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1942 Braves' pitcher Jim Tobin, en route to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs, becomes the first modern-day hurler to hit three home runs in one game, equalling the feat of Guy Hecker, who hit three inside-the-park round-trippers playing for Louisville in 1886. 'Ironsides,' who pinch-hit a homer in the eighth inning of yesterday's contest, would have hit five consecutive blasts, if his first-inning fly ball against the fence had gone out.
1947 During the pregame infield practice, a barrage of racial slurs is directed at Jackie Robinson by the Cincinnati fans during the Dodgers' first visit to Crosley Field this season. Brooklyn shortstop Pee Wee Reese, a Southerner from Kentucky with friends attending the game and captain of the team, converses with the black infielder, putting his arm around his teammate's shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd.

(Ed. Note: Although the teammates were good friends, various accounts put the year and place of the gesture in question. Further research suggests the incident most likely occurred in 1948, either in Cincinnati or Boston's Braves Field. - LP)

Statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese outside MCU Park, 08/02/10: zoom-lens close-up of  Pee Wee's arm around Jackie (IMG_1908)

Photo from Flickr by Gary Dunaier

1958 In a complete-game effort, Phillies right-hander Robin Roberts gives up six hits, beating the Braves at Connie Mack Stadium, 5-2. The win marks the 31 year-old hurler 191st career victory, which sets a franchise record, surpassing the mark established in 1930 by Pete Alexander.
1991 In the broadcast booth at Wrigley Field, Skip Caray and Chip Caray, the Braves' play-by-play announcers, join Cubs legend Harry Caray, the patriarch of the three-generation broadcasting family. The 77 year-old grandfather, known for his warm relationship with the Chicago fans, takes tremendous pride that his son and grandson have chosen to be baseball broadcasters.

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2013 Thanks to a seventh-grade history class project, a three-mile stretch of the Kansas K-79 highway, from K-16 highway to Circleville, is designated by the Kansas legislature as the Barnes Brothers Memorial Highway in honor of Ozzie and Virgil. The McAlister middle schoolers' research about the siblings, who grew up in the community and played with the Braves, Giants, and Dodgers in the 1910-20s, brought to light many of their major league accomplishments, including being participants in the first brother matchup in big-league history.

Text of Kansas HB 2612


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