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Most runs scored in a game without officially reaching base

Posted by Andy on December 31, 2007

This is a Game Finder search setting "times on base" to zero and sorting by most runs scored.

Turns out that two different players have scored 3 runs in a game without officially reaching base:

  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  **R**  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB TOB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
    1 Sandy Alomar      1975-07-20(1) NYY @MIN W 14-2   4  4    3    0  0  0  0   1  0   2   0  0   0  0  0   2   0  0  0 9th 2B
    2 Whitey Ford       1958-07-20(2) NYY  KCA W  8-0   4  3    3    0  0  0  0   0  0   2   0  0   0  1  0   2   0  0  0 9th P

It was achieved by a Yankee each time.

Most recently it was done by Sandy Alomar Sr in 1975. If you check out the box score above, you'll see that he twice reached on error and came around to score, and also reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score. Interestingly, in his other at-bat, he also reached on a fielder's choice with none out and could possibly have scored again without officially reaching base.

The first time, it was achieved by pitcher Whitey Ford. Just like Alomar, Ford did it by reaching on error twice and reaching on a fielder's choice once, although Ford's FC came on a bunt.

Notice something else interesting? Both games were played on July 20th, though17 years apart!

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2 Responses to “Most runs scored in a game without officially reaching base”

  1. A parallel event occurred on July 3, 2000 when David Ortiz (then of the Twins) had three plate appearances which resulted in two sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded walk. Zero at-bats, three runs batted in.

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