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Sparky Lyle

Albert Walter Lyle

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 182 lb.

Born: July 22, 1944 in Du Bois, PA
High School: Reynoldsville-Sykesville HS (Reynoldsville-Sykesville, PA)
Signed
by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 4, 1967 (Age 22.347)   vs. CAL 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1968 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/RedSox/Rangers/Phillies/WhiteSox 1967-1982

Final Game: September 27, 1982 (Age 38.067)
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Career Home Runs Allowed

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Sparky Lyle: 84 Career Home Runs Allowed

0 leading off, 7 walk-off, 11 tying, 23 go ahead
4 Tms
NYY32
BOS27
TEX18
PHI7
 
vs RHB59
vs LHB25
 
Home44
Away40
 
Leverage
High Lev33
Medium Lev11
Low Lev40
19 Opps
MIN8
DET8
MIL8
OAK7
BOS7
CLE7
BAL6
NYY5
KCR5
TEX/WSA4
CAL4
CHW4
CHC2
SEA2
MON2
TOR2
STL1
NYM1
ATL1
71 Batters
Reggie Jackson3
Al Cowens2
Lou Piniella2
Ben Oglivie2
Tommy Harper2
Ted Uhlaender2
Jim Rice2
Sal Bando2
Earl Williams2
Dick Allen2
Paul Blair2
Harmon Killebrew2
Cecil Cooper1
Von Joshua1
Gene Tenace1
John Castino1
Tim Wallach1
Jim Morrison1
Tom Grieve1
Rusty Staub1
18 Parks
Fenway Pk20
Yankee Stad13
Arlington10
County Stad5
Tiger Stad5
Metrop. Stad4
VeteransStad4
ClevelandStd4
Shea Stad4
Memor. Stad3
O.co Coliseum3
Munic. Stad2
Wrigley Fld2
Comiskey Pk1
RFK Stad1
Atl-Fulton1
Kingdome1
Angel Stad1
Where Hit
740
924
Unk11
84
894
781
General field locations
when available.
 
2 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms76
2·HR gms4
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
4th16
5th14
3rd13
6th12
7th9
1st6
9th5
8th5
2nd4
Outs
238
131
015
 
DefPos
RF15
1B14
3B12
LF10
C9
CF8
Unk5
PH5
2B4
SS2
Bases
---38
1--20
12-11
-2-5
--34
1232
-232
1-32
 
