On June 17, 1943, At Fenway Park Boston Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin inserts himself as a pinch-hitter in both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A’s. The future Hall of Famer hits three-run home runs each time to the plate. The Red Sox win the first game, 5-4, Cronin hit is 3 run shot in the 7th to tie the game off the A’s starter Russ Christopher, with 2 outs. The Red Sox will win the game in the bottom of 9th on an error by A’s first baseman Norm Siebern.
In the second game, Cronin’s 3 run shot came in the bottom of the 8th off A’s starter Don Black, his homerun brought the Red Sox to within a run, but the Red Sox failed to scrap across another run to tie the game in the 8-7 loss of the nightcap.