Last night, the New York Mets played the longest Game 1 in World Series history, losing the 14-inning cliffhanger, 5-4, to the Kansas City Royals.
One hit from that game will lead you to Montclair. While Yogi Berra and Larry Doby get all the credit as Montclair’s greatest baseball legends, there is another Montclairion with a place in the lore of America’s favorite pastime.
Last night Kansas City Royal shortstop Alcides Escobar started the bottom of the first inning with a bang by hitting an inside the park home run against the Mets Matt Harvey. Centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes couldn’t track down the drive and Escobar, who was in high gear from the start, was rounding third base by the time Cespedes threw the ball to the infield.
The last man to hit an inside the park home run during the World Series was Montclair native George “Mule” Haas, a centerfielder for the Philadelphia Athletics, in 1929. The A’s won the World Series that year, beating the Chicago Cubs. Haas had a career average of .292 over 12 years and played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, A’s and Chicago White Sox. He was born in Montclair on October 15, 1903. Haas passed away in 1974 and is buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
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