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- 1900 - Veteran manager Patsy Tebeau resigns from the Cards. When 3B John McGraw refuses the job, the Robison brothers, the St. Louis owners, pick Louie Heilbroner, the 4' 9" Cardinals business manager, to run the team for the remainder of 1900. Many of the players refuse to take orders from the diminutive Heilbroner, and it will be McGraw who is really in command. Heilbroner will return to the front office the following year and in 1910 he will begin publishing The Baseball Blue Book.
- The first unassisted triple play ever in a professional game is executed by 1B Hal O'Hagan, of the Rochester Bronchos (Eastern League) against Jersey City.
- Christy Mathewson shuts out Chicago, 5 - 0, to give New York its fourth straight win over the host Windy City squad. Jack Taylor takes the loss.
- Wee Willie Keeler strikes out for only the second time this season, both times by spitballer Ed Walsh of the White Sox.
- The Cubs turn back the visiting Giants, 6 - 2 behind Three Finger Brown. Christy Mathewson has an off day for New York, allowing 12 hits, three by his nemesis Joe Tinker.
- Boston's Rube Kroh wins his only game of the year, a complete game 2 - 1 victory over the Browns.
- Detroit's first Sunday game at home since 1902, and the first at Bennett Park, is a 16 - 3 win over New York.
- 1909 -
- Giants player-coach Arlie Latham steals second base in the Giants' 14 - 1 laugher over the Phillies. At 50, he is the oldest player to swipe a base.
- For the second time in eight days, Cubs' P Ed Reulbach wins his 16th consecutive game from an opponent, this time beating the Reds. His streak against Cincinnati started on April 15, 1906.
- 1910 - In a Three-I League game at Davenport, Red Faber of Dubuque pitches a 3 - 0 perfect game against Davenport. The 21-year-old Faber is still three years away from the majors.
- 1913 - Philadelphia's Erskine Mayer sets a National League mark by surrendering nine consecutive hits to the Cubs in the 9th inning of their game. The Cubs score six runs to win, 10 - 4.
- 1914 - The Braves express slows as the Reds beat Dick Crutcher, 3 - 1.
- Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, sponsors the first National High School Baseball Championship. It is an instant success and will continue every August (except during World War II) to the present. It will often be called the Koshien Tournament, after the stadium near Osaka where the games will be played starting in 1924.
- Wilbur Good becomes the only Cub ever to steal second base, third base, and home in the same inning. He does it in the 6th frame of a 9 - 0 beating of Brooklyn.
- The new Braves Field opens in Boston. An estimated 46,500 jam the park to see the Braves and Dick Rudolph beat the Cards, 3 - 1.
- The Browns send pitchers Bill James and Grover Lowdermilk to the Tigers for 1B Baby Doll Jacobson.
- Washington hurlers Bump Hadley and Lloyd Brown combine to whitewash the Tigers in a doubleheader, winning 2 - 0 and 1 - 0.
- Forty-year-old Braves catcher Hank Gowdy, who last appeared in the majors in 1925, goes 4 for 4 to lead the Braves to a 10 - 9 win over the Reds.
- 1930 - Woody English scores five runs and Hack Wilson hits his 42nd home run, as the Cubs crush the Phillies, 17 - 3. Pat Malone contributes another home run and goes the distance for the win.
- Paul Waner chalks up five hits to lead Pittsburgh to a 14 - 5 win over the Phils.
- In New York's 5 - 4 loss at Detroit, Lou Gehrig is hitless as he plays his 1,000th consecutive game. He is still 307 games short of Everett Scott's record streak.
- When Detroit's Billy Rogell walks his first time up, it is his seventh consecutive base on balls, a new American League record.
- Carl Hubbell is forced to leave the mound in a 5 - 3 loss to the Dodgers when he experiences sharp elbow pains in his pitching arm.
- Henry McHenry, Poppa Ruiz and Ray Brown of the East team up on the second shutout in East-West Game history, blanking the West, 11 - 0, in the 1940 East-West Game. Buck Leonard reaches base five times for the winners.
- Jimmy Powers, sport editor of the Sunday New York Daily News, causes a flap when he suggests the Yankees' poor play this season can be attributed to "a mass polio epidemic" contracted from Lou Gehrig. The former Yankee first baseman and his roommate, Bill Dickey, file suit and the newspaper retracts the story on September 26th and apologizes.
- After going 1-6 before the All-Star break, Carl Hubbell posts his eighth straight win, beating the Braves, 10 - 2. The 39-year-old veteran is backed by Mel Ott's three hits, including a home run into the LF stands at the Polo Grounds.
- In the second 1942 East-West Game, the East romps, 9 - 2, with the West making six errors and Gene Bremer and Verdell Mathis pitching poorly. Willie Wells smacks three doubles for the victors.
