1974 July

3rd  Pitching in his ML-record 13th consecutive game for the Dodgers, Mike Marshall saves Tommy John’s 4–1 win over the Reds in the first game of a doubleheader.

4th  Mike Marshall makes his 14th straight appearance and picks up a 3–2 win over Reds. Over the past 30 days, the LA reliever is 9-0 with 3 saves and a 1.82 ERA in 20 appearances.

Toby Harrah’s 3rd inning homer is the only hit for Texas, as Bert Blyleven and Twins win, 3–1.

7th In the opener of a doubleheader, Don Money sets a ML record for consecutive errorless games at 3B with 78. The Brewers beat the Twins 8–5, then lose 5–3. Money will end the season with just 5 errors, breaking George Kell’s record set in 1950. Money also holds the NL record with just 10 errors, set with the Phils in 1972.

In an 11–2 win over the Cards, Reds pitcher Darrel Chaney hits a grand slam. Chaney will hit 14 homers in the ML, but the radio call on the slam will end up as his front door bell chime.

The Red Sox and the Royals split a pair at Fenway, with Kansas City taking the opener, 11-9, in 10 innings. Rick Miller has 5 hits and 5 RBI for Boston, 4 coming home on a grand slam.  Boston wins game 2, 5-3.

8th  Yankee SS Jim Mason ties the ML record with 4 doubles in a 12–5 win over the Rangers. Off the field, the Yankees purchase infielder Sandy Alomar from the Angels.

Cleveland’s Gaylord Perry loses to Oakland in 10 innings, 4–3. Vida Blue is the winner.

9th  At Wrigley, the Reds hit 6 homers—5 solo—as they beat the Cubs, 8-5. Chicago hits 2 homers.

At Royals Stadium, the Yankees score 6 in the 1st—4 on a grand slam by Graig Nettles—as they beat the Royals, 8-2.

11th  The Padres release OF Matty Alou. Matty’s brother, Felipe, was released by the Brewers on April 29th. Younger brother Jesus keeps the Alou name alive in ML baseball, playing for the A’s.

12th  In Japan, pitcher Naoki Takahashi of Nippon Ham gets a win and save in the same game. (as noted by Gary Garland). Takahashi has a 2-0 count to Clarence Jones with 2 out in the 6th and a man on 1B. He then goes to 3B and lefty reliever Nakahara gets Jones to end the inning. In the 7th, Takahashi takes the mound again and finishes the game, which Nippon Ham wins 2-1, thus fulfilling the criteria for a save. The rules are later changed so that this could not happen again.

14th  The Reds and Pirates split a doubleheader at Three Rivers Stadium marked by a free-for-all which is later credited with inspiring Pittsburgh and turning its season around. The fight starts in game 2 after a 4th inning beanball when Jack Billingham plunks P Bruce Kison, bringing both teams onto the field. When Sparky Anderson accidentally steps on Ed Kirkpatrick’s foot, the Buc catcher shoves the Reds manager, earning him a punch from the Reds Andy Kosko. Pedro Borbon pins Daryl Patterson, pulling his hair out and a piece of flesh, and biting him. The Pirates win the nightcap, 2–1, after losing 3–2.

In a split with the Brewers, the Rangers Billy Martin is the first AL manager to be tossed by umpires from 2 games in one day. Milwaukee wins 9–2 in game 1, with the Rangers winning the nightcap, 5–4.

17th  Cardinals pitching great Bob Gibson fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 2nd hurler to strike out 3,000 batters. Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th K victim 6 years later. The Reds shrug it off, scoring 6 runs in the first inning and 3 in the 2nd on their way to a 12–7 win.

Milwaukee 3B Don Money commits a first-inning error in a 10–5 loss to Minnesota, ending his perfect defensive season after 86 games and 257 chances. Money holds both the NL and AL records for most consecutive chances without an error in a season.

In Los Angeles, during a 5–4 loss to the Expos, Dodger pitcher Tommy John blows his elbow out while pitching to Montreal 1B Hal Breeden. Dodger doctor Frank Jobe will suggest a ligament replacement for the torn ulnar collateral ligament, a first for a professional athlete. “When they operated I told them to put in a Koufax fastball. They did, but it was Mrs. Koufax’s,” quipped John, about his famous surgery. Given one chance in a hundred of ever pitching again, John will return after the surgery to post a 10–10 record in 1976, with a 3.40 ERA in 207 innings. He will gain 164 wins after the eponymous surgery, pitching until age 46.

