1st Hank Aaron goes 4-for-4, driving in 2 runs in the Brewers 17–3 win over Detroit. This brings his career RBI total to 2,211, breaking Babe Ruth’s published record of 2,209. His third inning single off Vern Ruhle drives in Lezcano with his 2,210th RBI. On February 3, 1976, the Records Committee will revise Ruth’s total to 2,204; so, in actuality, Aaron set the record on April 18, 1975.
At Royals Stadium, Kansas City edges the Angels, 11-10, with 2 runs in the 11th inning. The Royals swipe 7 bases, four by Amos Otis, and California steals 3 bases. Morris Nettles has 4 hits as does George Brett, and each team hits a homer.
2nd The Cubs give up on pitcher Burt Hooton, 0-2 in 11 innings, trading him to the Dodgers for pitchers Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon. Hooton will win 18 games this season, the first of 7 straight years of double-figure wins for Los Angeles.
3rd The Reds switch Pete Rose from left field to 3B, opening a lineup spot for utility OF George Foster. Over the next 4 seasons, Foster will average 36 HRs, 117 RBI, and a .302 BA, helping the Reds to two World Championships. Gary Nolan, making a comeback after shoulder problems sidelined him in 1973-74, stops the Braves, 6–1. It is Nolan’s first win since October 1972.
At Shea, Woodie Fryman (3-0) fires a one-hitter to give the Expos a 3-0 win over the Mets. John Stearns has the lone hit, a double in the 5th. Fryman is in the middle of a scoreless inning streak that will reach 33.
4th The Giants beat the Astros 8–6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick. In the 2nd inning, Houston’s Bob Watson scores what is calculated as ML baseball’s one-millionth run of all time (the Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scored the first run on April 22, 1876) as Milt May hits John Montefusco’s first pitch to drive him home. The Reds Davey Concepcion homers about the same moment and races around the bases, but Watson, on 2B, scores seconds ahead as the Reds lose to Atlanta, 3–2. On third base in the Twins game, Rod Carew also tried for the millionth run on a short fly to left. Not only is he thrown out, but he injures his leg. A record is also set in game 2 as the Astros walk over the Giants, 12-8. Each team walks 13 times and the 26 sets the NL mark for two teams. Starters J.R. Richard (6 IP, 11 BB) and John D’Acquisto (3.2 IP, 9 BB) contribute the most.
Harmon Killebrew returns to the Met wearing the visitors Royals uniform. His #3 is retired before the game, and the Killer then brings the crowd to its feet when he unloads a homer in his first at bat. Minnesota wins 6–3, behind Jim Hughes.
At Busch Stadium, Reggie Smith is 5-for-5, with 2 homers, and 5 RBIs, but the Cardinals all little else as they lose to the Cubs, 8-6.
Mets outfielder Cleon Jones is arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, after the police find him naked in a van with a teenage girl who is holding a stash of narcotics. Jones tells the cops that he is “C. Joseph Jones, a laborer.”
5th The Orioles and Indians split a pair with Baltimore cuffing around Gaylord Perry in the opener for an 11-1 win. Al Bumbry and Doug DeCinces each have 4 hits including a homer and together drive in 7 runs. The Indians rebound for a 4-3, 11-inning victory in game 2 on George Hendrick’s 4th hit of the game. Catcher Alan Ashby steals home on the front end of a double steal.
Oakland releases pinch runner Herb Washington. Washington, who played in 104 ML games without batting, pitching, or fielding, stole 30 bases, and scored 33 runs.
6th Mike Jorgensen hits a grand slam and Chuck Taylor tosses three hitless innings in relief of Steve Rogers as the Expos beat the visiting Cubs, 9-4.
7th The Oakland A’s tally 9 runs in the 7th against the visiting Angels and win, 9-1. Vida Blue (6-1) allows an unearned run. Sal Bando has a sac bunt and a grand slam in the big frame for the A’s. Not till 2009 will another batter collect a sac bunt and slam in the same frame.
The Braves trade C Johnny Oates, along with the contract of Dick Allen, to the Phillies for 2 players and cash. Allen had refused to report to Atlanta following his trade from the White Sox on December 3, 1974, and announced his retirement.
Behind Johnny Bench’s grand slam and a 2-run homer by Tony Perez the Reds beat the Padres, 10-2.
9th At Three Rivers, Dave Parker drives in 6 runs on a double, triple and homer to lead the Pirates to an 11-3 win over the NL West-leading Dodgers. The Pirates are 3 games behind the Cubs in the NL East.
10th Will McEnany provides 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief to seal the Reds 7–1 win over the Mets. Clay Kirby gets the win.
12th The Royals leave a record tying 15 men on base without scoring in a 5–0 loss to the Tigers. Tiger rookie Vern Ruhle allows 12 baserunners in his 7 1/3 innings, in picking up the win. The 15 runners in a shutout has been done 3 times before, the last on August 1, 1941. The mark will finally be eclipsed by the Cards in 1994.
