Nolan Ryan Strikes out 4,000th on July 11th

On July 11, 1985, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros becomes the first pitcher in history to record 4,000 strikeouts. Ryan notches the milestone dismissing New York Mets outfielder Danny Heep with 3 pitches in the sixth inning.

On July 11, 1968, the Baltimore Orioles name future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver their manager. Weaver, a lifetime minor league player had been serving as the team's first base coach, and replaced the fired Hank Bauer. Under Weaver's managerial philosophy of ""Double-plays and the Three Run Homer" the 1970 Orioles would be World Champions. In addition to the 1970 World Series, Weaver's Orioles would win 100 plus games 5 times, four pennants, and six division titles.

On July 11, 1914,  George Herman "Babe" Ruth makes his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox. Striking out in his first at-bat, Ruth would have to settle for a no-decision as the starting pitcher, after getting pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. The Red Sox would win the game 4-3.

On July 11, 1950, network television broadcasts an All-Star Game for the first time in history. In the first-ever extra-inning All-Star Game, the NL defeats the AL, 4-3. St. Louis Cardinals star Red Schoendienst wins the game with a home run in the 14th inning against Ted Gray.

On July 11, 1961, San Francisco Giants pitcher Stu Miller is literally blown off the mound during the All-Star Game at Candlestick Park. In the ninth inning, high winds cause the 165-pound Miller to lose his balance. Umpires call a balk, allowing the tying run to score. The National League eventually wins, 5-4, in 10 innings.

On July 11, 1967, Tony Perez of the Cincinnati Reds hits a 15th inning home run against Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Kansas City A's. Perez' dramatic blast gives the National League a 2-1 victory ending the longest game in All Star history. The 2008 15 inning All Star game would tie that record.

By The Baseball Page
Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012


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