in Tennessee ends in the sixth inning when the teams run out of baseballs. Some angry fans show their displeasure by destroying the set of bleachers that had been their seats before the game’s abrupt ending.
In a rain-shortened 4-0 victory over the Tigers, Silent John Whitehead of the St. Louis Browns pitches a six inning no-hitter. The victory will be the quiet Texan's only victory this season.
In front of a crowd of less than three thousand patrons at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat the Tigers, 1-0. The game’s only run scores when Don Kolloway steals home with two outs in the fifth inning.
Don Larsen, in his 5-0 complete-game loss to Boston at Fenway Park, goes 3-for-3 to establish the mark for consecutive hits by a pitcher with seven. The Browns' rookie right-hander will hit .284 in 81 at bats this season.
Stan Musial, in a 13-4 rout of the Dodgers in Brooklyn, paces the Cardinals attack, hitting two homers and driving in seven runs. The defeat is Preacher Roe's first loss to St. Louis at Ebbets Field in four years.
White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox's consecutive game streak ends at 274 games. During the next game, the future Hall of Fame infielder will begin a new streak, which will last for 798 contests.
The Tigers and Indians become the first teams to swap skippers. The Tribe's new manager, Jimmy Dykes, will compile a 103-115 record for Cleveland, while Joe Gordon posts a 26-31 mark in his two-months stay in Detroit.
With a titanic blast that clears the right-field pavilion, Willie Stargell becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium. The 506-foot round-tripper helps the Pirates defeat LA, 11-3.
Ed Brinkman commits an error, ending his major league record of 72 games and 331 total chances at shortstop without making a misplay. The Tiger infielder will win his only Gold Glove this season.
Phil Niekro goes the distance, holding the Padres hitless in a 9-0 rout at home. It's the first no-hitter thrown by a Braves hurler since the team shifted to Atlanta in 1966.
At Veterans Stadium, Cubs starter Bill Bonham gives up a major league record of seven hits to the first seven Phillies he faces. Without retiring a batter, the former UCLA hurler is replaced by Ken Crosby, who promptly gives up a single to Johnny Oates.
Don Sutton, surpassing Don Drysdale, becomes the Dodgers' all-time strikeout leader with 2,487 when he fans six in an 8-1 victory over San Francisco at Chavez Ravine. After establishing the mark, and receiving a two-minute standing ovation that he acknowledges by tipping his cap, the right-hander is charged with an automatic ball due to running his fingers across his lips while thanking the crowd.
Outfielders Willie Mays (Giants, Mets) and Hack Wilson (Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, and Phillies) are enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Baseball administrator Warren Giles, who served as the president of the National League from 1951 to 1969, is also inducted during the Cooperstown ceremony.
Billy Martin is suspended for two games for calling umpire Dale Ford "a stone liar" after the July 31st extra-inning 12-6 victory against the White Sox in Chicago. It is the second time this season the Yankee manager has been disciplined by the league due to his continued abuse of umpires.
Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits his 19th career pinch-hit home run, breaking a major league record shared with Jerry Lynch. His round-tripper gives Toronto a
4-3 victory over the Orioles.
Darryl Strawberry belts three home runs, helping the Mets beat the Cubs, 7-2. The victory propels New York into first place in the National League East.
Keith Hernandez is named player of the month for July, becoming the first Met to be honored since Dave Kingman received the nod ten years ago. The New York first baseman, who was obtain in a trade with the Cardinals two seasons ago, collected 40 hits in his 102 at bats last month, compiling a .392 batting average while driving in 29 runs for the team that won 21 of 28 decisions.
At Candlestick Park, Giants' southpaw Steve Carlton gets his 4000th strikeout, fanning Reds' center fielder Eric Davis. The historic whiff occurs in the third inning with two runners on base and no outs in the eventual Reds' 11-6 victory.
The A's take over first place in the AL West when Dennis Eckersley extends his major league record to 39 straight saves, far surpassing the mark of 25 established by Blue Jay closer Tom Henke last season. Oakland flychaser Jose Canseco is walked in his first two plate appearances in the team's 4-3 victory in Texas making it his seven consecutive base-on-balls in the the span of two games, tying a major league record.
In the Padres' 11-10 victory over the Giants, Tony Gwynn goes 6-for-7 in the 12-inning contest played at Qualcomm Stadium. It is the fourth time this season the San Diego right fielder has collected five or more hits, which ties the major league record shared by Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Stan Musial.
