SportsGuyMike’s: “Today In Sports History for July 5th!”
Today we have some pretty interesting facts & birthdays for you on this 5th Day Of July in Sports.
1898-Lizzie (Stroud) Arlington became the first woman to play organized baseball when she pitched for Reading in the Eastern League. Some believe she also pitched in Atlantic League exhibition games after being hired by Ed Barrow, the league’s president.
1919–Red Sox Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs in a game for his 1st of 72 times
1929–At the Polo Grounds, the New York Giants became the first team to use a public address system.
1937–Joe DiMaggio’s 1st Grand Slam Home run
1945–At the Polo Grounds‚ Giants’ 18-year old rookie Whitey Lockman homers in his first major league at bat. The lefty-swinging center fielder went deep off George Dockins in the 7-5 loss to the Cardinals.
1947–Larry Doby was signed by the Cleveland Indians by their owner Bill Veeck to become the first African American to join the American League, eleven weeks after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League.
1949–NY Giants sign Monty Irvin & Henry Thompson, their 1st African American Players
1968–Phila 76’ers trade Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain to LA Lakers
1985–Garry Templeton is intentionally walked four times by the Pirates tying a major league record set in 1962 by Yankee outfielder Roger Maris.
1987–A’s first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first rookie to hit 30 homers before the All-Star Game as Oakland defeats the Red Sox, 6-2.
1989–Barry Bonds home run puts the Pirates outfielder and his dad, Bobby, first on the all-time father and son home run leader list with 408. Previously the Bells (Gus and Buddy) and the Berras (Yogi and Dale) were tied with 407.
1989–At the Oakland Coliseum, Mark McGwire hits his 100th career home run off of Royals’ pitcher Charlie Liebrandt. Mark’s third inning three-run home run tied the score at 5-5, but the A’s fall short, losing to Kansas City in extra innings, 12-9.
1991–In an unanimous vote, final approval is given by baseball owners for the Rockies and the Marlins to join the National League in 1993.
1993–During a Doubleheader in Cleveland, A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson becomes the second player in major league history to open both games with a home run. In a 1913 a doubleheader played in Washington, Red Sox outfielder and future Hall of Famer Harry Hooper was the first to accomplished the feat.
1998–Yankee right-hander Roger Clemens strikes out Devil Rays’ outfielder Randy Winn to record his 3000th career strikeout. The ‘Rocket’ is the 11th pitcher in major league history to reach the coveted milestone.
2002–Baseball legend Ted Williams, considered one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game, dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 83. The first-ballot Hall of Famer, who was a lifetime .344 hitter, won the MVP award and Triple Crown twice, led the American League in batting for six seasons, and hit .406 in 1941 during his 19-year career with the Red Sox.
Today’s People In Sports Birthdays:
60-Richard “Goose” Gossage, relief pitcher (Yankees, Padres, A’s)
55-James Lofton, NFL wide reciever (Bills, Packers, Raiders)
44-Tim Worrell, Pitcher (San Diego Padres)
36–Chris Gratton, NHL Center (Tampa Bay Lighting)
36- Todd MacDonald, NHL Goalie (Florida Panthers)
Always remember, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, life’s too short.”
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