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Batboy Joe Louis Reliford became the youngest person to ever play in a pro game in 1952. (Courtesy of Joe Reliford)
Wednesday, July 19, 1911
Walt Carlisle pulled a rare triple play while playing center field for Vernon of the Pacific Coast League. Carlisle -- a former circus acrobat -- supposedly started the feat by catching a shallow fly ball in center, flipped himself into the infield to tag second base, then beat the runner back to first base for the final out.
Saturday, July 19, 1952
Joe Louis Reliford was initially hired to be the batboy for the Class D Georgia State League's Fitzgerald Pioneers, but wound up the youngest person ever to participate in a professional baseball game. The 12-year-old Reliford went to bat in the eighth inning for the all-white Pioneers during a 13-0 pasting by Statesboro and grounded out to third. Reliford also made a spectacular catch in right field during the ninth that ended Harold Shuster's 21-game hitting streak.

The following day, league president Bill Estroff fired the umpire and gave the Pioneers' manager a five-game suspension for allowing an ineligible player to enter the game. More >

Sunday, July 19, 1970
Craig Glassco was battered into the Southern League record books by the Birmingham Barons. The Chicago Cubs prospect surrendered a league-worst 11 hits in one inning while pitching for Jacksonville.
Monday, July 19, 2004
Tagg Bozied hit a walk-off grand slam but was unable to walk off the field. Bozied, then playing for the Pacific Coast League's Portland Beavers, launched a walk-off shot against the Tacoma Rainiers in an 8-5 win. When the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Bozied approached home, he jumped up to slam on the plate, but crumpled to the ground when he landed awkwardly, rupturing his left patellar tendon.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Will Smith combined with Kelvin Herrera to pitch Double-A Northwest Arkansas' first-ever no-hitter as the Naturals blanked the Arkansas Travelers, 1-0. The game also featured the first triple play in Naturals history. After Clay Fuller and Orlando Mercado walked in the sixth inning, Alberto Rosario grounded to third baseman Mario Lisson, who started the around-the-horn rarity. More >