With all the talk about today being the 40th anniversary of the Eagle landing on the moon, we wondered how the world of baseball reacted on July 20, 1969. The coolest story we found might turn out to be a legend, but we'd like to think there's some truth to it.
Legend has it that former SF Giants manager Alvin Dark once claimed that a man would land on the moon before Gaylord Perry would hit a home run. Well on July 20, 1969, hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Perry hit a home run. There are a lot of questions surrounding when that statement was actually made and who said it, but we can at least verify that Perry did hit his first home run on that date.
Check out this link for more details: http://www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/perry.asp