This Day In Baseball June 2
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Events for June 2
1915 – At the Polo Grounds, Babe Ruth and the well-traveled Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, 7 – 1. It is the last stop on a 29-day road trip for the Red Sox. Ruth allows five hits and hits his second career home run, a three-run shot off Jack Warhop in the 2nd inning. After his homer, Ruth receives two intentional walks. He ends up kicking the bench and breaking his toe, sidelining him for two weeks.
1925 – 21-year-old Lou Gehrig starts a game for the New York Yankees when regular first baseman Wally Pipp is hit in the head during batting practice and complains of a headache – in fact a concussion. Gehrig collects three hits in five at-bats, helping the Yankees to an 8 – 5 victory over the Washington Senators. Gehrig will go on to play in a major league record 2,130 consecutive games, a record since broken by Cal Ripken with a streak of 2,632.
St. Mary’s College football star Larry Bettencourt starts at third base for the St. Louis Browns. A future member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Bettencourt is an All-American center who will later play for the Green Bay Packers. The $6,000 bonus he received is a record for a major league rookie just out of school.
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