Have You Heard, today (10/8) marks two rather big anniversaries in World Series history. Both involve the New York Yankees. One involves a South Carolinian.
It was 55 years ago today that Sumter’s Bobby Richardson rocketed into the record books.
The Yankee second baseman hit a grand slam home run in New York’s six-run first inning. He later drove in two more runs to help the Yankees beat Pittsburgh, 10-0, in game three of the 1960 series.
Those six RBI have never been topped and have only twice been matched; by Hideki Matsui in 2009 and by Albert Pujols in 2011.
Richardson went on to drive in a record 12 runs in the entire series. That remains a record.
Also, the Pirates won the series on Bill Mazeroski’s famous home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in game seven at Pittsburgh’s old Forbes Field.
However, Richardson was named the series MVP; the only player from a losing team ever so honored.
Four years before Richardson’s heroics, New York pitcher Don Larsen pitched the only no-hitter in Series. It was also a perfect game, as the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 8, 1956.
Bill Elliott turns 60 today. Perhaps his greatest feat was winning the 1985 Southern 500 and, in doing so, winning the “Winston Million.”
That was for winning three of the “big four,” the Daytona 500, Talladega 500, Coke 600 and the Southern 500. The only one of the three Elliott did not win was the Charlotte race (Coke 600). Darrell Waltrip won that one.
Bruno Mars is 30 today. Matt Damon is 45.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson was born 74 years ago today in Greenville, South Carolina.
Today is also “World Octopus Day.”
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