This Week in Baseball History

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May 8Roy Campanella made his minor league debut with Nashua in 1946; Frank Robinson became the only play ever to hit a ball completely out of Memorial Stadium in 1966.

May 9The Baltimore Orioles’ Jim Gentile became the only major leaguer to hit consecutive grand slams in the first and second innings in 1961; Eddie Murray became the first major leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games in 1987; Tony Gwynn born in 1960.

May 10Hank Aaron hit the only inside-the-park home run of his 755 career total in 1967.

May 11In 2000, 37-year old Joe Strong made his MLB debut, becoming the oldest player to do so since Diomedes Olivo made his MLB debut in 1960 at age 41.

May 12The first televised Red Sox game aired in 1948; birthday of Felipe Alou (1935), Yogi Berra (1925), and Wimpy Quinn (1918).

May 13The first game in which players on both teams wore uniform numbers on the backs of their shirts was in 1929 at League Park in Cleveland, when the Indians defeated the New York Yankees, 4-3.

May 14:  The first night game is played at Crosley Field in Cincinnati in 1935.

Who will make baseball history this week?

~ baseballrebecca


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