1st The Indians announce that Chief Wahoo is staying. The Chief has been on the uniforms since 1947, with the current design appearing on the 1951 uniforms. The Chief did not appear on the 1972 uniform.
At Busch, Brian Jordan belts a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to pace the Cardinals to a 14-5 thrashing of the Phillies. Bernard Gilkey has 4 hits and 3 runs, while Gregg Jefferies has 3 hits, 3 runs and 2 RBI. The Cards now trail the Phillies by 5.5 games.
2nd Chicago OF Sammy Sosa gets 6 hits, one short of the NL record, in the Cubs’ 11-8 win over the Rockies. The Cubs total 21 hits at Mile High Stadium. With hits in his last three at bats in his last game, on July 30th, Sosa sets a Cubs record with 9 straight hits. He’ll reach base on a walk in his first at-bat tomorrow before cooling off with three outs/
Robin Ventura belts a grand slam, off Mike Mussina, and the White Sox roll to a 12-1 win over the visiting Orioles.
Bring a sleeping bag. At the Vet, the Phillies and Padres split a doubleheader, with the Padres taking the opener, 5-2, and the Phils winning game 2 in the 10thinning, 6-5. Game 2 concludes at 4:40 a.m. on July 3 when reliever Trevor Hoffman allows a game-ending single to Phils closer Mitch Williams. There is no record of how many of the 54,627 fans stay till the end.
3rd Detroit’s Cecil Fielder becomes the 3rd player in history to homer onto the left field roof at Tiger Stadium, doing so in the Tigers’ 11-5 loss to the Rangers. Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard are the only other players to accomplish the feat.
In a 5-4 loss to the Rockies, Ryne Sandberg lines a 1st-inning single for his 2,000th hit as a Cub. Colorado scores 3 runs in the 9th inning for the come-from-behind win.
5th Oakland OF Rickey Henderson leads off both games of the A’s doubleheader against the Indians with HRs. It is the first time this has happened since 1913, when Harry Hooper performed the feat for the Boston Red Sox. The Athletics win the first game, 6-5, but the Indians come back to take the nightcap, 6-2.
6th At County Stadium, Dean Palmer hits a 3-run homer and drives in 6 runs as the Rangers pummel three Brewer pitchers for an 11-1 victory. Charlie Leibrandt (8-4) goes 7 innings for the win.
At Oakland, Cleveland pinch hitter Carlos Martinez caps a 17-hit attack with a 3-run tie-breaking homer in the 9th inning as the Indians top the A’s, 11-8. Craig Paquette’s 3-run homer for the A’s had tied the game in the 8th.
7th In LA, the Phillies defeat the Dodgers, 7-6, in a 20 inning marathon when Dykstra hits a bases-loaded 2-run double off Rod Nichols. The game takes 6 hours and 10 minutes, and concludes at 1:47 AM. The Phils Mitch Williams blows a 5–3 lead in the 9th, allowing a hit and walking 3 before being ejected by Jim Quick. Afterwards, John Kruk says, “I came here and I wanted to kill Mitch, but they told me it was against the law.” Phils rookie Kevin Stocker makes his ML debut, playing all 20 innings.
Montreal P Kirk Reuter makes his ML debut with 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball against the Giants. John Wetteland comes in to get the final 2 outs in Montreal’s 3-0 victory.
Mets P Bret Saberhagen throws a firecracker under a table near reporters at Shea Stadium, but no one is hurt.
Reds P Tom Browning is fined $500 for leaving the Cincinnati dugout during the Reds’ 4-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and watching the contest from the roof of a 3-story building across Sheffield Avenue.
9th By homering twice in Montreal’s 6-1 win over San Diego, Expo OF Moises Alou sets a record for most hits that are all homers in consecutive games, with 6. He had a homer yesterday, one on the 7th, and 2 on the 6th.
10th Todd Hundley drives in 4 runs to pace the Mets to a 7-6 win over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. It is the third consecutive day of 100 degree weather in New York.
