Dunno…but Wert remains the only player across on the keyboard.
Back to our pursuit . . . On May 12, 1934, with his last-place Cincinnati Reds team having scored a league-low 76 runs in 21 games, sitting at 5-16 and already nine games back of first place Chicago, player/manager Bob O’Farrell had to do something. O’Farrell had previously acted as player/manager for the 1927 Cardinals, guiding them to a 2nd place finish (92-60).
But the ’34 Reds were in the process of heading for their fifth straight season of sub-.400 baseball. They would finish 1934 in the bottom half of the league in every offensive category, despite the presence of Hall of Famer Jim Bottomley and star catcher Ernie Lombardi.
O’Farrell used 64 different lineups during 1934, but the names he listed on that May day were unique. They comprised the ONLY instance in major league history of an entirely alphabetical batting order:
Sparky Adams 3B
Linc Blakely LF
Jim Bottomley 1B
Chick Hafey CF
Mark Koenig 2B
Johnny Moore RF
Bob O’Farrell C
Gordon Slade SS
Allyn Stout P
Alas, Stout wasn’t . . . lasting 2/3 of an inning and giving up three hits and two walks, and the Reds, despite picking up 12 hits, ended up losing 8-2 in a swift 2:13.
And that’s it . . . there hasn’t been another lineup featuring an A-to-Z theme since. I’m hoping some lexicographic-leaning manager takes a chance again soon.
Posted: May 16, 2011 at 07:48 PM | 53 comment(s)
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