On This Day In Baseball History: April 12, 1965 & 1966

Eddie MathewsJoe Torre

Braves catcher Joe Torre hits two opening day homers in ’65. Next season on opening day, again on April 12th, Torre once more hits two homers. With his two homers in ’66 he joins teammate Eddie Mathews as the only Major Leaguers to have two two-homer games on opening day. Torre, of course, will go on to a Hall of Fame managing career leading the Yankees to 4 World Series championships, 3 of them in consecutive years (1998-2000). Mathews will be elected to the Hall on the strength of his 512 career homers.

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One thought on “On This Day In Baseball History: April 12, 1965 & 1966

  1. When I was growing up starting about 1967 I listened to the Cardinals on the radio. Joe Torre was with the Cardinals then and he was my favorite player, with Bob Gibson my favorite pitcher. I was really excited when Joe Torre won the National League MVP in, I think, 1970 or 1971. He was a good catcher and a really good third baseman, and a great hitter for a stretch of several years.

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