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On October 2, 1938 at the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott singles home a run in the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Boston Bees (aka The Braves) in the season finale at the Polo Grounds. Sometimes the Braves are the foil for other teams to do great things. That is the way it is in baseball. Someone had to throw the pitch that allowed Hank Aaron to break Babe Ruth’s record.

The 29 year-old Giants’ right fielder, who will celebrate a birthday in the off season, establishes the record for the most games played before a 30th birthday with 1,739, more than Robin Yount’s 1,671 (Brewers, 1974-85) and Andruw Jones’s 1,625 (Braves, 1996-2007)

The season finale at the Polo Grounds, Bees (Braves) outfielder Vince DiMaggio strikes out four times, extending his major league record to a season total of 129.

It is something to be known as Joe’s older brother. During a 10-year baseball career, Vince played for the Boston Bees (1937–1938), Cincinnati Reds (1939–1940), Pittsburgh Pirates (1940–1945), Philadelphia Phillies (1945–1946), and New York Giants (1946). Vince was the older brother of Joe and Dom DiMaggio.

This was also Joe Stipp’s last game. “Jersey Joe” Stripp was the last major league batter to bat against a legally thrown spitball, at the end of the career of Burleigh Grimes in 1934. Grimes was one of 17 pitchers who were allowed to continue to throw the spitball, after it was banned in 1920.

Boston Bees Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OBP
Vince DiMaggio CF 4 0 0 0 0 4 .228 .313
Joe Stripp 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .326
Debs Garms LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .315 .371
Tony Cuccinello 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 .265 .331
Max West RF 3 1 2 2 1 0 .234 .300
Elbie Fletcher 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 .272 .351
Ray Mueller C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .237 .282
Rabbit Warstler SS 3 0 2 0 0 1 .231 .303
Jim Turner P 3 0 1 0 0 0 .229 .267
Team Totals 32 2 8 2 2 7 .250 .294
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/27/2018.

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