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This day in baseball: The first pinch hitter

The first pinch hitter in Major League history made his historic plate appearance on August 10, 1889 against the Hoosiers in Indianapolis.  Mickey Welch of the New York Giants would strike out in this at-bat, but the Giants still went on to win the game, 9-6.  Welch went on to become a 300-game winner as a pitcher.

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