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The Home Run Game: Giancarlo Stanton

Jesse Spector

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I made up a game last winter to help get through the offseason that really isn’t much of anything, but it is a fun way to go through baseball history. It’s the Baseball Reference Home Run Log Game, and the way you play is to pick a player, find his first career home run, then go to the page of the pitcher who gave up that home run, and find out who he gave up his first home run to, and so on.

The game ends when you get to a hitter whose first career home run was off a pitcher giving up his first career home run, or the birth of the National League, whichever comes first.

It’s a game I’ve only played on Twitter… until now.

The home run game for Giancarlo Stanton starts routinely enough, with some familiar names of the early 21st century, but it really gets going deeper into the past.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run off Matt Garza, 6/18/10
Matt Garza gave up his first home run to Reed Johnson, 8/11/06
Reed Johnson hit his first home run off Jeremy Affeldt, 5/17/03
Jeremy Affeldt gave up his first home run to Marty Cordova, 5/3/02
Marty Cordova hit his first home run off Tom Gordon, 5/3/95
Tom Gordon gave up his first home run to Terry Steinbach, 9/17/88
Terry Steinbach hit his first home run off Greg Swindell, 9/12/86
Greg Swindell gave up his first home run to Garth Iorg, 8/27/86
Garth Iorg hit his first home run off Sparky Lyle, 6/22/80
Sparky Lyle gave up his first home run to Mickey Stanley, 7/16/67
Mickey Stanley hit his first home run off Marshall Bridges, 9/3/65
Marshall Bridges gave up his first home run to Pete Whisenant, 6/28/59
Pete Whisenant hit his first home run off Johnny Antonelli, 6/12/55
Johnny Antonelli gave up his first home run to Stan Musial, 5/24/49
Stan Musial hit his first home run off Rip Sewell, 9/23/41
Rip Sewell gave up his first home run to Jimmie Foxx, 6/14/32
Jimmie Foxx hit his first home run off Urban Shocker, 5/31/27
Urban Shocker gave up his first home run to Nap Lajoie, 5/3/16
Nap Lajoie hit his first home run off Art Herman, 8/20/96
Art Herman gave up his first home run to Charlie Irwin, 6/29/96
Charlie Irwin hit his first home run off Huyler Westervelt, 6/7/94
Huyler Westervelt gave up his first home run to Ed Cartwright, 5/11/94
Ed Cartwright hit his first home run off Mike Morrison, 7/10/90
Mike Morrison gave up his first home run to Charlie Comiskey, 4/30/87
Charlie Comiskey hit his first home run off John Reccius, 5/4/82
John Reccius gave up his first home run to Charlie Comiskey, 5/4/82

The Stan Musial-Rip Sewell-Jimmie Foxx (in 1927 against the Yankees)-Urban Shocker-Nap Lajoie part of the chain is simply incredible, and you wind up back at Charlie Comiskey? Fantastic.

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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