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July 26

2011 - 5 years ago

The 19-inning, six-hour and 39-minute game between the Pirates and Braves at Turner Field ends in a 4-3 Atlanta victory when Jerry Meals makes one of the worst calls in baseball history. The home plate umpire rules that Michael McKenry had missed Julio Lugo, although it was evident to everyone in ballpark that the base runner was tagged out three feet in front of the dish.

With a 9-2 victory in New York, the Mariners post their first win since July 5 to end their 17-game losing streak, a franchise record. Seattle's recent futility surpassed the team's previous longest winless drought, which consisted of 14 consecutive defeats in 1992.

 

1991 - 25 years ago

Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers for nine innings, but Los Angeles wins the game in the bottom of the tenth on two singles off the Expos' starter and Darryl Strawberry's RBI single off reliever Jeff Fassero. It's the first time the Dodgers had been held hitless at home for nine innings since Johnny Vander Meer's second straight no-hitter in 1938.

 

Happy Birthday to the "Old Sarge", Hall of Fame pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm.

 



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July 27

2011 - 5 years ago

The Mariners snap their franchise-record 17-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory against New York at Yankee Stadium. The team's first win in three weeks comes as a result of Seattle's strong offensive output and Felix Hernandez's seven innings of four hit, one-run ball.

 

Ervin Santana, facing only two hitters over the minimum, no-hits against the hometown Indians at Progressive Field, 3-1. The Tribe's only run against the Angels' right-hander is the result of a first-inning wild pitch run following an error by shortstop Erick Aybar.

 

1966 - 50 years ago

Six weeks after the team plays their first game in the Peach State, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision by a narrow vote of 4-3, ruling that the state doesn't have the jurisdiction to keep the Braves from moving to Atlanta. Due to the close vote, the state of Wisconsin decides to appeal the majority’s decision to the United States Supreme Court.

 

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Tinker.

Happy Birthday to the Lip, Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher



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July 28

2006 - 10 years ago

In an an 8-7 loss to the Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park, Luke Scott becomes the first rookie and sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Houston 28 year-old right-fielder, who had a three-run homer in the fourth, a fifth inning triple, and double in the seventh inning, completes the rare feat with a two-out single in the 11th inning.

 

1991 - 25 years ago

Expos' Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey becomes the first backstop to ever catch two perfect games as he also was behind the plate on May 15, 1981 when Indian hurler Len Barker faced 27 batters beating the Blue Jays, 3-0.

 



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July 29

2011 - 5 years ago

The Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from the last-place Astros for a trio of highly touted minor leaguers. The 28 year-old right-fielder joins Philadelphia with a .309 average, 11 homers and 62 RBIs.

 

2006 - 10 years ago

Julio Franco became the oldest player ever to pinch run when he takes Carlos Delgado's place on the basepaths after the Mets' infielder is hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. The 47 year-old pinch-runner, who will stay in the game to play first, steals second base and will advance to third on the catcher's error in the Mets' 11-4 win over Atlanta at Turner Field.

With a 19-6 rout of the Yankees at the Stadium, the Devil Rays tie a franchise record for runs scored. Batting last, Tampa Bay third baseman Tomas Perez adds to the barrage with four doubles, equaling the major league mark for two-baggers hit in one game.

 

 



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July 30

2006 - 10 years ago

Eighteen individuals, the largest number ever selected, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. The group consist of 17 persons who had participated in the pre-Negro Leagues or Negro Leagues, including Effa Manley, the first woman to enter the Hall, and Bruce Sutter, the fourth reliever to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

 

1966- 50 years ago

In the fifth season of the franchise's existence, the Mets experience their first winning month when they beat Chicago at Shea Stadium, 6-3. With another victory tomorrow, the Amazins will finish July with an 18-14 record.

 

Happy Birthday to the 'Old Perfessor', Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel



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July 31

2011 - 5 years ago

The Braves become only the second team in big league history with 10,000 losses, along with the Phillies, who reached the milestone in 2007. The franchise recently collected its 10,000th victory, including the wins during their tenure in Boston and Milwaukee.

Although his uniform digits have been previously placed on the team's Level of Excellence, the Blue Jays officially retire Roberto Alomar's No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player to be honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

 

2006 - 10 years ago

With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, Orlando Hudson hits a home run from both sides of home plate. Batting left-handed in the third inning, the Diamondbacks' second baseman goes deep off Mark Prior for his first career grand slam, then right-handed nails a Glendon Rusch pitch for a two-run homer in the seventh contributing to Arizona's 15-4 victory over the Cubs.

