On This Day in Baseball History May 19, 1962: …

On This Day in Baseball History May 19, 1962: Playing in front of a jam packed crowd of 50,100 fans at Dodger Stadium, Stan “The Man” Musial singles off of pitcher Ron Perranoski for his career hit 3,431. In doing so, Musial passed the National League Hit King Honus Wagner. Musial would finish his career with 3,630 hits.

On a side note, after a series of moves in the early 1990′s by Macmillan’s Baseball Encyclopedia, Honus Wagner hits were re-evaluated and found that he actually had 3,420 hits instead of 3,420 hits. The following articles shed more light into the revision of Wagner’s career hits:

Explaining the Honus Wagner Career Hits Discrepancy by Mike Lynch on July 29, 2014 from Sports Reference

Honus Wagner Hit Hard by Revision of Statistics : Hall of Fame: Baseball Encyclopedia drops famed shortstop from 6th to 7th on career hit list and from 26th to 29th in all-time averages. from the Los Angeles Times dated June 18, 1990

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On This Day in Baseball History May 6, 1978: I…

On This Day in Baseball History May 6, 1978: It is said that one of the hardest things to do as a hitter is to come off the bench cold for a pinch hit appearance and get a hit, let alone hit a home run. Lee Lacy of the Los Angeles Dodgers set a record while doing so. 

Coming in as a pinch hitter during the ninth inning against Pittsburgh Pirates starter John Candelaria, Lacy would homer for his second consecutive pinch hit appearance. Lacy had homered on May 2nd coming off the bench in the ninth inning against Rick Reuschel the Chicago Cubs. With his homers off of Reuschel and Candelaria, Lacy became the first player to hit a homer in two consecutive pinch hit appearances.  

Lacy would raise the ante when he would homer once again when asked to pinch hit on May 17 in the eighth inning against Will McEnaney of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The record of three straight homers in pinch hitting opportunities would stand until the next year when Del Unser of the Philadelphia Phillies would match Lacy’s mark. 

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