Nomar Garciaparra had an impressive showing on his birthday, hitting three homers on July 23.
For all the happiness baseball created in July, the month started with deep sadness.
Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams, the last man to hit .400 in Major League Baseball, died at the age of 83 during the first week of the month. Also known during his 19-year career with the Red Sox as "The Kid", Williams set the standard for rookie performances in 1939 and won baseball's Triple Crown in 1942 and 1947. He was the American League MVP in 1946 and 1949.
In an unusual twist, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig decided the 73rd All-Star Game would end in a tie, 7-7, after 11 innings in Milwaukee.
But as usual, Barry Bonds continued to hit home runs in the eventful month, while Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra celebrated their birthdays in grand fashion.
The July 31 trade deadline also proved to be a busy day around the league.
Alan Zinter's journey to the Majors lasted 13 years and more than 4,700 minor league at-bats. But, Zinter's childhood dream became even more like that of a Hollywood script. Naturally, the 33-year-old's first big-league hit would go the distance.
Voting for the first-ever "The All-Star 30th Man" program concluded with the fans selecting Boston's Johnny Damon as the American League 30th man and Atlanta's Andruw Jones to complete the National League roster for the 73rd All-Star Game in Milwaukee.
Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez hit two home runs, including the 200th of his career and a walk-off homer that gave the Rangers a 6-5 win over Tampa Bay.
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