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

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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.

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.

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.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami