This day in baseball: Jack Quinn’s home run record

On June 27, 1930, A’s pitcher Jack Quinn became the oldest player in Major League history to hit a home run, at the age of 46 years and 357 days.  He held the record until April 20, 2006, when Julio Franco hit a home run at the age of 47 years and 240 days old.  Julio Franco continues to hold the record of oldest player to hit a home run, set on May 4, 2007 at the age of 48 years and 254 days old.

Jack Quinn (Sporting News)

This day in baseball: Switch-hitting fail

After hitting three homers already on May 21, 1930, Babe Ruth decided to try his hand at switch-hitting.  In the ninth inning against the A’s Jack Quinn, Ruth stepped up to the right side of the plate to take his cuts.  It quickly became evident that he was no Mickey Mantle, however, as he quickly found himself down by two strikes.  Ruth then decided to return to the left side of the plate, but it was too late, and Quinn completed the strikeout.

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Babe Ruth, 1921 (public domain)