1976 July

1st  The Indians paste the Toledo Mud Hens 13–1 in an exhibition game in Toledo. Manager Frank Robinson, hitting as the DH, flies out to CF and, while returning to the dugout, exchanges angry words with Hens P Bob Reynolds. Suddenly, Robby flattens Reynolds with a right-left combination and is quickly ejected from the game.

Jon Matlock goes to 10-2 as he shuts out the Cardinals, 13-0, on 5 hits. Jon Milner hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs for the 3rd-place Mets.

2ndThe Astros outslug the Reds, 10–9, in 14 innings, collecting 25 hits for the 2nd time in 5 weeks. Pete Rose has 5 hits for the Reds.

At Three Rivers, Dick Allen hits a grand slam and Greg Luzinski has a homer and 4 RBI, but the Phils fall to the Pirates, 10-9, in 10 innings. Stargell and Hebner homer while Al Oliver has 4 hits including a pair of triples. Pinch hitter Bill Robinson ends it with a walkoff homer.

3rd  The Tigers rookie sensation Mark Fidrych shuts out the Orioles 4–0 for his 8th straight victory.

4th  On the nation’s bicentennial anniversary, Philadelphia splits a doubleheader with Pittsburgh, 10–5 and 7–1. In the first game, the Phils Tim McCarver loses a grand slam when he passes teammate Gary Maddox on the bases. McCarver gets three RBI with his single to tie an oft-tied mark. He is the last National Leaguer this century to accomplish the feat in the NL.

In the first of 2 at Minnesota, Ron Jackson has 3 hits and 4 RBIs as the Angels beat the Twins, 5-3. In game 2, Jackson hits a 7th inning grand slam to give the Angels a 5-5 tie, but Rod Carew answers in the 8th with a grand slam of his own. Minnesota wins, 9-5.

5th  At Jarry Parc, Joe Morgan hits a grand slam off Steve Dunning as the Reds smack the Expos, 11-2.

6th  Houston’s J.R. Richards allows 10 walks but no runs in shutting out the Mets, 1–0, in 10 innings. Starter Jon Matlack is the losing pitcher.

7th  The Reds come back from a 3-run deficit to beat the Expos, 4–3. Cincy scores 3 in the 9th, with 2 scoring on Cesar Geronimo’s triple.

Mike Cubbage hits an 8th inning grand slam as the Twins break open a close game with the Brewers to win, 8-2.

8th  Randy Jones wins his 16th game of the year for the Padres, an NL record for wins at the All-Star break. He beats the Cubs 6–3, to salvage a win in the 4-game series at Wrigley Jones’ win ends a three-game streak of shutouts by Cubs’ pitchers. In the 2nd half of the season, the Padres lefty will lose 7 games by one run, 2 of them by 1–0 scores.

At Fenway, the Red Sox beat the Twins, 8–4, as their attendance reaches 1,007,491. It’s the earliest date in club history they’ve topped the million mark.

9th  In Montreal, the Astros Larry Dierker no-hits the Expos 6–0 and evens his record at 8-8. Dierker had previously thrown 2 one-hitters. Dierker strikes out 8, including the 1st 2 in the 9th. Houston is 4th in the West while Montreal is last in the East.

Before 53,328 in Cincinnati, the Pirates score 2 runs in the 10th on a Richie Zisk homer and take an 11–9 lead, only to lose to the Reds, 12-11. George Foster’s single scores the tying and winning runs.

Boston Red Sox owner and president Tom Yawkey dies.

11th  Hank Aaron’s 10th-inning homer, his 9th,  in game 2 gives the Brewers a doubleheader sweep over the Texas Rangers and a sweep of the 4-game series.  Milwaukee wins 6–3 and 5–4 with the W’s going to Jim Slaton and Bill Castro,

In a pre-game promotion at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 34 couples are married at home plate. The nuptials are then followed by Championship Wrestling in an evening billed as “Headlocks and Wedlocks.” The Braves then pin a 9–8 loss on the Mets.

At Fenway, the Red Sox win over the Twins, 6–4 when the Twins CF drops a long fly ball for a double after a bucket of popcorn falls in his eyes.

12th  A tentative agreement between the players and owners on labor contracts is reached. The formal agreement will be announced August 9th.