149 Runs
RISP26
0 on38
1 on29
2 on15
3 on2
Any on46
Inning
11
31
51
61
718
826
928
Extra8
 
1-32
4-62
7-end80
RelScore
+4..14
+37
+25
+110
Tied13
-114
-210
-32
-4..9
 
Ahead36
Tied13
Behind35
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

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1967 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1967-07-16 Mickey Stanley DET @ BOS behind 4-9 t 9 0 --- 1 9 8 1% 1% Home Run
2 2 2 1 1967-07-26 Bobby Knoop CAL @ BOS behind 5-9 t 9 1 --- 1 8 4 1% 1% Home Run
3 3 3 1 1967-08-29 (2) Steve Whitaker NYY BOS behind 2-3 b 11 1 --- 1 4 9 48% 56% Home Run
1968 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
4 4 1 1 1968-04-29 John Roseboro MIN @ BOS ahead 10-2 t 9 2 --- 1 8 2 0% 100% Home Run
5 5 2 1 1968-05-26 Harmon Killebrew MIN BOS behind 3-4 b 9 0 --- 1 3 3 45% 62% Home Run
6 6 3 2 1968-05-26 Ted Uhlaender MIN BOS tied 4-4 b 9 2 --- 1 6 8 47% 100% Walk-Off Home Run
7 7 4 1 1968-06-29 (1) Tommy Harper CLE @ BOS ahead 3-0 t 7 1 1-3 3 1 PH 5% 99% Home Run; Harris Scores; Brown Scores
8 8 5 1 1968-06-30 Duke Sims CLE @ BOS tied 3-3 t 10 1 12- 3 5 3 39% 97% Home Run; Johnson Scores; Azcue Scores
9 9 6 1 1968-09-14 Rich Reese MIN @ BOS ahead 6-2 t 9 2 --- 1 2 3 1% 100% Home Run
1969 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
10 10 1 1 1969-04-08 Frank Robinson BAL BOS behind 2-4 b 10 2 -2- 2 3 3 49% 53% Home Run (LF-CF); Buford Scores
11 11 2 1 1969-05-29 Pat Kelly KCR BOS behind 4-8 b 9 2 1-- 2 2 9 1% 1% Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Rodriguez Scores
12 12 3 1 1969-06-02 Carlos May CHW @ BOS behind 2-4 t 8 2 123 4 3 7 66% 85% Home Run; McCraw Scores; Williams Scores; Aparicio Scores
13 13 4 1 1969-08-02 Reggie Jackson OAK BOS behind 3-4 b 9 1 --- 1 3 9 47% 57% Home Run
14 14 5 1 1969-08-16 (2) Buck Martinez KCR BOS ahead 6-2 b 7 2 --- 1 7 2 2% 99% Home Run
15 15 6 1 1969-08-19 Harmon Killebrew MIN @ BOS tied 6-6 t 9 1 1-- 2 3 5 42% 92% Home Run; Tovar Scores
16 16 7 1 1969-09-03 (1) Sal Bando OAK @ BOS tied 4-4 t 7 2 1-3 3 4 5 38% 89% Home Run; Hershberger Scores/unER; Tartabull Scores/unER; Bando Scores/Team unER
17 17 8 1 1969-09-25 Horace Clarke NYY @ BOS behind 2-4 t 9 2 --- 1 1 4 2% 4% Home Run
1970 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
18 18 1 1 1970-05-20 Tony Horton CLE BOS ahead 3-2 b 8 1 1-- 2 4 3 10% 97% Home Run; Pinson Scores
19 19 2 1 1970-05-24 (1) Brooks Robinson BAL BOS tied 1-1 b 10 0 --- 1 6 5 37% 100% Walk-Off Home Run
20 20 3 1 1970-06-25 Merv Rettenmund BAL @ BOS behind 5-7 t 9 1 --- 1 5 8 5% 9% Home Run (CF-RF)
21 21 4 1 1970-07-18 Tommy Harper MIL @ BOS behind 4-5 t 8 2 -2- 2 1 5 49% 71% Home Run (CF-RF); Kubiak Scores
22 22 5 1 1970-08-06 Tom Grieve WSA BOS ahead 3-2 b 8 1 1-- 2 7 9 10% 97% Home Run; Epstein Scores
1971 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
23 23 1 1 1971-05-15 Paul Blair BAL @ BOS ahead 5-4 t 9 1 --- 1 1 8 9% 92% Home Run
24 24 2 1 1971-06-15 Syd O'Brien CAL BOS behind 3-4 b 9 1 -2- 2 2 PH 75% 100% Walk-Off Home Run; Repoz Scores
25 25 3 1 1971-08-09 Bill Freehan DET @ BOS behind 10-11 t 9 0 --- 1 6 2 35% 50% Home Run
26 26 4 1 1971-08-13 Lou Piniella KCR @ BOS ahead 4-1 t 9 2 --- 1 6 7 2% 98% Home Run
27 27 5 1 1971-09-16 Ted Uhlaender CLE BOS behind 6-9 b 8 1 --- 1 1 9 6% 11% Home Run
1972 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
