One of my favorite sorts via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder - left-handed throwing "shortstops" who batted lead-off in a game since 1920:
|1||Royle Stillman||1975-09-12||BAL||DET||W 6-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||Royle Stillman||1975-09-17||BAL||BOS||W 5-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|3||Royle Stillman||1975-09-27 (1)||BAL||NYY||L 2-3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4||Mark Ryal||1987-09-04||CAL||NYY||L 4-8||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||Lou Gehrig||1934-07-14||NYY||DET||L 11-12||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
It's a trick - where the visiting team lists a "SS" as their lead-off hitter in the game - and he's not really a "SS." And, after the player bats in the top of the first inning, when his team takes the field in the first inning, the real "SS" replaces him in the game. Lou Gehrig did this to extend his consecutive games played streak. And, Earl Weaver used it a few times to avoid one Mark Belanger PA in a given game. Gene Mauch picked it up and used it once too.
But, technically, for the record, because of the line-up card rules, yes, these left-handed throwing "shortstops" appeared in a game where they hit lead-off. Gehrig, Stillman and Ryal. How's that for a law firm? And, if you liked this list, here's another to check out.
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