Originally Posted by Sea Ray
My bet is he never once was denied 1st base because he didn't try to get out of the way.
That's a rule I've never seen enforced
It was enforced once in 1968. Don Drysdale was in the midst of his then record 56+ scoreless inning streak when he hit a Giant batter with the bases loaded. The home plate umpire refused to allow the Giant to take first base, ruling that he had not tried to get out of the way of the pitch. At the time, many thought the umpire made that ruling just to preserve Drysdale's streak.