Celebrate National Cookie Day with Cookie Rojas' pinch-hit homer in the 1972 All-Star Game
Happy National Cookie Day! Here's a Cookie Rojas HR
Yes, there really is a National Cookie Day, and that wonderful day has finally arrived. Sadly, we are unable to digitally transfer you actual cookies (looking at you, science), but we can give you the next best things: the heroic exploits of Octavio "Cookie" Rojas during the 1972 All-Star Game.
As you might expect, a game started by Bob Gibson and Jim Palmer turned into a pitchers' duel, with the National League clinging to a 2-1 lead heading into the eighth inning. But the Junior Circuit would rally off of reliever Bill Stoneman -- Carlton Fisk singled, and with one out, Rojas struck a blow for men named after baked goods everywhere:
That two-run shot turned out to be the difference in the game, as the AL went on to win 3-2. And if you're wondering how Rojas got his delicious nickname, it comes from the Spanish word "cuqui," roughly translated to "charming" or "adorable" -- a popular nickname in Rojas' native Cuba that was anglicized when he came to the United States.
And now, if you'll excuse us, it's time to go get some actual cookies: