I've never been a book worm. My mind, interests, and attention span are much more suited for blogs and magazines. Card blogs allow me to read amusing and thought provoking short stories about the hobby we love as well as an opportunity to check out pieces of cardboard that are special to the writer.
It also allows me to walk away with tidbits of sports trivia which could one day help me win millions of dollars on Jeopardy.
As for magazines, my two favorites are Baseball Digest and Sports Illustrated for Kids. And wouldn't you know it... both are filled with sports trivia which provide short term entertainment.
March/April 2020 Issue
Today I thought I'd share one of my favorite pieces of trivia discovered in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids.
It's an article written by Sam Page that talks about six coincidences in sports history that are so strange, it's hard to believe they're true. The one I'm going to spotlight features Stan Musial and Nate Colbert.
When you add the fact that one of these players was present for both of these historical moments, that's when my mind was blown.
Let's start with the first hitter to accomplish this feat:
2002 Topps Team Topps Legends Autographs #TT
On May 2nd, 1954... the St. Louis Cardinals hosted the New York Giants for two day games at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the first game and the Giants won the second, but that's not really important for this post. The important thing is that Musial hit three home runs in the first game and two more in the second. And he did it in front of approximately 26,000 fans. Two of those fans were Nate Colbert and his father.
2012 Panini Cooperstown Famous Moments Signatures #9
Eighteen years later on a warm night on August 1st, 1972... Colbert would match Musial's feat by hitting two home runs against the Atlanta Braves in the first game and another three in the second. His thirteen RBI's carried the last place Padres that day and helped them sweep the Braves.
By the way... here's a few more pieces of trivia related to this historic event. Colbert's five home runs were hit off of five different Atlanta pitchers. One of them was a grand slam off of Pat Jarvis.
1960 Topps #572
As for Musial, two of his home runs were hit off of hall of famer, Hoyt Wilhelm, another two off of fan favorite John Antonelli, and one off of all-star Jim Hearn.
1956 Topps #148
There were a couple of other interesting articles in this issue of SI for Kids. But this post is starting to drag on, so I'll wind things up with the main reason I subscribe to this magazine:
I've gotta admit that I'm only familiar with Travis Kelce and Marcus Semien on this sheet, but I'm not complaining. It's pretty rare to see an Oakland Athletic get featured on a sheet of these cards. However... not quite as rare as Musial and Colbert's home run accomplishments.
By the way... if you're interested in increasing everyone's chances of winning big money on a game show, answer today's question of the day:
What is one interesting piece of baseball trivia that you've recently learned?
Happy Saturday and sayonara!