1989 July

2nd  Brewers OF Robin Yount, 33, collects his 2,500th hit in a 10–2 win over the Yankees. Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron, and Mel Ott are the only players to reach that milestone at a younger age.

      The Braves send OF Dion James to the Indians for OF Oddibe McDowell, and P Zane Smith to Montreal for 3 minor leaguers.

4th  Cincinnati’s Tom Browning is 3 outs away from his 2nd career perfect game when Dickie Thon doubles, and Browning is eventually relieved by John Franco in a 2–1 win over Philadelphia.

5th  Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh’s 6–4 loss to the Giants, giving Barry and father Bobby the ML father-and-son home run record with 408. The Bells (Gus and Buddy) and the Berras (Yogi and Dale) had shared the record of 407.

6th  Despite having retired on May 29th, Mike Schmidt is elected to start at 3B for the NL in the All-Star Game.  A’s OF Jose Canseco, who has not played all season because of a wrist injury, is picked to start for the AL, but neither will play in the game.

7th  At Tiger Stadium, Pat Borders hits a grand slam as Toronto scores 5 runs in the 8th to beat the Tigers, 6-4.

11th  Bo Jackson and Wade Boggs lead off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back home runs off Rick Reuschel to spark the AL to a 5–3 win in the All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium. Jackson earns MVP honors.

14th  The Mets Sid Fernandez strikes out 16 Braves, but the portly Polynesian portsider still loses 3-2 on Lonnie Smith’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth.

15th  Jeff Reardon saves his 250th game as the Twins beat the Red Sox 3–2.

16th  Terry Steinbach hits a 7th inning grand slam and Mark McGwire adds a solo homer in the 8th as Oakland clips the Blue Jays, 6-2. Mike Moore improves to 12-5.

      Rain delays the start of the Angels-Orioles game by a little over an hour but that is long enough for Angels manager Doug Rader to get ejected.  Rader continued his argument with Ken Kaiser from the night before when the Birds won on a disputed fair-foul home run.  Baltimore wins tonight, 3-2, in 11 innings.

17th  White Sox C Carlton Fisk gets his 2,000th career hit in a 7–3 win over the Yankees.

      Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires, just 20 appearances shy of Hoyt Wilhelm’s all-time games-pitched record of 1,070. Tekulve had posted a 5.02 ERA in 37 games this season.

      Pete Incaviglia belts a 1st-innng grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Rangers to a 12-6 drubbing of the visiting Red Sox.

      In the first doubleheader ever played at the SkyDome, the Blue Jays sweep a pair from California, 6–4 and 5–4. Both wins go to David Wells pitching in relief, with Henke notching 2 saves. Wells becomes the first pitcher in 5 years to win both games of a doubleheader. The next DH in Toronto won’t come until October, 2001.

18th  At Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres collect 22 hits as they pound the Pirates, 17-4. Chris James has 4 hits, including a grand slam, and scores 4, Carmelo Martinez  blasts a pinch 3-run homer, Jack Clark has 3 runs on 3 hits, including a homer, and Benito Santiago has 4 hits and 3 RBIs.

      Donnie Moore, 35, shoots himself to death at his home after shooting and critically wounding his estranged wife Tonya. Friends said Moore was haunted by the 2-run home run he surrendered to Dave Henderson in game 5 of the 1986 ALCS, costing the Angels a trip to the World Series, and that he had been even more depressed since his release last month by minor league Omaha.

      The Dodgers trade P Tim Leary and SS Mariano Duncan to the Reds for OF Kal Daniels and IF Lenny Harris.

19th  Cleveland’s Joe Carter hits 3 home runs in a game for the 2nd time this season in a 10–1 win over Minnesota. It is his 4th career 3-HR game, tying Lou Gehrig’s AL record, and also gives him a ML-record-tying 5 homers in 2 games. Carter knocks home 6 runs in the game.

21st  Before the start of the Cubs-Giants game at Wrigley Field, Cubs OF Dwight Smith sings the National Anthem (the last player this century to sing the National Anthem before a game). Smith then goes 0-for-4, scoring a run as the Cubs lose, 4–3. Mark Grace has a 2-run homer in the 8th for the rest of the runs. The Giants do all their scoring against Rick Sutcliffe in the 3rd as Pat Sheridan, acquired last month from Detroit, knocks in 2 runs.

      At the Kingdome, Fred McGriff hits a solo homer and a grand slam as the Blue Jays slam the host Mariners, 8-1. Mike Flanagan allows 3 hits in 8 innings to even his record at 6-6.

22nd  The Blue Jays get their second grand slam in two days in Seattle as Lloyd Moseby hits one in the 9th as the Jays sink the Mariners, 7-1.

      The Yankees trade popular 3B Mike Pagliarulo and Don Schulz to San Diego for pitcher Walt Terrell and Fred Toliver. Toliver won’t report to New York till September 27 and Terrell will sign with the Pirates on November 29.

      Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Red Schoendienst, and ump Al Barlick are inducted into the Hall of Fame at ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York.

23rd   At Three Rivers, Orel Hershiser wins his 12th, beating the Pirates, 4-3, in game 1.  The Pirates respond in game 2 with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Bob Kipper gets the win with a shutout inning after Bill Landrum tosses two shutout frames to run hos consecutive scoreless innings to 32.

24th  At Cleveland, Albert Belles snaps a 3-3 tie with a 7th inning grand slam as the Indians beat the Yankees, 7-3.

25th  At Busch, the Cubs top the Cardinals, 4-2, to stay 3.5 games behind Montreal in the NL East. Jose Oquendo has a pair of hits for the Cards to run his consecutive game hit streak to 23.

27th  Atlanta’s Dale Murphy hits 2 home runs in the 6th inning of a 10–1 rout of San Francisco, becoming the first Brave to accomplish the feat since Robert Lowe in 1894. Murphy also drives in 6 runs in the inning to tie another ML record, as the Braves score all ten runs of their runs in the outburst. It is his second 6-RBI game of the year.

      Rob Deer belts a grand slam, one of 15 hits that Milwaukee compiles, as they whip the Tigers, 11-1.

28th  Cardinal speedster Vince Coleman is caught stealing by Nelson Santovenia in a 2–0 win over Montreal, ending his ML-record streak of 50 consecutive stolen bases.

29th  The White Sox trade their all-time home run leader, Harold Baines, and IF Fred Manrique to the Rangers for IF Scott Fletcher, OF Sammy Sosa, and P Wilson Alvarez.

      Oakland’s formidable Rickey Henderson has no official at bats, but scores 4 times on 4 walks and garners 5 stolen bases. It’s all for naught as the Mariners swamp Oakland, 14–6. Randy Johnson is the winner.  For the third time this year, Alvin Davis drives in 5 runs.

30th  Mark Grace belts a 2-out 3-run homer, off Rick Aguilera, to give the Cubs a 6–4 win over the Mets. Lancaster is the winner as the Cubs sweep three from the Mets.

31st  The Cubs split a pair with the Phillies and drop 2 games in back of first-place Montreal. Chicago takes the opener, 10-2, behind Rick Sutcliffe’s 3-hitter. Dwight Smith hits a pinch grand slam, Ryne Sandberg belts a pair of solo shots, and Damon Berryhill homers. The Cubs hit a pair of homers in game 2, but fall, 7-4.

      The Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to the Mets for 5 players, including pitchers Rick Aguilera, David West and minor leaguer Kevin Tapani. Viola is the first Cy Young winner to be traded during the following season. Tapani will blossom into a Cy Young contender in 1991.