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Homering in the only post-season plate appearance

Posted by Andy on October 30, 2007

From a user suggestion by gswitter, here is a look at players who homered in their only plate-appearance of a post-season series.For starters, the PI isn't set up to search just by post-season, but we can start by finding players who homered in their only plate appearance of any one post-season game.

Here are the last 25 guys to do it:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Bobby Kielty      2007-10-28    WS     4 BOS @COL W  4-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        

    2 Chris Duncan      2006-10-17    NLCS   5 STL  NYM W  4-2   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        
    3 So Taguchi        2006-10-13    NLCS   2 STL @NYM W  9-6   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd LF        
    4 So Taguchi        2006-10-07    NLDS   3 STL  SDP L  1-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH LF     
    5 Wilson Betemit    2006-10-05    NLDS   2 LAD @NYM L  1-4   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 3B        

    6 Geoff Blum        2005-10-25    WS     3 CHW @HOU W  7-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 2B        
    7 Chris Burke       2005-10-12    NLCS   1 HOU @STL L  3-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        

    8 Mike Lamb         2004-10-13    NLCS   1 HOU @STL L  7-10  1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        
    9 Jason Lane        2004-10-06    NLDS   1 HOU @ATL W  9-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd RF        
   10 Tom Wilson        2004-10-05    NLDS   1 LAD @STL L  3-8   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th C         

   11 Jason Giambi      2003-10-23    WS     5 NYY @FLA L  4-6   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        
   12 Aaron Boone       2003-10-16    ALCS   7 NYY  BOS W  6-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th PR 3B     
   13 Troy O'Leary      2003-10-15    NLCS   7 CHC  FLA L  6-9   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        
   14 Ruben Sierra      2003-10-13    ALCS   4 NYY @BOS L  2-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th PH        
   15 Mike Lowell       2003-10-07    NLCS   1 FLA @CHC W  9-8   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH 3B     
   16 Trot Nixon        2003-10-04    ALDS   3 BOS  OAK W  3-1   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th PH        

   17 Eduardo Perez     2002-10-10    NLCS   2 STL  SFG L  1-4   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        
   18 J.D. Drew         2002-10-09    NLCS   1 STL  SFG L  6-9   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        

   19 Jay Buhner        2001-10-20    ALCS   3 SEA @NYY W 14-3   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd PH RF     
   20 Daryle Ward       2001-10-12    NLDS   3 HOU @ATL L  2-6   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        

   21 J.T. Snow         2000-10-05    NLDS   2 SFG  NYM L  4-5   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th PH 1B     
   22 Mark McGwire      2000-10-05    NLDS   2 STL  ATL W 10-4   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        

   23 Jim Leyritz       1999-10-27    WS     4 NYY  ATL W  4-1   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th DH        
   24 Ricky Ledee       1999-10-17    ALCS   4 NYY @BOS W  9-2   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   4  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th DH        
   25 Turner Ward       1999-10-08    NLDS   3 ARI @NYM L  2-9   1  1  1  1  0  0  1   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th PH        

If you look at the "positions" column at the right, you can see that most of these guys were pinch-hitters. The full list is right here.

Gswitter pointed out that bobby Kielty had just one plate appearance in this year's World Series, and the questions was how many of these others guys also had just one PA in whichever series they homered in.

The answer is that I don't know of any way that the PI can determine this as of right now (since there is yet no way of doing post-season season searches, only game searches.) I think the only way to do it is to sort through the list manually.

I don't believe that anybody else among the 5 above had just 1 PA in their series. Anybody else care to check the full list? (linked above.)

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4 Responses to “Homering in the only post-season plate appearance”

  1. Interestingly, the first time such an event ever happened was in 1928! Then it didn't happen again until 1952! There's another big gap between 1961 and 1975

    Which of those homers do I remember most?

    Kirk Gibson. no doubt.
    JT Snow's 3-run game-tying shot! (2000-10-05) What a heartbreaker.
    Aaron Boone's game seven winner (2003-10-16)
    Ed Sprague's game winner in game 2 of the WS (1992-10-18)
    Ledee's grand salami vs. Boston (1999-10-17)
    Leyritz's game-tier (1998-10-01)
    Pag's game winner in the ALCS (1991-10-11)
    Mike Lowell's game one winner (2003-10-07)
    Trot Nixon's game three winner (2003-10-04)
    Chili Davis' game tier in the WS (1991-10-22)

    And the one I wasn't around for, but I've read about:
    Dusty Rhodes (1954-09-29)

  2. OscarAzocar Says:

    Here's the list who have homered in their only plate appearance of an individual postseason series through 2006. From The Lahman Baseball Database (baseball1.com).

    yearID round playerID teamID lgID
    1953 WS shubage01 BRO NL
    1976 WS masonji01 NYA AL
    1988 WS gibsoki01 LAN NL
    2004 NLDS1 wilsoto02 LAN NL
    2005 WS blumge01 CHA AL
    2006 NLDS2 tagucso01 SLN NL

  3. Ah, Jim Mason. When I was little, and all the data I had came from the backs of my 1970s Topps baseball cards, I was fascinated with Jim Mason. How could a guy keep playing if he batted in the low .200s and high .100s? He was the guy I loved to hate. Nothing personal. It's just the way a nine-year old's mind works.

    I was pretty upset when he hit a dinger against my beloved Reds.

  4. BunnyWrangler Says:

    From the list of the guys whose homer came in their only series at-bat, I noticed that two of them - Mason and Wilson - never had another postseason plate appearance, making them the only two guys to have a home run in their only postseason play appearance.