28 28 1 1 1972-06-04 (2) Dick Allen CHW NYY behind 2-4 b 9 1 12- 3 7 PH 83% 100% Walk-Off Home Run; Melton Scores; Orta Scores
29 29 2 1 1972-07-28 (1) Bob Montgomery BOS @ NYY behind 3-5 t 9 1 12- 3 8 2 72% 86% Home Run; Petrocelli Scores; Cater Scores
30 30 3 1 1972-08-27 (2) Lou Piniella KCR @ NYY behind 2-6 t 8 1 12- 3 4 7 12% 16% Home Run; Otis Scores; Scheinblum Scores
1973 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
31 31 1 1 1973-04-08 Orlando Cepeda BOS NYY tied 3-3 b 9 0 --- 1 5 DH 36% 100% Walk-Off Home Run
32 32 2 1 1973-04-17 Earl Williams BAL NYY tied 2-2 b 8 2 --3 2 4 2 34% 93% Home Run; Grich Scores
33 33 3 1 1973-04-22 John Vukovich MIL NYY behind 1-3 b 7 0 12- 3 8 5 42% 80% Home Run; Rodriguez Scores/unER; Brown Scores
34 34 4 1 1973-08-06 Frank Howard DET NYY behind 2-4 b 9 2 1-- 2 6 PH 49% 54% Home Run; Kaline Scores
1974 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
35 35 1 1 1974-04-12 Buddy Bell CLE NYY ahead 8-1 b 8 0 --- 1 7 5 0% 100% Home Run (CF-RF)
36 36 2 1 1974-07-03 Jim Northrup DET NYY tied 6-6 b 9 2 1-- 2 5 9 44% 100% Walk-Off Home Run; Knox Scores
37 37 3 1 1974-07-13 Gene Tenace OAK @ NYY behind 4-12 t 8 2 -2- 2 7 3 0% 0% Home Run; Rudi Scores/unER; Tenace Scores/unER
38 38 4 1 1974-07-14 (1) Sal Bando OAK @ NYY ahead 4-3 t 7 2 -23 3 3 5 23% 94% Home Run; North Scores/unER; Campaneris Scores/Team unER; Bando Scores/Team unER
39 39 5 1 1974-08-16 (1) Dick Allen CHW @ NYY tied 7-7 t 13 1 --- 1 3 3 39% 83% Home Run
40 40 6 1 1974-09-17 Paul Blair BAL @ NYY ahead 1-0 t 8 2 12- 3 6 8 21% 97% Home Run; Coggins Scores; Davis Scores
1975 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
41 41 1 1 1975-05-30 Jeff Burroughs TEX NYY behind 4-5 b 8 1 --- 1 4 9 33% 56% Home Run
1976 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
42 42 1 1 1976-05-23 Jim Rice BOS @ NYY behind 4-5 t 7 2 1-- 2 5 DH 43% 67% Home Run; Fisk Scores
43 43 2 1 1976-06-24 Rico Carty CLE @ NYY behind 4-5 t 9 2 --- 1 4 DH 37% 41% Home Run
44 44 3 1 1976-06-29 Rusty Staub DET NYY ahead 6-5 b 8 0 --- 1 4 9 7% 95% Home Run
45 45 4 1 1976-08-18 Jim Sundberg TEX @ NYY behind 5-6 t 8 0 --- 1 9 2 27% 50% Home Run
46 46 5 1 1976-09-29 Butch Hobson BOS NYY behind 5-9 b 8 2 --- 1 9 5 2% 4% Home Run
1977 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
47 47 1 1 1977-04-16 Cecil Cooper MIL NYY behind 1-3 b 9 1 1-- 2 3 3 47% 58% Home Run; Yount Scores
48 48 2 1 1977-05-16 Earl Williams OAK NYY ahead 7-4 b 7 1 --- 1 6 3 3% 97% Home Run
49 49 3 1 1977-06-18 George Scott BOS NYY ahead 7-4 b 7 0 --- 1 6 3 3% 97% Home Run
50 50 4 2 1977-06-18 Carl Yastrzemski BOS NYY ahead 8-4 b 8 2 1-- 2 4 7 1% 100% Home Run; Burleson Scores
51 51 5 1 1977-06-22 John Wockenfuss DET NYY ahead 8-7 b 7 2 1-- 2 7 2 17% 93% Home Run; Stanley Scores
52 52 6 1 1977-07-22 Von Joshua MIL @ NYY ahead 4-0 t 7 2 --3 2 5 8 4% 98% Home Run; Bando Scores
53 53 7 1 1977-08-06 Ruppert Jones SEA NYY ahead 8-1 b 7 2 --- 1 5 8 0% 100% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to CF
1978 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
54 54 1 1 1978-04-22 Paul Molitor MIL @ NYY tied 2-2 t 10 0 --- 1 1 6 35% 85% Home Run
55 55 2 1 1978-05-26 John Mayberry TOR @ NYY behind 2-4 t 8 2 --- 1 4 3 8% 15% Home Run
56 56 3 1 1978-06-14 Leon Roberts SEA @ NYY tied 7-7 t 10 1 --- 1 9 PH 39% 83% Home Run
