Friday, May 13, 2011

On This Day - May 13th

OTD - 1942 - Pitcher Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves slams three successive home runs to beat the Chicago Cubs at Braves Field. Tobin is the only major league pitcher to accomplish this. He had a pinch-hit homer the day before.

OTD - 1952 - In a Class D Appalachian League game, Bristol (Virginia) pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out twenty-seven batters when he no-hits Welch (West Virginia). The catcher missed a third strike allowing one batter reach base to ruin the perfect-perfect bid.

OTD - 1958 - Stan Musial got his 3,000th hit with a pinch-double off Chicago's Moe Drabowsky at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals won 5-3.

OTD - 1982 - Allen Ripley and Lee Smith combine to shut out Houston in Chicago's 5-0 victory at the Astrodome. The Cubs' win is their 8,000th victory in franchise history.

OTD - 1993 - One day before his 40th birthday, George Brett hits his 300th career home run joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with 300 HRs and 3000 hits. The Royals' third baseman historic ball is picked up by a fan on a veterans' hospital outing who happens to be blind.


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