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Odd Baseball Facts


Tom Gorman


Mark Freeman


George Brunet


Warren Spahn

April 22, 1959: The light-hitting Chicago White Sox scored eleven runs in the 7th inning against the Athletics in Kansas City. That's not so unusual, but what was odd was the fact that the Sox scored the eleven runs on only one hit.
Here's how the inning played out.
--With Tom Gorman (a future major league umpire) on the mound for the A's, Ray Boone reached base when SS Joe DeMaestri threw a grounder wide to first.
--Al Smith bunted to sacrifice the runner to second but was safe when 3B Hal Smith fumbled the roller.
--Johnny Callison singled to right field, scoring Boone. When Roger Maris misplayed the ball, Smith scored and Callison wound up on third.
--After his fielders committed errors on the first three batters, Gorman walked Luis Aparicio, who then stole second.
--When P Bob Shaw walked to fill the bases, KC manager Harry Craft summoned Mark Freeman, another righthander, from the bullpen.
--The new pitcher walked Earl Torgeson to force in a run.
--Freeman then walked Nellie Fox to bring in run #4.
--Jim Rivera bounced to the mound, and Freeman threw home to get the first out of the inning.
--Sherman Lollar walked, forcing in run #5. Craft brought in pitcher #3, southpaw George Brunet.
--Boone, batting for the second time in the inning, walked to force in run #6.
--Smith also walked. Run #7.
--Breaking the pattern, Brunet hit Callison with a pitch. Run #8.
--Aparicio walked. Run #9.
--P Shaw fanned for the second out.
--Bubba Church pinch hit for Torgeson and drew a walk. Run #10.
--Fox also walked. Run #11.
--Landis tapped to the mound, and Brunet threw to first to merci­fully end the 45-minute inning.
Total: 11 runs, 1 hit, nine walks, one hit batter, three errors, three left on base.

The great Braves southpaw Warren Spahn won 363 games in his Hall of Fame career. His major league career delayed by World War II, he pitched from age 25 in 1946 to age 44 in 1965. Despite his great success - he won 20 or more games in 11 seasons - he had never pitched a no-hitter, not even in the minors, until 1960. He had just missed a no-no twice. In 1951, P Al Brazle - of all people - hit a pop fly single in back of second base for the only hit for the Cardinals.
Two years later, Richie Ashburn beat out a high hopper to the mound in the 7th inning to ruin what would have been a perfect game against the Phillies.
Finally, on September 16, 1960, Spahn handcuffed the Phils 4-0. The only two batters to reach base did so on walks. The 39-year-old Buffalo native struck out 15 batters, the most of his career for one game.
Spahn didn't have to wait very long for his second no-hitter. In his fifth start of the following season, he twirled the only no-hitter of that season in either league. It came at home in Milwaukee against the San Francisco Giants, one of the heaviest hitting teams in the league. He faced the minimum of 27 batters, but two walks spoiled his perfect game. The masterpiece occured five days after Spahnie's 40th birthday. That made him the second oldest pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter. The immortal Cy Young did so when he was 41.


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ODD FACTS ARCHIVES

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
Miscellaneous Odd Facts
A Collection of Odd Facts
More Odd Facts

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