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Date Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt)Sequence
1998-05-28 Barry Bonds SFG ARI Gregg Olson down 8-6 b9 123 2 4(3-0)
2008-08-17 Josh Hamilton TEX TBR Grant Balfour down 7-3 b9 123 2 4(3-0)
Gregg Olson, who had walked five other batters in the eighth and ninth, went to a 3-2 count on Brent Mayne before getting him on a line drive to right field, ending the game.
If one event in baseball signifies true respect, it has to be an intentional walk with the bases loaded. Bill Deane and Everett Parker recently completed research on the four instances and summarized the events of each game below. In 2007, research Trent McCotter added to this remarkable list with his Dalrymple discovery:
Abner Dalrymple, August 2, 1881 - the Bisons were were down 5-0 versus the White Stockings in the eighth inning. The "Chicago Tribune" described the moment with, "In the eighth the bases were filled, and nobody out, on successive hits by (Fred) Goldsmith, (Silver) Flint, and (Joe) Quest, and (Jack) Lynch was so afraid of Dalrymple that he gave him his base on balls and brought Goldsmith in with the gift." Another Tribune quote which described the moment said, "At one time, when the bases were full, Lynch deliberately sent in seven balls rather than take the chances of a hit by Dalrymple, who was at bat, and in this way forced a run upon Chicago."
Napoleon Lajoie, May 23, 1901 - the Athletics were batting against the White Sox in the top of the ninth inning. They were down, 11-7, but had the bases loaded and none out with Lajoie - on his way to a Triple Crown - up. Manager Clark Griffith inserted himself as relief pitcher and "calmly sent four wide ones across" to deliberately force in a run, bringing future home run champs Socks Seybold and Harry Davis up with the bases still full. Griffith then disposed of Seybold, Davis, and Morgan Murphy on infield grounders, saving the 11-9 win.
Del Bissonette, May 2, 1928 - the Giants led the Dodgers, 2-0, in the top of the ninth, but Brooklyn loaded the bases with two out. Giants' manager John McGraw then ordered pitcher Larry Benton to walk Bissonette, in his 16th major league game, purposely ending the shutout. Benton then struck out Harry Riconda to end the game. [...]
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