June 27, 1976 Tigers @ Red Sox
I was wondering if any Tiger fans remember this game:
For some reason, there was no designated hitter during the entire game. Rookie pitcher Frank MacCormack ended up batting three times; striking out twice and reaching on an error. Relief pitcher John Hiller also had an at bat later in the game.
Does anyone know the particulars of how this happened? The starting lineup had Rusty Staub as DH and Alex Johnson in RF, but Staub ending up replacing Johnson in the field before the first pitch was thrown, thereby forfeiting the DH for the rest of the game. Was Johnson injured just prior to game time? Or was the lineup card filled out incorrectly? If anyone knows for sure, the knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
According the Sporting News (7/17/76) Ralph Houk erred in listing both Rusty Staub and Alex Johnson as DHs on his line-up card. Red Sox manager Darrell Johnson notified home plate ump Don Denkinger of the mix-up and Denkinger said that the Tigers forfeited the use of the DH for the game. Looking at the box score, it look like the Tigers also lost the services of Alex Johnson for the game as well.
Thanks for looking that up!
Originally Posted by EdTarbusz