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August 29, 2011

Happy Anniversay, Kuip!

On this date in 1977, Cleveland Indians second baseman (and current San Francisco Giants broadcaster) Duane Kuiper hits the one and only home run of his 12-season major league career.

The "blast" comes off of Steve Stone of the Chicago White Sox, in the second inning of the Tribe's 9-2 victory at "The Mistake On The Lake". Two other Indians homer off of Stone in the same inning...first baseman Andre Thornton (an inside-the-parker) and left fielder Bruce Bochte.

Here's the boxscore!

Suffice it to say, "Kuip" has probably called more home runs in the last few days than he ever hit.

Friends of The Hall, Cardboard Gods author Josh Wilker and Larry Granillo from Baseball Prospectus have both written about Kuiper in the past year or so.  You can read their pieces by, as luck would have it...clicking their names.

***Knowledge courtesy of Dan Epstein from Big Hair & Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball In The 1970s.***

1 comment:

Ruben (Red Sox Nation - Alberta) said...

Kuiper is talking about it and they just showed video of it on the CSN Giants/Cubs broadcast. Pretty funny.