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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2021

Pueblo Chieftain, April 29, 1921:

3 HOME RUNS WITH ALL THE BASES FULL

Philadelphia Got Eleven Runs—Brooklyn Got But Four Hits

Three home runs, two by Ralph Miller and Pitcher Meadows, with the bases filled, gave Philadelphia victory and an even break in the four-game series with Boston.

I spent a good five minutes searching to see if this was a record for most grand slams in a game by one team before I realized it’s impossible to score 11 runs if you hit three grand slams.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 10:48 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 10:50 AM (#6016100)
Today's Birthday Team has a weird glut of catchers and infielders, so we've got a shortstop playing center field and a third baseman/pitcher in left. Some decent talent to work with, not to mention an umpire who charges the mound when he's angry.

C: Kelly Shoppach (8.3 WAR)
1B: Clipper Flynn (0.6 WAR)
2B: Rick Burleson (22.9 WAR)
3B: Ed Charles (19.6 WAR)
SS: Luis Aparicio (55.8 WAR)
LF: Frank Hankinson (7.0 WAR)
CF: Ron Washington (1.3 WAR)
RF: John Vander Wal (6.2 WAR)

SP: Noodles Hahn (44.6 WAR)
SP: Nip Winters (Negro Leagues star)
SP: Mickey McDermott (18.2 WAR)
SP: Bob McClure (10.5 WAR)
SP: Sterling Hitchcock (8.1 WAR)
RP: Rafael Betancourt (14.1 WAR)

Manager: Akira Ohgi
Umpire: John Shulock
Writer: Phil Musick
High school pitching star drafted by the Angels, chose football, started in the NFL for a year, played horribly: Browning Nagle
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM (#6016102)
we've got a shortstop playing center field
”It’s incredibly hard.”
   3. Itchy Row Posted: April 29, 2021 at 12:51 PM (#6016122)
started in the NFL for a year, played horribly
The shorter version of that is "Jets QB."
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: April 29, 2021 at 05:32 PM (#6016205)
it’s impossible to score 11 runs if you hit three grand slams

You get 11 runs PLUS an extra bonus run (usually referred to as the "mystery run")!
   5. Cooper Nielson Posted: April 30, 2021 at 03:36 AM (#6016244)
it’s impossible to score 11 runs if you hit three grand slams.

Isn't there some way to do it involving runners passing each other or abandoning the bases? They wouldn't all be grand slams, but they would still be "home runs with the bases full."
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 30, 2021 at 04:00 AM (#6016245)
BR has the box score and play by play. The Phillies hit three home runs - a grand slam by Miller, a grand slam by Meadows, and a solo shot by Cy Williams. Despite giving up 11 runs and three home runs, Braves (yes, it was against Boston, not Brooklyn although the Dodgers did indeed get four hits in their game to beat the Giants. The headline is a bit confusing.) pitcher Jack Scott pitched a complete game. Meadows hit three home runs that season, not bad for a pitcher in 1921. He was a righty pitcher, but hit left handed - the grand slam is listed as being to deep left field, which means it was an opposite field shot.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 30, 2021 at 09:46 AM (#6016258)
it’s impossible to score 11 runs if you hit three grand slams

What if one of the home run hitters passes the last runner before him, before crossing the plate? That sort of fluke play once cost Lou Gehrig a home run title.
On April 26, 1931, with Lyn Lary as the runner on first base and two out in the inning, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig hit a home run at Griffith Stadium. The homer cleared the centerfield fence, but then bounced back into the hands of Senators centerfielder Harry Rice. Lary, thinking the ball had been caught, returned to the dugout without ever crossing home plate. Gehrig, who had been running the bases with his head down, did not notice what happened and ended up getting called out for passing a runner on the base paths.

The incident ended up costing Gehrig the home run crown, as he and Babe Ruth finished the season tied with 46 homers a piece.

In fact it looks as if under that kind of a scenario, a similar "grand slam" would bring about only two runs, not even three.

EDIT: Half a coke to Cooper.

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