LINEDRIVER's History Picks For JULY
JULY 1, 1973…..The Reds make dramatic comebacks in both ends of a doubleheader and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, and 3-2. Hal King’s clutch home run wins the first game and Tony Perez’ tenth inning RBI wins the second game.
JULY 2, 1969…..Reds’ pitcher Gerry Arrigo hits three Braves’ batters with pitched balls in the second inning. This feat ties a ML record for one pitcher hitting three batters in the same inning. The umpires do not issue any warnings to the Reds. Atlanta pitcher Milt Pappas is ejected from the game for yelling at the umpires.
JULY 3, 1929…...Hack Wilson of the Cubs jumps into the Cincinnati dugout and wants to fight Reds’ pitcher Ray Kolp, who has been heckling Wilson. Wilson is stopped and ejected before he can reach Kolp.
JULY 4, 1989…..Tom Browning is just three outs away from his second career perfect game when Philadelphia’s Dickie Thon hits a double. Browning is eventually relieved by Johnny Franco in the 2-1 Reds win.
JULY 5, 1965…..Jim Maloney pitches the Reds to a 7-5 win over the Dodgers allowing the Reds to take over first place in the National League.
JULY 6, 1980…..The National League wins the All-Star game for the ninth consecutive year. Reds’ outfielder Ken Griffey is named the game’s MVP after going 2-for-3 with a solo HR.
JULY 7, 1914…..The Reds have a working agreement with the Baltimore Orioles of the International League and have first choice of two players that the Orioles are trying to sell off. The Orioles are going broke due to competition with the Federal League’s Baltimore team. The Reds pick outfielder George Twombley and shortstop Claud Derrick. Two days later, the Boston Red Sox buy three of the available players for a total of $25,000. Those three players are Ernie Shores, Ben Egan, and a young pitcher who swings a decent bat by the name of George “Babe” Ruth. The rest is history!
JULY 8, 1962…..Reds’ manager Fred Hutchinson uses 9 pitchers in the 2nd game of a doubleheader with the Houston Colt 45’s. The Reds win both games.
JULY 9, 1973…..The Reds/Pirates game at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium draws a big crowd of 53,328 fans. The Pittsburgh Pirates break a 9-9 tie in the top of the tenth-inning with the aid of a two-run HR from Richie Zisk. The Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds get busy and score three runs in the bottom of the tenth-inning, the last two runs coming from George Foster's two-run single. Reds 12, Pirates 11.
JULY 10, 1968…..The National League announces that Cincinnati will be in the Western Division in 1969 for the start of divisional play.
JULY 11, 1983…..The Reds’ general partners dismiss team president Dick Wagner. The Reds are in last place and 15 ½ games behind the first place Atlanta Braves.
JULY 12, 1988…..Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium is the home field of the All-Star Game for the first time since 1970. Oakland’s Terry Steinbach hits a solo HR and a sacrifice fly that leads the American League to a 2-1 victory.
JULY 13, 1966…..The struggling Cincinnati Reds replace manager Don Heffner with Reds’ coach Dave Bristol.
JULY 14, 1970…..The NL wins it’s 8th consecutive All-Star game when Pete Rose scores the winning run in the 12th inning after a homeplate collision with catcher Ray Fosse of the Indians.
JULY 15, 1952…..Thirty-eight year-old Johnny Vander Meer pitches another no-hitter. The southpaw throws this one for Beaumont of the Texas League. Vander Meer tossed two consecutive no-hitters for the Reds in 1938, a major league record that still stands.
JULY 16, 1970…..The Pirates host the Reds in the first game at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium. The Reds’ Tony Perez hits the first HR in the new ballpark. The Pirates introduce knit uniforms, replacing the traditional heavy flannels.
JULY 17, 1979…..Former Red and current Phillie Pete Rose plays firstbase in the All-Star Game and sets an All-Star Game record for playing at five different positions in his career.
JULY 18, 1964…..Pete Rose hits the one and only grandslam HR of his long and distinguished playing career. The Reds brush off the Phillies, 14-3.
JULY 19, 1914…..The Braves beat the Reds in the ninth inning and start the move from last place to eventual pennant winners. The Reds’ loss today starts a journey from 2nd place to last place.
JULY 20, 1916…..Onetime pitching great Christy Mathewson is traded to the Reds with thirdbaseman Bill McKechnie and outfielder Edd Roush. Mathewson is the new manager and appears in just one game as a pitcher. Roush goes on to win NL batting titles in 1917 and 1919. McKechnie will manage the ’39 & ’40 Reds into to the World Series.
JULY 21, 1982…..Reds’ manager John McNamara is fired and is replaced by thirdbase coach Russ Nixon. The Reds are 24 games below .500 and are in last place in the NL West.
JULY 22, 1989…..Johnny Bench is inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
JULY 23, 1962…..Edd Roush is inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Roush retired after the 1931 season with a lifetime .323 batting average. He spent 11 full seasons with the Reds during his 18 season career.
JULY 24, 1978…..Pete Rose singles twice against the Mets and ties the modern National League record with a 37 consecutive game hitting streak.
JULY 25, 1978…..Pete Rose bangs out three hits and has collected at least one hit in 38 consecutive games.
JULY 26, 1978…..Johnny Bench hits his 300th career HR and Pete Rose hits in his 39th consecutive game. The Reds lose to the Mets, 12-3.
JULY 27, 1964…..Reds’ manager Fred Hutchinson enters a Cincinnati hospital for cancer treatment and is replaced by coach Dick Sisler. Hutch’s uniform number “1” will eventually be the first number to be retired by the Reds.
JULY 28, 1990…..The Reds’ Paul O’Neill singles and breaks up a no-hitter in the ninth inning by Scott Garrelts of the San Francisco Giants.
JULY 29, 1968…..George Culver throws a no-hitter against the Phillies despite an ingrown toenail and a pre-game stomach ache. The Phillies scored a second inning run on a couple of Cincinnati errors. Reds 6, Phils 1.
JULY 30, 1988…..Reds’ relief ace Johnny Franco sets a ML record when he saves his 13th game of the month. The Reds win, 2-0.
JULY 31, 1935….. The Reds sell too many tickets for the night game against the Cardinals. Some of the 30,000 fans are on the grass and held back from fair territory by ropes. A female fan slips under a rope, grabs a bat, and swings at a toss from Cardinal pitcher Paul “Daffy” Dean. She “grounds out” and Cardinal manager Frankie Frisch argues that the play should count as an official Cincinnati at-bat.