Major League Baseball didn’t have instant replay back in the 20th Century, right?

Not so fast.

Thursday on MLB Network Radio, Cliff Floyd remembered an incident from Opening Day in 1999 involving him, a Marlins cameraman, and former umpire Frank Pulli.

“I hit a ball to left-center,” Floyd said, “[… and] the scoreboard sits right against the seats. And right above it, you can’t really tell if it’s a home run.

“I thought I hit it [over] for sure, and Frank Pulli was at second base. And [after] I hit the ball, I round second, and Frank looks at me. And I go, ‘Frank, man, that ball went out.’ And he said, ‘Did it?’ I go, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Well that’s a homer,’ and he puts the finger up, and twirls it around, and I continue to run around third base and score,” Floyd remembered. “And Tony La Russa comes on the field, and they have a discussion, and Frank runs over to the first base dugout and looks at the camera. And the cameraman actually shows him.

“We’re at home now, and I’m going to the cameraman and I’m like, ‘Yo, do you work for the Marlins [Floyd’s team, and the home park where the two teams were playing], or do you work for the Cardinals? You’re actually showing Frank where the ball hit!’ And the ball definitely did hit the metal beam above the home run fence, it hit the actual scoreboard, and they ruled it a double.

“When they started implementing this instant replay, I went back saying, ‘Hey, I was the first guy in Major League Baseball to get instant replay and it wasn’t even part of the damn game!'”

The moral of the story? Twofold, the way we see it: Floyd should be remembered as the true pioneer of instant replay in Major League Baseball, and Floyd should have 234 career home runs, not 233.

Pulli, who umpired in the league for 28 years, died Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, He was 78.

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