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Historical Hitter August 23: Chick Hafey

Chick Hafey

On this day in 1931 the eventual world champion Cardinals had a double header against their old foes the Braves. It was a one sided day, the Cards swept the lowly Braves, and a typical baseball fashion: one game was a blow-out and the other was an extra inning one run nail-biter.  Baseball seems to be like that, one game ...

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Historical Hitter August 22: Wes Ferrell

wes ferrell

On this day in 1934, Boston’s pitcher rescues the team from defeat with his arm and bat. He goes the distance, all 10 innings and limits the visiting White Sox just two runs and seven hits. Wes’s Hall of Fame Brother Rick Ferrell caught all 10 innings. With the bat, he ties and wins the game. In the Boston bottom ...

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Historical Hitter August 21: Babe Ruth


This one needs no introduction; on this hot summer day of 1931 The Sultan of Swat connected on his 600th home run. The Babe also got ejected from the game on a home run call in the later innings. The game was in St. Louis against the woeful Browns, the Yanks won 11-7. Lou Gehrig also hit a home run. ...

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Historical Hitter August 17 1894: Sam Thompson

With Michael Cuddyer hitting for the cycle yesterday was one of baseball’s exceptional performances and it became the theme of the day. Four other players also hit for the cycle on August, 17: Mark Teixeira (Rangers) in 2004, Jeff Frye (Blue Jays) in 2001, Earl Averill (Indians) in 1933, and “Big Sam Thompson in 1894. Curry Foley was the first ...

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Historical Hitter August 15 1914: Jake Daubert

Jake Daubert Batting

During a double header with the Brooklyn Superbas vs. the Phillies, Brooklyn’s first baseman came to the plate ten times and had six sacrifice hits – two in the first game and a record four in the nightcap. These boys from Brooklyn swept this late summer’s doubleheader with a combined score of 21 -9. In the game when he set ...

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Historical Hitter August 10 1905: Pat Moran


August 10 was a quiet day in the majors.  As the baseball tradition goes, “he runs well for a catcher,” is more of an insult than a compliment. In 1905 in the midst of a typically poor season, the Boston Beaneaters finished 7 of 8 with a 51-103 record, some 54.5 games back. Hidden by the description of, “rather indifferent ...

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Historical Hitter August 9 1914: George Cutshaw


George Cutshaw was an under rated second baseman for the Brooklyn Robins of 1915, a team that finished 3rd in the National League that year. He was clearly appreciated by the fans in a pre-twitter age of communication. On August 9th the Brooklyn Robins beat the Chicago Cubs 13-0 at the old West Side Grounds in Chicago. The game was ...

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Historical Hitter August 7 1922: Ken Williams


Today’s Historical Hitter is the only person to win the outright Home Run title from 1918 to 1931 not named Babe Ruth. One of baseball’s forgotten power hitting heroes from one of the traditionally worst teams in the League, the old St. Louis Browns. A little background; he was baseballs’ first 30-30 player and the first American League player to hit ...

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