Posted by Raphy on August 21, 2011
Today's Tigers-Indians game thrillingly ended when Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at home plate for a game-ending double play. The play was both exciting and rare. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times put it best when he wrote:
I let out a “Wow!” Couldn’t help it. Not often do you see a game end on a double play from center field to the plate.
Since my mind is warped by thousands of PI searches, I immediately ran the batting event finder, and searched for game ending double plays to the center fielder, eliminated the ones that did not end with the catcher and was left with this list. (This comes from the play-by play index which is complete since 1974 and almost complete 1950-1973.) Since there were no RBI's on any of these plays I included the responsible CF instead.
|Yr#||Date||Batter||Tm||Opp||Pitcher||Score||Inn||RoB||Out||Center Fielder||WPA||RE24||LI||Play Description|
|6||1977-09-05 (2)||Willie Crawford||OAK||CHW||Lerrin LaGrow||down 2-1||b9||--3||1||Chet Lemon||-0.41||-0.94||5.90||*ENDED GAME*:Double Play: Flyball: CF-C|
|7||1978-08-11 (2)||Mike Edwards||OAK||@MIN||Mike Marshall||down 3-2||t9||--3||1||Dan Ford||-0.32||-0.93||4.66||*ENDED GAME*:Fly Ball Double Play: CF-C|
|10||1979-09-13||Doug Flynn||NYM||PHI||Tug McGraw||down 2-1||b9||123||1||Greg Gross||-0.52||-1.51||9.13||*ENDED GAME*:Double Play: Flyball: CF-C|
|15||1987-09-08||Roy Smalley||MIN||CHW||Bobby Thigpen||down 4-3||b9||123||1||Ken Williams||-0.55||-1.65||8.57||*ENDED GAME*:Double Play: Flyball: CF-C|
|16||1988-09-27||Luis Alicea||STL||@PIT||Jim Gott||down 3-2||t9||1-3||1||Andy Van Slyke||-0.37||-1.11||6.35||*ENDED GAME*:Double Play: Flyball: CF-C|
Not often, indeed.