- 1943 - In a trade that will benefit Washington, the Senators send Ellis Clary, Ox Miller and cash to the Browns for Johnny Niggeling and Harlond Clift. Niggeling will split 48 decisions as a Senator, while Miller will win just three in St. Louis.
- 1945 - Scheduled demonstrations at the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off.
- 1946 - In the second 1946 East-West Game, the West wins by a 4 - 1 score behind four-hit pitching by Felix Evans, Dan Bankhead and Johnny Williams. Willie Grace raps three hits.
- At Philadelphia, Rex Barney of the Dodgers fires a one-hitter, beating the Phils, 1 - 0. The lone hit is a looping single by Putsy Caballero that just eludes a diving Duke Snider.
- The Pirates halt the Cubs, 7 - 4, behind rookie Bob Chesnes. Chesnes helps his own cause with two singles in the Bucs' six-run 8th inning to pin the loss on Russ Meyer. Stan Rojek has four hits for the Pirates, while Andy Pafko drives home three runs on three hits for Chicago.
- The Giants crush the first-place Braves, 8 - 2, behind Sheldon Jones. Sid Gordon hits his 24th and Johnny Mize his 29th homer, both off Vern Bickford, to pace the New Yorkers. The Braves lead Brooklyn by a game.
- 1950 - A's lefty Lou Brissie gives up just one Yankee hit in the last five innings, but it's a critical one. With the score 2 - 2 in the top of the 9th, Joe DiMaggio cracks his 22nd home run of the year to give the third-place New Yorkers a 3 - 2 win and hand the Mackmen their sixth straight loss.
- 1952 - The National League suspends Leo Durocher for five days and fines him $100 for a row with an umpire.
- 1954 - Ironically, before he ever reaches the majors, in the midst of his only minor league season, comes Roberto Clemente's greatest baseball birthday, his 20th, complete with a signature Clemente climax. Some national exposure ensues, courtesy of The Sporting News's Lloyd McGowan: "Roberto Clemente, rookie Puerto Rican outfielder, turned in the key defensive play that enabled the Royals to edge Toronto, 8 to 7. With two out in the 9th, Clemente uncorked a perfect throw to cut down the Leafs' potential tying run at the plate and end the game."
- 1956 - Redlegs OF Bob Thurman hits three consecutive home runs; Ted Kluszewski and Frank Robinson add two each, and Wally Post, one, in a 13 - 4 win over Milwaukee at Crosley Field. The eight homers tie a major-league record.
- At Milwaukee, the Dodgers stake Don Drysdale to a 5 - 1 lead after five innings, but the Braves chip away and finally tie it with a run in the 9th. The Dodgers make it 6 - 5 in the 11th but Hank Aaron takes Drysdale deep to tie it up. Drysdale is finally relieved and Los Angeles wins it in the 13th, 7 - 6.
- Long-time baseball executive Branch Rickey is named president of the newly-formed Continental League. The 77-year-old former Dodger general manager is currently serving as an advisor with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Facing just 27 batters, Lew Burdette pitches a 1 - 0 no-hitter against the Phillies. Tony Gonzalez, the only Phil to reach base, is hit by a Burdette pitch in the 5th inning but erased on a double play. The Milwaukee pitcher also scores the only run of the game.
- Bob Sprout sets a Midwest League record with 22 strikeouts, and pitches a seven-inning no-hitter as Decatur defeats Waterloo, 3 - 0. The 18-year-old lefty needs a dropped foul ball for his chance at the record. Sprout will pitch just one game in the major leagues, with the Angels in 1961.
- 1961 - Ron Kline, purchased from the Angels on August 10th, blanks the Red Sox on four hits to give the Tigers a 5 - 0 win. Bill Monbouquette fails for the ninth time to win his ninth, lasting just four innings and gives up homers to Billy Bruton and Rocky Colavito.
- 1962 - Kansas City tops the Yanks for the second day in a row, 5 - 4. Again, Mickey Mantle homers in the losing cause.
- In a 3 - 2 Orioles win over the Red Sox, Brooks Robinson hits into his third triple play, tying the record of George Sisler, who banged into triple plays in 1921, 1922, and 1926.
- After hitting a ball on top of the pavilion at Sportsman's Park, the Braves' Hank Aaron is denied a homer because umpire Chris Pelekoudas calls him out for being out of the batter's box.
- 1966 - Pittsburgh 3B Jose Pagan ties the modern National League record for errors in an inning with 3, but Pittsburgh coasts to a 9 - 3 win over the Mets.
- A baseball tragedy occurs when Tony Conigliaro of the Red Sox is beaned by the Angels' Jack Hamilton. Hit on the left cheekbone, just below the eye socket, Conigliaro will miss the rest of this year and all of 1968. He is hitting .267 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI in 95 games. Despite the loss of Tony C, the Red Sox will sweep the four-game series with the Angels. The sweep will still leave Minnesota in first place, with Boston, Detroit, and Chicago all within two games.
