Baseball Bookshelf almanac, July 1

July 1, 2013

Born this date:

1916 – Bob Prince, announcer (d. 1985)

Lest we forget:

2008 – Jules Tygiel, author (b. 1949)

Also on this day:

1902 – Playing his first game for Connie Mack’s A’s, Rube Waddell faces only 27 batters, blanking the Orioles, 2 – 0. The 25-year old southpaw strikes out the side three times in the 3rd (on just nine pitches) 6th, and 9th innings.

New York Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio - February 25, 19431943 – The Sporting News switches to a tabloid format from a standard metro layout as a means of saving newsprint.

1982 – In what is considered a questionable decision at the time, Cal Ripken Jr. is moved from third base to shortstop by Oriole manager Earl Weaver.

2000 – In honor of Canada Day: On Canada’s 133rd birthday, Florida’s Ryan Dempster and Montreal’s Mike Johnson hook up in a rare matchup of Canadian starters. Dempster comes out on top as the Marlins defeat the Expos, 6 – 5. Johnson hails from Edmonton, Alberta, while Dempster is a native of Sechelt, British Columbia.

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