57 57 4 1 1978-07-28 Willie Norwood MIN @ NYY tied 5-5 t 10 2 1-- 2 7 7 49% 92% Home Run; Cubbage Scores
58 58 5 1 1978-08-01 Bobby Bonds TEX @ NYY behind 0-8 t 9 1 --- 1 5 9 0% 0% Home Run
59 59 6 1 1978-08-29 Joe Rudi CAL @ NYY behind 2-3 t 9 2 --- 1 5 3 37% 40% Home Run
1979 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
60 60 1 1 1979-04-15 Steve Kemp DET @ TEX behind 1-6 t 7 2 -23 3 3 7 9% 13% Home Run; LeFlore Scores; Whitaker Scores
61 61 2 1 1979-04-18 Gary Alexander CLE TEX behind 3-4 b 7 1 12- 3 7 2 43% 87% Home Run; Harrah Scores; Dade Scores
62 62 3 1 1979-05-07 Al Cowens KCR @ TEX ahead 8-6 t 8 2 1-- 2 5 9 11% 96% Home Run; Porter Scores
63 63 4 1 1979-05-15 John Castino MIN TEX ahead 6-4 b 7 1 --- 1 9 5 6% 93% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to CF
64 64 5 2 1979-05-15 Roy Smalley MIN TEX ahead 7-4 b 7 2 --- 1 2 6 4% 96% Home Run
65 65 6 1 1979-06-05 Jim Rice BOS TEX ahead 8-2 b 8 2 --- 1 4 7 0% 100% Home Run
66 66 7 1 1979-08-07 (2) Jerry Morales DET TEX ahead 4-2 b 8 1 1-- 2 4 9 5% 99% Home Run; Kemp Scores
67 67 8 1 1979-08-19 Ben Oglivie MIL TEX behind 2-3 b 9 1 1-- 2 5 7 78% 100% Walk-Off Home Run; Thomas Scores
68 68 9 1 1979-09-27 Joe Wallis OAK @ TEX behind 1-4 t 9 1 1-- 2 6 9 5% 9% Home Run; Gross Scores
1980 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
69 69 1 1 1980-04-13 (2) Reggie Jackson NYY @ TEX ahead 6-2 t 9 2 --3 2 4 9 1% 100% Home Run; Brown Scores
70 70 2 1 1980-05-10 Jim Morrison CHW @ TEX ahead 7-6 t 9 1 12- 3 6 4 12% 98% Home Run; Nordhagen Scores; Lemon Scores
71 71 3 1 1980-05-21 Al Cowens CAL @ TEX behind 6-7 t 7 2 12- 3 7 DH 51% 80% Home Run; Rudi Scores/unER; Grich Scores/unER; Cowens Scores/Team unER
72 72 4 1 1980-06-11 Ben Oglivie MIL TEX ahead 4-1 b 8 0 12- 3 5 7 1% 100% Home Run (Deep RF); Davis Scores; Thomas Scores
73 73 5 1 1980-06-22 Garth Iorg TOR @ TEX behind 1-5 t 8 0 1-- 2 8 4 7% 13% Home Run (Deep LF); Moseby Scores
74 74 6 1 1980-07-10 Graig Nettles NYY @ TEX ahead 8-0 t 1 2 1-- 2 3 5 2% 98% Home Run; Murcer Scores
75 75 7 2 1980-07-10 Reggie Jackson NYY @ TEX ahead 10-1 t 3 2 -2- 2 4 9 1% 99% Home Run; Randolph Scores
76 76 8 1 1980-09-06 Don Money MIL TEX ahead 2-0 b 5 2 12- 3 6 5 14% 96% Home Run; Cooper Scores; Thomas Scores
77 77 9 1 1980-09-09 Mitchell Page OAK TEX ahead 4-0 b 7 2 --3 2 3 DH 2% 99% Home Run (Deep LF); Henderson Scores
1981 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
78 78 1 1 1981-06-01 Dave Kingman NYM @ PHI tied 3-3 t 8 0 --- 1 4 3 26% 76% Home Run
79 79 2 1 1981-06-05 Rufino Linares ATL PHI ahead 2-1 b 8 1 1-- 2 3 7 10% 97% Home Run; Harper Scores
80 80 3 1 1981-08-10 George Hendrick STL @ PHI ahead 3-1 t 6 1 --- 1 4 8 9% 87% Home Run
81 81 4 1 1981-09-27 (2) Bill Buckner CHC PHI ahead 13-0 b 7 1 --- 1 3 3 0% 100% Home Run (Fly Ball)
1982 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
82 82 1 1 1982-04-10 Gary Carter MON @ PHI ahead 4-3 t 8 0 1-- 2 5 2 15% 94% Home Run; Oliver Scores
83 83 2 1 1982-06-14 Leon Durham CHC PHI ahead 10-7 b 8 1 1-- 2 5 9 2% 100% Home Run; Buckner Scores
84 84 3 1 1982-08-05 Tim Wallach MON @ PHI ahead 5-1 t 8 2 123 4 6 5 3% 100% Home Run; Raines Scores; Youngblood Scores; Carter Scores

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

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