- Lew Krausse of the A's is suspended by owner Charlie Finley for rowdyism and conduct unbecoming a major league player.
- In the opener of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field, umpire Chris Pelekoudas calls three illegal pitches on Cubs P Phil Regan, twice allowing a retired batter to hit again. Pete Rose singles after a called third strike. Pelekoudas can't find any evidence on Regan and bases his calls on "the flight of the ball." The Cubs, who lose both games, 2 - 1 and 6 - 3, protest the ump's calls. The next day Warren Giles meets with Cubs officials and orders Pelekoudas to apologize to the church-going Regan, whom he calls a "fine Christian gentleman." However, at the major leagues Winter Meetings, the Rules Committee will further amend the spitball rule to allow an ump to call an illegal pitch based on the flight of the ball.
- Pitching for Hawaii (Pacific Coast League) Bo Belinsky twirls a no-hitter, defeating Tacoma, 1 - 0. Bo will fail the following year in a comeback attempt with the Cardinals.
- The Orioles trade C Elrod Hendricks to the Cubs for OF/1B Tommy Davis.
- Mickey Lolich regains first place for the Tigers as he bests the Angels and Nolan Ryan, 2 - 0. It is Lolich's 19th win.
- 1975 - Earl Averill, Bucky Harris, Billy Herman, Judy Johnson and Ralph Kiner are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- 1977 - Dodger P Don Sutton throws his fifth one-hitter, tying the National League record, as he blanks the Giants, 7 - 0. The lone hit is Marc Hill's two-out single in the 8th.
- The Yankees sell Ray Burris (1-3) to the Mets.
- After six straight wins, the third-place Brewers lose to Texas, 7 - 3. But the 49,172 fans give Milwaukee a new season record. They'll finish in second place with a team record 1,918,343 in attendance.
- In the completion of a game suspended the previous day after 17 innings, the Dodgers beat the Cubs, 2 - 1 in 21 innings despite running out of position players and having to use pitchers Fernando Valenzuela and Bob Welch in the outfield. Jerry Reuss pitches the final four innings for the win, then starts the regularly-scheduled game and wins again, 7 - 4.
- Passing Hank Aaron, Pete Rose becomes the all-time leader in plate appearances when he steps up to the plate for the 13,941st time.
- The Reds play 14 innings and overcome a 5 - 1 Mets lead to win, 7 - 6. Cesar Cedeno singles in the winning run.
- 1983 - In the continuation of the "Pine Tar Game", Hal McRae strikes out for the last Kansas City out and Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the Royals' 5 - 4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and, as the only game scheduled at Yankee Stadium, is witnessed by a crowd of 1,245. An odd feature of the game is lefty Don Mattingly playing 2B and pitcher Ron Guidry in CF.
- 1984 - Detroit's Juan Berenguer goes 8 1/3 innings and strikes out 12 to give the Tigers a 4 - 3 victory over the Mariners. Kirk Gibson drives in three runs with his 20th homer of the year, and becomes the first Tiger ever to reach 20 in both homers and steals. Gibson's homer is his 15th game-winning RBI this year.
- Dallas Green is fired as manager of the Yankees and replaced by former SS Bucky Dent. It is the 17th time the Yankees have changed managers since George Steinbrenner took over the club in 1973. The 1978 play-off hero loses his managerial debut to the Tigers in Detroit, 7 - 3.
- In a 9 - 2 Toronto win, Baltimore SS Cal Ripken plays in his 1,208th consecutive game, passing Steve Garvey for the third longest streak in major league history. George Bell leads Toronto with two singles, a double and a home run.
- Andre Dawson gets his 2,000th career hit in the Cubs' 6 - 5 loss to Houston. Houston scores twice in the 9th against four Cub relievers. After the game, the Astros trade Billy Hatcher, who has a pinch single in the 9th today, to the Pirates for Glenn Wilson.
- 1991 - Toronto's first two hitters - Devon White and Roberto Alomar - hit home runs off Detroit's Bill Gullickson in the Blue Jays' 4 - 2 win. Gullickson teed up twin leadoff homers once before, in the National League.
- 1993 - Boston P Danny Darwin hurls a one-hit, 5 - 0 shutout over the visiting White Sox. Dan Pasqua's triple with one out in the 8th inning is Chicago's only safety.
- Yankees announcer, and former SS, Phil Rizzuto retires as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike, reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend teammate Mickey Mantle's funeral. Rizzuto eventually will return for the 1996 season.
- In a slugfest at new Coors Field, the Cubs defeat the Rockies by a score of 26 - 7. A 2 1/2 hour rain delay interrupts the contest which takes more than six hours to play. OF Luis Gonzalez drives home six runs for Chicago while Sammy Sosa goes 4 for 4, with four RBIs and four runs scored. Several major league records are tied by the Cubs: nine teammates each score two or more runs (Scott Servais and Sosa score 4, while Mark Grace plates 3); 14 Cubs hit safely, and 26 RBIs are collected, which ties the National League mark. The Cubs have now scored 20 or more runs 39 times in their history, extending their record. Kevin Foster pitches the first three innings for Chicago, allowing only a Andres Galarraga homer before departing to rest with the Cubs up 9 - 1. Anthony Young picks up an easy win with 1 1/3 innings of relief.
