In a blowout against the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park on June 22, 1925, Max Carey of the Pittsburgh Pirates collected two hits in both the first and the eighth innings. Collecting two hits in one inning twice in one game is a feat that would not be accomplished again until 1975, when Rennie Stennett, also with the Pirates, would do so in the first and fifth innings. Carey’s performance helped the Pirates on their way to a 24-6 victory.
Here’s a tribute by The Baseball Project to the Minnesota. I confess, I’m just as guilty as anyone of calling the Minnesota team the “Twinkies,” especially when they are facing off against the Royals. This song provides some pretty good history of the team. And I like the style — this is my kind of music!
My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
I’ve had a few posts lately talking about switch pitchers, which is, without a doubt, a difficult skill to develop. But what about pitching with one’s feet? That’s exactly what Tom Willis did on Monday, when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at AT&T Park.
Born without arms, Willis has learned to function by relying on his feet. And, as we can see, he’s learned to do quite a bit that way. Not only did his toss make it to the catcher on the fly, it also appears to be a strike.
As it turns out, this wasn’t Tom Willis’s first go at this kind of thing. On May 27, 2008, he had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Padres game. Looks like he’s been putting in some work on his location since then.
Experiencing inflammation in his right index finger, on June 16, 1884, right-handed pitcher Larry Corcoran of the White Stockings pitched ambidextrously in a game against the Buffalo Bisons. He alternated arms throughout, though I haven’t been able to figure out if he switched arms every pitch or every batter. He would keep this up for four innings, before being moved to shortstop, as Chicago lost 20-9 in Buffalo.
Happy Monday! Not so much? Well, okay, then here’s a little something to help you start the week on a lighter note:
Baseball fans are junkies, and their heroin is the statistic.
~Robert S. Wieder