1979 July

1st  New York hits 5 homers off Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley to win, 6–5. Boston also loses speedster Jerry Remy, batting .304 on the season, when he injures a knee sliding home. Remy will appear in only 7 more games all year. Remy will never swipe more than 16 bases, after averaging 35 steals his first 4 seasons.

Paul Molitor hits a leadoff HR—his 2nd in two days—as the Brewers roll by the Mariners, 10-3. Gorman Thomas hits his 2nd HR in 2 days and Robin Yount adds a 3-run dinger. Jim Slaton goes the distance for the win.

2nd  Indians manager Jeff Torborg announces his resignation effective at the end of the season. In three weeks he will be fired and replaced by Dave Garcia.

4th  The Phillies Steve Carlton shuts out the Mets 1–0 on a one-hitter, but the Phils manage to lose 3 other hurlers on the same day: Larry Christenson pulls a groin muscle, Dick Ruthven goes on the disabled list, and Randy Lerch fractures his thumb in a brawl.

In Cleveland, the White Sox score 5 runs in the first 3 innings and then hit three homers in the 10-run 5th inning, to smoke the Indians, 6-4.  Alan Bannister has 5 hits and Claudell Washington has 4 hits; each drives in 3 runs. Wayne Nordhagen celebrates his birthday with a grand slam in the 5th.

5thUniversity of Hawaii lefty Derek Tatsuno, selected in the 2nd round of the June draft by the Padres, signs with a subsidiary of the Seibu Lions for $750,000. Tatsuno, of Japanese-American descent, set an NCAA record of 20 wins (in 22 starts). He will finally sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, who select him in January of 1982 but he will be ineffective in the minors.

7th  Mike Schmidt homers in his first 3 times up for the Phillies, to give him a ML-record-tying 4 straight over 2 games. Schmidt flies to the warning track in his next at bat, and the Phils lose 8–6 to the Giants. Schmidt will hit 3 more HRs in the next 3 games to tie the NL record of 7 HRs in 5 games.

Doc Medich combines with Jim Kern to one-hit Toronto as Texas wins, 2-0. John Mayberry’s 2nd-inning single is the lone hit for the Jays.

8th  Ben Oglivie has 3 HRs in 3 at bats as the Brewers beat the Tigers 5–4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Oglivie drives in the winning run in the 2nd game as the Brewers take it 3–1.

Luis Tiant tosses a one-hitter for the Yankees, who beat Oakland, 2-0. Rickey Henderson has the only hit. The Yankees manage just 5 hits off Brian Kingman, who exits in the 8th after being hit on the arm by a ball off the bat off Bucky Dent.

9th  The fans elect three Red Sox to start in the AL outfield for the All-star game: Yaz, Rice and Lynn.

10th  Philadelphia’s Del Unser homers in his 3rd consecutive pinch-hit appearance (June 30th, July 5th) to tie the ML record set by Lee Lacy in 1978. The Phillies beat the Padres 6–5.

Scoring 4 runs in the 13th after 2 are out, the Giants beat the Expos, 11–7.  Losing pitcher Woodie Fryman balks in the last run.  In the 4th inning, Expo RF Ellis Valentine picks up a line drive and his throw beats Darrell Evans at 1B for a 9–3 putout.

12th  The Tigers win the first game of a scheduled doubleheader 4–1 on Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park. Thousands of fans swarm onto the field, littering and tearing it up, and causing the White Sox to forfeit the 2nd game.

13th  California’s Nolan Ryan and Boston’s Steve Renko (with one-out help from Bill Campbell) each lose no-hitters in the 9th inning, and each settle for one-hit victories: 6–1 over New York, and 2–0 over Oakland, respectively. For the second time in a week, Rickey Henderson has the only hit for the A’s.  Reggie Jackson has the one-out hit off Ryan. The Yanks score in the 8th after Spencer hits a line drive that is called an error by scorer Dick Miller. Rick Miller misses a shoestring catch on the ball. LP Tiant had a one hitter in his last outing on July 8.

14th  Chicago’s Claudell Washington has 3 HRs and 5 RBI in a 12–4 defeat of Detroit.

15th  The Geneva Cubs score 15 runs in the 9th inning to cap a 29–4 romp over the Utica Blue Jays in a New York-Pennsylvania League game. Scott Fletcher paces the attack with 2 singles, 4 doubles, a HR, and 8 RBI.

17th  The NL wins its 8th straight All-Star Game 7–6 at Seattle. Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the 8th, and walks in the 9th to bring in the winning run. Dave Parker, with 2 outstanding throws, is named the game’s MVP, and Pete Rose plays a record 5th All-Star position. The Red Sox provide the starting OF for the AL in Rice, Yaz, and Lynn, though Yaz has played 1B most of the season.

In pre-game ceremonies, Crystal Fields, 11, defeats a field of seven boys to become the first girl to win the National Pitch, Hit, and Run Championship. Crystal, an All-Star SS in her Little League in Cumberland Maryland, batted .529 this year.