13th Players Association chief Donald Fehr says that if serious negotiations between the players and the owners don’t begin soon, the players could go out on strike in September, threatening the postseason.
A class action suit by two season ticket holders against the Padres is settled out of court. The suit argued that a preseason form letter from Padres president Dick Freeman stated that the team would be contenders because of its group of young stars, which the Padres then traded away. The Padres agreed to loosen their refund policy and the plaintiffs withdraw their demand that the team not trade Fred McGriff. McGriff goes within the week.
14th The AL defeats the NL, 9-3, in the All-Star Game. Kirby Puckett, Roberto Alomar, and Gary Sheffield hit HRs, while the win goes to Jack McDowell. Craig Biggio is at second baseman for the NL: last year he was on the team as a catcher, the first player ever to make it at those two positions. A highlight of the game is Randy Johnson firing a 95-MPH fastball over John Kruk’s head. Kruk bails out on the next two pitches, saying afterwards, he’s going to kill somebody.”
15th The Orioles defeat the Twins, 5–3, as Cal Ripken hits the 278th HR of his career as a SS for a new major league mark. Ernie Banks held the old standard.
Mike Morgan allows 5 hits in pitching his first complete game of the year, beating the Rockies, 1–0. Sammy Sosa singles, steals 2B, and Steve Buechele drives a single off Willie Blair to score Sosa. For the Rockies, it is the closest to a shutout they’ll get this year.
Led by Rafael Palmeiro, Texas snaps a 7-7 tie with Detroit to win, 12–7. Palmeiro has 4 long hits—2 homers and 2 doubles—as the Rangers win their 9th in 10 games. They have scored 33 runs in their last 3 games. This is the first of two games this year that Raffy will collect 4 extra base hits.
Mike Boddicker informs the Brewers he is retiring. The pitcher was acquired from Kansas City on April 26 and last pitched June 13.
16th Giants OF Darren Lewis sets a major league record by playing his 267th consecutive game without an error. He snaps Don Demeter’s record. The Giants defeat the Mets, 4-2.
17th The Rangers trade pitchers Robb Nen and Kurt Miller to the Marlins for P Cris Carpenter.
Spokane (PCL) pitcher Glenn Dishman retires the first 26 Yakima batters. The 27th batter hits an easy roller to the second baseman who tosses to 1B Jason Thompson. Thompson starts celebrating early, pulling his foot off the bag for an error before he records the out. Dishman gets the next batter for his no hitter.
18th Atlanta’s Steve Avery and 2 relievers shut out the Pirates, 2-0, despite surrendering 13 hits, just one shy of the record for most hits allowed in a shutout.
The Braves obtain 1B Fred McGriff from the Padres in exchange for minor leaguers Melvin Nieves and Donnie Elliott.
19th At Atlanta, Donovan Osborne (9-3) combines with 3 relievers to shut out the Braves, 4-0. Brian Jordan hits a pair of homers and Mark Whitten soloes.
20th Baltimore P Ben McDonald (7–8) hurls a 1-hit shutout to beat the Royals and David Cone, 7-0. Gary Gaetti’s single in the 4th is the only hit.
At Cleveland, the Indians stop the Athletics, 9-5. Carlos Baerga greets reliever Joe Boever with a 2nd-inning four-run homer as he drives in 5 runs in the contest.
21st Mariner OF Jay Buhner collects 5 hits in Seattle’s 10-3 win over the Yankees. Hanson goes all the allowing no earned runs to beat Jimmy Key (12–3).
In Minnesota’s 7–2 win over Detroit, Tony Phillips goes 0–4 with 2 strikeouts against two Minnesota Twins pitchers—Tapani and Wills. It is his only game without a hit, walk or hit batsmen in a string of 101 games.
