Aug. 4 in MLB History: Joel Youngblood's Two-City, Two-Hit Day

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If you think a one-day, two-stadium doubleheader is something, well, Joel Youngblood can do you one better: how about getting hits for two different teams in two different cities in the same day?

The former has happened during the Subway Series here in New York, and the latter, well, part of that also happened via New York, and it happened 38 years ago today.

Joel Youngblood started August 4, 1982, as a Met, and was playing in an afternoon game for the Amazins at Wrigley Field that day. Youngblood roped a two-run single off Ferguson Jenkins in the third inning of that game, and then played the bottom of the inning. He was on deck when the Mets made the final out of the fourth, but when they came out defensively, Youngblood was replaced in center field by Mookie Wilson.

Why? Well, come to find out that Youngblood had been traded to the Montreal Expos for a player to be named later (the player being Tom Gorman, the later being August 16), so he was whisked to Philadelphia to join his new team for that night’s game.

Youngblood entered that game defensively in the bottom of the sixth inning, replacing Jerry White in right field, and in his only plate appearance, he singled off Steve Carlton in the seventh – and once again was later left on deck, the next hitter due when Tim Raines made the game’s final out.

The Mets won while the Phillies lost, but for Youngblood, he can always say that while he didn’t win two games in two cities in one day, he did get the hits – and he did it against a pair of future Hall of Famers.

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