This day in baseball: Hendrick the hero

On July 21, 1930, Harvey Hendrick of the Brooklyn Robins entered the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He hit a three-run homer to give the Robins a dramatic 9-8 come-from-behind victory at Ebbets Field in the first game of a double-header.

Harvey Hendrick

Hendrick (Wikipedia)

This day in baseball: Suspicions of doctoring

In Brooklyn on April 16, 1928, the umpire ordered that Boston Braves pitcher Charlie Robertson lose his glove after several Robins (later the Dodgers) players complained of strange things happening to his pitches.  The New York Times reported, “The Robins detected Robertson doing odd stunts with the ball with the aid of his glove. They reported it to umpire Moran who made Robertson change his glove.”  In spite of this, Robertson still managed to defeat the Robins, 3-2.

Wikimedia Commons

Charlie Robertson (Wikimedia Commons)

This day in baseball: Long relief

On June 17, 1915, the Chicago Cubs tallied a 4-3 victory over the Brooklyn Robins (later known as the Dodgers).  George Washington “Zip” Zabel threw 18 1/3 innings of relief in the game to defeat Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who pitched a 19-inning complete game.  Zabel’s appearance set the Major League record for the longest relief appearance in one game.

“Zip” Zabel (Library of Congress)