July 25, 1990 - Rosanne Barr butchered the US National Anthem

Barr’s off-key rendition of the National Anthem was at Jack V Murphy Stadium between games of a double header with San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres were in the middle of a disastrous season, but had just beaten the Reds by a score of 2-1 in the first game. Roseanne Barr botched the National Anthem, sardonically gestured spitting and grabbing a hypothetical cup.

A few weeks earlier Tom Werner and his ownership group had purchased the Padres. Werner was also an Executive Producer of the hit television show Roseanne. With it being “Working Women’s Night” at the ballpark, having Roseanne sing the Anthem must have seemed like a perfect match for Werner’s interests. She was booed and never asked to sing at a game again.

July 24, 1983 - The infamous Pine Tar incident with George Brett


George Brett of the Kansas City Royals was ejected from a game against the New York Yankees for charging the home plate umpire after he ruled that Brett’s go-ahead, ninth inning home run off Rich Gossage would not count because there was too much pine tar on his bat. It is a legendary moment in baseball history and one of the most famous player-umpire arguments in the history of MLB.


No matter what hat you wear, tip it to The Captain.


July 20, 1976 - Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final home run


Hank Aaron hit the home run off of Dick Drago of the California Angels in front of his home crowd at Milwaukee County Stadium. His first career home run occurred over 22 years earlier, on April 23, 1954.

Aaron’s home run record lasted for over 31 years, until Barry Bonds broke it in August of 2007. After breaking the record, Bonds would go on to hit only six more home runs in his career, setting the new record at 762.

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July 18, 1927 - Ty Cobb became the first player in MLB history to collect 4,000 hits

Cobb retired after the 1928 season with 4,191 hits, a record that will stand until Pete Rose breaks it in 1985.

Having played his first 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, it is only appropriate that Cobb, now playing his first year with the Philadelphia Athletics, gets his 4,000th hit at Detroit’s Navin Field. Cobb reached the 4,000 hit milestone with a double off former teammate Sam Gibson in the first inning of a 5-3 loss to the Tigers.

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"There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game." - Ted Williams

The value of mistakes as learning experiences.

July 15, 1999 - Barry Bonds is walked intentionally for a record 294th time


The Career Intentional Walks record was re-established every year from 1955 until Hank Aaron retired in 1976, recording 293 Intentional Base on Balls (IBB). Barry Bonds broke the record in the 1999 season, then preceded to obliterate it by 395 walks over the remaining eight years of his career.

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July 14, 1968 - Hank Aaron hit his 500th career home run


With 499 career home runs under his belt, Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron hit a three-run shot in the third inning off Giants’ pitcher Mike McCormick. Aaron was mobbed at home plate by his teammates and presented with an award by Braves President Bill Bartholomay honoring him as the seventh man in baseball history to hit 500 home runs.

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July 11, 1985 - Nolan Ryan became the first MLB pitcher to earn 4,000 strikeouts


The Houston Astros capped the evening by winning a 12-inning war, 4-3, against the New York Mets to end New York’s 9 game win-streak. Nolan Ryan reached the magical 4,000 mark when former Astro Danny Heep swung and missed at a curveball in the dirt on an 0-and-2 count to lead off the sixth. The Astrodome crowd of 20,921 came to its feet after the first two strikes and cheered wildly when Ryan struck out Heep to write a memorable page of baseball history. Ironically, Ryan accomplished the feat against the same team that signed him as an eighth-round draft choice in 1965.

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"People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I’ve got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There’s no future in it." - Sparky Anderson

Back to the future.

"When we lost, I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win, I can’t sleep at night. But, when you win, you wake up feeling better." - Joe Torre

Winning makes everything feel better.

July 2, 1941 - Joe DiMaggio hits in 45th consecutive game


"Baseball didn’t really get into my blood until I knocked off that hitting streak. Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping," said Joe DiMaggio while continuing this hitting streak until he reached 56 straight games (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.

On the first day of July 1941, Joe DiMaggio tied the 43-year-old record of "Wee" Willie Keeler by hitting safely in both games of a doubleheader against the Red Sox. Joltin’ Joe had at least one one hit in 44 straight games.

On July 2, the Yankees again faced the Red Sox. Joe DiMaggio was intent on getting a hit in his 45th straight game and setting a new major league record at Yankee Stadium. In his third at bat, with two teammates on bases, hungering for a hit, Joe belted the ball into the seats for what would be one of the 30 home runs he would hit that historic 1941 season. He had the record, and it had come against arch-rival Boston.

June 30, 1962 - Sandy Koufax pitched the first of his four career no-hitters

In 1962, the Los Angeles Dodgers moved from the Los Angeles Coliseum, which had a 250-foot left field line, to pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium. The new park had a large foul territory and a comparatively poor hitting background. Sandy Koufax was an immediate beneficiary of the change, lowering his home ERA from 4.29 to 1.75.

On June 30 against the expansion New York Mets, Koufax threw the first of his four career no-hitters. In the first inning of that game, Koufax struck out three batters on nine pitches to become the sixth National League pitcher and the 11th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish a nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-inning. With the no-hitter and a 1.23 ERA for June, he was named Player of the Month.

June 23, 2003 - Barry Bonds steals 500th base; he’s the only player to hit 500 HR and steal 500 bases


Bonds finished his career with 762 HRs and 514 steals.

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June 18, 1975 - Fred Lynn had one of the greatest single player games in MLB; he hit 3 home runs, 10 RBI, and had 16 total bases


The Boston Red Sox were in Detroit facing the Tigers. It was the third game of a three-game series with Boston already taking the first two games. For whatever reason, Lynn had trouble sleeping on the morning of the 18th. Maybe he had an intuition of things to come, as he was about to embark on a legendary day. In the first inning, Lynn smashed an upper deck home run in right to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. In the next inning, Lynn destroyed a pitch that hit the roof of the upper deck in left center. In the third inning, he hit a triple (just missing another home run by three feet) with two more runs scoring to give the Sox an 11-1 lead. Finally, in the ninth inning, he crushed another upper deck home run in right again to score three runs. By the end of the game, which was won by the Sox, 15-1, Lynn had raised his batting average by 15 points.

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