- Cards reliever Tom Henke earns a save in a 4 - 3 win over the Braves. It is his 300th save, making him just the sixth pitcher to reach that mark.
- Mariners 3B Mike Blowers hits a grand slam and a three-run homer in his first two at bats to plate seven runs, in Seattle's 9 - 3 win over Boston. Blowers earlier drove in eight runs in a game.
- Cleveland 3B Jim Thome strokes four hits, including a pair of homers, and drives home six runs to lead the Indians to an 11 - 3 victory over the Tigers.
- In a wild contest in New York, the Mariners jump out to an 8 - 0 lead over the Yankees. The New Yorkers strike back with seven runs in their half of the 4th inning to edge within 1. Seattle scores twice in the 6th, but the Yankees tie the score in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of their own. The score remains tied at 10 - 10 going into the 12th inning. Seattle scores three in the top half of the inning, two on 1B Paul Sorrento's second homer of the game. New York fights back with two in the bottom of the inning, but falls one shy, losing, 13 - 12.
- The Rangers defeat the Brewers, 2 - 0, behind a combined one-hitter by Rick Helling (8 innings) and John Wetteland (1 inning). Fernando Vina's single is Milwaukee's only hit.
- The Dodgers trade P Pedro Astacio to the Rockies in exchange for 2B Eric Young.
- Detroit edges Seattle, 7 - 6, despite five hits by Mariners' SS Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez hits two doubles and a pair of homers and drives in two runs in a losing cause.
- Greg Maddux wins his 200th career game as the Braves beat the Giants, 8 - 4. All of Atlanta's nine hits in the game are doubles.
- Tampa Bay defeats Detroit, 4 - 0, as Wilson Alvarez (6 innings) and Albie Lopez (3 innings) combine on a one-hitter. OF Gabe Kapler's triple is the only Tiger hit.
- The A's obtain OF Rich Becker from the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named.
- 1B Dale Sveum hits home runs from both sides of plate to power Pittsburgh to a 12 - 6 win over Cincinnati.
- 2000 - The Angels defeat the Yankees, 9 - 8, in 11 innings. Anaheim scores five runs in the 9th to tie the game before Darin Erstad's home run wins it in the 11th. It is the first time in 12 years that the New Yorkers blow a five-run lead in the 9th inning.
- The Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 12 - 5, scoring eight runs in the 9th inning. C Ivan Rodriguez's grand slam is the big blow for Texas.
- The Saltillo Saraperos beat the Monterrey Sultans, 9 - 0. Mike Romano of Saltillo throws the first playoff no-hitter in the history of the Mexican League.
- In a pregame ceremony, Tommy Agee is inducted posthumously in to the New York Mets Hall of Fame. The center fielder, who played with the team from 1968 to 1972, is best remembered for two his two great catches in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series.
- The Rangers stop the Blue Jays, 10 - 7, as SS Alex Rodriguez ties a major-league record by becoming the fourth player to hit six home runs in a three-game span. His two round-trippers give him the American League lead with 44.
- 2003 - A major brawl breaks out in a California League game between the Lancaster JetHawks and Inland Empire 66ers. In the 15th inning of the game, Josh Kranawetter hits Evel Bastida with a pitch. Bastida charges the mound and smashes Kranawetter in the back with his bat. He is charged with felony assault and suspended for the rest of the year. 16 players and a coach get three-game suspensions for the ensuing fight.
- 2004 - The Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers) edge the Tri-City Dust Devils (Colorado Rockies) 2 - 1 in 23 innings. The Northwest League game, which lasts 6 hours, 37 minutes, is scoreless for 19 innings and was suspended in a 1 - 1 tie in the 21st inning the previous night.
- 2007 - In a historic first, a player hits a home run off a pitcher who won a Cy Young Award before the hitter was even born. Roger Clemens is the hurler, Cameron Maybin the young slugger.
- In a game marred by conflict at the Beijing Olympics, the United States of America beats the host Chinese national team. Matt LaPorta injures China catcher Wei Wang in a play at home and Chinese manager Jim Lefebvre is ejected after venting anger over the incident. An inning later, Nate Schierholtz roughly collides with Wang's backup, Yang Yang. Kun Chen avenges China's honor by throwing a fastball at LaPorta's head, sending LaPorta to the hospital and Chen to the showers as he is ejected. Overall, seven batters are hit by pitches in the USA's 9 - 1 win.
- Japan hands Team Canada its second 1 - 0 loss of the Olympics, as Yoshihisa Naruse and two relievers outduel three Canadian hurlers. Atsunori Inaba homers off Chris Begg for the game's only score.
