Comments on: Walk-off win: pitchers who hit a walk-off homer http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: AHassell http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171781 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:32:53 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171781 On 13 August 1932, the Yankees' Red Ruffing pitched a 3-hit 10-inning shutout to beat the the Senators in a game played at Griffith Stadium. Ruffing's solo homer in the top of tenth produced the game's only run.
While the homer was not a walk-off, Ruffing's is one the best single-game performances in baseball history.

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By: JDV http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171701 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:29:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171701 @28...glad you caught that about Minton. I noticed that irony as well, having remembered this baseball card:

http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Cards/Baseball/1983/Topps/3/Greg_Minton_RB/1885353

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By: Buck http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171474 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 13:44:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171474 Micah Owings on May 10, 2009 hit a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth with 2 out to tie a game between the Reds and the Cardinals, at Cincinnati. The Cards, though, won it in the tenth inning.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171344 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:29:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171344 @26, @30.

JA, Charlie Root with 3,197 IP (all but 60 after age 27) and 110 ERA+ has almost identical career marks to the two stats you quoted for Murry Dickson. Like Dickson, Root got little All-Star recognition (actually, none), as his better years came before the All-Star game. Still, he might have got a sniff with a 15-8, 128 ERA+ in 1935 or a 13-5, 110 in 1938.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171342 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:16:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171342 @21.

Another 40+ year-old pitcher who homered was Charlie Root. The first of his 3 homers after age 40 was July 8, 1939 for the Cubs against the Reds. It wasn't a walk-off, but the next best thing.

Root entered the game in the 8th and gave up the last two of 5 runs the Reds scored in the inning to tie the game at 6-6. In the top of the 9th, Root hit a solo homer to put the Cubs on top again, and then closed out the game in the bottom of the 9th to take the win.

Leaving aside why Root would be hitting for himself in the 9th after giving up the lead in the 8th (guess you had to be there), that's definitely redeeming yourself.

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171297 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 04:28:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171297 @24

In that Sleater-Burnette game 11 of the 14 players in the KC box score were either Yankee property at one time, future Yankees or former Yankees.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171201 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 01:02:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171201 -- The Lefferts HR was the only one Greg Minton ever allowed to a pitcher in 153 PAs. IIRC, Minton owns the record for most consecutive games (and/or IP) without allowing a HR -- 178 games, 269 IP from 6/1/79 through 5/1/82.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171193 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:51:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171193 -- Grim's walk-off HR in '57 was his only hit of the year, in 9 ABs.

-- Grim also had one of 2 grand slams by a pitcher in KC A's history.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171189 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:40:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171189 -- Go figure: Murry Dickson had a good career (110 ERA+ in 3,052 IP), but his only All-Star nod came in 1953, when he went 10-19, 4.53 for the Pirates. Sure enough, he got the save in the All-Star game, pitching the last 2 innings. He also singled home the NL's last run of that game ... off Satchel Paige.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15844/comment-page-1#comment-171185 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:26:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15844#comment-171185 -- Lindy McDaniel (#6 on the list) is 2nd in relief wins since 1919, with 119 (Hoyt Wilhelm had 124).

-- McDaniel and Bob Grim are the only pitchers ever to get 20 decisions in a season of less than 90 IP; both did so in the years represented on this list. McDaniel went 13-7 in '63 with 88 IP; Grim was 12-8 in '57 in just 72 IP. Both also led their league in saves that year, with 22 and 19, respectively.

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