Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More Baseball Numbers

With apologies to my faithful readers with no interest in baseball. Sorry to inflict this subject upon you again for the second time in three days, but I just had to answer a question on Allexperts about the following subject, and getting the answer ate up all my blogging time. Which is the truth, although it certainly has not escaped my notice that wrapping myself in baseball is an excellent way to avoid having to deal with all the oppressive news of the day. I promise to get back on a more familiar beam next time.

Steals of Home

Lifetime Leader: Ty Cobb, 54
Leader List: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_stbah.shtml

In World Series
Brad Fullmer, LA Angels, 2002, 2d game
*Tim McCarver, St Louis Cardinals, 1964, 7th game
Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1955, 1st game
Monte Irvin, NY Giants, 1951,1st game
*Hank Greenberg, Detroit Tigers, 1934, 4th game
*Bob Meusel, NY Yankees, 1928, 3rd game
Bob Meusel, NY Yankees, 1921, 2nd game
*Butch Schmidt, Boston Braves, 1914, 1st game
*Buck Herzog, NY Giants, 1912, 6th game
*George Davis, Chicago White Sox, 1906, 5th game
*Bill Dahlen, NY Giants, 1905, 3rd game
*part of double steal
Source: "STEALING HOME IN SERIES." Chicago Sun-Times. 1988. HighBeam Research. (November 18, 2009). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-3913231.html

Bob Meusel of the Yankees is the only player to do this twice. There are some unlikely names on this list. Tim McCarver was a catcher, and catchers are generally not known for speed and daring on the bases. In fact, McCarver had only two stolen bases in the regular season for 1964. And Fullmer, well, he was a big ole lumbering guy, another guy you wouldn't label a demon on the base paths.

Walk-off Steals of Home

Willie Davis, LA Dodgers v. Phillies, 16th inning, 9/19/1964
Vic Power, Cleveland v. Detroit, 10th inning, 8/14/1958
Frank Chance, Chicago Cubs v. Cincinnati, 1906
Jack Chesbro, NY Highlanders v. Detroit, 7/16/1904

There have to be more walk-off steals of home, but these were the only ones I could find tonight.
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