- Despite being outhomered 2-0, Cuba routs the Dutch national team 14 - 3. Alexei Bell and Alfredo Despaigne combine for 7 hits, 2 triples and 6 RBI to pace Cuba.
- I-Chung Hong takes criticism before the game for starting struggling Chien-Fu Yang - and gets a lot more afterwards when Yang allows 7 runs in one inning. Taiwan still rallies to tie it at 8 before South Korea scores in the 7th to win, 9 - 8. Backup backstop Min-ho Kang delivers the game-winning RBI.
- Osaka Toin High School wins the finale of the 2008 summer Koshien, 17 - 0. It is the most lopsided win in the championship since 1920.
- Catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is traded from the Houston Astros to the Texas Rangers for a minor leaguer and a player to be named later, coming back to the team for which he started his superlative career.
- Jamie Moyer pitches 6 scoreless innings in relief as Philadelphia defeats Arizona, 5 - 1. After a rain delay, Moyer takes over for the man who has shunted him from the starting rotation, Pedro Martinez. It is the veteran Moyer's first relief appearance since he was called in to pitch in an 18-inning game for Seattle in 2004.
- The Florida Marlins' Ricky Nolasco pitches his second career complete game against the Houston Astros, allowing 2 earned runs and 3 hits. Nolasco retires 23 consecutive batters after allowing a two-run home run to Carlos Lee. He does not allow another baserunner until Michael Bourn gets an infield hit with one out in the 9th inning.
- The Tampa Bay Rays complete a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers with an 8 - 6 win at Tropicana Field in what is a possible preview of the postseason. Evan Longoria drives in 4 runs today and goes 7 for 12 overall in the series.
- The Braves acquire 1B Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs in return for three minor league pitchers (Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris and Jeffrey Lorick) on the same day they place starting 1B Troy Glaus on the disabled list with inflammation around his left knee. In the game which follows, the first-place Braves beat the Nationals, 3 - 2, on a 9th-inning run-scoring single by Jason Heyward off Tyler Clippard.
- The Red Sox just cannot stay healthy this season. Today, OF Mike Cameron decides to have surgery on a torn abdominal muscle which has limited him to 48 games, and he will not play again this season. Fellow OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who has played only 18 games because of broken ribs, goes back on the disabled list for the third time, the victim of another cracked rib expected to keep him out four to six weeks. Still, Boston manages to hang on to the fringes of the wild card race, beating the Angels, 7 - 5, thanks to a leaping 8th-inning catch by Daniel Nava, just called up to replace Ellsbury; Nava also drives in the winning run with a bases-loaded hit by pitch. Jonathan Papelbon picks up his 30th save, becoming the first pitcher to reach that total in each of his first five full seasons in the majors.
- The Reds score 8 runs in the final two innings to claim an 11 - 7 win over Arizona. The key play comes with one out in the 9th when Chris Heisey drives in Jim Edmonds with a suicide squeeze bunt to give the Reds the lead. They are now three games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central.
- Cheng-Min Peng becomes the fastest player in Chinese Professional Baseball League history to 1,000 hits, getting there in 844 games (topping Chung-Yi Huang's mark by 32) and 2,838 at-bats (topping Min-Ching Lo by 406 AB). He is the tenth player in league history to 1,000. Chin-Chih Huang gives up the hit.
- 1B Mike Jacobs, currently playing for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the Pacific Coast League, is the first North American professional athlete to test positive for human growth hormone. He receives a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball, and is released by the parent Colorado Rockies.
- Leading 1 - 0 entering the bottom of the 9th, the Rangers cough up the game when reliever Mike Adams gives up a two-run walk-off home run to Angels rookie Mark Trumbo. A loss by the Angels would have virtually eliminated them from contention in the AL West; with the win, they are 6 games behind Texas and still have a glimmer of hope.
- The Astros suffer yet another brutal loss, giving up 9 runs in the 5th inning to fall to the Diamondbacks, 12 - 4. After the game, manager Brad Mills, hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham are all fired. The Astros have the worst record in the majors at 39-82 and are threatening to set a new franchise record for losses for the second straight year.
- Hanley Ramirez drives in 4 runs with two homers as the Dodgers win the annual Civil Rights Game, 6 - 2, over the Atlanta Braves. Hanley's 2nd-inning homer is followed by those of teammates James Loney and Luis Cruz in a span of four pitches by Ben Sheets. The four homers are the Dodgers' only hits of the game, but suffice to provide Aaron Harang with the win.
- The Rays tie a record for the largest comeback in team history, overcoming an 8 - 0 deficit after 4 innings to beat the Angels, 10 - 8. Carlos Pena caps the comeback with his first career pinch homer, a two-run shot off Kevin Jepsen in the 8th.