Carlos Beltran hits his third grand slam within a calendar month, becoming the ninth player to accomplish the feat. The New York center fielder's bases-filled homer is the Mets' sixth, tying the 1996 Expos and 1999 Indians for most by a team in a calendar month.



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August 1

2011 - 5 years ago

After popping out in a pinch-hitting appearance, Craig Counsell remains without a hit in his last 45 at-bats, tying the longest single-season hitless streak by a position player in history, established by Brooklyn backstop Bill Bergen in 1909. The major league record is 0-for-70 established in 1970 by Bob Buhl, a pitcher who toiled with the Braves and Cubs that season.

 

2006 - 10 years ago

Carlos Guillen, needing a two-bagger to complete the cycle, stretches a single into a double, much to the delight of the Tampa Bay fans. The Detroit shortstop is the tenth Tiger to accomplish the feat, but it is the first time it has occurred during a Devil Ray game.

At Turner Field in a game against the Braves, Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, the seventh longest in major league history. The Oriole shortstop's streak began in June 2, 2000 as a member of the Oakland A’s.

 

1941 - 75 years ago

On Ladies' Day at Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez breaks the major league mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 free passes in the 9-0 victory over St. Louis. The New York southpaw, who extends the team's streak of holding the opponents scoreless to 21 consecutive innings, tosses a five-hitter, improving his record to 10-3.



-- Edited by glewis on Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 05:15:18 AM

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August 1

2011 - 5 years ago

After popping out in a pinch-hitting appearance, Craig Counsell remains without a hit in his last 45 at-bats, tying the longest single-season hitless streak by a position player in history, established by Brooklyn backstop Bill Bergen in 1909. The major league record is 0-for-70 established in 1970 by Bob Buhl, a pitcher who toiled with the Braves and Cubs that season.

 

2006 - 10 years ago

Carlos Guillen, needing a two-bagger to complete the cycle, stretches a single into a double, much to the delight of the Tampa Bay fans. The Detroit shortstop is the tenth Tiger to accomplish the feat, but it is the first time it has occurred during a Devil Ray game.

At Turner Field in a game against the Braves, Miguel Tejada plays in his 1,000th consecutive game, the seventh longest in major league history. The Oriole shortstop's streak began in June 2, 2000 as a member of the Oakland A’s.

 

1941 - 75 years ago

On Ladies' Day at Yankee Stadium, Lefty Gomez breaks the major league mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 free passes in the 9-0 victory over St. Louis. The New York southpaw, who extends the team's streak of holding the opponents scoreless to 21 consecutive innings, tosses a five-hitter, improving his record to 10-3.



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August 2

2011 - 5 years ago

In the Yankees' rain-shortened 6-0 victory in Chicago, Mark Teixeira homers from both sides of the plate for the 12th time to set a new major league record. The New York slugging first-baseman surpasses switch-hitters Eddie Murray and Chili Davis, who went yard from both sides of the dish 11 times during their careers.

 

 



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August 3

Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame outfielder Harry Heilmann



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August 4

2006 - 10 year ago

In the Phillies' 5-3 victory over the Mets, Chase Utley's hitting streak ends at 35 consecutive games. Philadelphia’s second baseman, who goes 0-for-5, has the fourth longest stretch in National League history.

 

1941 - 75 years ago

Mickey Owens becomes the first catcher to handle three foul pop ups in one frame. The Brooklyn backstop's third inning defense contributes to the Dodgers' 11-6 victory over New York at Ebbets Field.

 

Happy Birthday to Eagle Eye, Hall of Fame first baseman Jake Beckley.



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August 5

2006 - 10 years ago

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.

 



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August 6

2001 - 10 years ago

The Hall of Fame Veterans Committee, comprised of five former players, five media members, and five former executives, which was established in 1953, is to be replaced by a 90-member group made up of the members of the Hall of Fame (61), the recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink award for writers (13), the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasters, (13) and current Veterans Committee members (3). The new committee will be able to elect players only once every two years and executives, umpires, and managers only once every four years.

 

1941 - 75 years ago

Al Benton becomes the first major leaguer to have two sacrifice bunts in one inning. The Tiger right-hander accomplishes the feat in the top of third inning, a frame that features 17 batters coming to bat, in an 11-2 rout of the Indians at Cleveland's League Park.

 



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August 7

Happy Birthday to the Deacon, Hall of Fame manager Bill McKechnie



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glewis wrote:

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Happy Birthday to the Deacon, Hall of Fame manager Bill McKechnie


 Ichiro collects his 3,000 hit.



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