This Day in History

July 11, 1782:

British evacuate Savannah Georgia.

https://revolutionarywar.us/year-1779/battle-of-savannah/

On July 11, 1782, British Royal Governor Sir James Wright, along with several civil officials and military officers, flee the city of Savannah, Georgia, and head to Charleston, South Carolina. As part of the British evacuation, a group consisting of British regulars led by General Alured Clarke traveled to New York, while Colonel Thomas Brown led a mixed group of rangers and Indians to St. Augustine, Florida. The remaining British soldiers were transported to the West Indies aboard the frigate HMS Zebra and the sloop of war HMS Vulture.

Wright had been the only colonial governor and Georgia the only colony to successfully implement the Stamp Act in 1765. As revolutionary fervor grew elsewhere in the colonies, Georgia remained the most loyal colony, declining to send delegates to the Continental Congress in 1774. Governor Wright, though, had been taken into custody and placed under house arrest nearly a month earlier on January 18, 1776, by Patriots under the command of Major Joseph Habersham of the Provincial Congress. On February 11, Wright escaped from his residence in Savannah to the safety of a waiting British warship, the HMS Scarborough, anchored at the mouth of the Savannah River, and returned to London. Wright organized a military action and retook Savannah on December 29, 1778. He resumed his role as royal governor on July 22, 1779, and held the city until the British left of their own accord on this day in 1782, following General Charles Cornwallis’ surrender to General George Washington at Yorktown in 1781.

Wright then moved to London, where he died three years later.

July 11, 1804:

Aaron Burr slays Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

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On July 11, 1804, in one of the most famous duels in American history, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.

Alexander Hamilton, born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, came to the American colonies in 1773 as a poor immigrant. (There is some controversy as to the year of his birth, but it was either 1755 or 1757.) In 1776, he joined the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and his relentless energy and remarkable intelligence brought him to the attention of General George Washington, who took him on as an aide. Ten years later, Hamilton served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and he led the fight to win ratification of the final document, which created the kind of strong, centralized government that he favored. In 1789, he was appointed the first secretary of the treasury by President Washington, and during the next six years he crafted a sophisticated monetary policy that saved the young U.S. government from collapse. With the emergence of political parties, Hamilton was regarded as a leader of the Federalists.

Aaron Burr, born into a prestigious New Jersey family in 1756, was also intellectually gifted, and he graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) at the age of 17. He joined the Continental Army in 1775 and distinguished himself during the Patriot attack on Quebec. A masterful politician, he was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1784 and later served as state attorney. In 1790, he defeated Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law in a race for the U.S. Senate.

Hamilton came to detest Burr, whom he regarded as a dangerous opportunist, and he often spoke ill of him. When Burr joined Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican ticket (the forerunner of the Democratic Party) as vice president in the 1796 election, Hamilton launched a series of public attacks against Burr, stating, “I feel it is a religious duty to oppose his career.” John Adams won the presidency, and in 1797 Burr left the Senate and returned to the New York Assembly.

In the 1800 election, Jefferson and Burr became running mates again. Burr aided the Democratic-Republican ticket by publishing a confidential document that Hamilton had written criticizing his fellow Federalist President John Adams. This caused a rift in the Federalists and helped Jefferson and Burr win the election with 73 electoral votes each.

Under the electoral procedure then prevailing, president and vice president were not voted for separately; the candidate who received the most votes was elected president, and the second in line, vice president. The vote then went to the House of Representatives. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality—handing Jefferson victory over his running mate—developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. After a remarkable 35 tie votes, a small group of Federalists changed sides and voted in Jefferson’s favor. Alexander Hamilton, who had supported Jefferson as the lesser of two evils, was instrumental in breaking the deadlock.

Burr became vice president, but Jefferson grew apart from him, and he did not support Burr’s renomination to a second term in 1804. That year, a faction of New York Federalists, who had found their fortunes drastically diminished after the ascendance of Jefferson, sought to enlist the disgruntled Burr into their party and elect him governor. Hamilton campaigned against Burr with great fervor, and Burr lost the Federalist nomination and then, running as an independent for governor, the election. In the campaign, Burr’s character was savagely attacked by Hamilton and others, and after the election he resolved to restore his reputation by challenging Hamilton to a duel, or an “affair of honor,” as they were known.

Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to an honorable resolution before any actual firing of weapons. In fact, the outspoken Hamilton had been involved in several affairs of honor in his life, and he had resolved most of them peaceably. No such recourse was found with Burr, however, and on July 11, 1804, the enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same spot where Hamilton’s son had died defending his father’s honor in 1801.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened next. According to Hamilton’s “second”—his assistant and witness in the duel—Hamilton decided the duel was morally wrong and deliberately fired into the air. Burr’s second claimed that Hamilton fired at Burr and missed. What happened next is agreed upon: Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach, and the bullet lodged next to his spine. Hamilton was taken back to New York, and he died the next afternoon.

