This Date in Baseball History – May 28


Willie Mays made his Major League debut on May 25, 1951, with the New York Giants in Philadelphia; he went 0-for-5 and reached on an error. In fact, in three games in Philadelphia, he went 0-for-12 and reached base just three times. It wasn’t until his fourth Major League game, May 28, 1951, against the Boston Braves on the Polo Grounds in New York, that Mays got the first of his 3,283 career hits and first of 660 career home runs – all in one swing.

Mick Gillispie told the story in the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game against the Huntsville Stars on Wednesday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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