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Two Inside-the-Park Home Runs in One Game

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When was the last time that a player hit two inside-the-park home runs in a single game and who was that player?

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On October 4, 1986, Minnesota Twins shortstop Greg Gagne hit two inside the park home runs in a single game against the Chicago White Sox in the 2nd and 4th innings. The one in the 4th was a 3-run inside-the-park home run. Minnesota won the game 7-3.

Major League Baseball First Night Game

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When did Major League Baseball hold its first night game?

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Major League Baseball held its first night game on May 24, 1935 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati where the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award in the Same Year

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To date, who is the only major league baseball player to win both the Rookie of the Year Award and the Cy Young Award in the same year?

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In 1981, pitcher Fernando Valenzuela won both the National League Rookie of the Year Award and the Cy Young Award. To date, he is the only major league baseball player to win both in the same year.

Joe DiMaggio in Hall of Fame

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How many times did it take for hall-of-famer Joe DiMaggio to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, the “Yankee Clipper”, was not elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame until 1955, his third year of eligibility. This is the guy with the famous record 56 game hitting streak (1941), with a lifetime batting average of .325, who played on 13 all-star teams, who played in no less than ten World Series, and who won the MVP award three times (1939, 1941, and 1947). How he could not have been elected in in his first year of eligibility staggers the imagination.

Joe DiMaggio also had a 61 game hitting streak in 1933 playing for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.

First Designated Hitter

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Who was Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter and who was the first pitcher to pitch to a designated hitter?

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Major League Baseball’s American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973 allowing someone to be designated to hit for the pitcher. The first designated hitter was the New York Yankees Ron “Boomer” Blomberg, on April 6, 1973. Pitching to “Boomer” was the Boston Red Sox pitcher Louis Tiant. Tiant walked Blomberg.

First with 3 Consecutive Batting Championships

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Who was the first baseball player to lead the major leagues in batting average for three consecutive years?

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Hall of famer Ty Cobb was the first player to lead the major leagues in batting average for three consecutive years. He first did it in 1907, 1908, and 1909. He then did it for five consecutive seasons (1911-1915) and again for three consecutive seasons (1917-1919).

Most Times Single Season Home Runs Over 50

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What Major League Baseball player has hit 50 or more home runs in a season the most times in their career?

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Three players have accomplished the feat of hitting 50 or more home runs in a season four times during their careers:

  • Babe Ruth: 1920 (54), 1921 (59), 1927 (60), 1928 (54)
  • Mark McGwire: 1996 (52), 1997 (58), 1998 (70), 1999 (68)
  • Sammy Sosa: 1998 (66), 1999 (63), 2000, (50), 2001 (64)

Oldest to Pitch a Perfect Game

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Who is the oldest MLB pitcher to pitch a perfect game?

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On May 18, 2004, at the age of 40, Randy Johnson (“The Big Unit”) pitched a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. He threw 117 pitches and had 13 strikeouts. The Diamondbacks won the game 2-0.

Losing Seasons for New York Yankees

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Through the 2015 season, how many years did the New York Yankees finish below .500?

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Since their first year, 1903, through the 2015 season the New York Yankees have finished below .500 21 times, finishing above .500 the other 93 years.

Most Strikeouts in a Row

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What Major League pitcher holds the record for the most strikeouts in a row?

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Hall of Famer Tom Seaver struck out 10 consecutive San Diego Padres on on April 22, 1970. They were the last ten batters of the game. The Mets won the game 2-1.