On October 16, 1976 — In Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Yankees, Dan Driessen, batting fifth in the Cincinnati Reds lineup, becomes the first National League player to be used as a designated hitter. The DH was not employed before this year’s Fall Classic, although the concept had been adopted and used in the American League since 1973. Driessen will go 0-4, but pick up steam going 5 for his next 10m hitting 357 for the series.

Pitchers Don Gullett and Pedro Borbon combine on a five-hitter as the Cincinnati Reds win the opening game of the World Series over the Yankees, 5 – 1. Three hits by Tony Perez and Joe Morgan with a home run supply the offense.


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