The Week in Baseball History

Billy Ripken baseball cardJuly 10: In the second annual All-Star Game, Carl Hubbell strikes out five future Hall of Famers in a row:  Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin (1934).  

July 11:  Babe Ruth plays his first game with Boston, pitching a 4-3 win against Cleveland, however strikes out in his first at-bat (1914); Earl Weaver becomes the manager of the Baltimore Orioles (1968); Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to record 4,000 strikeouts (1985); Cal Ripken, Sr., becomes the first manager to manage two sons when Billy Ripken makes his debut with the Baltimore Orioles joining brother Cal (1987).

July 12:  Cy Young records his 300th victory with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia A’s (1901); Larry Doby, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Don Newcombe are the first black players to appear in an All-Star game, held at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn (1949); fans overrun the field at Comiskey Park during “Disco Demolition Night,” causing the Chicago White Sox to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader (1979). 

July 13:  At the age of 43, Early Wynn wins his 300th game against the Kansas City Athletics (1963); the All-Star game is played at night for the first time at Shibe Park (1943); Kirby Puckett wins the MVP award at the All-Star game at Camden Yards (1993).

July 14: Hank Aaron hits his 500th home run (1968). 

July 15:  Johnny Bench breaks Yogi Berra’s record for home runs by a  catcher when he hits his 314th home run (1980); the Seattle Mariners play their first game at Safeco Field after spending 22½ years at the Kingdome (1999).

July 16:  Time Raines becomes the first switch hitter in Montreal Expos history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game at Olympic Stadium (1988).

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