- The Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg win their fourth Bundesliga title in six years, topping the Paderborn Untouchables, 14 - 1, to sweep the best-of-five finals. Finals MVP Mike Bolsenbroek allows 3 hits and strikes out 8 in 7 innings to easily beat Eugen Heilmann. Matt Vance and Christopher Howard combine for 7 RBI, while Vance scores four times.
- Ryne Sandberg earns his first win as a manager when the Phillies stop the Dodgers' ten-game winning streak, 3 - 2, as Michael Young drives in the winning run when SS Hanley Ramirez bobbles a potential inning-ending double play grounder with the bases loaded. Prior to the loss, the Dodgers had been just the third team since 1900 to win 42 of 50 games.
- Corendon Kinheim sets a Hoofdklasse record with 20 1st-inning runs in a 26 - 0 romp over the ADO Lakers. Bryan Engelhardt drives in six runs that inning and nine on the day, going 6 for 6 with two home runs, a double and five runs. Dirk van 't Klooster scores three of his five runs in the 1st. Odion Gouverneur and Rick van de Post are the battered pitchers. Leon Boyd and two relievers combine on a two-hitter for Kinheim.
- 2014 - With the Athletics idle, the Angels move into first place in the AL West for the first time this year after a 4 - 2 win over Boston. They now have the best record in the majors at 73-50, a half-game in front of division rivals Oakland.
- 2015 - The changes continue in Boston as the team announces that Dave Dombrowski, recently let go as General Manager of the Tigers, has been hired as Vice-President in charge of baseball operations. GM Ben Cherington hands over his resignation in the wake of the announcement.
- At their mid-year meeting in Houston, TX, Major League Baseball owners approve the sale of the Seattle Mariners to a group led by John Stanton and consisting of former minority owners of the team's stock, with Nintendo of America only retaining a small share. On the meeting's margin, Commissioner Rob Manfred states that he is considering some radical rule changes to speed up the game and increase offence, such as limiting pitching changes and defensive shifts, and introducing a pitch clock as has been done in the minor leagues.
- The Orioles put on a power display in defeating the Astros, 13 - 5, hitting 6 homers, two each by J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis. Hyun Soo Kim adds four hits as the O's jump on rookie starter Joe Musgrove. The win puts Baltimore in a second-place tie with Boston in the AL East, 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in what has been a year-long see-saw race among the three teams.
- 2017 - Manny Machado caps a three-homer night with a walk-off grand slam off Keynan Middleton to lead the Orioles to a 9 - 7 win over the Angels. The two teams combine for ten long balls at Camden Yards, including career homer #609 by Albert Pujols of Los Angeles, who ties Sammy Sosa for most by a player born outside the United States.
- 2018 - With a 7 - 1 win over their rivals, the Athletics come into a tie with the Astros for the lead in the AL West division. As late as July 10th, the Astros still had a ten-game lead, and it seemed the best the A's could hope for was to catch the second-place Mariners for the second wild card spot. In today's game, a re-born Trevor Cahill holds the defending World Champions to 1 hit over 7 innings and his teammates tie a club record with 8 doubles.
- Zack Greinke records the 200th win of his career as the Astros defeat the Athletics, 4 - 1.
- The Arrows Ostrava become the first team other than Draci Brno to repeat as Extraliga titlists since the mid-1990s. Wes Roemer fans 10 in a 5 - 2 win over the Eagles Praha to complete a sweep in the finals, 3 games to 0. Alex Rubanowitz scores a pair.
- 2020 - Kenta Maeda of the Twins pitches 8 no-hit innings against the Brewers and sets a team record by striking out 8 consecutive batters between the 3rd and 5th innings, but still ends up with a no-decision. With a 3 - 0 lead in the 9th, he gives up a lead-off single to Eric Sogard on his 115th pitch of the game, the most of his career. He is replaced by closer Taylor Rogers, who allows three runs to score. The Twins eventually win, 4 - 3, in 12 innings.
- Shohei Ohtani continues to do it all by himself on the field. Today, he becomes the first hitter in the majors to reach 40 homers this season, and also improves his record on the mound to 8-1 as he pitches 8 full innings for the first time of his career. The Angels defeat the Tigers, 3 - 1.
- Freddie Freeman hits for the cycle for the second time of his career as he leads the Braves to a 11 - 9 win over the Marlins.
- ASD San Marino wins the 2021 Italian Series, defeating 2020 champion Fortitudo Bologna 3 games to 1 for their first title in eight years. Tiago Da Silva fans 12 in 8 innings for his second win of the Series and is named Series MVP. He gets plenty of offensive support from Jiandido Tromp, Oscar Angulo, Simone Albanese and Erick Epifano in a 12 - 3 win. 2020 Italian Series MVP Alex Bassani takes the loss.
- A game in the Dominican Summer League ends up as a double no-hitter as the DSL Cubs Red defeat the DSL Pirates Black, 2 - 0, with neither team recording a hit in the seven-inning game. Each team uses three pitchers and both runs come in the bottom of the 1st as a result of two walks, a double steal and two throwing errors.
