25 Sep

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On this date in 1965, Corinth native Don Blasingame got the only hit for the Washington Senators in a 5-0 loss to Jim “Mudcat” Grant and the Minnesota Twins. Strange but true fact: It was the fourth time in Blasingame’s 12-year major league career that he got his team’s only knock in a game. The record for that quirky feat — yes, there is a record for everything — is reported to be five (by Cesar Tovar and Eddie Milner). Blasingame also got the lone hit against Cal Koonce in a 1962 game and against Stan Williams and Moe Drabowsky in 1963 contests. Nicknamed “Blazer,” or the “Corinth Comet,” Blasingame was much more than a four-trick pony. He had 1,366 hits in his big league career (1955-66), batting .258. He got MVP votes in 1957 and was an All-Star at second base for St. Louis in 1958.

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