Comments on: You say it’s your birthday? Well, it’s my birthday too! This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: koma Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:47:29 +0000 hmm, no one is mentioning Chipper doing this feat twice too?!?

By: Gerry Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:11:33 +0000 Those games where three guys had a birthday - were there some in which all three were on the same team? or were they all two on one team, one on the other?

By: psychUMP Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:23:29 +0000 @15- My favorite "pitchers hitting in a game" was one i attended in 1971 June 23rd to be exact. One Rick Wise pitched a no hitter AND hit two home runs!!! I still have the ticket stub. My birthday is March 6, shared with Lefty Grove and Willie Stargell among others!!

By: Chuck Sat, 29 Jan 2011 04:24:42 +0000 "The losing pitcher was Hiram Bithorn."

Bithorn was the first native born Puerto Rican to play in the major leagues. 1942 was his rookie season, in 1943 he won 18 games and led the NL in shutouts.

He spent two subsequent years in the military and when he came back he had gained some weight and had also developed a problem with alcohol.

He played bits and pieces for another couple of years but was gone by the end of 1948.

On December 28th, 1951, at the age of 35, he was shot and killed by a police officer in Mexico while playing Winter Ball.

Initially, the officer had said he had stopped him for erratic driving and claimed a drunk Bithorn attacked him when he stepped out of his car.

Eventually the truth came out, and, as is still common today, the officer took advantage of a lone person in vehicle and a deserted road and pulled him over with the intention of robbing him.

When Bithorn fought back, he was killed.

The officer was subsequently convicted of murder and served 8 years in prison.

The stadium in Puerto Rico where the WBC is played, and where MLB has held regular season and exhibition games is named for him, Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Even today, sixty years after his death, he is still a major celebrity there, with parks, streets, recreation centers, schools all named for him.

By: John Autin Sat, 29 Jan 2011 03:32:05 +0000 Anyone remember the only postseason birthday HR?
Willie Mays Aikens, 1980 WS, game 1; his 2nd HR of the game pulled the Royals within a run with no outs in the 8th, but they got no closer, as Tug McGraw came on to get the last 6 outs.

Aikens had a monster Series, 8 for 20 (plus 6 walks) with 4 HRs and a triple, 8 RBI, and a 1.638 OPS+. In game 3 (Royals down 2-0), he tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the 4th, then had a game-winning single off McGraw in with 2 outs in the 10th, after Brett was intentionally walked. He carried KC to a Series-tying 5-3 win in game 4 with his second 2-HR game. In the 9th inning of game 5, Aikens drew a walk off McGraw that pushed the tying to 2nd with 1 out, but McGraw escaped the jam. And in game 6, with the Royals trailing by 3 runs in the 9th, he drew a 1-out walk off McGraw and advanced to 3rd as KC loaded the bases with 1 out, but Frank White fouled out and Willie Wilson went down on strikes for the 12th time in 26 ABs, ending the Series.

By: John Autin Sat, 29 Jan 2011 02:52:34 +0000

On Sept. 26, 1964, Mel Stottlemyre tossed a 2-hitter as the Yanks won their 11th straight by a score of 7-0. Mel also went 5 for 5 at bat with a double, 2 RBI and a run. It was rookie's 11th career game, and he sported a 9-2 record and .257 batting average.

(OK, I'll try to get back on the birthday track.)

By: John Autin Sat, 29 Jan 2011 02:42:28 +0000 The mention of Cloninger made me wonder if any pitcher ever had a 3-HR game. I don't recall ever hearing about it, but I'm sure somebody out there has....

Among the treats in this box score:

-- It was May 13, the 29th game of the year for the Braves -- and our slugging pitcher's trifecta gave him 5 taters for the young season. He finished with 6 HRs that year and 17 in his career, in less than 800 AB.

-- His nickname is Abba Dabba.

-- Other HRs in the game: Ernie Lombardi (BSN), Swish Nicholson (CHC). Batting in front of The Schnozz was 3B Nanny Fernandez. Hitting behind Swish was Lou "The Mad Russian" Novikoff.

-- Batting 4th and playing 3B for the Braves was Nanny Fernandez.

-- The losing pitcher was Hiram Bithorn.

-- There was in that year only one MLB player with a birthday of May 13, and sure enough, he was in this game: Cubs 2B Lou Stringer celebrated his 25th birthday, but he went 0 for 3.

-- Jim Tobin (that's our slugging pitcher) finished his career among the all-time top 20 in HR rate by a pitcher (min. 15 HRs), and his OPS+ of 83 ranks 11th (min. 500 PA), just ahead of Bob Lemon.

P.S. May 13, 1942 was a Wednesday, alas -- not a Friday.

By: rico petrocelli Sat, 29 Jan 2011 02:00:21 +0000 Carter and Moss b oth exSox right?

By: Mike Gaber Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:09:49 +0000 Looking again at Tony Cloninger's Game pitching Logs for 1966.
In the 2+ week (18 day) period between Jun 16 and July 3, 1966 Tony had 5 starts.

He won 4 times Lost none, and had a No decision in a game against the Cubs when he had a 4-2 lead after 8 full innings, but left in the 9th with 2 on, no outs, and the Braves Bull Pen promptly blew his lead and the Cubs got 7 runs in the top of the 9th. so he had a No Decision.

He pitched 42 innings gave up 33 hits in the 5 games.
Pitched 3 complete games, Two games were won by 17-1, score and and a 17-3 score. He hit 2 homers in each of those games including 2 grand slams in the 17-3 game.

In the non complete games he pitched 7 innings and 8+ innings.

Again a pretty good 18 days during the time when pitchers pitched every 4 day.

He gave up 5 homers in the 5 games but hit 4 of his own.

Tony hit another homer on July 29 (to make it 5 homers on the season), when he went 2-3 with 2 RBI against the Giants this time at home in Atlanta.

In that game he went 7 innings and left with a 6-5 lead but had a No Decision as the Bull Pen again Blew it in the top of the 9th, but the Braves came back to win it in the bottom of the 9th. by a score of 7-6.

By: Mike Gaber Fri, 28 Jan 2011 23:37:12 +0000 Oops Picked the wrong game for Tony Cloninger
Here is the correct game where he had 2 Grand Slams!!!

The other game was from June 16 about 2 weeks prior when he also hit 2 homers against the Mets and had 5 RBI's.

He also won on a complete game giving up only 1 run, 5 hits, struck out 4.

A nice couple of games in a 2 week period.