2nd Boston’s Tony Perez singles off Milwaukee’s Bob McClure (7-2) for his 2,500th career hit, but that’s a lone bright spot as the Brewers clobber the Red Sox, 14–5. Gorman Thomas has a pair of homers as 6 are hit.
3rd A County Stadium-record crowd of 55,716 watches the Brewers shut out the Red Sox 7–0 to move into a first-place tie with Boston in the AL East.
5thPittsburgh’s first two hitters, Omar Moreno and Johnny Ray, hit homers off Houston’s Joe Niekro. Niekro settles down and wins, 6–4.
Baltimore’s Scott McGregor beats the Angels, 8–5 for his 11th straight win over the Haloes. He tires in the 9th and exits after giving up homers to Reggie Jackson and Fred Lynn, as California scores 4 times.
7th Harold Baines belts 3 home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the White Sox to a 7–0 win over Detroit.
Houston’s Don Sutton wins his 250th career game, a 5–1 four-hitter against the Cubs.
The Reds rally scoring 5 runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Pirates, 6–3. Wayne Krenchicki’s pinch three-run homer off Kent Tekulve is the tie-breaker in the frame.
8th Billy Martin records his 1,000th career win as a manager as the A’s beat the Yankees 6–3.
For the 2nd day in a row, the Reds enter the 9th trailing the Pirates. Today, they turn a 4–2 deficit into an 8–4 lead, scoring 6 in the top of the 9th. The Pirates answer with a 2-run homer by Willie Stargell and a 3-run double by Jason Thompson off Joe Price, and win, 9–8.
10th The Rangers Larry Parrish hits his 3rd grand slam of the week in a 6–5 win over the Tigers, tying the ML record set by Detroit’s Jim Northrup in 1968. Parrish also hit grand slams July 4th against Oakland and July 7th against Boston.
11thAs noted by Floyd Connor and John Snyder, the Cincinnati Enquirerfeatures a contest in which readers are asked to pick the date and time that the last place Reds will be eliminated from the NL West race. The winner gets two tickets to the last game of the year, while the runner-up gets 4 tickets to the same game.
13th Reds SS Dave Concepcion hits a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning to spark the NL to its 11th consecutive win in the All-Star Game 4–1. The NL has now won 19 of the last 20 contests.
15th Detroit collects 9 hits and drops 11 runs on the Twins in the first inning en route to an 18–2 smackdown of the Twins. Dan Petry is the winning pitcher. Brookens and Trammell hit back-to-back HRs off reliever John Pacella.
17th The Brewers rally for 5 runs to top the White Sox 5–2. Pete Ladd picks up his 1st ML win.
19th The Twins overcome 2 homers by Robin Yount to beat the Brewers, 6–4. Tom Brunansky hits his 2nd inside-the-park homer of the year (May 28 was the other), but this one is a grand slam off Jerry Augustine. The IP slam is a first in Twins history.
In the first annual Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic at Washington’s Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 250-foot homer off Warren Spahn to help the AL to a 7–2 win over the NL in a 5-inning battle of retired baseball stars.
20thIn the 3rd inning of a 3–1 loss to the Pirates at Riverfront Stadium, a 21-year-old woman jumps from the red seats landing 35 feet below. Her death is ruled a suicide.
Glenn Hubbard hits a 3-run homer in the Braves 5-run 1st inning, but the Cards see it and raise it one as Willie McGhee hits a grand slam and the Birds plate 6 in the bottom of the 1st. But that is it as the Cards lose, 8-6.
21st Mired in last place in the NL West, 24 games below .500, the Reds fire manager John McNamara and replace him with 3B coach Russ Nixon.
25th Steve Carlton pitches his 50th career shutout, a 1–0 five-hitter against the Dodgers and Jerry Reuss.
27th Against California, Oakland’s Rickey Henderson steals his 95th base but gets caught stealing 3 times in an 8–7, 13 inning California win. Not since 1916, has an American Leaguer been thrown out 3 times in a game. Rickey will be thrown out 42 times this year, breaking the mark of 38 caught steals set by Ty Cobb in 1915. Bob Boone, who is behind the plate, homers for the Angels. Reggie Jackson and Brian Downing homer and Jax adds 2 doubles.
28th Atlanta’s Phil Niekro (10-3) posts his 250th career win 8–6 over the Padres. The 43-year-old knuckleballer will finish the season 17-4, leading the major leagues in winning percentage.
After a 3–2 loss to the Brewers, Rangers manager Don Zimmer is fired and replaced by Darrell Johnson. During the 1976 season, Zimmer had replaced Johnson as manager of the Boston Red Sox.
30th I’ll drink to that. With a change in the provincial law, beer is finally served at Exhibition Park. The Blue Jays celebrate by edging the Tigers, 6-5 in 12 innings, overcoming an Alan Trammell grand slam in Detroit’s 5-run 4th.
31st Phillies 2B Manny Trillo misplays Bill Buckner’s grounder in the 7th inning of a 2–0 win over the Cubs, ending his errorless string at 89 games and 479 consecutive chances. He falls 2 games short of Joe Morgan’s record 91-game streak, and his 479 straight chances set a ML record.