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Albert Pujols’s Pitching Debut Falls Wanting Lena Blackburne’s

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That Albert Pujols took the mound as a pitcher for the primary time at age 42 and didn’t set a record is all you should know in regards to the depth of Major League Baseball’s record books.

There he was Sunday, a hulking first baseman within the waning days of his celebrated profession, throwing 61-mile-per-hour fastballs and 54 m.p.h. curves within the ninth inning. He was lit up by the San Francisco Giants to the tune of three hits (two of which were homers), a walk and 4 earned runs, yet he walked away with the title of second-oldest player to pitch for the primary time since at the least 1929.

Sorry, Albert, Lena Blackburne had you beat.

Despite the poor results and the dearth of a superlative, Pujols, who blossomed right into a much happier version of himself once he landed with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season and who seems to have carried that over in his return to St. Louis, was amused by the entire thing.

“A dream come true to say that I did it,” he told reporters. “It was fun. It wasn’t fun giving up two bombs. I feel the fans had a superb time. I’m sure the blokes that took me deep did, too.”

At 42 years 119 days old, Pujols fell 106 days in need of Blackburne, the manager of the Chicago White Sox, who inserted himself right into a blowout in 1929 at 42 years 225 days old. Each were older than Satchel Paige, who got into an American League game for the primary time at 42 years 2 days old in 1948 after having began his major league profession within the Negro leagues in 1927.

A minimum of Pujols can hang his hat on having hit 677 more home runs than Blackburne, a light-hitting infielder who was technically still a player-manager in 1929 but had appeared in just one other game since 1919.

“Chill out, all right? Don’t attempt to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls, it’s more democratic.”

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Pujols’s appearance within the Cardinals’ 15-6 win was successful on social media, and Evan Longoria of the Giants was so amused after advancing two runners with a single that he asked to have the ball retrieved for him. That’s a significantly better reception than Blackburne and the White Sox got in 1929 after a 17-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The coverage in The Recent York Times was fairly minimal, but Irving Vaughan of The Chicago Tribune seemed absolutely disgusted with the White Sox in the following day’s paper. Vaughan, nevertheless, saved his anger for the team quite than the manager, who had warmed up within the dugout with the backup catcher Buck Crouse before heading out for mop-up duty.

“The White Sox are not any longer comical; they’re pathetic,” Vaughan wrote. “They reached this stage today when the tail end Boston club knocked them about like a flock of tin soldiers, a sight so irritating to Manager Lena Blackburne that he himself took up the pitching burden within the eighth to place a stop to the hitting riot that had gotten beyond the control of Dan Dugan.”

That Blackburne finished the sport was something of a present. He got here in with two outs in the underside of the eighth and promptly allowed a two-run single to Jack Rothrock, the one batter he faced. But Rothrock was thrown out attempting to stretch it right into a double — whether that was a present to the White Sox was not discussed within the coverage on the time.

As for Pujols, it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll take the mound again, despite technically having accomplished the duty he was assigned by ending the sport without the usage of one other reliever — the gold standard of a position player pitching. And in a sport where things can get testy in problems with sportsmanship, each teams walked away with none accusations of violations of the unwritten rules.

The one victims within the matter were Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, who broke the key league record for many wins together as a battery — 203 to the 202 amassed by Warren Spahn and Del Crandall of the Braves from 1949 to 1963 — only to have their accomplishment somewhat overshadowed by a soft-tossing slugger.

Not to fret: Wainwright and Molina received a reasonably gross celebration to honor the feat, with their teammates dousing them with almond milk and soda within the clubhouse.

“It’s a blessing that I get to do that with him for so long as we’ve,” Wainwright said of Molina, who has been with him for 311 games and counting.

With some luck, Wainwright, 40, could still be pitching when he reaches Pujols’s age. But he’d should do it without Molina, who has said he’ll retire after this season.

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