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Baseball Notes From August 17, 1966 And Beyond

January 28, 2020

It is Wednesday night August 17, 1966 and earlier in the day, Willie Mays cracked the 535th home run of his career, moving past Jimmy Foxx, into second place on the all time home run list, trailing only Babe Ruth, but by a wide, 179 home run margin.

Another great home run hitting Willie (there was also McCovey, in what was a great National League), the pennant contending and at the time league leading Pittsburgh Pirates’ Stargell, hits a two run, first inning home run at Shea Stadium, vs the Mets.

“On the scoreboard,” the Cubs and Phillies are clashing, the pitchers are Ken Holtzman for the Chicago Cubs and Jim Bunning for the Philadelphia Phillies.

In their careers, each pitched 2 no hit games, one of Bunning’s being a perfect game, that on Father’s Day at Shea Stadium, vs the Mets in 1964.

 

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The great Jimmie Foxx, pictured above.

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