Vic Raschi – Gave Up Aaron’s First Home Run

The Cardinals thought they were getting the old Vic Raschi that had won games in the World Series, been on 4 All Star teams and was a strikeout leader in 1951. But instead they got a player on the very tail end of his career.

For the Cardinals, he was 8-10 with a 4.81 ERA i 31 games that fanned 74 and walked 72 batters.

On April 23, 1954, while with the Cardinals, Raschi gave up the first of Hank Aaron’s 755 career home runs. Aaron, Major League Baseball′s future home run king, had also notched his first career hit off Raschi eight days earlier.


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