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Odd Baseball Facts

Cal McVey

Saul Rogovin

Mickey McDermott

  • 1876: Cal McVey of the Chicago White Stockings had six hits in a game July 22. Then he repeated the feat three days later . The only other players who have had multiple six-hit games in their careers are Doc Cramer (6/20/32 and 7/13/35) and Jim Bottomley (9/16/24 and 8/5/31).

  • 1921: Benny Kauff of the New York Giants was banned from baseball after being accused of auto theft - even though he was acquitted of the charge. Kauff is the only player to get a lifetime ban for reasons other than gambling.

  • 1935: Augie Galan of the Cubs hit 41 doubles in 1935 but didn't hit into a single double play. He played in all 154 games.

  • 1937: Phillies 1B Dolph Camilli tied a MLB record by playing a nine-inning game without a putout. The Phils lost to the Reds 1-0.

  • July 12, 1951: The Red Sox defeated the White Sox in 17 innings 5-4 after holding Chicago scoreless for the last 10 innings. Saul Rogovin took the complete game loss. The next day saw a 19-inning contest that ended with the same 5-4 score, but with White Sox winning. Mickey McDermott pitched 17 innings for Boston.

  • Aug. 6, 1967: Brooks Robinson of the Orioles set a major league record by hitting into the fourth triple play of his career – 5-4-3 against White Sox.

  • Saturday, September 11, 1968, had three games in which the lone run came on a solo home run, a historical first.

  • May 4, 1980: Dusty Baker, playing for the Dodgers, batted out of turn in the top of the 1st inning and grounded out. Phillies manager Dallas Green inexplicably appealed, and Ron Cey, the proper batter, was called out. Baker then batted in his own spot and hit a three-run homer to lead the Dodgers to a 12-10 win.

  • September 8, 2009: The Yankees' Nick Swisher hit his 26th home run of the season. A year later to the day, he hit his 26th HR of the 2010 season. And both were walk-off dingers that beat the Rays (in '09) and Orioles ('10).

  • May 2, 2015 - Three baserunners were called out for being struck by a batted ball, including two for the last out of the game.

  • Donora PA, with a population of fewer than 10,000, has sent three star players to the major leagues: Stan Musial, Ken Griffey Sr., and Ken Griffey Jr. 2011 was first year since 1972 that Donora had no representative in the majors.

Augie Galan

Dolph Camilli

Dusty Baker

Nick Swisher



Odd Baseball Facts - I
Fours Are Wild | Non-K King | Four Inside-the-Parkers | CF HRs at Polo Grounds | Yankees' Chaotic '82 | Atlanta Bookends | WWII Slugger | Salary Comparison | Leader on All Inside-the-Park HRs | Standing O for Dr. Strangelove

Odd Baseball Facts - II
I Pinch Hit for Ted and Yaz | Three-Team Doubleheader | Games = Hits | 500 ABs, Then 0 | K and E Leader | Two Steals of Home in One Game | Only All-Sar At-Bat | Games Played: 0; Ejections: 1 | AL MVP 1-2 1941 | One At-Bat, Two Ejections

Odd Baseball Facts - III
Statistical Anomalies | Staged Triple Play
Homer into Another Ballpark | Player Traded for Himself? | Kicked Out of His Very First Game? | Out with Old, In with New | One Hit Allowed in 18 Innings | From P to 1B | Ejected While Warming Up | HR Leader with 6

Odd Baseball Facts - IV
Five Shutouts vs One Team | Baseball to Bassist | Nearly Beat VanderMeer to the Punch | Best Two-Strike Hitter | Worst Pitching Staff Ever | Who Won the ERA Crown? | One Game Pitchers | One Game Batters | Three-Pitch Inning | First Game Called by Darkness; Let's Play Two

Odd Baseball Facts - V
HR in First ML AB | Ott Oddities | Franchises with Zero No-Hitters | Consecutive Almost No-Hitters | Perfect Game Drought | Double Culprit | Unique Four-Bagger | Brief Record
2 HRs in 3,372 AB | Same WP/LP Both Ends of DH

Odd Baseball Facts - VI
Odd Facts from 2010 Season | HR in First AB of Season | Strange Trades | Exact Same Records | 34 Runs with Only Two Extra-Base Hits | Player-Managers | Two-Out Run Streak
Three Pitches, Three HRs | Complete Game Streak | Bonham Begins and Ends

Odd Baseball Facts - VII
Save in 30-3 Game | No Grand Slams | 28 Assists in One Game | Same Runner Out at Plate Twice | Same Home/Road Record; Proliferation of Playoffs | Surprise Grand Slam Leader | Boston Braves And Their "Gigantic" Home Field | A Confluence of Threes | Last Two Suits in Dugouts

Odd Baseball Facts - VIII
Back-to-Back Slam Days | Staff of Losers
Four Hrs in Season - by a Team
The Game Is Not Over Until the Last Man Is Out | Four for Four
Thomson Had Another Chance to Be a Hero
Labine's Three HRs in '55
38 Starts, 27 Passed Balls
Strange Winning Pitcher Decisions

Odd Baseball Facts - IX
Player-Managers Rule!
38 Starts, 27 Passed Balls
Strange Winning Pitcher Decisions
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