In game 5, Allen Craig became the 10th man ever to be caught stealing twice in one World Series game. He has at least one edge on the rest of them, though: the breath of life.
|1||Allen Craig||2011-10-24||WS||5||STL||TEX||L 2-4||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||-0.141||-1.452||1.547||2||RF|
|2||Billy Martin||1955-09-28||WS||1||NYY||BRO||W 6-5||3||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.036||-0.419||.602||7||2B|
|3||Mickey Livingston||1945-10-03||WS||1||CHC||DET||W 9-0||4||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.065||0.911||.260||7||C|
|4||Jo-Jo White||1934-10-08||WS||6||DET||STL||L 3-4||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.146||-0.592||1.410||1||CF|
|5||Freddie Lindstrom||1924-10-08||WS||5||NYG||WSH||W 6-2||5||5||0||4||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.076||1.406||.811||1||3B|
|6||Hi Myers||1920-10-10||WS||5||BRO||CLE||L 1-8||4||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.032||-0.326||.466||5||CF|
|7||Jimmy Johnston||1916-10-09||WS||2||BRO||BOS||L 1-2||6||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.257||-1.289||1.588||1||RF|
|8||Fred Luderus||1915-10-08||WS||1||PHI||BOS||W 3-1||4||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.069||-0.597||1.044||5||1B|
|9||Fred Snodgrass||1911-10-14||WS||1||NYG||PHA||W 2-1||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.035||-0.436||1.617||3||CF|
|10||Frank Schulte||1910-10-23||WS||5||CHC||PHA||L 2-7||4||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.109||-0.860||.900||2||RF|
|11||Frank Schulte||1910-10-17||WS||1||CHC||PHA||L 1-4||4||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||-0.019||-0.277||.705||2||RF|
There's still time for Craig to join Wildfire Schulte as the only ones with 2 such games, but he'll be hard-pressed to match the "success" rate: Schulte had 2 SB and a record 7 CS in 21 WS games.
Only 2 of these players managed a positive WPA:
-- Freddie Lindstrom ended 2 innings with a CS, including a try for home with NL RBI champ High Pockets Kelly at bat! But he also had 4 hits off Walter Johnson, and drove in the first and last runs of a 6-2 victory. (Still, NYG pitcher Jack Bentley was the game's offensive star, with a tie-breaking 2-run HR among his 2 hits. Bentley's blast was the 3rd WS HRs by a pitcher, and came just 2 days after his teammate Rosy Ryan hit the 2nd one in the Giants' game-3 win.)
-- Mickey Livingston, a catcher who stole 2 bases all year and 7 in his career, was caught stealing to end both the 1st and 3rd innings. But each of those was preceded by his RBI single, and at the time of his first CS, the Cubs already led 4-0 en route to a 9-0 whitewash.
-- Billy Martin's 2nd CS was a try for home, following his 2-out triple, with pinch-hitter Eddie Robinson at bat. (BTW, Robinson that year hit 16 HRs in just 215 ABs, but also batted just .208 -- 36 hits in 173 ABs -- with 1 double and no triples. His ratio of HRs to extra-base hits is unique in MLB history, and the ratio of hits to HRs is topped only by the likes of Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Frank Thomas. He also went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and a HBP in that Series.)
-- On JoJo White's 1st CS, he wound up safe at 2nd thanks to Frankie Frisch's error, and scored the tying run moments later on Mickey Cochrane's 2-out single. But in the 7th inning, White had a hand in a devastating turn of events for Detroit: With 1 out and the tying run on 3rd base, he grounded to SS Leo Durocher, who cut down the runner at the plate. White then tried to steal again and was thrown out by catcher Bill DeLancey, as Frisch held on this time, ending the inning. The Tigers lost that 6th game, and the Cards romped home the next day. (The last out of game 6 -- a fly to deep CF -- was made by SP Schoolboy Rowe, who hit .303 with 22 RBI that year. It was the 4th and last time that a pitcher made the final out in a postseason game.)
-- Hi Myers had the most situationally dubious steal attempts. With his Dodgers down 4-0 to Cleveland and 1 out in the 4th, Myers tried to swipe 3rd but was thrown out by Steve O'Neill. After the gap swelled to 8-0 with the help of Jim Bagby's 3-run HR -- the 1st WS HR by a pitcher -- Myers tried to steal 2nd and would have been out but for O'Neill's throwing error. Myers wound up scoring Brooklyn's only run in the 9th, but the Indians won game 5 and the next 2 to capture the best-of-9 Series by 5-2 and claim the club's only championship before WWII.
-- Jimmy Johnston's 1st CS came with his Dodgers leading 1-0 ... on an inside-the-park HR by Hi Myers. Johnston had singled right after pitcher Sherry Smith was thrown out trying to stretch a double, but Johnston's 2-out steal attempt was foiled by Boston's Pinch Thomas. (Pinch Thomas also appeared for Cleveland in the Hi Myers game above, as -- of course -- a pinch-hitter. And in this game, he hit a 2-out triple in the 5th, but was stranded when the pitcher struck out. That pitcher -- George Herman something -- went 0-5 at bat, but drove in his team's first run with a groundout, and blanked the Dodgers over the last 13 innings for his first postseason win and the start of his legendary WS scoreless-inning streak.
P.S. Allen Craig is 0 for 9 since his HR leading off game 3. I hope his 15 minutes aren't up!
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