today in baseball history: March 6th

1973 – The Twins Larry Hisle is the first designated hitter, in an exhibition game against the Pirates. Larry Hisle

He hits two home runs and drives in seven runs.

Hisle could play some ball. A centerfielder, In ’77 with the Twins he hit.302 with 28 HR and 119 RBIs, with 21 stolen bases. In ’78, with Milwaukee, .290, 34 HR, 115 RBIs. A torn rotator cuff in ’79 pretty much ended his career, unfortunately.

I always liked Hisle. The Twins picked him up in a trade from the Cardinals for relief pitcher Wayne Granger. Nice trade for us. He left the Twins as a free agent. One of the many.

Also of note today: Lefty Grove’s birthday. (1900.) And, in 2006, Kirby Puckett passed away, at 46.



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