2nd Chicago’s Ross Baumgarten allows only a 7th-inning single to Rod Carew en route to a one-hit 1–0 shutout of the Angels. Baumgarten will finish the season 2-12.
3rd The ML’s largest crowd in 7 years (73,096) watches Wayne Garland 2-hit the Yankees 7–0 at Cleveland Stadium.
Ken Landreaux ties the modern ML record with 3 triples in Minnesota’s 10–3 win over Texas. Doug Flynn will match it also in a month.
Danny Thomas, 29, hangs himself in jail in Mobile while awaiting trial on charges of raping a 12-year-old. Thomas, who played with the Brewers in 1976-77, announced in spring training of ’77 that he was a convert to the World Wide Church of God and would not play on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons.
4th Nolan Ryan fans the Reds Cesar Geronimo to become the 4th pitcher ever to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. Ironically, Geronimo was also Bob Gibson’s 3,000th career strikeout victim 6 years earlier. Despite the milestone, Ryan allows 6 runs in 4 1⁄3 innings and Houston loses, 8–1.
George Hendrick hits a game-ending homer in the 10th off Kevin Saucier of the Phils to give the Cards a 1-0 win.
5th Reds pitcher Bruce Berenyi makes his ML debut and the Astros welcome him with a 6-run first inning. Mario Soto relieves and pitches 8 2/3 inning of shutout ball, allowing just 3 hits. The Reds rally to win, 8–6.
6th Steve Carlton (14-4) becomes the major leagues’ lefthanded strikeout king, fanning 7 Cardinals in an 8–3 Phillies win to bring his career total to 2,836. Mickey Lolich had held the record with 2,832.
Ed Halicki junks his way to a 2-0 Angels win over the Brewers, giving up an infield single in the 1st and a bloop double in the 9th.
Cub relief pitchers hold the Pirates hitless for 12.2 innings but it goes for naught in a 5–4 20 inning loss. Cliff Johnson’s 2-out homer in the 9th off Blyleven tied it for Chicago, but Omar Moreno’s RBI single in the 20th is the game winner. Jim Bibby (11–1) takes the win with 3 scoreless innings pitched, but loses a probably start in the AS game.
8th At Dodger Stadium., the 51st All-Star game features J.R. Richard (10–4) and Steve Stone (12–3) are starters, with Richard going just two innings because of various back and shoulder problems he’s been having. The NL battles back to wins its 9th consecutive All-Star Game 4–2, pinning the loss on Dodger defector Tommie Johns. Reds outfielder Ken Griffey goes 2-for-3 with a solo HR to win the game’s MVP Award.
11th The Dodgers sell knuckleballer Charlie Hough to the Rangers for an undisclosed sum. Hough played every year of the 70’s with the Dodgers, and will play every year of the 80’s with the Rangers. He is the only player in history to play back to back decades with two teams.
12th At Cincinnati, the Giants and Reds combine for 6 homers as San Francisco prevails, 10-7. George Foster hits both of the Reds dingers, and adds a pair of singles to drive in 5 runs.
At Montreal, the Cubs and Expos split a doubleheader. Montreal wins game 1, 10-2, and Chicago rebounds in game 2 to win, 8-6. Cliff Johnson drills a grand slam in the second game.
13th The Padres edge the Dodgers, 3-2, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 15th after the Dodgers had scored in the top of the inning. Gene Richards scores the winner after stealing his 4th bases of the game.
14th After fanning the side in the 2nd inning, J. R. Richard leaves after retiring the 1st batter in the 4th. The Houston pitcher complained of nausea, and the next day, Houston will place him on the 21-day DL. The Astros lose today, 2–0, to Atlanta’s Phil Niekro.
16th Despite much speculation that he is simply malingering, the Astros place star pitcher J. R. Richard on the 21-day disabled list with a mystery arm problem. The 6 foot 8 inch righthander is 10-4 with a 1.89 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 114 innings, but has removed himself from 10 games this year complaining of fatigue and a “dead arm.” On July 23rd, Richard will check into a hospital for a series of physical and psychological tests to determine the cause of his “erratic” behavior.
The California Supreme Court rules that Ted Giannoulas, better known as the man inside the San Diego Chicken suit, can appear publicly in chicken suits similar to the one that brought him fame, but not bearing the call letters of San Diego’s KGB radio station. The station had fired Giannoulas when he began appearing publicly in the suit without permission, and claimed it had all rights to the costume, which was first used as a promotional device in 1975.
18th For the second time in 2 weeks a player breaks up a scoreless game in the 10th with a game-ending homer. It is Boston’s Dave Stapleton’s turn today as he homers off Minnesota’s Roger Erickson to give starter Mike Torrez the win.
At St. Louis, catcher Milt May hits a dramatic grand slam in the top of the 9th to put the Giants up, 8-7. Al Holland pitches a shutout inning for the win.
21st In Atlanta, Gary Carter connects for a 1st-inning grand slam and then hits a 2-run homer in the 7th as the Expos overcome four homers from the Braves to win, 8-6. The win leaves the Expos n a virtual tie for 1st place in the NL East.
22nd Atlanta’s Bob Horner belts 2 home runs in a 7–5 win over the Expos, giving him 15 homers in his last 23 games and 13 in the month of July, just 2 short of the ML record shared by Hank Greenberg, Joe DiMaggio, and Joe Adcock. Horner will hit one more home run in July, and finish the season with a career-high 35.
24th Hours after signing a new 5-year contract that will boost his salary to $1 million per year, Kansas City’s George Brett goes 2-for-4 in a 12–4 win over Chicago to raise his batting average to .379. The Royals lead 2nd-place Texas by 11 games in the AL West.
25th The Cubs fire manager Preston Gomez and replace him with Joey Amalfitano. Chicago is 38-52, last in the NL East.
In the first game of a doubleheader split with the Braves, Mike Schmidt hits his 25th and 26th home runs of the season to pass Del Ennis as the Phillies’ all-time HR leader with 261. The Phils win, 5–4, then fall, 3–0, to Tommy Boggs.
26th Backed by three homers, Orioles’ ace Steve Stone (16-3) tops Mike Caldwell and the Brewers, 4–1, for his 14th straight win. Baltimore is in 4th place in the AL East, a half game out of second and 9 games in back of the Yankees.
27th The Cubs and Dodgers battle for 12-innings before the Dodgers prevail, 3–2. Rudy Law singles, steals 2B, advances to 3B on the overthrow, and scores on a sac fly. There are no walks in the game, a NL record for an extra inning contest.
The Athletics and the Tigers split a pair at Tiger Stadium, with Detroit taking the opener, 4-2, then losing 4-0. Marty Keough allows 2 hits in game 2 and Rickey Henderson steals 4 bases for the first time in his career.
28th At Montreal, the Expos beat the Reds, 5–4, with Fred Norman getting the win over Mario Soto. Ron LeFlore of the Expos steals his 62nd base in the 7th inning and the Montreal scoreboard notes that the first stolen base was 115 years earlier. As LeFlore stands off base reading the message, he is tagged out.
30th Attempting to throw for the first time since being hospitalized for tests last week, J. R. Richard suffers a stroke and is rushed to Houston’s Methodist Hospital for emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening blood clot in his neck. He will never pitch in the major leagues again.
31st The Rangers beat the Orioles 7–4, snapping pitcher Steve Stone’s 14-game winning streak. Stone is 2 shy of the AL record of 16 consecutive wins.
In the third Pearson Cup competition, the host Expos beat the Blue Jays, 3-1, at Olympic Stadium.