Few affairs of honor actually resulted in deaths, and the nation was outraged by the killing of a man as eminent as Alexander Hamilton. Charged with murder, Burr, still vice president, returned to Washington, D.C., where he finished his term immune from prosecution.

In 1805, Burr, thoroughly discredited, concocted a plot with James Wilkinson, commander of the U.S. Army, to seize the Louisiana Territory and establish an independent empire, which Burr, presumably, would lead. He contacted the British government and unsuccessfully pleaded for assistance in the scheme. Later, when border trouble with Spanish Mexico heated up, Burr and Wilkinson conspired to seize territory in Spanish America for the same purpose.

In the fall of 1806, Burr led a group of well-armed colonists toward New Orleans, prompting an immediate U.S. investigation. General Wilkinson, in an effort to save himself, turned against Burr and sent dispatches to Washington accusing Burr of treason. In February 1807, Burr was arrested in Louisiana for treason and sent to Virginia to be tried in a U.S. court. In September, he was acquitted on a technicality. Nevertheless, public opinion condemned him as a traitor, and he fled to Europe. He later returned to private life in New York, the murder charges against him forgotten. He died in 1836.

July 11, 1861:

Union notches a victory at the battle of Rich Mountain.

https://www.battlefields.org/learn/civil-war/battles/rich-mountain

On July 11, 1861, Union troops under General George B. McClellan score another major victory in the struggle for western Virginia at the Battle of Rich Mountain. The Yankee success secured the region and ensured the eventual creation of West Virginia.

Western Virginia was a crucial battleground in the early months of the war. The population of the region was deeply divided over the issue of secession, and western Virginia was also a vital east-west link for the Union because the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad ran through its mountains.

After McClellan scored a series of small victories in western Virginia in June and early July, Confederate General Robert Garnett and Colonel John Pegram positioned their forces at Rich Mountain and Laurel Hill to block two key roads and keep McClellan from penetrating any further east. McClellan crafted a plan to feign an attack against Garnett at Laurel Hill while he sent the bulk of his force against Pegram at Rich Mountain.

Part of McClellan’s force, led by General William Rosecrans, followed a rugged mountain path to swing around behind the Rebels’ left flank. McClellan had promised to attack the Confederate front when he heard gunfire from Rosecrans’s direction. After a difficult march through a drenching rain, Rosecrans struck the Confederate wing. It took several attempts, but he was finally able to drive the Confederates from their position. McClellan shelled the Rebel position, but did not make the expected assault. Each side suffered around 70 casualties.

Pegram was forced to abandon his position, but Rosecrans was blocking his escape route. Two days later, Pegram surrendered his force of 555. Although McClellan became a Union hero as a result of this victory, most historians agree that Rosecrans deserved the credit. Nonetheless, McClellan was on his way to becoming the commander of the Army of the Potomac.

July 11, 1914:

Babe Ruth makes his MBL debut.

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/ruth-babe

On July 11, 1914, in his major league debut, George Herman “Babe” Ruth pitches seven strong innings to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians (now known as the Cleveland Guardians), 4-3.

George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland, where his father worked as a saloon keeper on the waterfront. He was the first of eight children, but only he and a sister survived infancy. The young George, known as “Gig” (pronounced jij) to his family, was a magnet for trouble from an early age. At seven, his truancy from school led his parents to declare him incorrigible, and he was sent to an orphanage, St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. Ruth lived there until he was 19 in 1914, when he was signed as a pitcher by the Baltimore Orioles.

That same summer, Ruth was sold to the Boston Red Sox. His teammates called him “Babe” for his naiveté, but his talent was already maturing. In his debut game against the Indians, the 19-year-old Ruth gave up just five hits over the first six innings. In the seventh, the Indians managed two runs on three singles and a sacrifice and Ruth was relieved. His hitting prowess, however, was not on display that first night—he went 0 for 2 at the plate.

Ruth developed quickly as a pitcher and as a hitter. When the Red Sox made the World Series in 1916 and 1918, Ruth starred, setting a record with 29 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in World Series play. His career record as a pitcher for the Red Sox was 89-46.

To the great dismay of Boston fans, Ruth’s contract was sold to the New York Yankees before the 1920 season by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, so that Frazee could finance the musical No, No, Nanette. Ruth switched to the outfield with the Yankees, and hit more home runs than the entire Red Sox team in 10 of the next 12 seasons. “The Sultan of Swat” or “The Bambino,” as he was alternately known, was the greatest gate attraction in baseball until his retirement as a player in 1935. During his career with the New York Yankees, the team won four World Series and seven American League pennants. After getting rid of Ruth, the Red Sox did not win a World Series until 2004, an 85-year drought known to Red Sox fans as “the Curse of the Bambino.”

