July 30: Highlights of This Busy Day in Baseball History
1933 – Dizzy Dean strikes out seventeen Cubs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago 8-2. Cardinal teammate Jimmie Wilson, the club’s catcher, sets a new mark by recording 18 putouts.
1947 – The New York Giants beat Ewell Blackwell and the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 10 innings, ending Blackwell’s 16-game winning streak. During the streak Blackwell completed every game and threw five shutouts, including a no-hitter
1951 - Retired Hall of Famer Ty Cobb testifies in front of a Congressional committee in Washington D.C. He denies the reserve clause makes ‘peons’ out of baseball players and is necessary to keep the competitive balance in the game.
1952 – Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar interleague deals until all clubs bid, with the club lowest in the league to get first pick. He sets the price at $10,000 and bars all other deals after July 31.
1954 – Against Allie Reynolds, third baseman Bob Kennedy hits the first grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles.
1959 – Willie McCovey collects four hits, including two triples, in four at-bats in his major league debut – a 7-2 win over Philadelphia. The Giants first baseman will go on to be selected Rookie of the Year.
1960 – Yankee manager Casey Stengel celebrates his 70th birthday and notes, “most people my age are dead at the present time”.
1962 – Powered by Leon Wagner, Pete Runnels, and Rocky Colavito, the American League beats the National League 9-4 at Wrigley Field in the second All-Star Game of 1962.
1968 - In a 10-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer to execute an unassisted triple play.
1969 - During an 11-run top of the ninth inning at Shea Stadium, Houston Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn both hit grand-slams in a 16-3 victory over the Mets.
1973 - Rangers’ right-hander Jim Bibby becomes the 14th rookie to throw a no-hitter, holding the World Champions A’s hitless in a 3-0 Texas victory in Oakland.
1978 – The Expos crush the Braves, 19-0, collecting twenty-eight hits and a National League record-tying eight home runs.
1980 – During a workout at the Astrodome, Houston hurler J.R.. Richard suffers a stroke attempting to throw for the first time since being hospitalized for tests. Emergency surgery is performed to remove a blood clot behind his right collarbone, but the fireballer will never pitch in the major leagues again.
1982 – The Atlanta Braves return Chief Noc-A-Homa and his teepee to the left field area after losing 19 of 21 games and blowing a 10 1/2-game lead. The teepee had been removed to make room for more seats. The team recovered to regain first place and win the NL West.
1988 – John Franco saves his thirteenth game of July in Cincinnati’s 2-0 win over San Diego, setting a Major League record for saves in one month.
1990 – George Steinbrenner is forced to resign as general partner of the New York Yankees by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent.
2003 - White Sox shortstop Jose Valentin hits three home runs in a 15-4 victory over the Royals, becoming first switch-hitter in baseball history to have three-homer games in both the American and National Leagues.
2006 – New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran ties a major league record with his third grand slam this month, becoming the ninth player in major league history to hit three grand slams in a calendar month.
2008 – The Indians’ Kelly Shoppach ties a major league record with five extra-base hits, 2 homers and 3 doubles including a game-tying homer in the ninth.
2010 – The Colorado Rockies use a record-setting 12-run eighth inning to rout the Chicago Cubs 17-2. The Rockies have 13 hits in the inning, setting a major league record 11 straight.