Comments on: Leading off a post-season game with a homer This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: DoubleDiamond Wed, 30 Sep 2009 23:05:34 +0000 I must confess to being old enough - and already a working adult at that - to remember Pete Rose's lead-off homer on a Friday afternoon game in Oakland in 1972.

It may seem strange now to hear about daytime World Series games, but the first such night game wasn't played until the previous year, 1971. And then, I think it was only one game of what became a 7-game World Series.

But in 1972, I think that all three scheduled weekday games were supposed to be night games. These were games 3, 4, and, if needed, 5, scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Since these were going to be played in the American League city, and Oakland was the AL team, the games were probably scheduled to start in the late afternoon there.

Game 3, scheduled to be played in Eastern Time Zone prime time in Oakland, was rained out. Yes, it sometimes rains in Northern California, particularly at that time of year. So, game 5, which did become necessary, with the A's holding a 3-1 lead over Cincinnati at the time, was played on Friday afternoon, probably starting around 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

My boss brought a little black-and-white T.V. to work that day so that he could watch the game. Once it got underway, he called out to the rest of us that Pete Rose had led off the game with a home run. Rose was known for many things, but home run hitting was not one of them. But I guess with his team facing elimination, he came out ready to lead them to victory. And indeed the Reds did stave off elimination that day and the next one, played back home in Cincinnati, before falling in game 7.

I see that Rose's "victim", Catfish Hunter, gave up another such homer later in his career, but as in 1972, his team still won the World Series that year.

By: Devon Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:37:28 +0000 KC had George Brett leading off??? I always thought he middle of the order guy his whole career. Takin' a look at his 1978 splits now... wow, he started 39 games in the leadoff spot, more than any besides the 3rd spot in the order. I never imagined.