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First Home Run Baseball as a New York Giant

First Home Run Baseball as a New York Giant

On June 14, 1956, veteran Cardinals second baseman Red Schoendienst was traded to the New York Giants along with Dick Littlefield, Jackie Brandt, Bill Sarni and Gordon Jones for Alvin Dark, Ray Katt, Don Liddle and Whitey Lockman. One day later, playing his first game for New York at the Polo Grounds, Red blasted a tying, two-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, making a tremendous first impression among his new teammates and fans. The Giants went on to win the game vs. the Reds in the 11th on a bases-loaded walk, but Schoendienst had made a deep impact despite not being known for his power. This official National League (Giles) baseball is cream-colored, toned and rubbed up from game use. The printing on the ball includes: "#1 HOME RUN FOR RED SCHOENDIENST IN HIS INITIAL APPEARANCE AS A NEW YORK GIANT IN THE POLO GROUNDS JUNE 15, 1956." All the game info is also listed, as well as the linescore.

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