At San Diego, the Padres take a 10-0 lead after 3 innings, doing most of the damage against Jim Lonberg. They win 15-1 behind Randy Jones. Leadoff hitter Bobby Tolan has a pair of homers and drives in 6 runs.

19th  Cleveland’s Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland 4–0. He has no one but himself to blame for not picking up a rare perfect game. His throwing error in the 4th puts the only A’s runner on base. The 2 clubs combine to set an AL record with 2 runners left on base.

21st  At Candlestick, Jim Barr allows 6 hits in shutting out Montreal, 4-0. John D’Acquisto follows with a 2-hit shutout for the Giants.

In Chicago, the White Sox win the opener, 6-3, behind Jim Kaat, then blow the nightcap when Milwaukee scores 5 runs in the 9th to win, 5-3. Starter Fritz Peterson falters in the 9th, a Deron Johnson pounds a grand slam off reliever Terry Forster. It is Johnson’s second grand slam of the season.

23rd  The NL triumphs in the All-Star Game at Pittsburgh, winning 7–2. Write-in choice Dodger 1B Steve Garvey is the game’s MVP. Atlanta’s Ralph Garr goes into the All star break with 149 hits, the most this century (starting in 1933) before the break.  He’ll end with 214 hits.

24th  Cubs manager Whitey Lockman steps aside to become director of player development and is replaced by 3B coach Jim Marshall. The Cubs will still finish last.

25th  At Riverfront Stadium, Tony Perez caps a 5-run Reds rally in the 9th by hitting a two out, two strike home run.  The Reds rally to top the Giants, 14–13. Fred Norman wins the nightcap, 5–0, for the Reds.

26th  Billy Williams clubs a 6th inning grand slam to pace the Cubs to 10-7 victory over the visiting Phillies.

28th  The Reds whip the Padres, 14–1, at Riverfront Stadium. Joe Morgan homers and Johnny Bench has 4 hits.

At Fenway, the Red Sox break a 3-3 tie with the Yankees to win, 8-3. It is their 10th straight win over the Yankees at Fenway and their 19th in 20 games with the Bronx Bombers. Bill Lee takes the win while batterymate Tim Blackwell steals home on the front end of a double steal. He’ll next have a steal in 1981. The Red Sox lead the bunched-up AL East. Detroit, in  6th place, is only 6 games back.

In a doubleheader split, the Twins edge the Angels, 5-3, in the opener to hand California its 15th straight home loss. The Haloes come back in game 2 to win, 12-9 in a slugfest. Starter Frank Tanana gives up a pair of 3-run homers to Bobby Darwin, who drives in 6 runs, then watches as reliever Nolan Ryan gives up a pair of pinch homers to Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew. But Ryan gets his 13th win.  Leroy Stanton has a steal of home in the 5th and catcher Phil Roof hits the roof on the call and is ejected, challenging a fan in the process.

Al Oliver has three hits and a stolen base as the Pirates trip the first-place Phillies, 4-3, at Veterans Stadium. Oliver has now hit in 23 straight games. It will end tomorrow but he will start another 21-game streak on August 4.

29th  Detroit hits 4 HRs in the first inning in an 8–2 win over the Indians. Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, and Mickey Stanley hit consecutive HRs off Fritz Peterson, and Ed Brinkman adds another, though not consecutive, off Steve Kline.

31st  During a 7–4 loss to the Expos, the Cubs Bill Bonham strikes out 4 batters in the 2nd inning, tying the ML record.

Ron Cey drives in 8 runs with a 3-run single (one on error) and three-run homers in the 8th and 9th to lead the host Dodgers to a 15–4 victory over the Padres.

Phil Niekro scatters 4 hits for his 11th win as the Braves whip the Giants, 9-0. Catcher Vic Correll helps with his first ML homer, a grand slam.

At Houston, the Reds Don Gullett twirls a 2-hit, 4–0, shutout over the Astros.  Roger Metzger has both Astro hits.