30 May

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Looking ahead for a Mississippi-flavored “week in review:”
On May 30, 1935, Babe Ruth grounded out in his last big league at-bat for the Boston Braves. The pitcher for Philadelphia was Jackson native Jim Bivin. Ruth was replaced in the outfield by Ludlow native Hal Lee.
On May 31, 1964, San Francisco and New York played a 23-inning, 7-hour and 23-minute game, at the time the longest by time in MLB history. Southern Miss product Jim Davenport, on with a triple, scored what proved to be the winning run for the Giants in an 8-6 victory.
On June 1, 2003, former Jackson Generals star Lance Berkman – the self-proclaimed Big Puma — scarfed a twinkie tossed to him by a rowdy Wrigley Field fan, then hit a home run in the next inning in Houston’s win against Chicago.
On June 2, 2000, former Jackson Mets standout Rick Aguilera posted his 300th career save, pitching for the Cubs against Detroit. He is one of just 30 players all-time to reach that milestone; he finished with 318 (plus 86 wins) over 16 seasons.
On June 3, 2004, Julio Franco became, at 45, the oldest player to hit a grand slam in a major league game. Cleveland native Josh Hancock threw the pitch for Philadelphia. Vicksburg native John Thomson got the win for Atlanta.
On June 4, 1906, Edward Harbert “Doc” Marshall was born in New Albany. He would go on to play for Ole Miss and then spend four years with the New York Giants, batting .309 in 1930 and .258 for his career. The middle infielder played in the minors until 1941.
On June 5, 1992, Pete Young made his big league debut. The former Mississippi State star from McComb retired the only five batters he faced for Montreal against the Cubs. He would appear in only 16 more games over two seasons.

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