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redsmetz
06-16-2011, 04:41 PM
One of the wonders of baseball is the myriad of ways things can happen. Today's blog on Baseball-Reference.com has a piece on the number of times a game has ended with a 2-out HBP, something that is fairly rare, but it's occurred more times than I would have thought (14 times since 1954). Just when you think you've seen it all though, there's another way to win a ballgame.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11914

cumberlandreds
06-17-2011, 08:55 AM
As someone pointed out in the comments section, one of those hit was a relief pitcher by the name of Fred Scherman in 1972. Apparently Billy Martin had run out of pitchers he was willing to use and Scherman hit for himself. That's an oddity within an oddity.

redsmetz
06-17-2011, 09:05 AM
Another oddity is the game on 9/22/72, with the Dodgers winning 1-0 in the bottom of the 11th when Jim Willoughby plunked Pinch-hitter Wes Parker (hitting for Bill Russell, go figure). Both Willoughby and Don Sutton pitched complete games. And there were some hitters in both of those line-ups.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN197209220.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool

The top 5 plays in that game (according to B-R):
HBP
Double play in 9th
K looking
K
Groundout to 1st

My friends who don't appreciate baseball (yes, I do have some of those) wouldn't understand this game. And it was all played in under 3 hours.

Quatitos
06-17-2011, 09:06 AM
Funny that you post this when last night the Braves won on a walk off balk. Now that seems like a rarity to me.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=310616115


With a runner on third and two outs in the 10th inning, New York Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco stopped and then restarted his motion with Jason Heyward at the plate, bringing home the winning run to give the Braves a 9-8 win Thursday night.

cumberlandreds
06-17-2011, 09:47 AM
Funny that you post this when last night the Braves won on a walk off balk. Now that seems like a rarity to me.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=310616115 (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=310616115)

Amazingly, Bob Davidson wasn't one of the umpires. ;)

westofyou
06-17-2011, 11:11 AM
As someone pointed out in the comments section, one of those hit was a relief pitcher by the name of Fred Scherman in 1972. Apparently Billy Martin had run out of pitchers he was willing to use and Scherman hit for himself. That's an oddity within an oddity.

Dang... I remember that game... I'm felling a tad old right now

VR
06-17-2011, 12:58 PM
Funny that you post this when last night the Braves won on a walk off balk. Now that seems like a rarity to me.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=310616115

In 1998 my MSBL team lost the San Diego county championship when our pitcher balked in the winning run.

I passed that link on to him immediately after reading it last night

redsmetz
06-17-2011, 02:29 PM
Dang... I remember that game... I'm felling a tad old right now

This comes as a surprise to you?? ;)

camisadelgolf
06-17-2011, 05:44 PM
westofyou always seemed like the lumberjack type.

westofyou
06-17-2011, 05:47 PM
This comes as a surprise to you?? ;)

Sometimes yes, other times not so much.

That 1972 season was my first love, I spent every moment of that season following that team, it was the last hurrah for many of them.