19th  Ray Knight drives in 6 runs to lead the Reds to a 16–4 clipping of the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Yankee president Al Rosen resigns after a year and a half on the job.  Rosen had disagreements with Billy Martin and “friendly disagreements” with George Steinbrenner.

20th  At Los Angeles, Steve Garvey saves a defeat for the Dodgers by belting a 2-run homer in the 10th to tie, and another 2-run homer in the 11th by Bill Russell wins it, 6–5, over the Expos. Montreal takes the lead in the 11th when Rodney Scott drives in a run with his 5th straight hit.  Dave Patterson wins his first ML game, while Manny Mota has a pinch single for the 139 pinch hit of his career.

Rusty Staub, a spring holdout who got off to a slow start, is traded by Detroit to his former team Montreal for a minor league player to be named later.

22nd  The Royals George Brett has 3 HRs and 5 RBI in a 7–6 win over the Rangers.

In the first of 2 at Wrigley Field, the Reds roll over the Cubs 12–1, behind Bill Bonham. Johnny Bench ties the NL record by collecting 5 walks and Dave Concepcion hits an 8th inning grand slam, off Willie Hernandez to put the score in double digits.  The Cubs come back in game 2 to win, 8–4.

23rd  At Wrigley, the Reds and Cubs complete a game suspended on May 10th because the Cubs had to catch a plane.  That contest was tied 7-7 after 9 innings. Both teams score in the 11th and the Cubs win in the 18th on a run scoring single by Steve Ontiveros. The Cubs then win the regularly scheduled game, 2–1, with Willie Hernandez getting the victory. Dave Kingman hits a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th for the win.

Phil Niekro throws a 2-hitter as Atlanta beats the Pirates 8–0. The score might’ve been higher but the Bucs pull off a triple play—Madlock to Garner to Stargell. It is the 500th triple play in ML history.

24th  In Pittsburgh, a 4th-inning call results in a 34-minute rhubarb during the Pirates-Reds game.  With Buc runners on 1st and 3rd, a 3–1 pitch to Omar Moreno is called a ball, but Johnny Bench throws to 2B ahead of the runner from 1B, Lee Lacy, who is attempting to steal. Lacy is called out by Dick Stello even though Moreno has just received a walk (therefore entitling Lacy to 2B), and walks off the bag. He is then tagged out by Dave Concepcion, precipitating the argument. The subsequent protest is rejected by NL president Feeney, and the Pirates 6–5 loss is upheld.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Seattle C Bob Stinson ties a ML record by reaching first twice on catcher’s interference. Dave Skaggs is the interferer. The Orioles win, 7–6, overcoming Bruce Bochte’s third hit of the game, a 3-run homer in the 8th. The O’s then complete the sweep, 11–3, as John Lowenstein has a grand slam and 6 RBIs.

In Boston’s 7–3 win over Oakland, Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th career HR, off Mike Morgan, in the 7th at Fenway.

27th  The Brewers edge the Yankees 6–5 and Cecil Cooper becomes the 4th AL player this month to hit 3 HRs in a game.

The Cubs top the Mets at Shea Stadium, 4–2, behind Dave Kingman’s 2 home runs.

28th  The Cubs Dave Kingman continues his slugging with a single and 3 consecutive HRs during a 6–4 loss to the Mets. It is Kingman’s 2nd 3-HR game of the season (May 17th), and enables him to tie the ML record with 5 HRs over 2 consecutive games.

Oakland rallies to beat Seattle as reliever Dave Hamilton allows 2 hits over the last 5 innings.  The rally saves Matt Keough (0-12) from losing his 17th straight.

The Red Sox edge Texas, 1-0, on a record triple play in the first inning when 2B Jack Brohamer snags Al Oliver’s looper into RF. It is the 8th triple play in the AL this season, a ML record, and the 3rd by the Sox this season (July 23 and May 10), tying the record of Detroit (1911), the Red Sox (1924) and Oakland this year. It is also the 3rd triple play the Rangers have hit into this year, a ML record. Dennis Eckersley beats Fergie Jenkins.

Toronto’s Dave Lemanczyk notches his 3rd shutout, beating his old team Detroit, 3–0. Bruce Robbins, making his ML debut, gives up 2 runs in the 6th to take the loss. At 19, Robbins is the youngest Tiger pitcher to debut the rest of the century.

29thOakland’s Mike Morgan wins his first ML game, beating Seattle, 2–1, on 3 hits. Morgan’s record is now 1–9. Bannister is the hard-luck loser, allowing 4 hits and no earned runs.

Rick Manning hits a grand slam in the Indians 7-run 2nd inning, as they beat the White Sox, 9–6. It is the Tribe’s 7th straight win under Dave Garcia. Rick Wise takes the victory, with Paul Reuschel notching the save.