Replacing Johnny Mize, tossed by an ump for arguing, Cardinal rookie first baseman Walter Alston makes an error in handling two chances and strikes out in his only major league at-bat. 'Smokey' will, however, win seven pennants and four World Series in his 23-year Hall of Fame career as Dodger manager from 1954 to 1976.
July 3, 1939
Cardinal first baseman Johnny Mize accumulates 13 total bases, hitting two home runs, a triple and a double. The 'Big Cat's' offensive output contributes to the Redbirds' 5-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
September 8, 1940
Johnny Mize hits homers #'s 38, 39 and 40 in the first game of a doubleheader, becoming the first player to hit three homers in one game four times in his career. Despite the 'Big Cat's' heroics, the Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, 16-14 and 9-4.
December 11, 1941
The Giants trade hurler Bill Lohrman, catcher James O'Dea, first baseman Johnny McCarthy and $50,000 to the Cardinals to obtain first baseman Johnny Mize. The Giants' new infielder, despite missing three years due to WWII, will spend five productive seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the team, hitting .299 and averaging more than 100 RBIs per season.
April 24, 1947
Johnny Mize homers three times against Johnny Sain in the Giants' 6-2 victory over the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 'Big Cat' becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in one game five different times.
December 2, 1948
Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial is named the National League Most Valuable Player. 'Stan the Man' led the NL in hitting with a .376 batting average and 131 RBIs, but just misses the Triple Crown when his 39 home runs is one round-tripper less than the totals hit by Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner, the league's leaders.
August 22, 1949
After the Giants had offered him to every team in the National League, Johnny Mize, who had expressed his displeasure about his playing time, is bought by Yankee general manager George Weiss for $40,000. The 36 year-old slugging first baseman doesn’t disappoint the Bronx fans, hitting .299 in a part time role over his five seasons with the Bombers.
September 15, 1950
Johnny Mize hits three home runs in one game for the sixth time in his career‚ establishing a major league record. The first baseman's offensive output, which makes him the second player to accomplish a three-homer game in both leagues along with Babe Ruth, isn't enough when the Yankees lose at Detroit, 9-7.
September 24, 1950
With 66‚924 fans in attendance, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 9-5, on Johnny Mize Day at Yankee Stadium. The 38-year old first baseman and future Hall of Famer contributes to the victory over the fading Boston team, now four games behind the Bronx Bombers, with a single and double.
September 7, 1952
At Washington's Griffith Stadium, Johnny Mize pinch-hits a grand slam, giving the Yankees a 5-1 victory over the Senators. The 'Big Cat' has now homered in all fifteen major league ballparks presently in use. (Sportsman's Park is used by both the Cardinals and Browns)
August 2, 1981
Cardinal ace right-hander Bob Gibson, slugging first baseman Johnny Mize, who played with the Cardinals, Giants, and Yankees, and Negro League pioneer Rube Foster are inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Gibson was elected in the first year of his eligibility by the BBWAA, with Mize and Foster getting the nod from the Veterans Committee.
August 23, 1998
With his 50th and 51st dingers, Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire (53) of the Cardinals in hitting 50 home runs making it only the second time two National League hitters have reach the plateau in the same season. Pirates outfielder Ralph Kiner and Giants first baseman Johnny Mize each hit a league-leading 51 round trippers in 1947.
August 16, 2001
Barry Bonds' second home run of the game and 53rd of the season breaks the franchise record established by his godfather, Willie Mays. With his first homer, the left fielder eclipses the National League record for home runs by a left handed batter established in 1947 by another Giant, Johnny Mize.
August 10, 2002
Sammy Sosa hits three home runs in consecutive at bats in the third, fourth and fifth innings, tying a Cubs' record with nine RBIs established by Heinie Zimmerman in 1911. With his sixth career three-homer game performance, the Chicago right fielder also ties the major league record set by Johnny Mize and becomes only the fifth player in big league history to homer in three straight innings.