- At the other end of the scale, the Astros make a statement against the White Sox with a 21 - 5 beatdown. Alex Bregman leads the way by going 4-for-6 with 4 runs, 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 6 RBIs. Chas McCormick chips in with 3 hits and 5 more RBIs, and Kyle Tucker and Christian Vazquez both have four-hit games as Houston ties a team record with 25 hits.
- 1855 - Dick Cramer, outfielder (d. 1898)
- 1857 - Sam Wise, infielder (d. 1910)
- 1861 - Pat Sullivan, infielder (d. 1901)
- 1868 - Harry Keener, pitcher (d. 1912)
- 1872 - Eddie Hickey, infielder (d. 1941)
- 1874 - Dick Harley, pitcher (d. 1961)
- 1876 - Gus Dorner, pitcher (d. 1956)
- 1887 - Red Rowe, minor league catcher and manager (d. 1966)
- 1889 - Bill Brady, pitcher (d. 1956)
- 1890 - Buck Weaver, infielder (d. 1956)
- 1891 - Wally Gerber, infielder (d. 1951)
- 1893 - Bernie Duffy, pitcher (d. 1962)
- 1893 - Burleigh Grimes, pitcher, manager; Hall of Famer (d. 1985)
- 1897 - Mandy Brooks, outfielder (d. 1976)
- 1898 - Bill Knowlton, pitcher (d. 1944)
- 1898 - Hal Goldsmith, pitcher (d. 1985)
- 1899 - Bernie Friberg, infielder (d. 1958)
- 1901 - Clyde Glass, minor league player and manager (d. 1975)
- 1908 - Jim Peterson, pitcher (d. 1975)
- 1913 - Tommy Heath, catcher (d. 1967)
- 1915 - T.J. Brown, infielder; All-Star (d. 1973)
- 1915 - Max Lanier, pitcher; All-Star (d. 2007)
- 1918 - Herbert Kam, minor league outfielder (d. 2012)
- 1920 - Bob Kennedy, outfielder, manager (d. 2005)
- 1920 - Victor Maiden, minor league player
- 1921 - Tim Triner, minor league pitcher (d. 2014)
- 1923 - Chuck Balogh, minor league infielder (d. 2013)
- 1925 - Andy Anderson, umpire (d. 1994)
- 1925 - Al Neil, minor league outfielder (d. 2012)
- 1925 - Sam Stell, minor league outfielder (d. 2014)
- 1927 - Roger Bowman, pitcher (d. 1997)
- 1930 - Carl Barger, executive (d. 1992)
- 1930 - Dick Barnhart, minor league infielder (d. 2013)
- 1932 - Bill Clark, scout
- 1934 - Roberto Clemente, outfielder; All-Star, Hall of Famer (d. 1972)
- 1934 - Billy Consolo, infielder (d. 2008)
- 1935 - Bob Humphreys, pitcher
- 1936 - Kazuo Sayama, writer; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
- 1939 - Joe Azcue, catcher; All-Star
- 1940 - Paul Popovich, infielder
- 1944 - Mike Ferraro, infielder, manager
- 1945 - Félix Isasi, Cuban league infielder and manager
- 1946 - Derryl Cousins, umpire (d. 2020)
- 1946 - Masaaki Ikenaga, NPB pitcher (d. 2022)
- 1946 - Jim Magnuson, pitcher (d. 1991)
- 1947 - Bucky Guth, infielder
- 1947 - Alonso Olivares, minor league pitcher
- 1947 - Lowell Palmer, pitcher
- 1949 - Charlie Hudson, pitcher
- 1952 - Eleno Cuen, minor league pitcher (d. 2019)
- 1952 - John Galloway, Australian national team catcher
- 1955 - Bruce Benedict, catcher; All-Star
- 1958 - Don Crow, catcher
- 1959 - Terry Blocker, outfielder
- 1959 - Todd Zacher, minor league infielder (d. 2013)
- 1960 - Mike LaValliere, catcher
- 1960 - Alex Ortiz, minor league infielder
- 1961 - Jack Howell, infielder
- 1961 - José Ramón Riscart, Cuban league pitcher
- 1962 - Scott Arnold, pitcher
- 1962 - Hyeong-seok Kim, KBO infielder
- 1964 - Matthias Hebig, Bundesliga outfielder
- 1965 - Marcus Lawton, outfielder
- 1965 - David Harwell, minor league pitcher
- 1966 - Bob Zupcic, outfielder
- 1969 - Troy Hoerner, scout
- 1969 - Julio Osejo, Nicaraguan national team catcher
- 1969 - Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, NPB infielder and manager; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
- 1970 - Kurt Ehmann, minor league infielder
- 1970 - Bobby Higginson, outfielder
