Golden Baseball Magazine

Fred Clarke
Ball Four?
Situation: In a 1906 game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke occupied 3B with the bases loaded and a 3-and-1 count on the batter.

When the batter took the next pitch, the plate umpire said nothing. Assuming it was ball four, as did the batter and catcher, Clarke trotted home. As he touched the plate, the umpire suddenly cried, "Strike two!" He explained that he'd been unable to give the call right away because something had been caught in his throat.

Reference: The Rules of Baseball: An Anecdotal Look at the Rules of Baseball and How They Came To Be, David Nemec(1994)
Baseball Quiz

Walt Alston
Which one of these managers won a World Series in his first year of managing a new club?
  1. Walter Alston
  2. Joe Girardi
  3. Tony La Russa
  4. Joe Torre


Joe Torre

Joe Girardi

Tony La Russa