Category: thisdayinbaseball


October 16, 1976

In Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees, Dan Driessen, batting fifth in the Reds lineup, becomes the first National League player to be used as a designated hitter. The DH was not employed before this year’s Fall Classic, although the concept had been adopted and used in the American League since 1973.


September 10, 1959

Tim McCarver makes his major league debut at the age of 17 when he flies out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to Milwaukee at County Stadium. The high school catcher, who was scouted by Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey, turns down football scholarships from Notre Dame and Tennessee to play baseball.


September 9, 1950

After leading off the first with a single, Dom DiMaggio swipes second base, advances to third on an error, and then scores the first run of the game on a ground out in the Red Sox’ 11-3 rout of Philadelphia at Fenway Park. The stolen base is the final one the ‘Little Perfesser’ will get this season, but he will finish leading the American League with 15, the lowest total that has ever led either league.

October 7, 2000 Benny Agbayani’s 13th inning home run…

October 7, 2000

Benny Agbayani’s 13th inning home run ends the longest LDS game ever played, 5 hours and 22 minutes. The dramatic homer by the Mets outfielder, who was voted the 36th greatest athlete from Hawaii by Sports Illustrated, gives New York a 3-2 victory and 2-1 series advantage over the Giants.

Ed. Note: I apologize for the late post today. My phone is a brick, and my computer doesn’t play nicely with tumblr.

Rest in Peace, Zim. 1931-2014

Rest in Peace, Zim.

March 3, 1998 Larry Doby, the American League&…

March 3, 1998
Larry Doby, the American League’s first African-American player, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Forme A.L. president Le McPhail, Negro League pitcher Bullet Joe Rogan, and turn-of-the-century shortstop Gorgeous George Davis also get the nod.