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Old 08-30-2012, 08:13 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Wouldn't it be ironic if they put Greenberg up there and the pitcher lobs in a ball that hits him? Or even better, he hits a sac-fly. I don't know why it matters, he is already in the record book as a major league player who appeared in a game. There have been 330 players who officially appeared in one game, without a Plate Appearance (many of them pitchers).

Greenberg is also the only player for whom Carlos Zambrano ever pinch-ran. Zambrano came around to score.

Mark Kiger played for the Oakland A's in the 2006 ALCS, but never in a regular season game, so has a null record, and he is now out of professional baseball.

Charlie Miller of the 1910 St. Louis Browns played only one game, had two plate appearances, and two caught stealing, but it remains a mystery how he got on base, with no hits, no walks, no hbp. Must have been safe on error or fielders choice twice. Duth Schirick of the 1914 Browns had one PA, walked, then stole two bases.

Ray Jansen, also with the 1910 Browns, played only one game, the whole game, at 3B, and went 4-for-5.

John Paciorek played only one game, with the '63 Astros, and went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs

In 1971, Larry Yount came in to pitch his first MLB game, but his elbow stiffened up while warming up, and he was replaced before he threw a pitch. He never got another shot, but was officially in the game, so officially in the record book.

Here are the 980 players who played only one game. 11 of them have been this year, so far -- one of them yesterday -- Tyler Cloyd got the start pitching for the Phillies, and walked in his only two PAs. He'll probably play again.


It would be interesting to know how many of them got a World Series ring, but I don't have the patience to look for them.

Here's another one. Elvio Jimenez played the last game of the season for the '64 Yankees, went 13 innings, made the last out, and his two hits came off Luis Tiant and Tommy John.

Charlie Lindstrom went in in the fifth inning to catch in the White Sox final game of 1958, walked his first time up, then hit a triple, for a career OPS of 4.000.

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Old 08-30-2012, 09:15 PM
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When the subject is one game careers, it seems proper to include the worst career of all time.

I reference Ron Wright of the Seattle Mariners.

On April 14th, 2002, Wright who had been called up from Triple A a few days earlier, got his first chance, starting as DH in a game against the Rangers in Arlington.

In his first plate appearance he struck out on three pitches.

In his second plate appearance with Rueben Sierra on third and John Olerud on first, he tapped the ball to the pitcher who threw to second for the force out, then Sierra tried to score on the throw to second and was thrown out at the plate, then Wright tried to go to second on the throw to the plate and was thrown out to complete a triple play.

In his third plate appearance, Wright grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

After that he was replaced at the DH slot by Mark McLemore. Wright was sent back to the minors the next day and never made it back to MLB.

Three plate appearances, six outs.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:56 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Jay Van Noy might hold the record for the longest tenure on futility. Van Noy had the misfortune to choose the wrong sport, after finishing the 1948 season at Utah State as the second leading rusher in the NCAA. Batting a lusty .224 at Rochester, he was called up to the Cardinals in 1951, coaxing a crucial walk as a pinch hitter off Sal Maglie, and scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, probably thinking major league baseball is fun and easy. His reluctance to swing at pitches was well-advised. He struck out in his next PH appearance. Then, given a starting spot in right field, he managed three strikeouts in three trips to the plate, but caught two flyballs without mishap, before being removed for a defensive replacement. Back to the bench, for two more pinch strikeouts, on behalf of batters who could have no doubt struck out for themselves. Finally, Van Noy lifted a soft fly ball to right, the only time he put a ball in play in 8 times to the plate in his ten-day MLB career. In all fairness, that was the final out in Frank Hiller's one-hitter in which he faced only 27 batters. He spent the next nine years in the minors, where he batted ,258 in over a thousand games..

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:19 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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When Astros pitcher David Carpenter got a hit on June 7 of this year, it was the first hit in nearly four years by a West Virginia-born player. The last one was by Seth McClung on July 21, 2008.

Three current MLB players hold the all-time hit record for players born in their state: Shane Victorino (HI), Derek Jeter (NJ) and Johnny Damon (KS). Chipper Jones is 63 short of Andre Dawson's Florida record. David Carpenter (above) leads all currently active WV players in hits with one, and trails George Brett by 3,153. Neil Walker currently leads all Pennsylvania players in career hits, and is 203rd all-time. Brian LeHair is the Massachusetts leader, 139th all time.

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Old 09-05-2012, 04:59 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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When Rick Rhoden spent 1987-88 with the Yankees, he started 60 games. 59 of them as the pitcher, and one as the DH. He never batted in a game in which he pitched, but was used as a DH in one he did not pitch, and got an RBI.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:55 PM
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The only man enshrined in baseball's and football's hall of fame is Cal Hubbard. He was a tackle and end for the NY Giants and later the Green Bay Packers in the 20s and 30s. He was among the initial class of Canton inductees in 1963. When his football days were over he became a major league umpire from 1936-51 and was inducted into into baseball's hall of fame in 1976, a year before he died.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:34 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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A World Series matchup between Washington and either Texas or Tampa Bay, would the the first series since 1920 in which neither franchise had ever won a World Series before. The only previous time in which two maidens made the post season was the Brewers and Expos in 1981.

The last time a WS was played between two opponents who had never played in a series before was 1906. That would be possible now (and in the foreseeable future) only in a series between Washington and Seattle.

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Old 09-27-2012, 02:36 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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What did Robin Roberts, Brett Butler and Terry Moore have in common?

Ans: They are the famous show-business daughters of parents who gave them names that they would share with very good baseball players.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:16 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Nineteen payers who played in the majors had the fist and middle names "George Washington", for example, George Washington Zabel. The second most populat name was Andrew Jackson.

The only players with the same full name as a president who might have been named after the president were Johnnie Tyler and Jim Buchanan. There were two John Kennedys, both born before the presidency of their namesake. Players called Zack Taylor and George Washington were nicknames. Oddly, of 15 players named Carter, never a James, the most common given name in America.

Named with first/middle of presidents were:

19 George Washington
1 John Adams
3 Thomas Jefferson
3 James Madison
0 James Monroe
0 John Quincy Adams
5 Andrew Jackson
1 Martin Van Buren
1 William Henry Harrison
3 William Harrison
1 John Tyler (Full name)
0 James Polk
0 Zachary Taylor
0 Millard Fillmore
1 Franklen Pierce (Monty F.P. Stratton)
1 James Buchanan (Full name)
3 Abraham Lincoln
0 Andrew Johnson
4 Ulysses Grant
0 Rutherford Hayes 1
1 James Garfield
3 Chester Arthur
4 Grover Cleveland (Alxander)
3 Benjamin Harrison
3 William McKinley
1 Theodore Roosevelt (Lilly)
0 William Taft
3 Woodraw Wilson
0 Warren Harding
2 Calvin Coolidge (McLish)
0 Herbert Hoover
1 Franklin Roosevelt
0 Harry Truman
0 Dwight Eisenhower
2 John Kennedy (2 Full name)
0 Lyndon Johnson
0 Richard. Nixon
0 Gerald Ford
0 Jimmy Carter
0 Ronald Reagan
0 George Bush
1 William Clinton (born before president)
0 Barack Obama

There was an Albert Richard Nixon, born before the prisident was.
Ronald Reagan, born 1951, drafted by Reds, never played pro ball.

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:47 PM
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Did you know..................that before 1920, baserunners could be able to steal bases in reverse? Yes, it used to happen. It was in 1908 when a fellow by the name of Herman "Germany" Schaefer of the Detroit Tigers stole second, stole first, and then stole second again.
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