Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 1967: Cha-Cha Goes Boom Boom

     On July 28, 1967, Orlando Cepeda blasted two home runs, while Dick Hughes fired six hit ball on the way to a 9-1 win over the Braves in Atlanta. Cha-Cha's first big fly was a solo shot that sailed past the fences in the third to give the Birds a 1-0 lead. The Braves evened things up in the bottom of that same inning when Felipe Alou knocked Denis Menke in on a sac fly, but it would be all they would be able to come up with as Hughes locked in, and sat down batter after batter. On the other side of the diamond the Cardinals plated two runs in the fourth, then three more in the fifth, before Cepeda's MVP swing came around and launched a two run bomb that brought Curt Flood into score. The second home run opened up an 8-1 lead, that would extend to 9-1 when Dal Maxvill came up with his third ribbie of the day in the ninth. Cepeda finished the day 3 for 5, with three ribbies of his own, while Dick Hughes strong pitching performance was a highlight of the game as well. The performance by Hughes included six strikeouts, and just two walks, as he led the way from the bump, while Cepeda led the way from the batter's box.

     Cepeda spent just three years in St. Louis. During that time the future Hall of Famer helped the club win the World Series in '67 with an MVP campaign, and he helped them win the National League Pennant in '68 as well. While his time with the Birds was short, he will forever be considered another legendary performer from the rich history of the organization.

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