22nd During Colorado’s 7-6 win over St. Louis, Cardinal P Bob Tewksbury surrenders a walk to Eric Young in the 7th inning, ending his streak of 55 1/3 innings without issuing a free pass. The NL record is 68.
Kansas City’s Greg Gagne hits a HR off Detroit’s Mark Leiter in the Royals’ 12-6 victory. The HR is the 10,000th hit in the long history of Tiger Stadium, making it the first ballpark to reach that figure. During the game, Detroit 3B Travis Fryman draws a walk off KC P Enrique Burgos, then proceeds to circle the bases on 3 wild pitches by Burgos.
Kirby Puckett belts a ball to the left of the baggie hanging on the RF fence at the Metrodome. The ball is ruled in play and Kirby gets a double, though the replay shows it to be a homer. Minnesota goes on to defeat the Orioles, 8-4.
23rd At San Francisco, Barry Bonds hits a homer in the 9th off Phils Curt Schilling to tie the game 1-1. Jim Eisenreich’s homer in the 4th had been the game’s only score. Hollins finally scores in the 14th to give the Phils a 2-1 victory.
24th The Mets are defeated by the Dodgers, 5-4, as Anthony Young loses his major league record 27th straight decision. Following the game, Mets OF Vince Coleman tosses a firecracker from his car, injuring 2 youngsters and a woman. Coleman will be charged with a felony.
Bo Jackson’s 4th hit of the game, a 9th inning single, drives in the winning run as the White Sox edge the visiting Brewers, 6-5. Scott Radnisky (5-0) faces one batter and picks up the victory.
25th Detroit P Mike Moore hurls a one-hit, 3-0 shutout over the Royals. Wally Joyner’s 2nd inning single is the only Kansas City safety.
26th The Padres trade pitchers Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris to the Rockies in exchange for C Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Bochtler and Andy Ashby.
Pinch hitter Tom Brunansky of the Brewers ends the Red Sox 10 game win streak with a 2-run, 2-out HR in the bottom of the 9th for a 3–2 win. The dinger comes off Jeff Russell in relief of Roger Clemens.
27th Phillies 1B John Kruk gets 5 hits in Philadelphia’s 10-7 win over the visiting Cardinals.
The Padres blank the Cubs, 8-0, as Sand Diego’s Tony Gwynn knocks 5 hits in a game for the third time this season.
28th Seattle’s Ken Griffey homers for the 8th consecutive game, tying the major league mark set by Dale Long and tied by Don Mattingly. The Mariners lose to the Twins, however, 5-1.
The Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-4, as Anthony Young takes the win in relief, ending his 27-game losing streak. Young (1-13) will end the season at 1-16 despite a 3.77 ERA.
Detroit 3B Travis Fryman strokes 5 safeties as he hits for the cycle in the Tigers’ 12-7 loss to the Yankees. He is the first Tiger to cycle in 43 years.
Robin Ventura’s second grand slam of the year powers the White Sox to a 9-4 win over the Indians. It is his 4th grand slam. The Sox take a 9-0 lead after two innings, as Bo Jackson adds a 3-run homer in the 2nd.
Darren Daulton belts a grand slam and two-run triple as the Phils pound the Cards, 14–6. Dave Hollins drives in 3 runs as well for the Quakers.
29th Reds P Tom Browning is arrested for possession of marijuana.
The Phils complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals, beating them 6-4, and now lead the NL East by 7 games.
30th The Yankees obtain P Paul Assenmacher from the Cubs in a 3-way deal which sees P John Habyan go to the Royals and OF Karl Rhodes to the Cubs.
31st The Expos retire Gary Carter’s uniform prior to their game with Florida.
Toronto obtains OF Rickey Henderson from the Athletics in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera.
The Reds trade P Tim Belcher to the White Sox for pitchers Johnny Ruffin and Jeff Pierce. The White Sox hope Belcher will be their fifth starter, but that won’t happen.
The Pirates trade P Stan Belinda to the Royals for pitchers John Lieber and Dan Miceli.