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Jerry Grote from the Chronology
Jun 3, 1981 - Royals C Jerry Grote hits a grand slam (his first home run since 1976) and goes 3-for-4 with a club-record 7 RBI to lead Kansas City to a 12-9 win over Seattle. Grote had returned from a 2-year retirement to win a spot with the Royals as a free agent during spring training.
Jun 25, 1971 - Cleon Jones ties an NL record by drawing 6 walks helping the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of the Expos 4-1 and 4-2. Jerry Grote has 3 doubles in the opener and Ken Harrelson knocks in 3 runs in the nite cap. Nolan Ryan (7-4) and Danny Frisella (4-1) are winners.
Apr 22, 1970 - Tom Seaver strikes out 19 Padres including the last 10 in succession in winning 2-1 for the Mets. Mike Corkin takes the loss. In this century no one has ever struck out 10 in a row a ML record. Counting the ten whiffs yesterday the Pads have struck out 29 times in two games a NL record that will be topped on June 14/15 1998 when the Astros miss 32 times in two days. Jerry Grote adds one foul fly catch to his 19 putouts via K's.
Sep 27, 1963 - Using a lineup of 9 rookies the Colt 45s lose 10-3 to the Mets. The lineup includes P Jay Dahl 17 (debut); C Jerry Grote 20; 1B Rusty Staub 19; 2B Joe Morgan 20; 3B Glenn Vaughan 19; SS Sonny Jackson 19 (debut); and outfielders Brock Davis 19 Aaron Pointer 21 and Jim Wynn 21. Dahl loses his only ML game at 17 and will die in an auto accident at 19. Houston 2B Joe Morgan will play 22 years and 1B Rusty Staub 23. Aaron Pointer singles for his only hit this year: his sisters will do better with a top-10 hit of "Fire" by Bruce Springsteen. Joe Hoerner and Danny Coombs follow Dahl to the mound in their ML debuts. 20-year-old P Larry Yellen debuted yesterday and 18-year-old OF Ivan Murrell debuts tomorrow.