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 Some outstanding or unusual baseball performances that occurred on the 4th of July.
1886 - In the Western League, a game in Colorado between the Leadville Blues and the St. Joseph Reds was delayed 30 minutes, by a snow storm.
1908 - George ``Hooks'' Wiltse of New York pitched a 10-inning no-hitter. He missed a perfect game when, with two outs in the ninth inning, he hit George McQuillan. The Giants beat the Phillies, 1-0. The game's only run was scored on an error.
1912 - George Mullin of Detroit celebrated the holiday and his 32nd birthday. In addition to belting three hits and gathering two RBIs, Mullin pitched a no-hitter. The Tigers beat the Browns in a doubleheader, 7-0, and 9-3. Ty Cobb helped the celebration in the second game by stealing second, third, and home.
1925 - Herb Pennock of New York and Robert ``Lefty'' Grove of Philadelphia put on a pitcher's duel. Both went the distance. Pennock retired the first 18 batters and then the last 21 in a row. In a game neither deserved to lose, the Yankees beat the Athletics, 1-0, in 15 innings.
1934 - Leroy ``Satchel'' Paige won two games . . . in one day . . . against two different teams . . . in two different cities. Pitching for the Negro National League Pittsburgh Crawfords, Paige had a no-hitter against the visiting Homestead Grays. He then drove to Chicago where he shut out the Chicago American Giants . . . in 12 innings. The Crawfords beat the Grays, 4-0, and the Giants, 1-0.
1939 - Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium. Among those paying tribute to Gehrig between games were: Wally Pipp, who was replaced at first by Gehrig; Everett Scott, who held the consecutive game streak before Gehrig; former teammates; present teammates and opponents; politicians; and 61,808 adoring fans. This was the day Gehrig gave his ``luckiest man on the face of the earth'' speech. He became the first Major league player to have his number retired. In the games, the Yankees won 11-1 after dropping the opener to the Senators, 3-2.
1955 - Pitcher Jim ``Mudcat'' Grant hit three home runs . . . in consecutive innings. He led the Keokuk Kernels over the Cedar Rapids Raiders, 12-2, in the Three-I League. He had a successful pitching career in the major leagues for 14 years. In that time, he had six total home runs.
1974 - Mike Marshall makes his 14th straight appearance and picks up a 3-2 win over the Reds. Over the past 30 days, Marshall is 9-0 with three saves and a 1.82 ERA in 20 appearances.
1976 - Tim McCarver of the Phillies hit the ball out of the park for a grand slam . . . single. He lost the home run when he was called out for passing teammate Garry Maddox on the bases. He did get three RBIs. Philadelphia beat the Pirates, 10-5.
1977 - The Boston Red Sox tied a major league record by banging out eight home runs, including four in the eighth inning. Fred Lynn and George Scott collected two each. Others were hit by Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski, Butch Hobson, and Bernie Carbo. The Sox beat the Blue Jays, 9-6.
1983 - Dave Righetti pitches the Yankees' first no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, handcuffing the Red Sox 4-0 before a holiday crowd of 41,077 at Yankee Stadium. It's the first no-hitter by a Yankee lefty since George Mogridge in 1917.
1985 - Keith Hernandez of the Mets hit for the cycle in a game twice delayed by rain. With two outs in the 18th, Atlanta did not have a pinch hitter. Pitcher Rick Camp, a lifetime .062 hitter, was forced to bat. He tied the game at 12 with a two run home run, the first of his career. The scheduled fireworks display started at 4:01 a.m. on July 5th, six minutes after the six hour, 10 minute game ended. It was the latest finish in major league history. The Mets beat the Braves, 16-13, in 19 innings.
1999 - Jose Canseco of the Devil Rays hit his 30th home run of the season to become the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs . . . with each of four different teams. Previously, Canseco had at least 30 with the Athletics, Rangers, and Blue Jays.
 

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