This day in baseball: Clemente joins the Pirates

On November 22, 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased the contract of Roberto Clemente from the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers’ AAA farm club.  The right fielder would play eighteen seasons for the Pirates and became the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame after his death in 1972.

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Roberto Clemente (espn.com)


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Cal Hubbard (Wikipedia)

Former Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Cal Hubbard became an American League umpire on November 4, 1935. Hubbard would go on to become the only person to be enshrined at both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame.  He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Cal Hubbard football card ($3 at Amazon)


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Tigers’ left fielder Hank Greenberg was named the American League’s Most Valuable player on October 26, 1940 for the second time in his career.  He hit .340 for the year with 41 home runs and 150 RBIs.  Having won the award in 1935 as a first baseman, Greenberg thus became the first player in major league history to win an MVP award at two different positions.

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Hank Greenberg, 1937 (Library of Congress)


This day in baseball: Colby Jacked Series

On October 20, 1910, pitcher Jack Coombs, a.k.a. “Colby Jack,” threw a six-hit complete game to defeat the Cubs, 12-5.  The Philadelphia pitcher’s performance came on just one day of rest and gave the Athletics a 3-0 lead in the World Series.  Coombs would win three of the A’s four victories in the Series.

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Jack Coombs, c. 1911 (Library of Congress)


This day in baseball: Muddy lucky

On October 10, 1924, the Washington Senators and the New York Giants were tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the twelfth inning in Game 7 of the World Series.  Senators catcher Herold “Muddy” Ruel came to bat and hit a high, foul ball directly over home plate.  Giants’ catcher, Hank Gowdy, removed his protective mask to field the ball, but neglected to toss the mask aside.  Gowdy stumbled over the mask and dropped the ball, thus allowing Ruel to continue his at-bat.  Ruel proceeded to hit a double, then scored the winning run of the Series on a ground ball by Earl McNeely that made its way past the third baseman.

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Goudey baseball cards, 1933


This day in baseball: Chesbro’s 41 wins

Jack Chesbro of the Highlanders recorded his 41st win of the season on October 7, 1904 when he defeated Boston, 3-2.  Chesbro’s 41 wins are the most in a single season by a pitcher in “modern era” major league baseball (the modern era defined as having begun in 1901).

 

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Chesbro, 1909 (Tacoma Times)

 


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Having led the American League in batting average (.377), home runs (9), and RBIs (107) during the 1909 season, Ty Cobb became the first player in Major League Baseball history to win the Triple Crown without hitting a ball over the fence.  Astonishingly, all of Cobb’s homers for the year were inside-the-park home runs.

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Ty Cobb (Sports Illustrated)