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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    Depending on whom you ask, Satchel Paige might've faced Babe Ruth at some point. He definitely faced Mantle in the Major Leagues, and Mantle got the best of that matchup, batting .800 (4 for 5).
    I need to qualify my statement to say that Benton was the only pitcher in an official Major League game.I remember Buck O`Neil stating that Satchel did face the Babe in an exhibition game in Chicago around 1938(long after Ruth had retired).O`Neil said that Ruth hit a monster blast to center his first time up.Buck said that was probably the only time in his life Satchel was speechless as he silently watched the flight of the blast.

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    In 1906, Red Sox pitcher Joe Harris performs the unusual feat of umpiring and playing on consecutive days. On August 23, St. Louis and Boston were set to play a game in Boston, with Winter pitching for Boston and Powell for St. Louis. No umpire turned up, so Harris was pressed into service as the base umpire. St. Louis won the game, 3-1. Harris pitched the next day, losing his 17th game of the year.
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    The record for the most hits in a MLB game by a player who didn’t start the game is held by Tom Paciorek, of the Chicago White Sox.
    Coming into the May 8, 1984 game against the Milwaukee Brewers as a replacement left fielder, Paciorek recorded 5 hits in 9 at-bats during the 25-inning marathon.
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    Mack Jones played ten seasons in the majors, posting a good 120 Adjusted OPS+. With a home run off Nelson Briles on April 14, 1969, Jones hit the first ever home run in major league baseball in Canada - in fact the first ever hit outside of the United States.
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    In his first full season, Carlton Fisk tied for the league lead in triples. No catcher has led the league in that category since.

    I'm not sure if any catcher did it before him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    In his first full season, Carlton Fisk tied for the league lead in triples. No catcher has led the league in that category since.

    I'm not sure if any catcher did it before him...
    Tim McCarver in 1966 led the NL outright with 13, one more than teammate Lou Brock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    In his first full season, Carlton Fisk tied for the league lead in triples. No catcher has led the league in that category since.

    I'm not sure if any catcher did it before him...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spindlebrook View Post
    Tim McCarver in 1966 led the NL outright with 13, one more than teammate Lou Brock.
    Yep,as a matter of fact he led the Majors that year.

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    If 1884 counts, Ewing led the NL with 20 that year.
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    While pitching in the minor leagues in 1923, Iron Joe McGinnity went 15-12 in 42 appearances...at the age of 52. He tossed 206 innings and allowed only 44 walks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    While pitching in the minor leagues in 1923, Iron Joe McGinnity went 15-12 in 42 appearances...at the age of 52. He tossed 206 innings and allowed only 44 walks.
    I always thought he died at a young age. Never knew he pitched so long.
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    Don Kolloway is the only player on record with 2 home runs and 4 stolen bases in a single game. In fact no other player on record even had 2 home runs and 3 stolen bases in the same game.

    Kolloway finished with totals of 29 home runs and and 76 stolen bases in his 12 year career.

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    The last time a batter led the league in slugging percentage with a mark below .500 was 1945, when Snuffy Stirnweiss paced the AL with a .476 percentage.

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    A few gems from Jayson Stark:

    Jonathan Lucroy had two seven-RBI games in 2012, which is two more than Chipper Jones had in his entire 2,499-game career.

    Aaron Hill hit for the cycle twice in a span of 10 games in 2012. All 767 San Diego Padres that have batted have zero.

    On August 1, the Mets had an inning in which they got three walks, a hit batter, and three stolen bases - but didn't score.

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    Last year, lefty Angels batters faced lefty pitchers a total of eight times. Next fewest for any team was 292.

    (from blogger Jeff Sullivan)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    Last year, lefty Angels batters faced lefty pitchers a total of eight times. Next fewest for any team was 292.

    (from blogger Jeff Sullivan)
    I did not know that. If you rank the 2012 Angels (non-pitchers) by games played, none of the top 14 players are lefty batters.

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    Lou Gehrig was ejected by an umpire 6 times in his career.Rogers Hornsby 0 times.Go figure!
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    Only 8 pitchers have allowed six home runs in a game...and 3 of those pitchers earned the win!

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    Only one player has given up 7 homers in a game, and he did it two years after striking out 19 batters in a game. Pretty remarkable to set both of those records.

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    The all-time single season record for outfield range factor was set by Fred Treacy . . . in 1876.

    As far as I know, that's the oldest in the books. Any others?
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    an older record than 1876? Hm... there are plenty from the 1880s... Okay I got one- Mike McGreary still holds the single-season AB/Ks record he set in 1875 with 310 AB per strikeout (that was conveniently his only strikeout and his total at bats for the season). The only person who came really close to that since was Willie Keeler in 1899, with only two strikeouts in 570 at bats. That seems more impressive to me. I'm right now looking at Keeler's strikeout totals and they are incredible- in his run of eight straight 200+ hit seasons his strikeout totals were 6, 12, 9, 5, 4, 2, 4, and 5. Only Joe Sewell's visited that neighborhood since.

    Anyhow, that's a still standing record from 1875 for you.
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    Scott Hairston hit for the cycle April 27th, 2012. Even though the Mets totalled 17 hits that night in Colorado, Hairston's double, triple and homer were the only extra-base hits the New Yorkers would collect in the game. Plus, he got hits off four different pitchers and the Mets lost the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascott View Post
    Scott Hairston hit for the cycle April 27th, 2012. Even though the Mets totalled 17 hits that night in Colorado, Hairston's double, triple and homer were the only extra-base hits the New Yorkers would collect in the game. Plus, he got hits off four different pitchers and the Mets lost the game.
    Actually, Hairston got hits off three different pitchers in this game.
    I haven't quite learned how to count.

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    There were 55 big league hitters in 2012 who struckout 100 times while drawing less than 50 walks. That set a new single-season record, topping the old mark of 34 players with 100 Ks and less than 50 BBs set in 1998 and again in 2007. (If anyone would like to post this as a trivia question on this site, feel free to do so.)

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    Through the first 373 games of his career, Giancarlo has the same number of home runs (93) that Ryan Braun had through his first 373 games.

    They are tied for 7th most home runs through that number of games. Only four of the top-20 on that list are in the Hall Of Fame.

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