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This Day in St. Louis Baseball History: July 17th

  • 1947: Second baseman Hank Thompson becomes the 2nd African-American player to play in the American League when he starts for the St. Louis Browns, not even two weeks after Larry Doby breaks the color barrier in the AL with the Indians. Thompson finishes 0-for-4 for the game in St. Louis’ 16-2 loss to Philadelphia. Thompson collected 30 hits in only 27 games played with St. Louis before playing his final eight seasons with the New York Giants and amassing career totals of a .276 average with 129 homers.
  • 1974: Starting pitcher Bob Gibson strikes out the Cincinnati Reds’ Cesar Geronimo, becoming only the second pitcher ever to record 3,000 K’s. The 38-year-old Gibson strikes out four and earns a no-decision in the Cardinals’ 12-inning loss. Gibson played his entire 17-year-career with St. Louis, winning 251 games with a career ERA of 2.91 while striking out 3117 hitters in 3884 innings. Gibson won the Cy Young Award in 1968 and 1970, won the MVP in 1968, earned eight All-Star appearances and nine Gold Gloves, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.