1961: A rarity from a pair of pitchers

August 20, 1961

The Twins defeated the Angels, 9-7, in a game that featured something that did not happen again in the 20th century.

Jack Kralick, the starting pitcher for the Twins, led off the visitor’s half of the third inning with a home run to right field. It was Kralick’s first career major league home run (it took him 75 PA’s). A Lennie Green homer later in the inning tied the score at three.

In the top of the eighth inning, with the Twins ahead 8-6, relief pitcher Al Schroll took an Art Fowler pitch deep to left field. It was Schroll’s first career major league home run (26 PA’s).

It was the first time in American League history that two different pitchers hit a home run in the same game. As metioned, this game also represents the last time that happened in the 20th century.

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3 Responses to 1961: A rarity from a pair of pitchers

  1. Beau says:

    When was the last time two different NL pitchers on the same team hit a homer in the same game?

  2. Scot says:

    That I don’t know.

  3. Scot says:

    The source I used was baseballlibrary.com. I have done a little investigating that hasn’t turned any information up. I don’t know how else to find out other than combing through box scores.

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