Here's an old story from the April, 1954 issue of Baseball Digest, written by Shirley Povich, long time sports writer for the Washington Post (his final piece was published posthumously at age 92 in 1997). This story recounts a game in 1887 in which future HOF'er hit the ball over the fence, but refused to advance beyond third base. The reasoning, which backfired, is given in the story. It was the Nationals first shutout.
I came across this story when I came across this issue searching for info on my sister-in-law's uncle, Tommy Umphlett, who played for the Red Sox and the Senators for a few years in the 50's, then played out the remainder of his career as a minor league player and a short stint managing in the minors. The region where they come from is home to a considerable number of major league players, including HOF pitchers Jim "Catfish" Hunter & Gaylord Perry (along with his brother, Jim). My sister-in-law's dad used to drive Hunter to his Little League games, and he always says, "we just call him "Ji-im" in his southern drawl). The day I found this story & posted it on Jill's FB wall, she called her Mom to read it to her and her mother said she'd just gone across the road to the farm owned by the grandson of the scout who signed her brother for a bushel of kale. Now that's really ironic.
Anyone enjoy this story and any of the others you see there since you can see the entire issue.
Can you imagine the meltdown here on RZ if a player eschewed a home run?