As America celebrates the 40th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, I looked up some interesting tidbits about what was happening in baseball that day.
Here's what I found:
The Orioles fell to the Red Sox 6-5 in Boston. It was the last loss before the team would go on a seven-game winning streak. Mike Cuellar took the loss. Earl Weaver, of course, was managing the Birds, and they were in first place in the newly formed American League Eastern Division.
Reggie Jackson, then with the Oakland A's, was leading the major leagues in home runs with 37.
Braves pitcher Phil Niekro was leading the league at that time with 15 wins.
Probably the most famous baseball story associated with July 20, 1969 was that of future Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. At the time Perry was 30 years old, and that day the Giants were playing the Dodgers at Candlestick Park. Perry, a pitcher, hit his first of what would be six career home runs.
What's ironic is the fact that five years earlier in 1964, Giants manager Alvin Dark told a San Francisco Examiner reporter, "Mark my words. A man will land on the moon before Gaylord Perry hits a home run."
As the story goes that famous day in 1969, the public address announcer at Candlestick Park made the announcement that Neil Armstrong had landed on the moon. Thirty minutes later Perry hit the famous home run.
You can't make this stuff up.
Note Correction: The O's lost to the Red Sox on July 20, 1969. The information earlier published (O's beat Royals, Mike Cuellar gets win and Boog Powell hits 28th home run of the season) happened on July 29, 1969.