Comments on: Pirates @ Reds, August 12, 1966 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-107342 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:21:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-107342 Another Jewish player who had a three-homer game was Mike Epstein, who did it for the Washington Senators against the White Sox at old Comiskey Park on May 16, 1969. (Wasn't Comiskey supposed to be a tough place to homer?)

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-107213 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 04:45:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-107213 DoubleDiamond, interesting point about Greenberg never hitting 3+ HRs in a game. That got me to checking into a few things.

-- Hank Greenberg and Sammy Sosa share the season record of 11 multi-HR games, Greenberg in 1938 (58 HRs total) and Sosa in 1998 (66 HRs, including a 3-HR game). Babe Ruth holds the career record with 72 multi-HR games (one more than Barry Bonds).

-- Sosa holds the season record with three 3-HR games, in 2001 (64 HRs). Sosa and Johhny Mize share the career record with six games of 3+ HRs.

-- Willie Mays (1961) is the only player with a 4-HR game and a 3-HR game in the same season.

-- Mike Piazza (1999) had the only 40-HR season without a multi-HR game.

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-107190 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 02:23:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-107190 My first thought was whether this represented the most home runs in a game by a Jewish player, but I immediately remembered that Shawn Green hit four on May 23, 2002. Green also had a three-homer game on August 15, 2001. Al Rosen hit three on April 29, 1952.

Hank Greenberg never hit more than two homers in the same game.

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By: Pirates @ Reds, August 12, 1966 | jpbaseball http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-106976 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 02:24:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-106976 [...] Source: http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759 [...]

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-106820 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 03:26:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-106820 Mike S -- Yes, Shamsky homered his next time up after the famous 3-HR game, which came as a pinch-hitter 2 days later -- a 2-run shot in the 7th that gave the Reds a 2-1 lead. (They went on to lose that game, too.)

That season, Shamsky hit 6 HRs in 32 AB as a substitute.

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By: Mike S. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-106819 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 03:16:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-106819 I believe Shamsky had a HR in his last AB in the previous game or his first AB in the game following. Didn't he have 4 in row?

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By: Dave V. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-106815 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 02:39:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-106815 @10 Johnny Twisto - its something else to see Bobby Murcer rank so highly in the list you compiled. Murcer is one of my favorites and its pretty cool to see him rank up there amongst a bunch of HOF'ers (as he and Bonds are the only non-HOF'ers...Griffey Jr will of course get in once eligible).

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By: Dvd Avins http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-106810 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 01:41:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-106810 It's fitting that the best game off the bench was by a player who went on to have a fantastic year as a fourth outfielder on a World Champion.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-106804 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 01:06:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-106804 Now I see that Artie Z had answered the WPA question. Kudos, Artie.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10759/comment-page-1#comment-106803 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 01:00:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10759#comment-106803 In case the WPA question hasn't been answered....
Shamsky's 1.503 WPA is the highest ever for a batter.

The highest WPA ever was 1.675 by Vern Law on 7/19/1955. He allowed 2 runs in 18 innings ... and he didn't even get the win.
Law started for the host Pirates (last place at 32-60) against the 2nd-place Braves. He left for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 18th, with the game tied at 2; no one had scored since the 4th inning. The Braves took a lead in the 19th against Bob Friend, but the Pirates tied it on Dale Long's double. Then Frank Thomas singled to CF; Bill Bruton's throw had Long at the plate, but Del Crandall couldn't hold it, and the Pirates won on the error. The game took 4:44.

Law allowed 9 hits and 2 walks in 18 innings. He started again 4 days later and pitched a 10-inning CG, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and no walks. He had a 2.88 ERA at that point, but he had a 5.58 ERA in 69 IP the rest of the year.

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