On April 2, 1982 — During an exhibition contest against the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium, A’s starter Steve McCatty steps to home plate wielding a15-inch toy bat as instructed by his manager Billy Martin, who is furious that a DH isn’t being allowed because the meaningless preseason game is taking place in a National League park. After plate umpire Jim Quick refuses to let the hurler use the prop, the right-hander takes three called strikes with a real bat.

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