1873 - The Philadelphia Athletics play their first game in three weeks after spending a holiday at Cape May, New Jersey, to rest from the rigors of the season. They are roughly handled at Boston, where the Reds defeat them 24-10.
1933 - Dizzy Dean struck out seventeen Cubs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago 8-2.
1947 - The New York Giants beat Ewell Blackwell and the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 10 innings, ending Blackwell's 16-game winning streak.
1951 - Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players. National Association President George Trautman testifies, denying that minors hampered independent teams.
1952 - Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar interleague deals until all clubs bid, with the club lowest in the league to get first pick. He sets the price at $10,000. He also bars all other deals after July 31.
1954 - Against Allie Reynolds, third baseman Bob Kennedy hits the first grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles. At this game the Orioles surpass the top season attendance the Browns had in their 52 years in St. Louis.
1959 - Willie McCovey had four hits in four at-bats in his Major League debut with the San Francisco Giants. He had two triples in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia.
1968 - Washington shortstop Ron Hansen pulled off an unassisted triple play, but the Cleveland Indians still won the game 10-1.
1973 - Jim Bibby of the Texas Rangers pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the Oakland A's.
1978 - The Expos crush the Braves, 19-0, collecting twenty-eight hits and a National League record-tying eight home runs. Andre Dawson, Larry Parrish, Dave Cash, and Dawson again homer in the fourth inning; The fifty-eight bases break an 85-year-old record held by the Reds.
1980 - Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard had a stroke during a workout at the Astrodome, and doctors removed a blood clot behind his right collarbone. Before the stroke, Richard had complained of a dead arm several times.
1982 - The Atlanta Braves returned Chief Noc-A-Homa and his teepee to the left field after losing 19 of 21 games and blowing a 10 1/2-game lead. The teepee was removed for more seats. The team recovered to regain first place.
1988 - John Franco saves his thirteenth game of July in Cincinnati's 2-0 win over San Diego, setting a Major League record for saves in one month.
1990 - George Steinbrenner was forced to resign as general partner of the New York Yankees by baseball commissioner Fay Vincent.