Today in Baseball History – March 6

Today in Baseball History – March 6

March 6, 1973

Larry Hisle, of the Twins, becomes the first designated hitter in major league history during an exhibition game with the Pirates. Hisle drives in seven runs hitting a pair of home runs on the day.

March 6, 1987

Andre Dawson signs a contract to play for the Chicago Cubs. He wanted to play on the natural grass field in hopes to save his ailing knees.

Dawson signed for just $650,000 which turned out to be a great deal for the Cubs as he hits 49 home runs en route to winning the 1987 N.L. MVP Award.

Born on this day:

1900 Lefty Grove

1939 Cookie Rojas

1940 Willie Stargell

Died on this day:

2006 Kirby Puckett

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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