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Dave Righetti struck out 21 in nine innings in a no-decision in 1978. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Sunday, July 16, 1939
Arnold John "Jigger" Statz matched a Pacific Coast League record for most RBIs in one inning. The 41-year-old Los Angeles outfielder, who spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues, tagged San Diego for seven RBIs in one frame.
Sunday, July 16, 1944
In an Eastern League contest, the Hartford Laurels scored 18 runs in fourth inning, battering the Wilkes-Barre Barons, 28-3. The feat tied a then Major League all-time record held by the Chicago of the National League in 1883.
Monday, July 16, 1945
Claude Crocker pitched the Carolina League's first no-hitter, but still managed to lose. The right-hander went all nine innings for Burlington, but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Greensboro.
Thursday, July 16, 1959
Robert "Bob" Coleman, who managed in the Minors for 35 seasons, died in Boston at the age of 69. Through 1986 his 2,496 career wins were the most by any Minor League manager.
Sunday, July 16, 1978
Tulsa left-hander Dave "Rags" Righetti devastated the opposing line-up when he fanned 21 batters over nine innings. The achievement was bittersweet, though, as Righetti came up with a no-decision and his 21 strikeouts were not a Texas League record. Right-hander Bob Turley fanned 22 batters nearly 27 years prior on Aug. 11, 1951 over 16 innings for San Antonio. More >
Friday, July 16, 1982
The skies over Columbus' Cooper Stadium darken in the middle of a Clippers game against visiting Richmond. At one point, Columbus pitcher Lynn McGlothen points to the skies over the bleachers and shouts "Tornado!" as he bolts for the dugout. His teammates don't see it, but not taking any chances they race into the dugout behind McGlothen. An instant later a thunderstorm hits, though no funnel cloud ever appears. As fans scurry for cover, a bolt of lightning strikes the tower over the third base grandstand, knocking out the lights and phone lines. In the confusion, an erroneous wire service flash goes out across the nation reporting a tornado hitting the Triple-A Columbus-Richmond game resulting in several fatalities and injuries among the players. CNN reports the story before it is found to be false.
Saturday, July 16, 1988
The San Antonio Missions beat the visiting Jackson Mets, 1-0, in a Texas League-record 26-inning game. The game started on July 14 and went on until 2:25 AM on July 15. When play resumed -- and finished -- the next day, the game totaled seven hours, 23 minutes.