Pitcher’s World Series Grand Slam

On October 13, 1970, Dave McNally became the first, and only, pitcher to hit a home run during a World Series game.

The pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles hit the ball out of the park with two outs in the sixth inning. helped his team beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It was the third game of the five game series.  The losing pitcher of game three, Tony Cloninger, pitched 5.1 innings and let five runs score off of six hits.

McNally started with the Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1960. He stayed in Baltimore for 13 of his 14 seasons. The Montreal Expos took him in for his last season, 1975. He was up for the Hall of Fame vote in 1981, 82, 85 and 86 but never received enough votes to be granted an induction ceremony. Eighteen of his 184 wins were shutouts and he won almost 61 percent of hi games.

“Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.”  –Dave McNally

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