MOST TEAMS PLAYED FOR IN ONE DAY. In the history of baseball, only three players have ever played for two different Major League teams on the same day. On May 30, 1922, the St Louis Cardinals were playing the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field in Chicago in a single admission double header, something many readers may never have seen or may never see in the future. Going into the doubleheader, the Cardinals were in third place 3½ games out of first in the National League and the Cubs were in sixth, seven games out. The pennant, in the eight team National League, would be won by the New York Giants that year and they would beat the American League Champion New York Yankees in the World Series, four games to none with one tie. The tie was one of only two World Series Games in history ever to end in a tie. The other tie was between the Cubs and Tigers in 1907. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Cubs beat the Cardinals 4-1 behind right hander George Stueland, who pitched a complete game four hitter for his first of nine career wins. The Great Rogers Hornsby got two of the four hits for the Cardinals, one a double. Max Flack played right field and batted fifth, and went 0-4, for the Cubs and Cliff Heathcote played center field for the Cardinals and batted seventh, going 0-3 in the first game of the double header. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cubs won again, this time 3-1, as the Cubs’ Vic Aldridge pitched a complete game, giving up just seven hits and out dueled the Cardinals’ Bill Doak, who also went the route but gave up three runs on nine hits. Between games of the doubleheader, the Cubs had traded Max Flack to the Cardinals for Cliff Heathcote and the players changed dugouts for the second game. Flack, now a Cardinal and, on the losing team, batted lead-off and played right field and went 1-4 in Game 2. Heathcote, now a Cub and, on the winning team, batted fifth and played right field and went 2-4 in the game. It was the only time in the history of baseball, according to Baseball Almanac, when two teams had exchanged players between games of a double header and both players had played for each team in the doubleheader in the history of baseball. Flack played from 1914-1925, 12 seasons, all for the Cards or Cubs, had a .278 career batting average and appeared in one World Series. With the Cubs, in 1918, he went 5-19 against the Boston Red Sox as the Sox beat the Cubs in six games for the World Series Championship. Heathcote had a 15 year Major League career, playing for the Cubs, Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. He had a .275 career batting average and played in one World Series in 1929, with the Cubs when they lost to the Philadelphia Athletics in five games. At the tail end of his career, he only batted once, as a pinch hitter, in Game 1 of the Series. On August 4, 1982, Joel Youngblood was playing for the New York Mets against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago in an afternoon game. He started in center field and batted third for the Mets. In the first inning, he struck out. In the third, with the bases loaded, against the Cubs’ Fergie Jenkins, he singled to drive in two runs and put the Mets up 3-1. He was replaced in the field at the start of the last of the fourth by Mookie Wilson. He was replaced because he had been traded to the Montreal Expos, who were playing a night game at Philadelphia against the Phillies. Somehow, he got to Philadelphia for that game and, in the last of the sixth inning, he replaced Jerry White in right field, batting second. In the top of the seventh, with two outs and no one on, batting against Steve Carlton, he got an infield single. The Mets, with whom he started the day, finished in last place in the National League East that year with a 65-97 record. The Expos, with whom he finished the season, finished in third in the National League East that year. There were two Divisions, each with six teams, in the League that year. Both Steve Carlton and Fergie Jenkins, the pitchers Youngblood got his hits against that day, were later elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Youngblood is the only player in Major League Baseball history to play for two different teams, in two different cities, on the same day. Not only that, he will probably always be the only player ever to get base hits against two former Hall of Fame pitchers, pitching for different teams, while playing for two different teams, in two different cities on the same day. Youngblood had a 14 year Major League career and a .265 batting average. He played for the Mets, Expos, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants in his career. Despite playing in 1,147 games, he never appeared in a Postseason game. Even with the way players move from team to team these days, chances are no one will ever play for two different teams in the same day again and Flack, Heathcote and Youngblood will always be remembered for having been the only ones.

This was excerpted from my book THE BASEBALL BUFF’S BATHROOM BOOK, VOLUME 3, which contains 50 essays about major events and/or players in baseball.  The other books in this series and my others, including THE BEST TEAM EVER? about the 2018 Red Sox, are available on Amazon, Kindle and at local independent bookstores in New England.

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