He was already considered the best — not to mentioned the most feared — designated hitter in the history of the game.
But on this day in béisbol, July 10, 2013, David Ortiz made it official.
The Red Sox slugger became the all-time leader for hits by a DH when he banged a second-inning double in a 11-4 win against Seattle at Safeco Field. Big Papi’s 1,689th broke the record held by Harold Baines.
Also on this day: In 1964, Giants right fielder Jesus Alou went 6-for-6 with a home run — against six different pitchers — in 10-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Making it even sweeter for Jesus: his older brother Matty, playing left field in the same game for the Giants, took an 0-for-5 collar.
And in 1965, San Francisco ace Juan Marichal got his 14th win of the season while tossing a two-hit shutout against the Phils. The Dominican Dandy would hurl 10 shutouts and 24 complete games that year.
— Robert Dominguez
Robert Dominguez is co-author of “Bronx Bummers: The Unofficial History of the New York Yankees’ Bad Boys, Blunders and Brawls” and writer of the upcoming “El Salón: The Trials and Triumphs of Baseball’s Latino Hall of Famers.”
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