15th At Parc Jarry, a rain delay in the 4th inning becomes a successful protest when Atlanta manager Clyde King protests that the umpires didn’t wait long enough nor did they physically test the field. The Braves are ahead, 4-1, but the Expos just scored after the first two batters in the inning hit safely. The game will be resumed on July 20 and Atlanta will win, 5-4. As noted by Frank Vaccaro, this is one of a record 7 suspended games this year. One other, today’s Milwaukee-Texas game, is suspended after 14 innings and completed tomorrow.
16th Baltimore takes game 1 against the Angels, 1-0, when Bobby Grich hits a game-ending homer in the 9th off Frank Tanana. The Halos take game 2, 3-2, on two homers by Tommy Harper.
17th In Montreal, Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey hit homers in the 10th inning as the Reds beat the Expos, 5–3.
In Philadelphia, the Phils score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win, 9-8, and pin the loss on the Braves Phil Niekro. For the 3rd game in a row, Gene Garber is the winning pitcher. He ties the NL mark last done by Mike Marshall in 1974.
At Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers edge the Pirates, 4-3, when Joe Ferguson, pinch hitting for starter Andy Messersmith (6-0) drives in the winning run in the 10th. The Bucs get on the board early when Manny Sanguillen steals home on the front end of a double steal.
18th For the second time in three years, the Giants Jim Barr shuts out the Cardinals, winning 2-0, and allowing just two hits, both by Lou Brock. Brock did it April 17, 1973.
19th San Diego’s Randy Jones hurls a 10-inning one-hitter in beating St. Louis 1–0. John Curtis takes the tough loss, giving up a game-ending homer to John Grubb, his 4th hit of the game, with one out in the 10th. Melendez has the one hit for the Cards, a leadoff single in the 7th.
20th The Indians trade pitchers Dick Bosman and Jim Perry to the A’s for P Blue Moon Odom and cash.
Dusty Baker belts a 3-run homer and Vic Correll puts the game away with an 8th inning grand slam as Atlanta beats the Expos, 9-4. Correll has 5 RBI.
21st The Reds, entering the game with a 20-20 record, 5 games behind the first-place Dodgers, come from behind to beat the Tom Seaver and Mets, 11–4. Cincinnati will go on to win 41 of 50 games and run away with the National League West title.
At Fenway, Carl Yastrzemski’s 7th inning grand slam is the difference as Boston beats Oakland, 7-3. Reggie Cleveland (3-2) goes the distance for the win.
24th At Candlestick, Bobby Murcer hits a triple and homer to drive in 6 runs as the Giants beat the NL East leading Cubs, 10-3.
25th Cleveland’s Dennis Eckersley, in his first ML start, hurls a 3-hit shutout in beating Oakland 6–0.
Mickey Lolich’s 200th career victory is a rain-shortened, 4–1 win over the White Sox. His catcher is Bill Freehan, who also caught him in his first ML start May 21, 1963.
Hal McRae has a 3-run homer and drives in 6 runs as the Royals top the Orioles, 9-1.
At the Astrodome, Doug Radar’s 5th hit of the game, and his third double, leads to the tying run in the 12th, and another hit in the frame gives the Astros an 8-7 win over the Expos. Cesar Cedeno’s homerun in the 9th knotted the score.
26th At Riverfront, Johnny Bench launches a 5th inning grand slam to help the Reds beat the Expos, 5–4. It is Bench’s second grand slam of the season.
27th In St. Louis, Lou Brock hits for the cycle to back Bob Forsch’s 7–1 win over the Padres.
28th The Reds stop the visiting Expos, 5–0, behind Gary Nolan’s 2-hitter.
30th Willie McCovey’s grand slam lifts the Padres over the Mets 6–2. It is McCovey’s 3rd career pinch slam, tying the ML record held by Ron Northey and Rich Reese. It is Stretch’s 16th lifetime bases-loaded homer, tying the NL record held by Aaron.
31st Cesar Tovar gets the only hit for Texas, the 5th time in his career he has had his team’s lone hit in a game. The Yankees Catfish Hunter hurls the one-hit 6–0 victory.
Andy Messersmith gets a loss and a save for the Dodgers in Chicago. In a game continued from the previous day, he saves a 3–1 win for Don Sutton, then loses 2–1 to the Cubs on two solo HRs.
The Royals beat the Brewers 7–5 in a game bridging the generation gap. Home run leaders Henry Aaron and Harmon Killebrew are in their 22nd ML seasons and winning pitcher Lindy McDaniel is in his 21st. All three were playing in the majors before Brewers SS Robin Yount was born.
Don Gullett allows 4 hits as the Reds beat the Cards, 6–0.