- 1971 - Domingo Carrasquel Jr., minor league infielder
- 1971 - Jim Foster, college coach
- 1971 - Albie Lopez, pitcher
- 1972 - Christoforos Rompinson, Greek national team pitcher
- 1974 - Jayson Durocher, pitcher
- 1974 - Chris Stowers, outfielder
- 1975 - Tomas Häggblom, Elitserien player
- 1975 - Ruben Jimenez, minor league player
- 1976 - Brian Bowles, pitcher
- 1976 - Tsung-Kwei Chang, CPBL infielder
- 1977 - Ryuji Miyade, NPB outfielder
- 1978 - Kevin Barry, pitcher
- 1978 - Matt Hensley, pitcher
- 1980 - Jason Perry, outfielder
- 1981 - Patrick Misch, pitcher
- 1982 - Josh Rupe, pitcher
- 1983 - I-Wei Lee, CPBL catcher
- 1983 - Braulio Silva, Nicaraguan national team pitcher
- 1984 - Yovany D'Amico, minor league pitcher
- 1984 - Adam Garner, minor league pitcher
- 1984 - Chad Lundahl, minor league infielder
- 1985 - Jose Angel Mejias, minor league pitcher
- 1985 - Leonel Ortiz, Guatemalan national team infielder
- 1986 - Tony Cruz catcher
- 1986 - Evan Gattis, catcher
- 1986 - Lionel Hernández, Division Honor pitcher
- 1986 - Andrew Taylor, pitcher
- 1987 - Raul Burgos, minor league pitcher
- 1987 - Tommy Mendoza, minor league pitcher
- 1987 - Justin Wilson, pitcher
- 1988 - Ty Kelley, minor league pitcher
- 1988 - René Mazzocchi, Italian Baseball League pitcher
- 1989 - Shoma Sato, NPB pitcher
- 1989 - Daichi Suzuki, NPB outfielder
- 1989 - Daniel Webb, pitcher (d. 2017)
- 1990 - Jose Campos, minor league pitcher
- 1990 - Yimi Garcia, pitcher
- 1990 - Brandol Perez, minor league pitcher
- 1990 - Kyle Simon, minor league pitcher
- 1990 - Eric Yardley, pitcher
- 1992 - Austin Hedges, catcher
- 1992 - José Rodríguez, minor league pitcher
- 1993 - Shunta Tanaka, NPB infielder
- 1994 - Min-Hsun Chang, Taiwan national team catcher
- 1994 - Eduard Pirvu, Serie A1 pitcher
- 1994 - Seiya Suzuki, outfielder
- 1995 - Yu Chang, infielder
- 1997 - Nick Emanuel, minor league catcher
- 1998 - Andrew Nardi, pitcher
- 1998 - Michael Toglia, infielder
- 1999 - Woo-young Jung, KBO pitcher
- 1999 - Lucas Rizzi, First Division infielder
- 2001 - Mick Abel, minor league pitcher
- 2002 - Ricky Tiedemann, minor league pitcher
- 1893 - Ed Dundon, pitcher (b. 1859)
- 1932 - Candy LaChance, infielder (b. 1870)
- 1934 - Doc Potts, catcher (b. 1869)
- 1945 - Dan McGarvey, outfielder (b. 1887)
- 1952 - John Hrasch, minor league shortstop (b. 1928)
- 1953 - William Hawker, minor league pitcher and manager (b. 1888)
- 1958 - Archie Stimmel, pitcher (b. 1873)
- 1961 - John Leary, infielder (b. 1891)
- 1971 - Jim McCloskey, pitcher (b. 1910)
- 1972 - Dutch Hinrichs, pitcher (b. 1889)
- 1975 - Jack Enright, pitcher (b. 1895)
- 1975 - Takeshi Nakayama, NPB catcher (b. 1916)
- 1976 - Walt Irwin, pinch hitter (b. 1897)
- 1978 - George Harper, outfielder (b. 1892)
- 1989 - Yuji Koseki, composer; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (b. 1909)
- 1999 - Albert Frazier, infielder (b. 1915)
- 2002 - Dick O'Connell, General Manager (b. 1914)
- 2005 - Ray Taylor, minor league infielder and manager (d. 1915)
- 2013 - Josephine D'Angelo, AAGPBL outfielder (b. 1924)
- 2013 - Timothy Santos Jr., Guam national team infielder (b. 1984)
- 2014 - Lee Carey, minor league infielder (b. 1929)
- 2014 - Elmer Gray, scout (b. 1921)
- 2014 - Don Pardo, announcer (b. 1918)
- 2018 - Ozzie Van Brabant, pitcher (b. 1926)
- 2019 - Nate Smith, catcher (b. 1935)
- 2019 - Paul Smith, infielder (b. 1931)
- 2020 - Howie Judson, pitcher (b. 1926)
- 2021 - Solly Drake, outfielder (b. 1930)
- 2021 - Robert Smith, IBAF president (b. 1936)
- 2022 - Milt Ramírez, infielder (b. 1950)
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