Baseball Bats

April 29, 1954

Ah, the wonders of minor league ballparks.

At a time when all ballparks were unique – a pleasure nearly obliterated by the cookie-cutter, multi-use craze of the 1970s – you never knew when a player’s patience would be tested 

Norm Zauchin, a Red Sox first baseman-in-waiting at Louisville, had his exasperation ignited when a sure home run was thwarted by a giraffe.

The creature was part of an advertising sign perched above the 35-foot high left-field scoreboard. Talk about Monsters …

Zauchin drilled the giraffe’s elongated neck and had to settle for a memorable double.