Sunday, April 10, 2022

April 10, 1978: Tyson's Round Tripper Caps Off A Big First Inning

    On April 10, 1978, a Mike Tyson three run home run capped off a six run first inning for the Cardinals who went onto beat the Pirates 11-2 in their home opener at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. John Denny took care of business from the mound, pitching a complete game, while striking out four. Along with Tyson and Denny's efforts, Keith Hernandez went 4 for 5 that included 2 RBI, a double and a stolen base.

    Not known for his thump, Tyson hit just 27 home runs in career. 22 of those home runs came wearing the Birds on the Bat. A solid defensive player, Tyson played second base and shortstop for the Cardinals from 1972 to 1979. He was traded to the Cubs after the season ended in 1979 and played two more seasons before hanging up his cleats. 

Check out the box score with details of all of the scoring here:

Another highlight of that day in 1978 was the birth of my friend Doug Harmon who was a Cardinals fan from day one and is still a huge fan today. Happy Birthday, Doug! Compete!!!

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