Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 3, 1936: Joltin Joe Arrives

On May 3, 1936, Joltin Joe DiMaggio made his much anticipated major league debut. He had been held back from injury, before letting all of New York and the rest of the baseball world that he had arrived by collecting a triple, two singles, three runs scored, and an RBI in a 14-5 win over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. The Yankee Clipper shared the spotlight in the shellacking, as Lou Gehrig went 4 for 5 with two ribbies, and Ben Chapman who went 4 for 4 with a triple, a double, and two singles, which led to 5 RBIs on the day. Chapman was manning center that day, and quickly became expendable with the new kid in left, and by June he was sent to the Washington Senators as Joe took over in center for the Bronx Bombers.

Check out the historic box score here:

Stats of a legend:

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