Baseball Lore

The Cubs finally won a World Series after 108 years of being cursed. After kicking out Bill Sianis and his goat during game 4 of the 1945 World Series, the curse that the Cubs would never win again was born.

The universe definitely has a funny way of making life interesting in the world of baseball. Along with the Cubs, the Cleveland Indians apparently had forces against them as well.

In the 1997 World Series, the Indians lost against the Florida, Marlins. In 1997 the NFL had two ties in the regular season. The only other time the NFL has had two ties in a regular season is in 2016. In the 2016 World Series the Indians lost; coincidence, I think not.

Superstition plays a huge part in baseball stretching all the way from the players to the fans! In light of what was the most phenomenal World Series in history, I bring to you more baseball lore.

Gaylord Perry was in the majors for 22 years! In his baseball lifespan, Perry racked up 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts, averaging 20 wins for at least 5 seasons. Perry was also the first pitcher to win the Cy Young award in both leagues. Due to his outstanding accomplishments, he attained a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

Despite his skills on the mound, he was a below average hitter. Daniel Brown referred to Perry as “a lifetime .131 hitter.” It is not far-fetched to say that Perry hardly hit the ball, let alone hit homeruns. Just as with other tall tales, the story becomes hazy.

It seems as if this is how the story goes; One day during batting practice in the early 1960s Alvin Dark (Giants manager at the time) made a comment about Perry’s hitting abilities. Dark told reporter Harry Jupiter (statement remains elusive), “They’ll put a man on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a homerun.”

According to David Mikkelson, published accounts about this event doesn’t always add up. If it’s the dates or places accounted for, it always seems that something just isn’t right. Recounting information about what was said and to whom, is still not sure fact.

Despite speculation regarding the statements by Alvin Dark, there is fact to this tale. On July 20,1969, Neil Armstrong and the other astronauts on Apollo 11 landed on the moon. That same day, Perry went up to bat and hit his first Major League home run!

He hit his first home run 20 minutes after they landed on the moon! The Giants also went on to win the game 7–3 and Perry pitched a complete game; thus, history was made.

In Daniel Brown’s article about this phenomenon, he interviews Perry at the age at 73 about the day. Perry states that while “Neil and I both had good days” Neil “had a better a day than I did. I won a game. What he did was awesome.” Even if the statement from the manager was true or not, it was still a day Perry will never forget!

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