Quiz – Baseball Alchemy (solved)
These nine players are the only major leaguers to have a game since 1914 with one of two unusual offensive accomplishments (as indicated by the two columns). Those two accomplishments are quite similar. What are they?
|1||Lance Berkman||Joe Lahoud|
|2||Barry Larkin||Phil Rizzuto|
|3||Steve Sax||Paul Richards|
Congratulations to Relief Man and Richard Chester! They quickly (and correctly) deduced that this quiz was likely related to opening day exploits. Like the alchemist turning dross into gold, the first group of 6 players had an opening day game scoring 3 runs without a hit, while the second group scored twice without an official AB. Those games are after the jump.
These are the games scoring 3 times with no hits. Bailey got his 3 runs despite being removed after the Expos came from behind to take the lead with a 9th inning rally. Had Bailey stayed in the game, he may have had a chance for a 4th run without a hit as his spot in the order led off the 13th inning when Montreal scored 4 for the win.
|1||Lance Berkman||2001-04-03||HOU||MIL||W 11-3||5||3||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.022||0.235||.708||4||LF|
|2||Barry Larkin||1997-04-01||CIN||COL||W 11-4||5||1||3||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.049||1.432||.599||3||SS|
|3||Steve Sax||1983-04-05||LAD||HOU||W 16-7||6||3||3||0||0||2||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0.028||-0.542||.854||1||2B|
|4||Bob Bailey||1974-04-10||MON||PIT||W 12-8||5||2||3||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.170||0.768||2.066||3||LF|
|5||Nellie Fox||1960-04-19||CHW||KCA||W 10-9||5||4||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0.110||2.000||.678||2||2B|
|6||George Cutshaw||1920-04-14||PIT||STL||W 5-4||5||3||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0.000||0.000||5||2B|
And the games scoring twice without an AB. Rizzuto’s game came in the second of four consecutive seasons that the Yankees opened against Washington. The next year’s opener was featured in birtelcom’s recent post about RE24.
|1||Joe Lahoud||1974-04-05||CAL||CHW||W 8-2||1||0||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.027||1.000||.770||3||PR LF|
|2||Phil Rizzuto||1955-04-13||NYY||WSH||W 19-1||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.084||1.384||.632||8||SS|
|3||Paul Richards||1934-04-17||NYG||PHI||W 6-1||4||0||2||0||0||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.000||0.000||8||C|
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