Fact: Gaylord Perry hit a home run after his manager said they'd put a man on the moon first. Debuting in 1962, Perry played in an era where pitchers weren't only expected to pitch but hit as well. Talking to reporters over his pitcher's inability to hit, San Francisco Giants manager Alvin Dark joked "They'll put a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run." During a game on July 20, 1969; a mere 20 minutes after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Perry stepped up to bat and hit his first career home run.
Fact: On July 27, 1930 Reds pitcher Ken Ash was brought into a game against the Cubs with two on and no outs. Facing what any reliever dreads (a runner in scoring position and no outs), he delivered the pitch and the Cubs promptly delivered a triple play. Ash was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the inning, and the Reds staged a rally to win the game 6-5. Thus getting the no-name Ash into the history books as the only man to win a game on only one pitch.
Fact: The Minnesota Twins turned two triple plays in the same game. On July 17, 1990, the Twins entered the history books when they turned the ultimate rally killer twice! Playing the Red Sox, the first triple-dip occurred in the bottom of the fourth inning, and they did it again in the bottom of the eighth. Incredibly, they both occurred in the same fashion of 3B-2B-1B; even more incredibly, the Twins actually manged to lose the game! The next day, the Twins and Red Sox set even more history: they combined for the most double plays ever, a game the Twins also managed to lose.
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