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Benny Distefano

Benny Distefano played in five major league seasons, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, primarily as a first baseman and also seeing some action in the outfield. Never able to win a regular role in the majors, he played nine seasons in AAA. He was one of the few players to hit a triple in their first MLB at-bat. He hit clean-up in the first AAA All-Star Game. In the majors, he was the last left-handed catcher. He also spent time in Nippon Pro Baseball, the Venezuelan League (winning two triples titles) and the Dominican League. After his playing career ended, he was a coach.

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July 27: Today's featured birthday is that of Rich Dauer, who turns 65.

  • 1927 - Mel Ott hits an inside-the-park home run for his first career circuit clout. He will hit 510 more MLB homers, but none of them will be inside the park efforts.
  • 1978 - Duane Kuiper (pictured) hits two bases-loaded triples in a game, becoming only the third major leaguer in the 20th Century to do so.
  • 1988 - Tommy John makes an unenviable three errors on a single play, bobbling a grounder by Jeffrey Leonard, throwing it into right field, then taking the relay throw from Rob Deer and promptly firing it over Don Slaught's head to let Jim Gantner and Leonard both score.
  • 1997 - Eelco Jansen throws the first regular season perfect game by a Dutch pitcher in Hoofdklasse history.
  • 1998 - Tony Womack has his 888th straight at-bat without grounding into a double play. This breaks Pete Reiser's 52-year-old record.

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