May 23, 1936: OF Sammy Byrd becomes the only player in Reds history to hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to overcome a 3 run deficit. The Reds trailed the Pirates, 3-0, entering the bottom of the 9th at Crosley Field. Cincinnati loaded the bases against Bucs hurler Bob Swift. Cy Blanton replaced Swift on the mound, and Byrd socked Blanton’s first pitch over the LF wall for the game winning grand slam.
When Byrd was with the Yankees (1929-1934) he acquired the nickname “Babe Ruth’s legs” because he was often used as a late inning defensive replacement for Ruth. Byrd was the best golfer ever to play in the big leagues. He won 23 professional tournaments.
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Comment: Did Dunn hit a grand slam to beat Cleveland earlier this year?