Category: sports

July 23, 1962 Jackie Robinson becomes the firs…

July 23, 1962
Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining the Dodger infielder in the Cooperstown ceremony are fireballer Bob Feller, manager Bill McKechnie, and outfielder Edd Roush.

July 22, 1923 At Cleveland’s Dunn Field, Walte…

July 22, 1923
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.

July 21, 2008 Diamondback left-hander Randy Jo…

July 21, 2008
Diamondback left-hander Randy Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 2,000 strikeouts for two different teams. The Arizona southpaw, who fanned 2,162 batters pitching for the Mariners from 1989-98, whiffs Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez to earn the distinction.

July 20, 1965 Yankees’ pitcher Mel Stottlemyre…

July 20, 1965
Yankees’ pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam against the Red Sox. The fifth-inning shot to deep center field proves to be the difference in the 23-year-old right-hander’s 6-3 complete-game victory at Yankee Stadium.

July 19, 2015 After a two-and-a-half-hour dela…

July 19, 2015
After a two-and-a-half-hour delay, the Angels finally call off their game against the Red Sox, making the postponement the team’s first home game to be cancelled because of inclement weather in 20 years. The last rainout in Anaheim occurred on June 16, 1995, covering a span of 1,609 consecutive games, when the Halos and White Sox were washed out.

July 18, 1939 The Red Sox send 21-year-old far…

July 18, 1939
The Red Sox send 21-year-old farmhand Pee Wee Reese to the Dodgers for $35,000 and a player to be named later (Red Evans), along with three minor leaguers due to a less-than-enthusiastic scouting report filed by Joe Cronin, the team’s current player-manager, who deliberately downplayed the prospect’s talent to keep his own job in the Boston infield. The Louisville Colonels regular shortstop, a future Hall of Famer, will become a crowd favorite, helping Brooklyn to win seven pennants during his 16 seasons with the team.

July 17, 1914 Against the Giants, control arti…

July 17, 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.

July 16, 2013 In the All-Star Game played at N…

July 16, 2013
In the All-Star Game played at New York’s Citi Field, Salvador Perez, who replaced Joe Mauer behind the plate in the last inning, leads off the eighth with a single to right field off Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel. Perez becomes the first Royals’ player to get a hit in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson blasted his memorable moonshot at Anaheim Stadium in 1989.

July 15, 1901 Christy Mathewson becomes the fi…

July 15, 1901
Christy Mathewson becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter in in the modern era of baseball. The 20-year-old right-hander holds the Cardinals hitless in the Giants’ 5-0 victory at Robison Field in St. Louis.

July 14, 1956 Mel Parnell, in the final year o…

July 14, 1956
Mel Parnell, in the final year of his career, throws the first no-hit game in the American League in three seasons when he defeats the White Sox at Fenway Park, 4-0. The 34-year-old becomes the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Howard Ehmke accomplished the feat against Philadelphia in 1923.