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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Who Turned on the Lights in Cincinnati? And Why Didn't He Get a Kellogg's Card?

On May 23rd, 1935 the first MLB night game was rained out.  Sounds a lot like the first night game at Wrigley Field in 1988 which also was washed out.  The Phillies were the visiting team on both occasions, so let's put the blame on them.

In 1935 the Phillies were the opponent again on May 24th.  In 1988 the Cubs played the Mets the next day.  Baseball changed a lot during the 53 years between these games.  The 1935 game took 1:35 and the 1988 game lasted 3 hours and 3 minutes.

So, Mike Schmidt can say he was there for the first night game at Wrigley Field.  And Phil Bradley can say he hit the first home run.  But, the game was washed out so neither officially happened.



Lenny Dykstra hit the first official home run past a Cub outfield of Andre Dawson and Rafael Palmeiro.  I've complained before about Dawson not having a Kellogg's card.


Keith Hernandez, another regular due to his work in TV shows and commercials, was 0-4 in the game.

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Do you know who performed the ceremonial turning on of the lights before the 1935 game?

Hints:

1.  He spent 13 years in the highest league
2.  He has two cards in a 1954 Topps set
3.  The answer is not Ted Williams who was 16 years old at the time
4.  The answer is not Frank Robinson who was born later in 1935
5.  His team was known to be first, first and last
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Bonus Question - Who hit the first home run in a night game during 1935?

a.  Lou Gehrig
b.  Babe Ruth
c.  Bath Herman
d. Herman Munster
e. Pee Wee Herman


I will give you the answer to the bonus question today.  For the other question you will need to check back tomorrow.





The answer is Babe Herman.  Gehrig was in the A.L. and Ruth was retired in 1935 just six days after this game and one day before the second major league night game.

Herman Munster hit plenty of home runs while Leo Durocher watched, but he never made the Big Leagues.  More on Durocher in the future.

Pee Wee Herman didn't hit any home runs.  He had a problem holding onto his bat.

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