At the Astrodome, Jeff Bagwell establishes a new club record for home runs. The Houston first baseman hits number 38, a fifth inning two-out, two-run homer, off reliever Pat Gomez as the Astros blast the Giants, 12-4.
Mark McGwire hits his 500th career home run off Padres' hurler Andy Ashby, becoming the 16th major leaguer and the fastest to reach this milestone. The St. Louis slugger is the first to accomplish the feat a year after reaching the 400 home run plateau.
Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cubs' player to reach 100 RBIs six consecutive times. Hack Wilson did it for five straight seasons from 1926-30.
Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield, who were both elected to by the BBWAA in his first their year of eligibility, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The former Twin teammates are joined 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski and the late Negro Leagues pitcher Hilton Smith, players selected by the Veterans Committee.
At Jacobs Field, the Indians, who trailed in the game 14-2 after six innings, tally twelve runs to tie the score and will beat the Mariners, 15-14, thanks to Jolbert Cabrera's 11th inning broken bat single scoring Kenny Lofton to complete the unbelievable comeback. The Tribe joins the 1911 Tigers and 1925 A's to become the third team in major league history to have won after being down by a dozen runs.
In a make-up game against the Angels, the Tigers host 'Silent Night'. The fans hear no electronic, video, and commercial enhancements during Detroit's 6-3 loss to Anaheim at Comerica Park.
Albert Pujols becomes the first player to connect for 30 home runs in each of his first five big league seasons. The Cardinals first baseman has hit 190 homers during this five-year span from the start of his career in 2001, equaling Eddie Mathews' total (1952-56) and with 25 fewer than Ralph Kiner (1946-1950).
It takes four bases on balls, three of which are intentional, for the Rangers to finally prevent Vladimir Guerrero from getting a hit. The Angel All-Star outfielder, who started playing in the American League after leaving Montreal as an free agent in 2003, had hit safely in all of his previous 44 games played against Texas.
Trevor Hoffman throws a scoreless ninth inning in San Diego’s 6-3 victory over the Nationals at Petco Park to become the first major league reliever to record 30 saves for eleven seasons. The Padres closer's milestone establishes a major league record, surpassing the mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader.
At Wrigley Field, Tom Glavine, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, becomes the 23rd player in major league history to win his 300th victory. The crafty southpaw, the fifth lefty to reach the milestone, limits the Cubs to six hits and a walk in 6.1 innings as the Mets bang out 16 hits and beat Chicago in a nationally televised ESPN Sunday night game, 8-3.
With his 246th career victory, an 8-5 win over Kansas City, Yankees right-hander Mike Mussina becomes the winningest pitcher in baseball history without a 20-win season. ‘Moose’ will reach the elusive milestone with a 20-9 record next season, his last in the majors.
The bankrupt Rangers are sold at an auction for $385 million to a group led by Hall of Famer and club president Nolan Ryan. The new ownership group outbid the recently formed partnership of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Houston investor Jim Crane, who tried to buy the team in 2008.
In the top of the ninth, the Twins recover from blowing a 6-0 lead, when Jason Kubel’s two-out pop up lands behind the pitcher's mound untouched by the Rays' middle infielders for the go-ahead single in the team's eventual 8-6 victory. The odd play, a result of the ball ricocheting off a catwalk and changing direction 190 feet above Tropicana Field, will prompt a change of the ground rules for postseason games played in Tampa Bay.
Darla Harlow, a big fan of the Mississippi Braves, is given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Trustmark Park in Pearl. After tossing the ball to home plate, the military wife is totally surprised when the catcher takes off his mask, revealing the 'player' is really her husband, Michael, an Army major who has been away from home, serving in Afghanistan for the past nine months.
Darwin Barney becomes the Cubs' all-time leader for second basemen when he plays in his 91st consecutive game in a single season without committing an error. The 26 year-old Chicago infielder, en route to setting the National League mark with a 127 straight errorless-game streak, surpasses Ryne Sandberg's team record that the Hall of Famer established in 1989.
Major League Baseball releases the names of 13 players who have been suspended for their involvement with performance-enhancing substances supplied by the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic. Thirty-eight year-old Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez receives the harshest of the punishments when he is told that he will be sidelined without pay for 211 regular-season games, much more than the 50-game suspensions given to most players implicated in the announcement.
Minnie Forbes, the 81 year-old former owner of the Negro League Detroit Stars from 1956 to 1958, and about a dozen former baseball players meet with Barack Obama at the White House. The country’s first black president honors the group for their contributions to athletics and civil rights.