Today in Postseason History: Yogi Berra hits the first ever World Series pinch-hit home run
After Yogi Berra passed away at the age of 90 last week, the baseball world took time to remember his many, many accomplishments. One of the earliest came on this date 68 years ago, during Game 3 of the 1947 World Series.
Berra, in his second year in MLB, started the game on the bench. In the seventh inning, however, he pinch hit for Yankees catcher Sherm Lollar and proceeded to hit his first postseason home run -- which also happened to be the first pinch-hit home run in World Series history:
The Yankees ended up dropping the game to the Dodgers, 9-8, but they won the Series in seven games. And though Berra only hit that one in '47, he ended up knocking 12 World Series homers in his career. It all started with MLB's first World Series pinch-hit home run.
Because when you're as good as Yogi, your personal firsts are baseball firsts, too.