This Week In Baseball History

This week I begin the first part of a new feature. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed researching it.

JULY 14:

1916: Ernie Koob of the Cleveland Indians pitches a complete game, going all 17 innings, in a 0-0 tie with Boston

1934: Lou Gehrig plays shortstop and bats lead-off. After singling in his first AB, Gehrig is removed. He is ill but the Yankees do this so The Iron Horse can keep his consecutive game streak going.

1946: Future Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles and 1 HR for Cleveland. The Indians, however, lose to Boston 11-10 when another future Hall of Famer, Ted Williams, hits 3 HRs and knocks in 8.

1956: Mel Parnell of Boston no-hits the White Sox at Fenway.

1967: Robin Ventura is born in Santa Maria, CA.

1967: Eddie Mathews becomes only the 7th player in history to reach 500 home runs when he goes deep against Juan Marichal.

1968: Hank Aaron connects off Mike McCormick of the Giants for his 500th HR.

1968: Don Wilson fans 18 as the Astros defeat the Reds, 6-1.

1970: In the 12th inning of the All-Star Game, Pete Rose scores the winning run as he knocks over Ray Fosse to give the NL the win. As a result of the violent collision, Fosse sustains a dislocated shoulder. His career is never the same.

1972: A major league first. The home plate umpire is Bill Haller. The catcher for Detroit is his brother, Tom Haller.

2005: The Giants defeat the Dodgers, 4-3. With this win, they become the first team in history to collect 10,000 wins as a franchise. Starting in 1899 as the NY Gothams, the Giants overall record is 10,000 wins-8511 losses.

JULY 15:

1901: Christy Mathewson tosses his first career no-hitter, defeating St. Louis, 5-0.

1935: Donn Clendenon is born in Neosho, MO.

1967: Bob Gibson fractures his right fibula when he is hit by a line drive off the bat of Roberto Clemente.

1969: Rod Carew steals home for the 7th time this season.

1973: Nolan Ryan tosses a no-hitter and whiffs 17 as the California Angels defeat Detroit, 6-0.

1980: Johnny Bench hits the 314th HR of his career as a catcher, passing Yogi Berra.

1993: Cal Ripken becomes the all-time leader in HRs hit by a shortstop. His 278th round tripper passes Ernie Banks.

2000: A mint 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card is sold on E-Bay for $1.265 million.

2005: Rafael Palmeiro doubles off of Joel Pineiro for the 3000th hit of his career. Palmeiro joins Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Eddie Murray as the only players with 3000 hits and 500 Home Runs

JULY 16:

1897: Cap Anson singles off of Baltimore’s George Blackburn and with this becomes the first player in history to record 3000 hits.

1909: Ed Summers of Detroit pitches all 18 innings of a game against Washington. The game ends in a tie, 0-0, and is called because of ‘darkness.’ It is the longest scoreless game played in AL history.

1941: Joe DiMaggio goes 3-4 and extends his hitting streak to 56 games.

2003: The Mets trade Armando Benitez to the Yankees for Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa.

2006: Mariano Rivera joins Lee Smith, Trevor Hoffman and John Franco as the only members of the 400 Saves club.

JULY 17:

1936: Carl Hubbell defeats Pittsburgh, 6-0. It is the first of Hubbell’s 24 game winning streak which will continue until 1938.

1941: At Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Joe DiMaggio is held hitless and his streak ends at 56 games.

1954: With Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Amoros, Jim Gilliam and Don Newcombe in the starting lineup, the Brooklyn Dodgers become the first club ever to field a team with a majority of black players. Brooklyn defeats Milwaukee, 2-1.

1961: Perhaps the greatest hitter in the history of the game and the most fierce competitor to ever walk onto a baseball field, Ty Cobb, The Georgia Peach, dies in Atlanta, GA.

1974: Bob Gibson joins Walter Johnson as only the 2nd player in history with 3000 strikeouts.

1974: One of the most colorful characters to ever play the game, Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean, dies in Reno, NV.

1976: Walt Alston wins his 2000th game as manager of the Dodgers.

1990: For the first time in history, a team pulls off 2 triple plays in the same game. The Twins accomplish this rare feat but still suffer a 1-0 loss to Boston.

JULY 18:

1921: Baseball has a new Home Run king when Babe Ruth hits the 139th of his career, passing Roger Connor.

1948: Pat Seerey hits 4 homers as the White Sox defeat the Philadelphia A’s, 12-11.

1952: After trailing the Giants 11-0 after 3 innings, the Cardinals come from behind and win, 14-12.

1970: Willie Mays becomes the newest member of the 3000 hit club when he singles off Mike Wegener of Montreal.

1994: After trailing 11-0 through 3, the Astros rally to defeat the Cardinals, 15-12.

1999: David Cone becomes the 16th pitcher in history to toss a perfect game.

2006: Jason Varitek catches his 991st game for Boston, passing Carlton Fisk.

JULY 19:

1910: Cleveland defeats Washington, 5-4. It’s the 500th career victory for Cy Young.

1915: In the first inning, Washington successfully steals 8 bases against Cleveland catcher Steve O’Neil.

1927: Ty Cobb doubles for the 4000th hit of his career.

1936: Bob Feller makes his major league debut, pitching 1 inning in relief.

1960: In his first major league game, Juan Marichal 1-hits the Phillies as the Giants win, 2-0.

1974: Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits the defending champion Oakland A’s.

1982: A rookie for San Diego hits a double off of Sid Monge. This is the first hit in the career of Tony Gwynn.

JULY 20:

1859: At a race track on Long Island, about 1500 fans become the first spectators who pay to get in to see a ball game. They hand over fifty cents.

1906: Mal Eason of Brooklyn no-hits St. Louis, 2-0.

1925: Dazzy Vance strikes out 17 as the Cubs fall to Brooklyn, 4-3.

1933: Babe Herman hits 3 homers, including a Grand Slam, as the Cubs defeat the Phillies, 10-1.

1958: Jim Bunning no-hits Boston, 3-0.

1970: Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies, 5-0.

1973: The Yankees sweep a double header from the White Sox. Wilbur Wood takes the loss in both games.

1976: Hank Aaron hits a HR against Dick Drago. It is the 755th and final HR of Aaron’s remarkable career.

1987: 1B Don Mattingly ties an AL record with 22 putouts in 1 game.

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A Mets fan since 1973, Rob was born in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Luckily, his parents moved to Queens at a young age so he was not scarred by pinstripes. Currently living in southern Nevada, he writes suspense novels and crime fiction. His debut novel "Plain God" hit book stores in September of 2015. Visit me at my site