Daryle Ward; Photo: Bill Boyce/AP

In a sports story outside of New York, last night, Daryle Ward of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit for the cycle against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ward was called up to the bigs on May 11th and is hitting .380 with 6 home runs, 16 RBI in his 12 games since the call-up. On the night, Ward went 4-5, with six RBI and 1 walk. His hits came on a double in the first inning, a triple in the fourth, a home run in the fifth inning and finally a single in the ninth.

Hitting for the cycle includes getting each type of hit, single, double, triple and home run. Players can also hit for the natural cycle, which means getting each hit in order from single through the home run. While hitting for the cycle is not as rare as the perfect game - see list of players who have hit for the cycle - it's still a major accomplishment. Ward's father, former major leaguer Gary Ward, also hit for the cycle, which makes them the first father-son combo to do so. Gary Ward got his cycle on September 18, 1980 when he was on the Twins.

Lest Gothamist readers think this story has nothing to do with New York, Ward's father played for the Yankees in 1987, 1988, and briefly in 1989.