This day in baseball: Family cycles

On June 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pirates outfielder Gus Bell hit for the cycle en route to a 12-4 victory over the Phillies.  Bell’s son, Buddy, and grandson, David, would also go on to play in the Major Leagues.  David Bell would join his grandfather by hitting for the cycle on June 28, 2004 in a 14-6 Phillies win over the Expos.

Baseball Almanac


6 Comments on “This day in baseball: Family cycles”

  1. steve says:

    It’s hard to come up with anything better than family cycles, but i racked my brain for a few minutes anyway,

    • I did the same thing 🙂 It’s too bad Buddy Bell didn’t hit for the cycle, because then the title would have been truly appropriate.

      • steve says:

        And now I’m racking my brain over that 11th inning last night. It still stings to hear Cardinal fans say the Royals WS triumph in 1985 was a fluke because of some missed calls that I don’t remember except that Denkinger was the umpire. The Cardinals have a way of winning even when thy lose. Huge nemesis of the Brewers are those redbirds, but I’ve learned to take my hat off and bow to both the Twins and Cardinals as two organizations with deliberate intentions in how they draft and develop players…a very specific vision of what they want

        • I’m still trying to wrap my head around that game last night. So far tonight, Royals are down 2-0. Hopefully they make a comeback that sticks this time.

          • steve says:

            Your hope was more than hope Precious. It was the language of baseball’s rally. How about that game turning in a 6th inning flash.

            • Looks like the 6th inning was a magical one for both of us last night. The race is so tight in the AL Central, I do appreciate it anytime a team defeats one of our rivals.


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