Grandpa Hits a Home Run


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(September 10, 1963) – The St. Louis Cardinals tonight defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-0 behind the six-hit pitching of Bob Gibson.

Stan Musial put the St. Louis Cardinals ahead to stay by hitting his eleventh home run in the first inning. It was the first major league home run hit by a grandfather.

Gibson (17-8) struck out five Cubs batters and walked three in tallying his second shutout and fourteenth complete game of the 1963 season. Gibson also helped his own cause by hitting a three-run home run in the second inning off Cubs starter Glen Hobbie (7-10).

Gibson’s home run was the second of the game for the Cardinals. In the first inning, with two runners aboard, Stan Musial hit his eleventh home run of the season off Hobbie. It was another landmark hit in the final season of Musial’s Hall of Fame career.

Earlier that day, the 42-year-old Musial had become a grandfather for the first time. His home run that evening was the first by a grandfather in major league history.

Bob Gibson (17-8) tossed a six-hit shutout and hit a three-run homer as the Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-0.

Musial would hit one more home run over what remained of the 1963 season, giving him 475 in his career.

Gibson would finish the 1963 season at 18-9 with a 3.39 earned run average.


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