13th  The NL emerges victorious in the annual All-Star Game by a score of 7–1. George Foster, one of 7 Reds position players on the squad, homers, drives in 3 runs, is named the game’s MVP. Rookie Mark Fidrych gives up 2 runs and takes the loss. It is the NL’s 13th win in the last 14 games.

16th  Bobby Murcer hits a game-ending homerun off Jim Kaat in the 9th inning to give theGiants a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.

18th  Houston’s Ed Herrmann goes 5-for-5, including a homer, and knocks in 4 runs in a 10-inning, 7–6, win over the Expos.

19th  The Mets Dave Kingman tears ligaments in his thumb diving for a ball in a 4–2 loss to the Braves. Kingman, who already has 32 HRs for the season, will hit only 5 more after being sidelined for 6 weeks.

20th  Hank Aaron hits the 755th, and last, HR of his career, connecting off Dick Drago of the California Angels. Jerry Augustine wins for the Brewers, 6–2.

At San Diego, Randy Jones shuts out the Phillies for the third time this season as the Padres beat Steve Carlton and the Phillies, 3-0.

21st  The Mets lose to the Reds 4–0 on Fred Norman’s 4-hitter.

Montreal trades Jim Dwyer and Pepe Mangual to the New York Mets for Del Unser and Wayne Garrett.

22nd  Charley Spikes clubs a 1st-inning grand slam, off Frank Tanana, and the Indians hold on for a 7-5 win over the visiting Angels. Dennis Eckersley (5-8) wins with 5 innings of relief.

23rd  The Angels fire manager Dick Williams. Norm Sherry takes over the reins.

In a game against the Taiyo Whales, Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants hits his 700th HR, the only player in Japanese baseball to do so.

24thAt Comiskey, the Twins roll over the White Sox, 17–2. Lymon Bostock is 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle.

25thOllie Brown and Mike Schmidt each have 3 hits, including a homer, and drive in 4 runs, and Garry Maddox has 3 hits and 3 RBI as the Phillies bomb the visiting Pirates, 13-7. Schmidt’s HR is a 3-run blast, while Brown’s is a grand slam. The Phils now lead the Pirates by 13 games.

Leroy Stanton blasts a walkoff grand slam, off Steve Foucault, in the 11th to give California a 7-3 win over Texas. Stanton entered the game as a pinch runner in the 8th and had a sac bunt in the 10th.

26th  For the 2nd consecutive game, Cincy’s Pete Rose hits a leadoff homer, this one his club-record 693rd extra base hit. Rose jump starts the Reds to a 9–3 win over the visiting Giants.

Pitching against his old team, Bert Blyleven strikes out 9 and allows 2 hits as the visiting Rangers shut out the Twins, 3-0. Tomorrow, Blyleven will show that he’s kept his old phone book when, during a long rain delay, he calls the Twins dugout at 10 p.m., pretending to be a Twins official, and says that the game has been called. The players exit the dugout for the locker room and start undressing and showering.  About fifteen minutes later the game is actually called and will be made up as part of a doubleheader the following day (as noted by Stew Thornley).

28th  Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios combine on a no-hitter as the White Sox top the A’s 2–1. Odom walks 9 in 5 innings and is lifted after throwing a ball in the 6th, and Barrios adds another 2 passes. For Odom (2-0), this is his last ML victory.

30th The Reds do all their scoring in the first 3 innings to beat Houston, 13-8 in the first of 2. Cincy adds a 4–2 win in the nightcap to sweep as Bench hits his 250th homer.

In a Southern Association game in Memphis, the Chicks’ Art Gardner hits a 3rd inning shot off the CF wall and, while Syracuse OF Rick Bladt searches for the ball, Gardner circles the bases for an inside-the-park HR. When Bladt can’t find the ball, the umpires rule the hit is only a double.

Down 7-1, the Twins score 5 runs in the 5th, 4 on a grand slam by Butch Wynegar.  Another two runs in the 8th gives the Twins (50-50) the win.

31stReds reserve outfielder Ed Armbrister collects 4 hits, including 2 homers, as the Reds pummel the Astros, 12–1. Armbrister’s 2 homers are half his career total and his only 2 for the year.