Friday, August 10, 2012

August 10

1992 Fleer #81 - Craig Grebeck

On this day in 1990, Craig Grebeck hit his first MLB home run.

Every major league player remembers their first home run. Especially when, over a twelve year career, they've only hit nineteen. It's hard to forget when that first homer is off of a Hall of Fame pitcher named Nolan Ryan.

Weird things happen in doubleheaders. In the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, the White Sox threw out Wayne Edwards as a starting pitcher against Nolan Ryan. Not only did Wayne Edwards get the win over Nolan Ryan, but in the bottom of the second inning, Craig Grebeck and Ozzie Guillen hit back to back home runs of the Ryan Express. Grebeck hit the only home run he would hit in 1990, driving in Ron Karkovice and Sammy Sosa. Ozzie Guillen followed that up with the only home run he would hit in 1990. Grebeck's homer would be all the Sox needed, as they won 5-1 over the Rangers to sweep the doubleheader.

Craig would stay on the White Sox from 1990 until 1995, hitting twelve of his nineteen career homers in a Pale Hose uniform. He would leave for the Florida Marlins through free agency after the 1995 season. Grebeck would also play for the Anaheim Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox before his last game in 2001.

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