Today in Baseball History: July 2nd
On July 2, 2007, Roger Clemens pitches eight strong innings to earn the 350th victory of his career, in a 5-1 Yankee victory in Minnesota.
On July 2, 1989, Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers collects the 2,500th hit of his career. Yount becomes the fifth youngest player to reach the milestone, behind Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Aaron, and Mel Ott. Yount will finish his career with 3,142 hits.
On July 2, 1985, Joe Niekro of the Houston Astros wins his 200th career game-a 3-2 decision over the San Diego Padres. Joe and his brother Phil, a future Hall of Famer, become only the second brother combination to accumulate 200 wins apiece.
On July 2, 1973, Hall of Fame outfielder Charles “Chick” Hafey dies at the age of 70. Hafey led the National League with a .349 batting mark in 1931.
On July 2, 1970, Horace Clarke of the New York Yankees breaks up a no-hitter for the third time in a month. With a ninth-inning single against the Detroit Tigers, Clarke breaks up the no-hit efforts of right-hander Joe Niekro. Earlier in the month, the switch-hitting Clarke spoiled no-hit bids by Jim Rooker of the Kansas City Royals and Sonny Siebert of the Boston Red Sox.
On July 2, 1969, Reggie Jackson slugged three homers against the Seattle Pilots. It was Jackson”s eighth multi-homer game of the season, giving him 33 home runs in 71 games. He would finish the season with a career-high 47 homers.
On July 2, 1963, Juan Marichal outlasts Warren Spahn in a 16-inning pitchers’ duel at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco Giants defeat the Milwaukee Braves, 1-0, on Willie Mays’ home run. Marichal strikes out 10 batters in going the distance.
On July 2, 1950, Hall of Fame righthander Bob Feller earns his 200th career victory, against the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a doubleheader.
On July 2, 1941, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees sets a new major league record by hitting in his 45th consecutive game. The future Hall of Famer hits a home run to surpass the 44-game hitting streak compiled by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897.
On July 2, 1933, Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants pitches 18 innings of shutout ball in the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals. The screwballing left-hander wins the game, 1-0, while allowing six hits and no walks. In the second game, the Giants win again by the score of 1-0, as Roy Parmelee defeats Dizzy Dean.
On July 2, 1930, Carl Reynolds of the Chicago White Sox hits three consecutive home runs in the second game of a doubleheader. With New York’s cavernous Yankee Stadium providing the setting, two of Reynolds’ home runs are inside-the-parkers.
On July 2, 1903, future Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty, who compiled a .346 lifetime batting average, dies after mysteriously falling off a railroad bridge in Niagara Falls. According to some witnesses, a conductor had ordered Delahanty to disembark the train because of disorderly behavior.