July 11, 1918:

German command makes final plans for offensive on the Western Front.

Even with a deadly influenza epidemic spreading among German troops, the German High Command decides to go ahead with plans for a renewed assault on the Allies on the Western Front in the summer of 1918, making their final plans on July 11.

The so-called Spanish flu, an unusually powerful strain of influenza, spread throughout North America, Europe and eventually around the world during 1918, claiming millions of lives. The First World War, with its massive movements of men in close quarters, under harsh conditions, undoubtedly acted as a factor in the epidemic. The soldiers fighting for the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary, were hit especially hard by the virus beginning in the early summer of 1918, just as the Allies prepared to counter the German spring offensive on the Western Front.

With Austria-Hungary virtually eliminated as a military force by the third year of World War I, Vienna looked to Germany as the Dual Monarchy’s last chance for survival. People have only one more hope, the German Front, the German ambassador to Austria-Hungary reported to Berlin on July 11. Even a hope in a separate peace does not exist any more. That same day, the German army’s High Command, which had previously considered pushing back their plans for a renewed offensive due to the flu epidemic’s effect on their troops, decided instead to push ahead. The German attack on July 15, near the Marne River in the Champagne region of France, met with resounding failure. It would be the final German offensive of World War I.

Taken from: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

My All-Time Baseball Team

Relief Pitcher: Trevor Hoffman

https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2011/01/11/all-times-saves-leader-trevor-hoffman-announces-retirement/

1993-2010, primarily with the San Diego Padres

601 career saves (2nd most all time)

7-time All Star

2-time Rolaids Relief Man Award winner

2-time National League saves leader

Owns Major League records for most 20-save seasons (15), 30-save seasons (14), and 40-save seasons (9)

Highest strikeout rate of any reliever of all time

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Matherson

SP: Warren Spahn

SP: Grover Cleveland Alexander

SP: Lefty Grove

RP: Mariano Rivera

RP: Trevor Hoffman

My All-Time Baseball Team

Relief Pitcher: Mariano Rivera

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/rivera-mariano

1995-2013 for the New York Yankees

652 career saves (most all time)

2.21 career earned run average (ERA)

13-time All Star

5-time World Series champion (closed out 4 different World Series)

1999 World Series MVP

2003 American League Championship Series MVP

5-time American League Rolaids Relief Man Award winner

3-time Delivery Man of the Year winner

3-time Major League Baseball saves leader

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 on the first ballot (first inductee ever to receive 100% of the vote)

Pitched in 1,115 regular season games, which is fourth most in MLB history, most in American League history, and most all-time by a right-handed pitcher

2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched) are the lowest of any pitcher in the live ball era with at least 1,000 innings pitched

8–1 win–loss record and a 0.76 WHIP in the postseason

Postseason record lowest career ERA (minimum 30 innings pitched) (0.70)

Postseason record 42 saves

Postseason record most consecutive scoreless innings pitched (3313)

Postseason record most consecutive save opportunities converted (23)

Postseason record most games pitched (96)

Almost exclusively threw a cut fastball, which hitters knew was coming, yet couldn’t do anything about

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

SP: Warren Spahn

SP: Grover Cleveland Alexander

SP: Lefty Grove

RP: Mariano Rivera

My All Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Lefty Grove

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/grove-lefty

1935-1941 for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox

300 career victories

3.06 career earned run average (ERA), which is fifth all time among pitchers who threw at least 1,000 innings

2,266 career strikeouts

2-time World Series champion (1929,1930)

6-time All Star

American League MVP in 1931

2-time pitching Triple Crown winner (victories, ERA, strikeouts)

4-time AL victories leader

9-time AL ERA leader

7-time AL strikeout leader

.680 lifetime winning percentage is eighth all-time, yet none of the seven pitchers ahead of him won more than 236 games

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

SP: Warren Spahn

SP: Grover Cleveland Alexander

SP: Lefty Grove

My All-Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Grover Cleveland Alexander

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/alexander-grover-cleveland

1911-1930 with Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals

Nicknames, “Old Pete”

373 career victories (third most all time)

2.56 career earned run average (ERA)

2,198 career strikeouts

3-time MLB pitching triple crown winner (victories, ERA, strikeouts)

6-time National League wins leader

4-time NL ERA leader

6-time NL strikeout leader

1926 World Series champion (St. Louis Cardinals)

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938

Ranked number 12 on the Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players

Jersey retired by the Phillies

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

Third Base: Mike Schmidt

Left Field: Ted Williams

Center Field: Willie Mays

Right Field: Babe Ruth

Starting Pitcher: Walter Johnson

Starting Pitcher: Christy Mathewson

Starting Pitcher: Warren Spahn

Starting Pitcher: Grover Cleveland Alexander

My All-Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Warren Spahn

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/spahn-warren

1942-1965, primarily for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves

363 career victories (most by a lefthanded pitcher and sixth all time)

