1st Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Travis Jackson, and Happy Chandler are inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.
Dusty Baker hits a pair of homers and Pedro Guerrero goes solo as the visiting Dodgers down the Braves, 9-4. Chris Chambliss has a 1st-inning grand slam for the Braves scoring.
2nd Oakland’s Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season in a 6–5 win over Seattle, tying the AL record he set last season and leaving him with 56 games to break Lou Brock’s single-season record of 118. Henderson is the first player ever to steal 100 bases twice.
3rd The White Sox sweep a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium 1–0 and 14–2, prompting Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to fire manager Gene Michael and replace him with pitching coach Clyde King. King is the Yankees’ 3rd manager this season.
Kansas City’s Frank White completes the cycle with an RBI triple in the bottom of the 9th to give the Royals a 6–5 win over the Tigers.
At California, Doug DeCinces cracks homers in his first 3 at bats, but the Angels still lose to the Twins, 5–4.
4th OF Joel Youngblood becomes the first ML player ever to play for 2 different teams in 2 different cities on the same day, and collects a hit in each game, both off future Hall of Famers. After going 1-for-2 off Fergie Jenkins in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field, a 7–4 Mets win, Youngblood is traded from the Mets to the Expos and flies to Philadelphia in time to enter the game that night in the 6th inning, going 1-for-1 off another Hall of Famer, Steve Carlton. The Phils beat the Expos, 5–4.
5th Al Bumbry hits a leadoff HR—his second in two days—and Jim Palmer pitches a 3-hitter as the Orioles beat the Royals, 5-1.
6th Jack Clark and Reggie Smith hit back-to-back home runs twice in San Francisco’s 7–6 win over Houston. The Giants trail 6–4 in the 9th inning before Clark and Smith homer to send the game into extra innings.
Just 5 days after hitting 3 home runs in a 5–4 loss to the Twins, California’s Doug DeCinces hits 3 more home runs in a 9–5 win at Seattle, joining Ted Williams as the only AL players ever to hit 3 home runs in a game twice in the same season.
The Yankees trade Bucky Dent to the Rangers for Lee Mazzilli. Dent was hitting only .169 and had lost his starting SS job to Roy Smalley.
7th For the third game in a row, the Dodgers beat the Braves in extra innings, topping them today, 7-6. Steve Bedrosian loses for the third time in four games as the first-place Braves are mired in the middle of an 11-game losing streak
10th Bob Lillis replaces Bill Virdon as manager of the Houston Astros. Virdon was the senior manager in the NL, having managed the Astros since 1975.
11th Houston’s Nolan Ryan pitches his 8th career one-hitter 3–0 at San Diego. Terry Kennedy’s 5th-inning single is the only Padres hit.
Twins Terry Felton (0-11) is the losing pitcher in 6–3 loss to California, dropping his career record to 0-14, the worst individual start in ML history, topping the 0-13 mark that Guy Morton posted in 1914. Felton will never win a ML game, finishing his career with an 0-16 record.
The Brewers purchase veteran P Doc Medich from the Rangers. With the addition of Medich, the Brewers will sell Randy Lerch to Montreal on August 14. Doc will win 5 games for the Brewers.
14th Atlanta snaps an 11-game losing streak with a 6–5 win over the Padres and moves back within 11⁄2games of first-place Los Angeles in the NL West. Atlanta had held first place since April 27th before the streak.
In a barnburner at Stade Olympique, the Phillies score 9 runs in the 8th and hold on for a 15-11 win over the Expos. Bill Robinson leads off the 8th with a pinch single and follows with a grand slam. Jerry Reed, who faces one man, and Bryn Smith with an inning of work, are the only two pitchers of nine in the game who don’t allow 2 or more runs.
15th En route to a 8–0 win at Fenway over Baltimore, the Red Sox pick up 3 intentional walks in the 7th inning, tying the AL record. The Sox score 8 in the inning. Mike Stanley is the winner, pitching 5 innings in relief of Mike Torrez who leaves after being hit in the head with a line drive in the 4th.
In Pittsburgh the Cardinals roll to a 12-5 win in game 1 over the Pirates. John Milner hits a pinch grand slam in the 8th for the first Buc scoring. The Birds finish the sweep with a 5-2 win in the nightcap.
16th Richie Hebner returns to the Pirates, who buy the vet from the Tigers.
17th Cincinnati’s Mario Soto fans 15 Mets in a 9–2 victory to raise his league-leading total to 209. Soto walks none. He will finish the season with 274 strikeouts, 2nd only to Steve Carlton’s 286. The Reds Cesar Cedeno steals his 500th base, just the 10th player in history to reach that level.
18th In the completion of a game suspended the previous day after 17 innings, the Dodgers beat the Cubs 2–1 in 21 innings despite running out of position players and having to use pitchers Fernando Valenzuela and Bob Welch in the outfield. Jerry Reuss pitches the final 4 innings for the win, then starts the regularly scheduled game and wins again 7–4.
