The hustling, 5'6" McFarland hit the White Sox' first-ever grand slam, on May 1,
1901. He had a close call the following spring training in Excelsior Springs, MO,
when manager Clark Griffith took his players on a 10-mile run. Griffith, McFarland,
and two others were halfway over a train trestle high over a ravine when they heard
a train approaching. With no time, Griffith ordered his men to grab a railroad tie
and dangle over the river. After the train rumbled past, teammates ran to pull them
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 1, 1901: An AL first: two HRs in one game, and both grand slams-by Herm McFarland and Dummy Hoy in the White Sox’ 19-9 win over Detroit. The Tigers’ 12 errors-10 by the infield-set another AL record, which the White Stockings will tie May 6, 1903, against the Tigers.