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Baseball loses one of its all-time greats
Ted Williams dies at age of 83
By Jesse Sanchez /

Nomar Garciaparra had an impressive showing on his birthday, hitting three homers on July 23.  (Steven Senne/AP)
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.

July 1
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.

July 2
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.

July 3
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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July 5
The world and the game of baseball lose a legend as Ted Williams dies at the age of 83. The Red Sox remembered him that night.

Don Baylor was dismissed as the manager of the Chicago Cubs and was offered another position within the organization.

July 6
San Francisco's Barry Bonds hadn't homered in 33 at-bats, his longest drought of the season and he'd never homered off Arizona's Randy Johnson. He snapped both those streaks by homering in the sixth inning against the Diamondbacks' left-hander.

July 9
The 2002 All-Star game ends in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings in Milwaukee.

July 11
The Indians replaced Charlie Manuel as manager with third base coach Joel Skinner as the interim skipper. Manuel posted a 220-190 record and led the club into the American League playoffs in 2001 in two-plus seasons with the Tribe.

July 13
The Devil Rays earned their 4-3 victory over Seattle , but Ichiro Suzuki stole the show. He hit two home runs in the same game -- his first multiple-homer game in his Mariners' career.

July 16
Strikeouts were in abundance at Wrigley Field. The Cubs and Braves combined for 28 of them in Chicago's 2-0 loss.

July 17
The Sporting News named Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as the "#1 Good Guy in Pro Sports."

Minnesota's Torii Hunter let his temper get the best of him after getting plunked by Cleveland's Danys Baez in the fifth inning of a 8-5 win at Jacobs Field. After being hit in the hip by a Baez fastball, Hunter picked up the ball and fired it back at the Indians pitcher.

July 19
Labor representatives for Major League Baseball and the players association talked about one of the core issues central to a new collective bargaining agreement -- revenue sharing.

July 22
The Red Sox delivered with a stirring tribute for Ted Williams at Fenway Park. Those in attendance or watching will never forget. The tributes: Audio | Video

July 23
Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra celebrated his 29th birthday with three home runs and eight RBIs in Boston's 22-4 win over Tampa Bay.

July 27
Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam walk-off homer off Oakland's Billy Koch to give Texas a 10-6 victory on Rodriguez's 27th birthday.

July 28
Shortstop Ozzie Smith was inducted into the Hall of Fame and Harry Kalas and Joe Falls were honored.

July 29
The White Sox completed their third trade in five days by sending catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. to the Rockies for minor league pitcher Enemencio Pacheco. Third base prospect Joe Crede and catcher Josh Paul took the roster spots of Alomar and Kenny Lofton, who was traded to the Giants.

The Phillies traded All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen and pitcher Doug Nickle to the Cardinals for Placido Polanco, Bud Smith and Mike Timlin.

July 30
Royals right-hander Paul Byrd becomes first to throw four consecutive complete games since Tom Gordon in 1990.

The Red Sox acquired left-handed hitter Cliff Floyd from the Expos for two pitching prospects and a player to be named later. Floyd had been dealt from Florida to Montreal on July 11.

July 31
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Jorge Fabregas and two players to be named later from the Anaheim Angels in exchange for outfielder Alex Ochoa and minor-league catcher Sal Fasano.

Barry Bonds hit his 596th career home run and added two doubles, but also aggravated his right hamstring strain making a catch in the eighth inning of an 8-6 loss to the Phillies.

The Rockies made two deals involving a total of nine players. Colorado received outfielder Jay Payton, right-handed pitcher Mark Corey and minor-league outfielder Robert Stratton from the New York Mets for pitcher John Thomson and outfielder Mark Little. The Rockies then acquired outfielder Gabe Kapler and infielder Jason Romano for outfielder Todd Hollandsworth and pitcher Dennys Reyes.

The Rangers established season highs in hits and runs on their way to a 17-6 rout of the Yankees in front of 41,133 at The Ballpark in Arlington. The teams combined for 19 extra-base hits, two shy of an American League record. The Rangers finished with 21 hits, including 11 extra-base hits in the victory.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.