The Reds play 14 innings and overcome a 5–1 Mets lead to win 7–6. Cesar Cedeno singles in the winning run. Tomorrow, they will win in the 10th against the Mets, 3–1, on Ron Oester’s HR.
The visiting Expos pummel the Braves, 12-2, as Al Oliver has 3 doubles and single and Andre Dawson clubs two homers and drives in 5 runs. For the Braves it is their 19th loss in 21 games, which started when they removed Chief Nok-A-Homa’s tipi to make room for temporary bleachers. The bleachers are put up each year to accommodate the NFL Falcons, a move that fuels the superstition that the Braves start losing when the tipi comes down. Surrendering, Braves management will put up the tipi tomorrow and the Braves will go on a tear to win the NL-West by a game.
19th Scheduled to pitch against the Expos in a home game, Braves’ rookie Pascual Perez misses the start of the game when he can’t find his way to the ball park. Perez circles on the expressway several times but got lost. He will be given a Braves jacket with the new number I-85 on it. Phil Niekro takes the mound, allowing 3 hits and winning 5–4 to run his record to 11–3.
20th In Atlanta, the Braves top the Mets 6–4 as Brett Butler makes his debut for the Braves. Butler has a single and RBI.
Padres rookie Alan Wiggins is suspended for one month by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn as a result of his July 21st arrest for cocaine possession.
21st Milwaukee’s Rollie Fingers records his 300th career save in a 3–2 win at Seattle, becoming the first player to reach that milestone.
22nd Third-string catcher Glenn Brummer steals home with the bases loaded and 2 out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Cardinals a 5–4 win over the Giants. Brummer, who was running on his own, will steal just 4 bases in his ML career. His teammates give him home plate, which they all sign: the base is in the Cardinal Hall of Fame.
Before the start of the Cubs-San Diego game, the Cubs retire Ernie Banks’ number. The team raises a white flag with blue pinstripes and Banks name and #14 on it from the left-field foul pole. It is the first time the Cubs have retired a number. The inspired Cubs then nip the Padres, 8-7.
At Riverfront, Garry Maddox clubs a 3rd-inning grand slam and the Phillies roll to an 8-2 victory over the Reds. Larry Christenson is the complete-game winner.
23rd Seattle pitcher Gaylord Perry is ejected in the 7th inning of a 4–3 loss to the Red Sox for doctoring the baseball. It is the first time in his 20 ML seasons that the self-proclaimed spitball king has been bounced for that offense.
After days after challenging the Reds “no facial hair” policy, P Jim Kern finds himself a member of the Chicago White Sox. The Reds receive Wade Rowdon and OF Leo Garcia.
24th Kansas City’s John Wathan steals his 31st base of the season in a 5–3 win over the Rangers, breaking the single-season record for catchers set by Ray Schalk in 1916. Wathan will finish the season with a career-high 36 SBs.
At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles use the long ball to subdue the Blue Jays, 7-3. Eddie Murray starts the scoring in the 1st inning with a 3-run homer and Joe Nolan finishes it with a 10th inning grand slam, off Joey McLaughlin.
25th In a 7–6 loss to Pittsburgh, San Diego outfielder Tony Gwynn breaks his wrist diving for a fly ball. Gwynn, hitting .271, will be out for three weeks. He’ll return September 13th, hit .348 for the rest of the year, but will fall short of the .300 mark for the only time in his career.
26thThe Expos Jeff Reardon (7-3) wins a pair in relief over the Astros, 3–2 and 5–3.
27th Rickey Henderson steals 4 bases in Oakland’s 5–4 loss to Milwaukee to raise his total to 122 and break Lou Brock’s single-season record of 118. The record-breaking 119th steal comes off pitcher Doc Medich and catcher Ted Simmons on a 3rd-inning pitchout. Milwaukee is now 6 1/2 games ahead in the AL East.
Dodger pinch hitters Rick Monday and Mike Marshall hit homers against the Cubs in a 9–4 LA win. The last time two pinch hitters connected for round trippers in the NL was August 23, 1975 when Monday combined with then-Cub teammate Champ Summers to do it.
30th In a slugfest featuring 7 homers—2 by Dwight Evans—Oakland beats Boston, 9–7.
The Phils split a pair with the Braves, winning 6–1 on Dick Ruthven’s 3-hitter, before losing game 2, 11–9. Dale Murphy’s HR is Atlanta’s only score in the opener. Mike Schmidt has an inside-the-park HR in game 2, the 2nd of 3 he’ll hit.
In an effort to bolster its pitching staff for the pennant race, Milwaukee trades minor leaguers Kevin Bass, Frank DiPino, and Mike Madden to the Astros for veteran starter Don Sutton. Sutton has won 13 games for Houston this year. The Brewers are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox.
31st The Mets lose their 15th in a row 4–0 on Nolan Ryan’s 2-hitter. The Mets will finally win the following day, beating the Astros 5–1.