On This Day in Baseball History May 5, 1965: I…

On This Day in Baseball History May 5, 1965: In a pitchers duel of two future Hall of Famers, Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies matched up against Warren Spahn of the New York Mets. Both hurlers threw complete game four-hitters with the deciding hit being a solo homerun by Bunning in the top of the sixth. 

At the time Bunning would become the fifth pitcher to win a game 1-0 via complete game shutout having himself homered in the only run. Last week, Noah Syndergaard became the eighth hurler to accomplish this feat having done it against the Cincinnati Reds. 

What’s impressive about this game is that it took less than two hours to complete with Spahn being a spry 45-years old at the time of this game. Spahn would give up four hits the only extra base hit being Bunning’s solo homerun.  This would be Spahn’s best start for the Mets as he would be traded to the San Francisco Giants later on during the season. This would be his last season in the Majors. 

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On This Day in Baseball History April 21, 1898…

On This Day in Baseball History April 21, 1898: William “Frosty Bill” Duggleby of the Philadelphia Quakers (Phillies) becomes the first player in Major League history to hit a grand slam in his first ever at-bat. Duggleby did so against the New York Giants.

Since the home run was not an integral part of the game as it is today, Duggleby’s achievement was not even recognized in the New York Times of April 22, 1898. His pitching performance is what gets him a blurb in the short column for the game.

It would be 107 years before the feat would be accomplished again. Jeremy Hermida would hit a grand slam in his first at-bat against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 31, 2005.

Only four players have hit a grand slam in their first major league at-bat. Here is the list:

  • Bill Dugelby Philadelphia Phillies vs NY Giants April 21, 1898
  • Jeremy Hermida Florida Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals August 31, 2005
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff Cleveland Indians vs Texas Rangers September 2, 2006
  • Daniel Nava Boston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies June 12, 2010

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April 21, 1898

In a game against the Giants, Philadelphia pitcher Bill Duggelby hits a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. Bobby Bonds will hit one in his first game in his third at-bat, but Duggleby’s feat will not be repeated until August 31, 2005, when Jeremy Hermida of the Marlins hits a bases-loaded homer.

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April 21, 1898

In a game against the Giants, Philadelphia pitcher Bill Duggelby hits a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. Bobby Bonds will hit one in his first game in his third at-bat, but Duggleby’s feat will not be repeated until August 31, 2005, when Jeremy Hermida of the Marlins hits a bases-loaded homer.