Inside-the-park home run
An inside-the-park home run is a home run that does not leave the park by clearing the outfield fence. It is often hit by a very fast player but not always. Usually the ball needs to be misplayed by an outfielder without committing an error, allowing the hitter enough time to circle the bases.
Before the 1920s, however, when fences were much further away from home plate than they are today and the equiment did not carry as well, inside-the-park home runs were more common than those that left the ballpark. This trend ended with the end of the Deadball Era and today, inside-the-park home runs have become quite rare, occurring on average fewer than 20 times per year in Major League Baseball.
Historic Inside the Park Home Runs
|Year||Batter||Date and Site||Pitcher||Final score||Notes|
|1956||Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh||July 25, Forbes Field||Jim Brosnan, Chicago||9-8||Clemente hits Brosnan's first pitch for his first ML grand slam, thus becoming the first and, as yet, only ML player ever to hit a walk-off grand slam inside the park. It came exactly two years after his first North American homer, also a walk-off job, at Montreal's Delorimier Downs, off Havana's Bubba Harris|
- A.J. Cassavell: "Inside-the-park homers are baseball's lost art: Once commonplace, feat is becoming an increasingly rare sight on diamond", mlb.com, June 15, 2014.