Thursday, August 25, 2011

On this day.... Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle and becomes a Dad

August 25th, 1995. In a game against the Dodgers at Veterans Stadium, Gregg Jefferies becomes the first Phillie in 32 years to hit for the cycle. Jefferies hits a home run, triple, double and single in his first four at-bats. Each of his extra-base hits come off Dodgers starting pitcher, Hideo Nomo. He also collected four RBIs and scored four runs as his Phillies crush the Dodgers, 17-4. Jefferies is not the only Phillie to swing a hot bat, the team banged out 21 hits including a grand slam by starter Jeff Juden.

He becomes the first (and only) Phils player to accomplish this very rare feat in Veterans Stadium history. The last Phillies' cycle came from Johnny Callison on June 27, 1963, against the Pirates at Forbes Field.

At the time, Jefferies' cycle was the 210th in baseball history, making it even more rare than a no hitter (at the time there had been 216 no-no's). Recent history has seen an upswing in this offensive oddity... as of today there have been 291 cycles in MLB history and 272 no-hitters.

During the game, his wife goes into labor and they both leave the stadium as soon as the game is complete. The next day, Jefferies also becomes the first player to sit out the game following a cycle because he spent the next day at the hospital with his wife as she delivered a newborn daughter.


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