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When Hank Aaron his his record 715th home run on April 8, 1974, it was a case of No. 44 (Aaron) succeeding against No. 44 Pitcher Al Downing) plus an event that occured in the forth inning of the forth game in the forth month of a year ending in four. Aaron matched his uniform number in home runs four times and led the National League in home runs and runs batted in four times each.
Own Submission (Mar/2005); Grover Cleveland Alexander served in WW1 trenches with an artillery unit and emerged from the fighting shell-shocked, his hearing damaged, his epilepsy more severe, and drinking more heavily than ever to forget the horrors he had seen.
"I never blame myself when I''m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?" -Yogi Berra
Johnson reached his first World Series in 1924 at the age of 36. His Washington Senators lost the first two games he pitched against the Giants. But the team stretched the series to seven games, and in the ninth inning, with the score tied 3-3 and Washington's third pitcher in trouble, Walter Johnson was called in to see what he could do. His fastball kept the Giants from scoring in the ninth, the tenth, the eleventh, and the twelfth. In the bottom of the twelfth, the Senators scored and Johnson led the victory parade the following day down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Washington had never won a championship before and would never win another.
In 12 games as a rookie, Sandy Koufax collected 12 at-bats and fanned all 12 times. His left arm took him to the Hall of Fame even though he fanned 386 times in 776 career at-bats.
On July 19, 1960 Clay Dalrymple's pinch-hit single left Marichal four outs shy of pitching a no-hitter in his first game. Marichal finished his MLB debut with a one-hitter, striking out 12 Phillies in a 2-0 victory that signaled his arrival on the major league scene.
Third baseman Eddie Mathews, the only man to play for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, was told of his 1966 trade to Houston by a sportswriter. A subsequent letter of apology from the team was addressed to Edward - rather than Edwin Mathews.
Contrary to popular opinion, the "Pee Wee" nickname stemmed from Resse's childhood marbles shooting ability. Edit 1985 HOYT WILHELM 1952-1972 0101695650 1969 TOPPS HOYT WILHELM 04032360 9 1.00 WilhelmHoytLarge.jpg Hoyt Wilhelm homered in his first big-league at-bat, but never connected again in a 21-season career consisting of 431 more official at-bats.
The first two batters faced by Nolan Ryan in his career were Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron, on September 11, 1966. Neither of them struck out against Ryan, not that day at least.
Did you know ... that Pie Traynor never learned to drive a car because he feared that if he did, he would then have an excuse not to walk, an activity that he found relaxing and healthy?