In the game-searchable era (since 1916), there is something that has happened during a major league game only 4 times, specifically in the games below.

What is it?

1923-06-06 - White Sox 4, Yankees 1, Red Faber homered off of Herb Pennock

1929-06-24 - Tigers 13, White Sox 4, Red Faber homered off of Emil Yde

1948-09-20 - Phillies 5, Pirates 2, Bob Chesnes homered off of Robin Roberts

1962-05-05 - Athletics 18, Indians 6, Jerry Walker homered off of Pedro Ramos

Happy sleuthing!

Congratulations to Stuart! He correctly identified the above games as the only contests since 1916 to feature a home run hit by a switch-hitting pitcher off of another switch-hitting pitcher who also homered in his career. Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com for the home runs logs.

As the most prolific active power-hitting pitcher, Carlos Zambrano (assuming he finds a suitor for 2013) presumably stands the best chance to join this group. These are the active switch-hitting pitchers who played in 2012.

Here are the switch-hitting pitchers with the most PAs without ever getting a hit (at least, not yet).

Rk Player PA H From To Age G BB IBB Pos Tm
1 Carl Bouldin 23 0 1961 1964 21-24 29 2 0 /*1 WSA
2 Charlie Whitehouse 22 0 1914 1919 20-25 25 2 /*1 IND-NEW-WSH
3 Bill Denehy 18 0 1967 1971 21-25 49 4 0 /*1 NYM-WSA-DET
4 Marv Rotblatt 18 0 1948 1951 20-23 35 1 /*1 CHW
5 Jack DiLauro 14 0 1969 1970 26-27 66 0 0 /*1 NYM-HOU
6 Chris Hatcher 9 0 2010 2012 25-27 28 2 1 /*12 FLA-MIA
7 Fred Beene 9 0 1968 1975 25-32 115 0 0 *1 BAL-NYY-TOT-CLE
8 Derek Holland 8 0 2009 2012 22-25 108 0 0 *1 TEX
9 Keith Brown 8 0 1988 1992 24-28 25 0 0 /*1 CIN
10 Rich Beck 8 0 1965 1965 25-25 3 1 0 /*1 NYY
11 Jack Richardson 8 0 1915 1916 22-23 4 0 /*1 PHA
12 Guy Cooper 8 0 1914 1915 21-22 12 0 /*1 TOT-BOS
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Generated 2/4/2013.

That IBB by Chris Hatcher came in a game that he played as catcher. Hatcher is one of just 3 players with a career with more IBB than hits.

Rk Player PA IBB H From To Age G BB SO Pos Tm
1 Neil Wilson 11 1 0 1960 1960 25-25 6 1 2 /*2 SFG
2 Rex Johnston 10 1 0 1964 1964 26-26 14 3 0 /*78 PIT
3 Chris Hatcher 9 1 0 2010 2012 25-27 28 2 6 /*12 FLA-MIA
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Generated 2/4/2013.

Hatcher  has also  put just one ball into play in his career, yet debuted as a pinch-hitter, striking out for Emilio Bonifacio. Hey Chris, just havin’ some fun. We love you. Really. Just know you’re gonna knock one out the next time you’re up (probably off the Z-man).

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