Turn Back the Clock Tuesday: Starlin, Campanella, Manny, and more

Starlin Castro became the first to do something special on this day Photo: AP/Gene J. Puskar

LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2013 — Today, Turn Back The Clock Tuesday turns the clock way back to 2010. On this day Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro, becomes the first player to do two separate things, as well as the sixth player to do another.

When Starlin Castro took the field in the bottom of the first inning at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, he became the first player in Major League Baseball to be born in the 1990s. Castro, who was 20 years old at the time, was born on March 24, 1990.

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Homer Bailey became the first pitcher to give up a homerun to a player born in the 1990s in the second inning when Stralin Castro hit a three run shot. Castro became the sixth player in Chicago Cubs history to hit a homerun in his first at-bat.

The fun for Castro did not end there, however. In the sixth inning, Starlin Castro came to the plate with the bases loaded. Castro, facing Micah Owings, knocks in all three runs with a triple. This was the first time a player had driven in six runs in his first game.

Castro ended his first day in the bigs going 2 for 5 at the plate. He played in 125 games that year with the Cubs and had a batting average of .300. Starlin Castro hit just two more homeruns over the course of the year.

Other Notables for May 7 in baseball

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In 1999, Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Lee belted his first homerun of his career during his first at-bat in the majors. Surprisingly, this was the first time any player had accomplished this feat wearing a White Sox uniform in its 98 year history.

In 1959, the Los Angeles Dodgers honored former catcher, Roy Campanella, who had his career cut short when he was paralyzed in a car accident. Dodger Stadium was still being built and the exhibition game with the Yankees was played in front of a record crowd of 93,103 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

In 2010, Jamie Moyer threw a shutout against the Atlanta Braves. The shutout was the tenth of Moyer’s career, but what makes it special is that at the ripe age of 47, he became the oldest pitcher in history to throw a shutout. The wily veteran needed 105 pitchers to complete the game.

In 2009, a blisteringly hot Manny Ramirez was suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance, which turned out to be a female fertility drug. While Ramirez attempted to keep playing, he was later suspended again for a banned substance. This time a 100-game suspension was levied. Ramirez never regained his form from before the first suspension.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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