This day in baseball: The first pinch hit

On June 7, 1892, the Spiders’ Jack Doyle became the first player to collect a pinch hit with a single, coming off the bench to bat for Cleveland hurler George Davies. The Spiders lost 2-1 that day to the Grooms at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park.  Doyle, a utility player, would finish his 17-year career going 3-for-5 (.600) as a pinch-hitter.

John Joseph

Jack Doyle (Wikipedia)