This day in baseball: Birth of the switch-hitter

In a game against the Cincinnati Red Stockings on June 14, 1870 in Brooklyn, the Atlantics’ infielder Bob Ferguson led his team to an 8-7 victory that ended the Red Stockings’ 81-game winning streak.  In an effort to avoid hitting the ball to the Red Stockings’ star shortstop, George Wright, Ferguson opted to bat from the left side of the plate, making him the first known switch-hitter in professional baseball.

Photo source: 19c Base Ball


7 Comments on “This day in baseball: Birth of the switch-hitter”

  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    Can you imagine the furor that must have caused?

  2. .... says:

    Love that picture. And an 81 game winning streak! I’ll bet that was a hard-fought game.

  3. steve says:

    baseball sometimes leaves little room for the imagination with our exactitude creation stories. i was thinking some hermaphrodite broke the sex barrier.


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