This day in baseball: Bradley’s four-game streak

On May 24, 1902, Cleveland third baseman Bill Bradley became the American League’s first player to hit a home run in each of four consecutive games.  This record would not be matched until Babe Ruth accomplished the same in June of 1918.

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Library of Congress


This day in baseball: Jersey numbers everywhere

For the first time in history, on May 13, 1929, a major league game featured both teams wearing numbers on the backs of their jerseys.  The Indians played host to the Yankees at League Park in Cleveland, winning by a score of 4-3.  The digits would become a permanent fixture on each club’s ensemble.

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1929 Cleveland uniform (baseballhalloffame.org)

 


This day in baseball: Ambidextrous Icebox

On May 9, 1888, while pitching against the Kansas City Cowboys, Elton “Icebox” Chamberlain of the Louisville Colonels pitched right-handed for the first seven innings of the game and left-handed for the last two innings.  Louisville won the game by a score of 18–6, and the performance made Chamberlain the third major league pitcher to throw with both his left and right hands during the same game.  The feat would not be repeated in the major leagues until Greg Harris switched arms for the ninth inning of a game in 1995.

The newspaper story covering the game was printed the next day in The Courier-Journal:

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The Courier-Journal , May 10, 1888  (Page 6)


This day in baseball: Inside the park home run fest

The New York Giants hit four inside-the-park home runs at Braves Field on April 29, 1922, en route to a 15-4 victory over Boston.  George Kelly collected a pair of inside-the-parkers, and Ross Youngs and Dave Bancroft contributed the other two scoring dashes around the bases.  You can find the box score and play-by-play recap of the game here.

George Kelly

George Kelly in 1916 (baseballhalloffame.org)


This day in baseball: Luis Castro’s major league debut

Luis Castro made his major league debut on April 23, 1902, making him the first player from Colombia to play in the big leagues.  Castro took the field at second base for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia’s A’s in an 8-1 victory over the Orioles at Oriole Park that day. The 25-year-old Medellin native would play in 42 games that year and would also prove to be the last player from Colombia to appear in major league baseball until Orlando Ramirez broke in with the Angels in 1974.

Luis Castro 1902

Castro in 1902 (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball: Gehrig records 17 Ks

On April 18, 1923, Columbia University pitcher Lou Gehrig struck out 17 Williams College batters to set a school record.  Columbia lost the game 5-1, however, as Gehrig’s pitching also proved to be a bit on the wild side.

Lou Gehrig Columbia University

Columbiana Library, Columbia University


This day in baseball: Gehrig named Yankee captain

Lou Gehrig was named team captain of the New York Yankees on April 12, 1935. The date on which this honor was bestowed upon Gehrig is commonly mistaken for April 21st, however, this article in the April 13th New York Times demonstrates otherwise.  Gehrig retained the title of Yankees captain until his death on June 2, 1941.

Gehrig captain

New York Times