This Week in Baseball History

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July 3 – The Rangers get 12 runs in the 15th inning of a 16-4 win over the A’s, setting a new major-league record for runs in a single extra inning (1983).

July 4 – Lou Gehrig tells the fans at Yankee Stadium, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” during a ceremony to retire his uniform number – the first Major League player so honored (1939).

July 5 – Tony Cuccinello of the Dodgers and Al Cuccinello of the Giants become the first brothers on opposing teams to hit home runs in the same game (1935); Larry Doby breaks the color barrier in the American League when he makes his Major League debut (1947).

July 6 – Frank Robinson hits his last home run, number 586, before retiring (1976).

July 7 – Jack Dunn, owner of the International League’s Baltimore Orioles, sells the contracts of Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore, and Ben Egan to the Boston Red Sox for $25,000 (1914); the Cleveland Indians sign 42-year old Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige (1948); beer is sold for the first time in Exhibition Stadium in Toronto after the government of Ontario approves its sale (1982). 

July 8 – Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson become the first black players for the San Francisco Giants (1949); the All-Star game is played at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, with the American League winning 4-3 (1958).

July 9 – Nolan Ryan wins his 100th game (1988); during the All-Star game at Toronto’s SkyDome, the American League wins with a Cal Ripken, Jr. 3-run home run, and Ripken is named MVP of the game (1991). 

July 10 – The All-Star Game at Fenway Park is canceled because of travel restrictions enforced by World War II (1945).