Celebrating the 4th of July: With a Touch of Vinny Castilla

Former Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla is one of 52 big-league players born on the 4th of July. Castilla was born on Independence Day on July 4, 1967 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

How does Castilla compare to others born on July 4?

Well,

Castilla Fits the 4th

Statistic Castilla Rank Comment
Home Runs 320 1st Bill Tuttle No. 2, 67 HR
At-Bats 6,822 1st Bill Tuttle No. 2, 4,268
Runs 902 1st Jim McTamany (1885-91) No. 2 693
RBI 1,105 1st Bill Tuttle No. 2, 443 RBI
Hits 1,884 1st Bill Tuttle No. 2, 1,105
Avg. 0.276 8th Wayne Nordhagen No. 1 (1,000 AB) .282
Stolen Bases 33 6th Jim McTamany No. 1, 255
All-Star Games 2 1st Brendan Donnelly 1 (only other All-Star)

Source: Baseball-reference.com

On July 4 in Baseball History

  • 1905 - In the afternoon game of a doubleheader, Philadelphia's Rube Waddell bests Cy Young in a 25-inning marathon as the Athletics down Boston 4-2. A's catcher Ossee Schreckengost works twenty-eught innings in one day, a Major League record.

     

  • 1911 - In the morning game between Chicago and Detroit, Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak as the White Sox win 7-3. Cobb has batted .491 since the streak started on May 15.

     

  • 1939 - A tearful Lou Gehrig tells 61,808 fans at Yankee Stadium, 'I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.' Gehrig's uniform number four is retired, the first Major League player so honored.

     

  • 1960 - Mickey Mantle's three-run first-inning home run off Hal Woodeshick is the 300th of his career. Mantle becomes the 18th player to join the 300 club, but the Yankees drop a 9-8 decision to Washington.

     

  • 1974 - Mike Marshall picks up a 3-2 win over Reds. Over the past 30 days, Marshall is 9-0 with three saves and a 1.82 ERA in twenty appearances.

     

  • 1980 - Nolan Ryan fans Reds outfielder Cesar Geronimo to become the fourth pitcher ever to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. Geronimo was also Bob Gibson's 3,000th career strikeout victim. Despite the milestone, Ryan is tagged with the 8-1 loss.
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  • 1983 - Dave Righetti pitches the Yankees' first no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. He handcuffs the Red Sox 4-0 before a holiday crowd of 41,077 at Yankee Stadium.

     

  • 1984 - Phil Niekro strikes out five batters in the Yankees' 5-0 win over Texas to become the ninth pitcher in major league history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.

     

  • 1985 - In a marathon game that borders on the surreal, the Mets endure two rain delays and six hours and ten minutes of playing time to beat the Braves 16-13 in 19 innings. Relief pitcher Rick Camp, an .060 career hitter, homers in the 18th inning to tie the game no pitcher has ever homered that late in a game. Keith Hernandez hits for the cycle in a game that ends at 3:55 a.m. on July 5, the latest finish in Major League history. At 4:01 a.m., the post-game fireworks display begins, causing some local residents to think the city is under attack.

     

  • 1987 - In a seven-player swap, the Padres trade pitchers Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts and outfielder Kevin Mitchell to the Giants for third baseman Chris Brown and pitchers Keith ComstockMark Davis, and Mark Grant. In 1989, Mitchell will win the MVP Award for the Giants and Davis will win the Cy Young for the Padres.

     

  • 1988 - Kansas City releases pitcher Dan Quisenberry, whose 238 saves are the fourth most in major league history. He will sign with St. Louis next week.

     

  • 1989 - Cincinnati's Tom Browning is three outs from his second career perfect game when Dickie Thon doubles. Browning is eventually relieved by John Franco in a 2-1 win over Philadelphia.

Source: http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/cgi-bin/today/today2S.pl

They Were Born on the 4th

Name Born Yrs From To Franchises
Levin Jones 1847 2 1873 1874 MAR,BLC
Robert Armstrong 1850 1 1871 1871 KEK
Jerry Turbidy 1852 1 1884 1884 KCU
Bill Sullivan 1853 1 1878 1878 CHC
Chief Roseman 1856 7 1882 1890 TRT,NYP,LAD,PHA,LOU,STL
Chris Fulmer 1858 5 1884 1889 WNA,BLO
Mickey Welch HOF 1859 13 1880 1892 TRT,SFG
Jim McTamany 1863 7 1885 1891 LAD,KCC,CLS,PHQ
Fred Donovan 1864 1 1895 1895 CLV
Frank Millard 1865 1 1890 1890 STL
George Mullin 1880 14 1902 1915 DET,MIN,NEW
Pinky Swander 1880 2 1903 1904 BAL
Lou Manske 1884 1 1906 1906 PIT
Jack Warhop 1884 8 1908 1915 NYY
Duke Kenworthy 1886 4 1912 1917 MIN,KCP,BAL
Milt Reed 1890 4 1911 1915 STL,PHI,BTT
Stump Edington 1891 1 1912 1912 PIT
Bobby Murray 1898 1 1923 1923 MIN
Dot Fulghum 1900 1 1921 1921 OAK
Wes Kingdon 1900 1 1932 1932 MIN
Mel Ingram 1904 1 1929 1929 PIT
Ed Cotter 1904 1 1926 1926 PHI
Mike Palagyi 1917 1 1939 1939 MIN
Loren Bain 1922 1 1945 1945 SFG
Chuck Tanner 1928 8 1955 1962 ATL,CHC,CLE,ANA
Bill Tremel 1929 3 1954 1956 CHC
Bill Tuttle 1929 11 1952 1963 DET,OAK,MIN
Babe Birrer 1929 3 1955 1958 DET,BAL,LAD
Bobby Malkmus 1931 6 1957 1962 ATL,MIN,PHI
Gordon Seyfried 1937 2 1963 1964 CLE
Hal Lanier 1942 10 1964 1973 SFG,NYY
Fred Rico 1944 1 1969 1969 KCR
Joe Henderson 1946 3 1974 1977 CHW,CIN
Jim Minshall 1947 2 1974 1975 PIT
Jim Nelson 1947 2 1970 1971 PIT
Ed Armbrister 1948 5 1973 1977 CIN
Wayne Nordhagen 1948 8 1976 1983 CHW,PIT,TOR,CHC
Jim Beattie 1954 9 1978 1986 NYY,SEA
Dan Larson 1954 7 1976 1982 HOU,PHI,CHC
Johnny Abrego 1962 1 1985 1985 CHC
Jose Oquendo 1963 12 1983 1995 NYM,STL
Vinny Castilla 1967 16 1991 2006 ATL,COL,TBD,HOU,WSN,SDP
Brendan Donnelly 1971 9 2002 2010 ANA,BOS,CLE,FLA,PIT
Jay Canizaro 1973 4 1996 2002 SFG,MIN
Jeff Harris 1974 2 2005 2006 SEA
Amauri Sanit 1979 1 2011 2011 NYY
Francisco Cruceta 1981 3 2004 2008 CLE,SEA,DET
Sergio Santos 1983 6 2010 2015 CHW,TOR,LAD,NYY
Jared Hughes 1985 8 2011 2018 PIT,MIL,CIN
Jabari Blash 1989 3 2016 2018 SDP,ANA
Matt Dermody 1990 2 2016 2017 TOR
Zac Curtis 1992 3 2016 2018 ARI,PHI,SEA

Source: Baseball-reference.com