On September 17, 1953, Ernie Banks made his Major League debut with the Cubs, making him the first African American ballplayer to appear in a Cubs uniform. The game was played at Wrigley Field against Philadelphia with Curt Simmons on the mound for the Phillies. Banks was positioned at short and batted seventh in the Cubs lineup. He came to the plate for the first time in the bottom of the second and flied out to center. At bat again in the fifth, Banks this time earned a walk and later scored on a HR by pinch hitter Tommy Brown. Banks finished the game 1 for 3 with one run scored and one error. The Phillies walloped the Cubs by a final score of 16 - 4, with Curt Simmons pitching a complete game. Banks would go on to play 2528 games for the Cubs.
One more Hall of Famer made his debut on this date, in 1955. Check back later to find out who.
On September 17, 1941 Stan "The Man" Musial made his major league debut.. After being called up from the Rochester Red Wings, the 20 year old Musial got his first taste of the majors in the second game of a doubleheader against the Boston Braves, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. He started the game in right field, hitting third in the Cardinals line up. In his first at bat he faced veteran knuckleballer Jim Tobin. It was the first time that Stan had ever seen a knuckleball. As a result, he popped out weakly to third. The next time around Musial made some adjustments and stroked a two-run double, getting the first of his eventual 3,630 major league hits. He got another hit later in the game, finishing 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. The Cardinals won the game 3 - 2 and Musial was on his way.
Two other baeball legends made their major league debuts on September 17, albeit on different years. Check back later today to learn more.
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Tom Landry was born on September 11, 1924 in Mission, Texas. Tom played in the AAFC and the NFL, but is best known as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. On December 27, 1959, Landry was hired by the Cowboys ownership to become the first head coach of the new expansion franchise in Dallas. Landry remained the head coach of America's Team for 29 NFL seasons, from 1960 through 1988. In those 29 years Landry led the team to two Super Bowl wins and five NFC titles. His career record is 270-178-6, making him the third winningest coach in NFL history.
Landry is one of the great innovators in the history of the game. As the Defensive Coordinator with the New York Giants Landry created the 4 - 3 defense. He also created the Flex Defense and revived the man in motion and shotgun offenses. He was also a great leader and teacher, with five of his assistant coaches eventually serving as head coaches - Mike Ditka, Dan Reeves, John Makovic, Gene Stallings and Raymond Berry. After finishing the 1988 season with a record of 3 - 13, Landry was fired as head coach shortly after the team was sold to Jerry Jones. Just two years later Landry was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
On February 12, 2000 Landry passed away after battling leukemia. On what would have been his 88th birthday we say Happy Birthday Tom Landry. Thanks for making the game of football forever better.
Congratulations to Andy Murray for winning his first Grand Slam title by beating 2011 champion Novak Djokovic. Murray becomes the first British man to win a major since Fred Perry in 1936.