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Sports Quote: “The great thing about baseball is when you are done, you’ll only tell your grandchildren the good things. If they ask me about 1989 I’ll tell them I had amnesia.” -
Sparky Anderson.


On This Date In Baseball History, July 17:

1890 - For the first time in baseball history, two 300-game winners are opponents as Tim Keefe of the Giants faces Pittsburgh’s Jim ‘Pud’ Galvin in a Players League match-up. New York beat the Burghers, 8-2, in the first of four historic confrontations between the two future members of the Hall of Fame.

1912 - At the Ostermalm Athletics Grounds, Sweden’s Vesteras Baseball Club plays an exhibition game at the Summer Olympics against an American team. The squad from the United States, who unsurprisingly wins the contest 13-3, consists of athletes who are in Stockholm competing for gold medals in other sports.

1914 - Against the Giants, control artist Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches an entire 21-inning game without issuing a single walk. The contest, which is the longest game in big league history without a base-on-balls, is decided by Larry Doyle’s home run in the top of the frame giving Rube Marquard, who also goes the distance, the 3-1 victory.

1924 — Jesse Haines of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Boston Braves.

1936 — Carl Hubbell’s 24-game winning streak over two years began as he beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on five hits.

1941 — Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak of 56 games was stopped by Al Smith and Jim Bagby of the Indians before 67,000 at Cleveland. The Yankees still won, 4-3.

1947 - Less than two weeks after Larry Doby’s debut with the Indians, Hank Thompson becomes the second black player to debut in the American League and first for the Browns. The former Kansas City Monarchs standout, who will play in only 27 games for St. Louis because his presence does not significantly raise attendance, goes 0-for 4 in the team’s 16-2 loss to Philadelphia at Sportsman’s Park. / 1947 - At Cleveland Stadium, the Yankees sweep a doubleheader against the Indians, 3-1 and 7-2, the victories extend the club’s winning streak to 19 games. equaling the American League mark established by the White Sox in 1906.

1954 - With Jim Gilliam (2b), Jackie Robinson (3b), Sandy Amoros (lf), Roy Campanella (c), and Don Newcombe (p) in the starting lineup against the Braves, the Dodgers field the first team which consists of a majority of black players. The historic five helps Brooklyn to beat Milwaukee at County Stadium, 2-1.

1957 - In front of a House Judiciary subcommittee, team owner Arnold Johnson, contrary to the truth, denies he has favored the Yankees when trading players from the A’s to the Bronx. The Congress is skeptical due to a number of recent suspicious deals between the New York and Kansas City clubs.

1961 - Yankee sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, both ahead of the Bambino’s record 1927 pace, each lose a homer when the nightcap of a twin bill is rained out in the fifth inning against the Orioles in Baltimore. The washout occurs on same day Commissioner Ford Frick decrees that Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs will not be broken unless a player hits 61 or more within the first 154 games of the newly expanded 162-game schedule.

1964 - In Los Angeles, the Cub-Dodger contest becomes the first Pay-TV baseball game as Subscription Television offers the cablecast to subscribers for a fee. The Dodgers beat Chicago, 3-2, with Don Drysdale collecting 10 strikeouts.

1969 - In a twin bill split with the Braves, Lee May hits two home runs in each contest as well as driving in five runs in both ends of the doubleheader. Despite the all-star first baseman performance, the Reds drop the opener 9-8, but come back to win the night cap, 10-4. / 1969 — Jim Kaat, Gold Glove winner for seven straight years, was charged with three errors, leading to three unearned runs against the Chicago White Sox. Nevertheless, he won the game at Minnesota 8-5.

1974 — Bob Gibson struck out Cesar Geronimo of the Reds in the second inning to become the second pitcher in major league history to record 3,000 strikeouts. Cincinnati beat St. Louis, 6-4.

1976 - Walter Alston wins his 2,000th game as Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’ will retire at the end season ending his 23-year tenure as the club’s skipper with a 2,040-1,613 record (.558).

1978 - Reggie Jackson is suspended for five days without pay by the Yankees. During a Bronx Bomber loss, the future Hall of Fame slugger incurs skipper Billy Martin’s wrath by striking out attempting to bunt after being specifically told to hit away. / 1978 — Doc Medich of the Texas Rangers saved the life of a 61-year-old fan who had a heart attack just before a scheduled game at Baltimore. Medich, a medical student, administered heart massage until help arrived.

1979 - At Seattle’s Kingdome, the National League wins its eighth straight All-Star Game, 7–6. In the 7-6 victory over the Junior Circuit, Mets outfielder Lee Mazzilli hits a home run to tie the game in the eighth, and then walks in the ninth to bring in the eventual winning run.

1987 - In his major league debut, Ken Caminiti hits a triple‚ a homer and scores the winning run in the ninth inning as the Astros edge the visiting Phillies‚ 2-1. The Houston rookie is just the fourth big leaguer to have hit a home run and triple in his first game. / 1987 — Don Mattingly became the first AL player to hit at least one home run in each of seven consecutive games as the New York Yankees disposed of the Texas Rangers 8-4.

1990 — Minnesota became the first team in major league history to pull off two triple plays in one game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Boston as the Red Sox beat the Twins 1-0.

1991 - In a 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium‚ Orioles DH Sam Horn becomes the first non-pitcher in major league history to strike out six consecutive times in a single game. In 1913, Carl Weilman, a hurler for the Browns, became the first major leaguer to accomplish the dubious feat.

1993 - In a Northwest League contest, Jason Thompson’s error with two outs in the ninth inning spoils Glenn Dishman’s bid for a perfect game against the Yakima Bears. On a routine ground ball, the Spokane first baseman, anxious to begin the celebration of his teammate’s accomplishment, pulls his foot off the bag before the final out is recorded.

2000 — St. Louis rookie outfielder Chris Richard hit the first major league pitch he saw for a homer in an 8-3 win over Minnesota.

2007 — Ryan Garko hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning and singled home the winning run in the 11th to give Cleveland a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

2008 - The Phillies trade minor league prospects Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matthew Spencer to A’s for right-hander Joe Blanton. Oakland’s Opening Day starter, who is currently 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA, is expected to deepen Philadelphia’s rotation.

2011 — Dustin Pedroia singled with two outs in the top of the 16th inning, snapping a scoreless tie and giving the Red Sox a 1-0 victory over the Rays. It was the longest 1-0 game in the major leagues since the Brewers at Angels on June 8, 2004 went 17 innings.

Today’s birthdays: Steve Delabar 29; Adam Lind 29.

Sports Quote: “Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game.” -
Ted Williams.


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