Career victories is most by any pitcher whose career was beyond the 1920 live ball era

3.09 career earned run average (ERA)

2,583 career strikeouts

Pitched 382 lifetime complete games

63 career shutouts is sixth most all time and most by anyone from the live ball era

World Series champion in 1957

17-time National League All-Star

8-time NL win leader

3-time NL ERA leader

4-time NL strikeout leader

Pitched 2 career no-hitters

Major league Cy Young Award winner in 1957 (given to one pitcher, not separated by American League and National League, as it is today)

Inducted into Baseball hall of Fame in 1973

Warren Spahn Award is named for best lefthanded pitcher

Named to Major League Baseball’s all-century team in 1999

Ranked number 21 in The Sporting News’ list of Baseball’s Greatest Players

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

SP: Warren Spahn

My All-Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Christy Mathewson

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/mathewson-christy

1900-1916, primarily for the New York Giants

Also known as “Matty”

373 career victories

2.13 career earned run average (ERA)

2,502 career strikeouts

2-time National League pitching triple crown winner (wins, ERA, strikeouts)

4-time NL wins leader

5-time NL ERA leader

5-time NL strikeout leader

Pitched 2 no-hitters

World Series champion in 1905

Pitched 3 complete game shutouts in the 1905 World Series, allowing a mere 14 hits

Inducted into Baseball hall of Fame in 1936 as part of the inaugural class that included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Walter Johnson

Named to Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999

Ranked in 1999 #7 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players (highest ranked pitcher)

ESPN ranked his feats in the 1905 World Series as the greatest playoff performance of all time

Insisted on enlisting into the United States Army for World War One. In France, he was accidentally gassed during a chemical training exercise and contracted tuberculosis. He died of the illness in 1925 at the age of 45.

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

My All Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Walter Johnson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Johnson

1907-1927, all for the Washington Senators

Nicknamed “The Big Train”

417 career wins (second most all time)

2.17 career earned run average (ERA)

3,508 career strikeouts, a record that stood for 56 seasons

All time leader with 110 career shutouts

4th all time with 531 career complete games

1924 World Series champion

2-time American League MVP

6-time AL win leader

5-time AL ERA leader

12-time AL strikeout leader

Named to the Major League Baseball All Century Team in 1999

Names to Major League Baseball All Time Team

Inducted in the Baseball hall of Fame in 1936 as part of its inaugural class, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wagner

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

My All Time Baseball Team

Right Field: Babe Ruth

https://www.biography.com/athlete/babe-ruth

1914-1935, primarily for the New York Yankees, as well as stints with the Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves

.342 lifetime batting average

714 career home runs

2,214 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

2,873 career hits

94-46 lifetime record as a lefthanded pitcher for Red Sox, with a 2.28 earned run average (ERA)

7-time World Series champion

12-time American League home run leader

5-time American League rbi leader

2-time AL All-Star

1923 AL Most Valuable Player

1924 AL batting champion

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its first class in 1936

Led the game in its transition from the dead ball era to one that featured long home runs, earning him unending adulation from fans

Legendary nicknames include “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”

Ranked by the Sporting News number one on its list of “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players”

In 1999, was named to baseball’s All Century Team

Honorable Mention: Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Mel Ott, Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Ichiro Suzuki, Vladimir Guerrero, Dave Winfield, Paul Waner, Tony Oliva, Kiki Cuyler, Sam Crawford, Enos Slaughter, Harry Heilmann, Sam Rice, Chuck Klein

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

My All-Time Baseball Team

Center Field: Willie Mays

https://www.biography.com/athlete/willie-mays

1951-1973, primarily for the New York/San Francisco Giants

.302 career lifetime batting average

660 career home runs

1,903 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

3,282 career hits

24-time National League All-Star

1954 World Series champion

2-time NL Most Valuable Player

1951 NL Rookie of the Year

1954 NL batting champion

4-time NL home run leader

4-time NL stolen base leader

12-time Gold Glove Award winner

MLB’s all-time leader in outfield putouts (7,095)

2,842 games as an outfielder third most all time

All-Star Game records for most at bats (75), hits (23), runs scored (20), and stolen bases (six)

Shares All-Star Game records for most extra-base hits (eight), triples (three), and total bases (40)

Career 156.2 wins above replacement (WAR) ranks third all time for position players

Led NL in on base plus slugging (OPS) five times

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979

Named to Major League Baseball’s All Century Team and All-Time Team

Honorable Mention (this position is stacked with fantastic options): Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Tris Speaker, Duke Snider, Mike Trout, Larry Doby, Richie Ashburn, Hack Wilson, Earl Averill, Edd Roush, Kirby Puckett, Vada Pinson, Andrew McCutchen, Max Carey

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

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