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Exactly 35 Years Ago, Joel Youngblood Got Hits for Two Teams in Two Cities … On the Same Day

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Have you ever heard of Joel Youngblood?

My guess is that, while you are beautiful and intelligent and hilarious and so knowledgeable (did I mention beautiful?), you have never heard of this particular ballplayer from the 70s and 80s.


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He may have played in parts of 14 seasons from 1976 to 1989, but he was worth just a combined 10.6 WAR during that very long stretch, and finished with a .265/.329/.392 slash line. He was a fine player, just not exactly someone that most fans would necessarily remember …

… Well, that is if it weren’t for this ridiculously unusual bit of baseball intrigue:

Yep, on this day, August 4, in 1982 Joel Youngblood recorded hits for the New York Mets and the Montreal Expos.

Here’s how it happened via Jason Foster of Sporting News:

Youngblood began the day as a member of the Mets, who played a day game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In that game, Youngblood went 1-for-2 with two RBIs in a 7-4 Mets win. After the game, he was traded to the Expos, who played that night against the Phillies in Philadelphia. In that game, Youngblood singled as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of a 5-4 Phillies win. Two hits, for two teams, in two cities, on the same day.


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Thanks to the extra day games at Wrigley back in the 80s, the Mets’ outfielder was able to play a game in Chicago, get traded to the Expos immediately thereafter and appear as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning against the Phillies later that night.
That’s really quite amazing. And if that wasn’t enough, the hits came off eventual Hall-of-Famers Ferguson Jenkins and Steve Carlton. Now that’s what they call having yourself a day.

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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.