Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 10, 2007
So, tonight, I'm watching a replay of Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS on the YES Network, and I noticed that both Thurman Munson and Buck Martinez had three hits in the game. That made me wonder: How many times have catchers on both teams had 3+ hits in the same post-season game?
Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder for Post-Season Games, I was able to run a list of all post-season games where a catcher had 3+ hits in the contest.
From there, I was able to see that there have only been three times in baseball history where catchers on both teams had 3+ hits in the same post-season game:
So, while Munson and Martinez were not the only ones to do this, they were the first pair to ever reach this feat.
Amazing that it took so long to happen - and that it's happened so few times - when you consider how many post-season games have been played in big league history.