Gehrig hits his first grand slam and Jackie Robinson is elected to the Hall of Fame on July 23rd

In 1925, Yankees legend Lou Gehrig hit the first of his major league record 23 career grand slams in New York’s win over the Senators.

July 23, 1962, Jackie Robinson, the first black player to participate in major league ball during the 20th century, also becomes the first African-American elected to the shrine.

July 23, 1978. Riding high after the Yankees fifth straight win over the White Sox, manager Billy Martin was interviewed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. While responding to a reporter’s question about Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner, Martin replied: “The two deserve each other. One’s a born liar; the other’s convicted”. The remarks resulted in Billy’s resignation. This would not be the last time he and Steinbrenner would part ways.

In 2002, Nomar Garciaparra celebrated his birthday in grand style. As he turned   29, Boston’s beloved shortstop hit three homers in the span of 2 innings as  Boston crushed the Rays  22-4. By the time he blew out the candles, Nomar became the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games.

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By This Day in Baseball
Monday, 23 Jul 2012


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