Cool Papa Bell, playing for Cienfuegos, becomes the first slugger to connect for three home runs in a single game during Cuban professional play. A Negro Leaguer and future Hall of Fame member, Bell accomplishes his feat at Aida Park during the 15 – 11 slugfest victory over Habana. All three are inside-the-park efforts. Oscar Levis, Cliff Bell and Martin Dihigo surrender the homers.
1914 – Pitching for visiting Providence (International League) 19-year-old Babe Ruth beats Toronto, 9 – 0, with a one-hitter, and hits his only minor league home run, a 3-run blast off Ellis Johnson.
September 5, 1914
future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds wins his second consecutive National League MVP Award
November 24, 1976
1982 – Willie McGee has two home runs to drive in four runs and makes a great catch to save another run, as the St. Louis Cardinals win, 6 – 2, over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the World Series. Joaquin Andújar is the winning pitcher despite having to leave the game after being hit by a line drive.
October 15, 1982
2007 – In a 13 – 1 rout of the Rockies, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia becomes the second player, and first rookie, to hit a leadoff home run in a World Series. The 24-year-old freshman, the 31st major leaguer to homer in his first Fall Classic appearance, joins Orioles outfielder Don Buford who went yard in 1969 as a leadoff batter in Game 1 off Tom Seaver of the Mets.
October 24, 2007