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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Vic Wertz

Eligible in 1969

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:39 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 09:00 PM (#1827093)
I bet he wished that the '54 World Series opener had been in Cleveland instead of New York.
   2. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: January 18, 2006 at 10:39 PM (#1827323)
How many long-term players can we say are most famous for hitting into an out? Wertz is surely the most famous such player.

McCovey's line drive to end the Series is a famous out, but he's plenty famous elsewhere.
   3. OCF Posted: January 18, 2006 at 11:04 PM (#1827390)
Nearly the only think I know about Dale Mitchell is that his strikeout as a PH ended Larsen's WS perfect game.
   4. Dizzypaco Posted: January 18, 2006 at 11:55 PM (#1827502)
For a while, Tony Lazzeri was pretty well known for striking out with the bases loaded against Ol' Pete, but he's known for some other stuff as well.
   5. Mark Donelson Posted: January 19, 2006 at 12:07 AM (#1827519)
Interesting—Wertz's is the only one of the bunch mentioned so far that wasn't a last out. Can anyone think of any other famous outs that weren't last outs of a game (or a series)?
   6. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 19, 2006 at 12:16 AM (#1827534)
Can anyone think of any other famous outs that weren't last outs of a game (or a series)?

How about Al Gionfriddo's stealing away of Joltin' Joe's homer (or was it?) in '47?
   7. Dizzypaco Posted: January 19, 2006 at 12:16 AM (#1827535)
Interesting—Wertz's is the only one of the bunch mentioned so far that wasn't a last out. Can anyone think of any other famous outs that weren't last outs of a game (or a series)?

Joe D against Brooklyn, 1947, for one.
George Brett, 1983 (for a few weeks, anyway).
Brooks Robinson against the Mets in '69.

They are the first three to come to mind. Interesting that they are all HOFers.
   8. DavidFoss Posted: January 19, 2006 at 12:52 AM (#1827638)
Yogi Berra hit the ball that ended up being the famous Amoros catch in 1955.

Ron Gant was famously picked off first base thanks to some nifty "glove work" by Kent Hrbek in 1991. :-)
   9. Guapo Posted: January 19, 2006 at 01:37 AM (#1827715)
Jeremy Giambi- victim of "Jeter's Flip"
   10. OCF Posted: January 19, 2006 at 03:39 AM (#1827881)
Did you make a Gil Hodges thread? It's not on the Hot Topics. Hodges had 11 G, 25 PA in 1963. If that's ruled token, then he's eligible in 1969; if not then 1970. The version of DanG's list that I copied down shows him as 1969.

Hodges played for the Mets in 1963 and managed (but did not play for) the Senators in 1963. According to the transactions listing, the Senators traded Jim Piersall to the Mets in late May for Hodges.
   11. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 19, 2006 at 03:40 AM (#1827884)
Did you make a Gil Hodges thread?

Oops! Forgot about him. He definitely deserves one.
   12. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: January 19, 2006 at 04:03 AM (#1827926)
Famous Outs - Non-Last Out Division:

Ol' Pete whiffs Tony Lazzeri.
   13. Mark Donelson Posted: January 19, 2006 at 07:58 AM (#1828133)
Good point--forgot that wasn't the 9th.
   14. Mark Shirk (jsch) Posted: January 19, 2006 at 04:25 PM (#1828325)
There was some guy named Ruth who I only know of because he was caught stealing in the 1926 World Series to end it. Did he do anything else with his career?
   15. KJOK Posted: January 20, 2006 at 06:17 AM (#1829730)
I guess Wertz gets a thread as possibly "best RFer of the 1950's"?

Jackie Jensen and Carl Furillo would seem to be the only competition, unless we throw that Musial guy in here too.
   16. Paul Wendt Posted: January 21, 2006 at 05:30 AM (#1831209)
How many long-term players can we say are most famous for hitting into an out? Wertz is surely the most famous such player.

Nope, Merkle.
   17. Paul Wendt Posted: January 21, 2006 at 05:33 AM (#1831212)
oh, hitting

Well, Merkle beats Ruth and Giambi.

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