Golden Baseball Magazine
Odd Baseball Facts

Lou Gehrig

Red Schoendienst

Don Wilson

  • April 26, 1931: New York Yankees @ Washington Senators
    In the top of the 1st, Lyn Lary is on 1B with two outs. Lou Gehrig hit a shot into the CF bleachers for an apparent two-run homer. The ball bounced back onto the field, where it was caught by CF Harry Rice. Yankees first-year manager Joe McCarthy was coaching 3B. He signaled Lary to slow down. But Lyn interpreted McCar­thy's sign as an indication that the ball was caught for the third out. After rounding 3B, Lary headed to the dugout. Meanwhile, Gehrig continued to round the bases to home plate. Umpire Bill McGowan ruled Gehrig out because he passed the base runner. So Larrupin' Lou was credited only with a triple. The faux pas cost Gehrig the undispu­ted home run title. He ended the season with 46 round-trippers, the same number as teammate Babe Ruth. Manager McCarthy never coached 3B again for the rest of the '31 season.

  • June 6, 1948: In a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies in St. Louis, Cardinals 2B Red Schoendienst collected three doubles and a HR in the opener. Combined with the three doubles he hit the day before, Schoen­dienst tied a major league reord for most extra base hits in consecutive games (seven) and another for most dou­bles in back-to-back games (six). Red continued his hot streak in the second game with a pair of doubles to tie a major league mark for most extra base hits in a double­header (six) and an NL record for most doubles in a doubleheader (five).

  • May 2, 1951: At Briggs Stadium in Detroit, Philadelphia A's pinch hitter Lou Limmer stepped into the batter's box to face the Tigers' Saul Rogovin. The 6'2" right-hander peered in to get the signal from catcher Joe Ginsberg, nodded assent, and went into the windup. Around came the arm, in came the pitch and Limmer swung, sending a drive to deep right that cleared the fence for a home run. Now, pinch hit home runs are not unique, but what is unique is that the pitcher, the catcher, and the hitter were all Jewish. It is the only known time in major league base­ball that has occurred.

  • August 1968: Astros' pitcher Don Wilson tore a muscle in his rib cage when he sneezed too hard.

  • May 10, 2012: The Baltimore Orioles became the first team in AL history to start a game with three consecutive HRs - Ryan Flaherty, J. J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis in the bottom of the 1st. The last team to have players homer in their first three times up were the Milwaukee Brewers 9/9/07. Oddly, J. J. was the second of that threesome.

Joe McCarthy

Lou Limmer

Saul Rogovin

Joe Ginsberg

L-R: Ryan Flaherty, J. J. Hardy, Nick Markakis