Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 10, 1963 Musial Becomes The First Grandpa To Hit Home Run

On September 10, 1963, in an 8-0 win over the Cubs at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Stan Musial became the first grandfather to hit a homerun. The night before Musial and his wife Lil stayed up well after midnight hoping to hear the news of their first grandchild's birth, they would eventually try and grab a few hours of sleep before popping out of bed just before 5 a.m., the phone call came from Stan's son Dick soon after and Musial was a Grandfather to a baby boy. The Man went to the ballpark and handed out cigars to his manager and teammates before the game against the Cubs, then he promptly made history with his first swing in his first at bat with a long ball that landed on the roof of the pavillion in right. Stan wasn't only a new Grandfather, he had the most home runs ever hit by a Grandfather with 1. It was Musial's 474th home run of his legendary 22 year career. He hit one more before the season and his career as a player came to an end. I can only imagine how that legendary smile beamed as he chatted with his teammates on that day in '63. There were many great days in the life of Stan The Man Musial, it had to be one of the greatest.

The homer overshadowed a complete game victory by Bob Gibson who also hit a 3 run shot in the contest as the team had won their 13th game in their last 14.The '63 squad kept up their winning ways for a few more days, then hit a skid which led to a second place finish for the team.

Check out the box score:  http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SLN/SLN196309100.shtml

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