This day in baseball: The NL DH

Photo source: The Baseball Almanac

On 16 October 1976, Dan Driessen of the Cincinnati Reds became the first National League player to be used as a designated hitter in a World Series game.  During Game 1 of the Series against the New York Yankees, Driessen went 0-for-4, but he would make up for it as the Series went on, hitting .357 overall with five hits, including two doubles and a home run.  The Reds ended up sweeping New York on their way to their second consecutive World Series championship.



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