Reliever Giel hurled for the original editions of both the San Francisco Giants (1958) and Minnesota Twins (1961). He later became the athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, where he had been an All-American single-wing tailback. (TJ)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 9, 1961: Jim Gentile becomes the 3rd player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings (Tony Lazzeri in 1936, Jim Tabor in 1939: Rudy York in 1946 also hit two grand slams, but not in consecutive innings) when he belts one off Pedro Ramos in the first and adds another off Paul Giel in the 2nd. His eight RBI in consecutive innings set a ML record. Gentile also tacks on a sacrifice fly to give him a club record nine RBI in the 13–5 drubbing of the Twins.