Quiz – Opportunity Knocks (solved)

The players in this quiz are distinguished by a single-game batting feat that only they have accomplished in regular season play since 1914. What is it?

Hint: there are four criteria that describe this batting feat, three of which were achieved by a player in one of Sunday’s games, an occurrence that John Autin remarked on in his Game Notes post.

Congratulations to Richard Chester (with a big assist from The Goof)! Richard identified that the quiz players found opportunity to drive in runs even when the box score would suggest otherwise. In particular, they are the only infielders (incl. catchers) with a game like David Freese‘s on Sunday of 4+ PA and zero AB but, unlike Freese, also with 2+ RBI. Those games are after the jump.

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF BOP Pos
1 Jayson Nix 2013-05-17 NYY TOR W 5-0 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 SS
2 Luis Rodriguez 2009-04-12 SDP SFG W 6-1 4 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 8 SS
3 Jose Valentin 2005-04-07 LAD SFG W 6-0 5 0 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 6 3B
4 Chipper Jones 1999-07-11 ATL BOS W 8-1 4 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 3B
5 Tim Teufel 1984-07-22 MIN NYY L 5-6 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 2B
6 Sal Bando 1978-06-10 MIL TOR W 5-0 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 3B
7 Jack Hiatt 1971-07-04 HOU CIN W 6-1 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 8 C
8 Bill Mazeroski 1968-04-24 PIT LAD W 4-3 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 2B
9 Joe Harris 1924-07-04 (1) BOS PHA L 3-8 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 3 1B
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/11/2014.

12 thoughts on “Quiz – Opportunity Knocks (solved)

  1. 1
    Richard Chester says:

    Is Jonathon Lucroy the player named by JA in Sunday’s game?

  2. 3
    jg says:

    I think I know this one. Is it an extra-innings, pinch-hit, game-winning, grand slam?

  3. 4
    Jim says:

    They each hit walk-off home runs to win the 1960 World Series.

    • 6
      Doug says:

      That was certainly a good example of seizing an opportunity with a “knock”.

      But the opportunities represented in this quiz were less obvious (at least in the box score).

  4. 7
    The Goof says:

    I thought maybe something with Freese and walks, but that’s not it, is it?

  5. 9
    Richard Chester says:

    Something to do with PA > 4 and AB =0?

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