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Ron Kline --- 1969
May 29-31, 2015
On This Date in Major League
Baseball History... May 31, 1958
It happened so quick, Pittsburgh hurler Ron
Kline couldn't catch his breath, for on this
date, May 31, 1958, the righty allowed
home runs on three successive pitches.
After getting Milwaukee second sacker Felix
Mantilla to ground out to open the game,
the Pirate starter served up long balls to
Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Wes
Covington with his next three tosses.
The barrage would stake the visiting Braves
to a quick lead that they would not
relinquish, as Milwaukee cruised to an 8-3
victory. Southpaw Warren Spahn improved
to 8-1 on the season which saw him go
22-11 in finishing second in Cy Young
As for the sluggers, Mathews would hit 31
round-trippers to lead the Braves edging
Aaron who hit 30 dingers and Covington
who blasted 24 big flies.
Milwaukee would capture the National
League title with a 92-62 mark, but bow to
the Yankees in the Fall Classic.
Kline would post a losing 13-16 record as
his 16 defeats led the Senior Circuit in '58.
He would however enjoy a 17-year career
that as we can see by his cardboard
brought him back to Pittsburgh in 1969. In
the end Kline would register a 114-144,