Thursday, January 27, 2011

This Day In Bucco History...Dale Long

OK, another slow day on the Bucco front. And rather than tell you about the Pirate Caravan and the grade schools it visited, instead we'll dedicate the day to the memory of Dale Long, who died on this day in 1991 at the age of 64.

The bashing first baseman set a record by homering in eight consecutive games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956. His record has since been tied by Don Mattingly in 1987 and Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.

Long also was one of the last left-handed catchers in MLB. He caught in two games for the Chicago Cubs in 1958; only Mike Squires and Benny Distefano have followed suit since.

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