Lefty Grove wins 300th and Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin on This Day in Baseball.

Lefty Grove wins 300th and Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin on This Day in Baseball.

Lefty Grove wins 300th and Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin on This Day in Baseball.

July 25, 1883, future Hall of Famer Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn pitches a 1-0 no-hitter against Worcester. Radbourn wins 48 games that season and would amass 309 for his career.

Lefty Grove of the Boston Red Sox wins his 300th game on July 25, 1941 with a 10-6 decision over the Cleveland Indians. Despite giving up 12 hits, Grove becomes the sixth pitcher in the modern era to reach the milestone.

July 25, 1955, the largest contingent of living Hall of Famers to date congregate in Cooperstown for the Induction Ceremony. The new members include: third baseman Home Run Baker, center fielder Joe DiMaggio, catcher Gabby Hartnett, pitcher Ted Lyons, catcher Ray Schalk, and pitcher Dazzy Vance. A record crowd attends the ceremony, many coming to cheer on DiMaggio, one of the most popular players of his era.

July 25, 1966, Casey Stengel and Ted Williams are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Both men make memorable speeches in Cooperstown. Stengel amazes the crowd with his recollections of his nearly six decades in baseball. Williams calls for the election of former Negro leagues stars to the Hall of Fame. Five years later, Satchel Paige will become the first Negro Leagues standout to take his place in Cooperstown.

The New York Yankees name Bob Lemon as manager, jettisoning Billy Martin on July 25th, 1978. Under Lemon’s leadership, the Yankees would erase a nine-and-a-half-game deficit to the Boston Red Sox, highlighted by a dramatic single game playoff for the division on October 2nd. Lemon’s Yankees would win the American League East on their way to the World Championship.

July 25, 2004, a record number of Hall of Famers return to Cooperstown to witness the Induction of standout closer Dennis Eckersley and “The Ignitor” Paul Molitor. In all, 53 living Hall of Fame members are on hand for the ceremony.

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By This Day in Baseball
Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012


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