Monday, September 15, 2014

Lloyd and Paul Waner First Brother Duo To Go Back-to-Back on September 15, 1938

On this day in Baseball History September 15, 1938: Brother duo and future Hall of Famers Lloyd and Paul Waner are the first brother duo to hit back-to-back home runs in Baseball History. They did so while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates against Cliff Melton of the New York Giants. The brothers known as known as Little Poison (Lloyd) and Big Poison (Paul) hit their back-to-back shots in the top of the fifth inning at the Polo Grounds with two outs. The New York Times article Pirates Rout Giants With Five Homers, Lead Idle Cubs by 3 Games by John Drebinger from September 16, 1938 doesn't make much mention of the event aside from five homers being hit in the game with two by Paul and one by Lloyd.

Here is the boxscore to the Pittsburgh Pirates vs New York Giants game on September 15, 1938 from the September 16, 1938 edition of the New York Times:

It would be seventy-five year later that a brother duo would hit back-to-back homers. B.J. and Justin Upton went back-to-back against Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Garland on April 23, 2013.

Will we go another 75 years before we see another brother duo go back-to-back?

Until Then Keep Playing Ball,
Baseball Sisco

- Click here to access Lloyd Waner's career statistics from Baseball
- Click here to access Paul Waner's career statistics from Baseball
- Click here to access the article Waner Brothers by Max Nichols from the Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture
- Click here to access the article Pittsburgh Poison: An appreciation of the Waner brothers by Lawrence Richards from the National Pastime Museum website