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Did You Know…

The first Philadelphia Phillies left-handed pitcher to be named to the NL All-Star Team was Ken Raffensberger.  Raffensberger was chosen as a member of the 1944 squad.

Raffensberger

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In 1933, outfielder Chick Hickey became the first member of the Cincinnati Reds to be selected to play in the MLB All-Star Game.

Chick Hickey

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On August 25, 2011, the New York Yankees became the first team in major league history to have three players hit Grand Slams in the same game.  Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Russell Martin all hit Grand Slams against the Oakland A’s.

Yankees logo

Did You Know…

Out of all of the post-season and World Series successes that the New York Yankees have enjoyed, no Yankee players has won more than one post-season MVP award with the team.

Not Ruth, or Gehrig, or DiMaggio, or Berra, or Mantle, or Reggie, or Jeter, or Rivera…

Pretty interesting.

Did You Know…

Nine pitchers have appeared in more than 1,000 games, but John Franco and Kent Tekulve are the only two who never started a game in their career.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

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During his MVP season of 1984, Ryne Sandberg missed by one triple and one home run of becoming the only player to get at least 200 hits, 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs, and 20 steals in one season.  Sandberg’s last homer in 1984 was on September 12 at Wrigley Field against Montreals’ Rick Grapenthin.  After collecting his 19th triple on September 20 against Pittsburgh’s Don Robinson, Sandberg batted 33 more times without a triple or a homer.  Sandberg would later have 6 seasons of at least 20 home runs, but would never hit more than eight triples in any other season.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Ryno’s 1984 season is what offensive genius is made of.  Very few players, of any era, could replicate what Sandberg did during that incredible year.

New Reading Material #2 – “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Takes A Swing At Baseball”

Ah, the perfect book for a guy like me.  Tons of baseball facts, stories, interviews, and anecdotes packed into page after page.  Packed with fresh content and published in 2008, this book guarantees that my ‘Did You Know’ series will continue into the new year!!!

 

Books like this are sometimes filled with fluff – I think I did my homework when adding this one to my X-mas list.  Only time will tell but I believe that this bad-boy is filled with fun trivia and stories that I look forward to sharing once I crack it open!!