OTDIB – Nomar slams his way into history

All this information comes via Nationalpastime.com

May 10th, 1999 ex-Dodger Nomar inks his name into the record books

In a 12-4 rout of the Mariners, Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams in the same game and adds a two-run homer as well. The Red Sox shortstop becomes the first American League player to drive in 10 runs in a game since 1975.

May 10th, 2012 the Orioles become the first American League team to hit three home runs to lead off a game:

At Camden Yards, the Orioles start the game with back-to-back-to-back home runs when Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis give the team a 3-0 lead on the first eight pitches thrown by Rangers starter Colby Lewis. The Birds’ trio of round-trippers to lead off the first inning marks the fourth time in major league history the feat has been accomplished, but it is the first occurrence in the American League.

The funny part to me about this record is that the three names were Flaherty/Hardy/Markakis who have never struck me as home run hitters. Also, five years later both Flaherty and Hardy are still Orioles.

May 10th, 1970 ex-Dodger Hoyt Wilhelm makes his 1,000 appearance

Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first major league pitcher to appear in 1000 games. The 47 year-old Braves’ knuckleballer will end his 21-year career in 1972 with 1070 appearances.

May 10th, 1955 – Newcombe is almost perfect

Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe faces only 27 batters when he one-hits Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-0. Newk’s bid for perfection is ruined by a fourth-inning single hit by Gene Baker, who will be thrown out trying to steal second base.


  1. 68elcamino427

    I always got a kick out of the way Nomar minced his steps reentering the dugout.

    In 1997, the eldest son was on a scout team, they played Oct – Dec.
    The only time they used the field at Fullerton Junior College, Nomar, who lived in Whittier at the time, came out and took the pregame drills with the team.

    We lived in Whittier too.
    Around this same time, I was in line with his father at the Orchard Supply in Whittier on two occasions.
    A friendly, gregarious, nice man. The physical resemblance between father and son was striking.

    My eldest son would eventually wind up as the starting 3B at FJC, he later helped coach there for a few years too.


    • Nomar always seemed like a great guy. He was my favorite as a Red Sox because they were my AL team at the time.


  2. Mike Sacha

    Minus injuries, Nomar could have been H of F. He was an amazing player. His game dwarfed Jeters in my eyes.


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