There's certainly a lot of news to read today, with Randy Johnson's retirement last night and with the Hall of Fame announcement only an hour or so away. It's a big day, and I have no doubt that I'll have something to say about it in the near future. In the meantime, though, I just wanted to share this little bit of research that I did yesterday. The findings are interesting in of themselves, I think, but I'm writing this more to comment on just how easy things are these days and how lucky we are to live in the future.
Wondering if any batter has ever made all 3 outs in an inning. Seems unlikely to even get 3 PA. Anyone? @wezen_ball? @robneyer?
I didn't know the answer and I was at work (though it was lunchtime), so I wasn't able to run a query on my Retrosheet database. It seemed like a question that was probably researched before, but a quick Google search didn't turn anything up for me. And, like David said, it seemed unlikely that anyone would even have three plate appearances in an inning.
Then I remembered that The Sporting News has their 2008 Complete Baseball Record Book available online for free. It always did a great job of breaking records down by career, season, game, and, in some cases, inning. I pointed David to that book and told him to check out page 18, where the "most plate appearances in an inning" was listed. Seventeen names in ten games since 1893 were listed.
David did a little exploring of the Retrosheet site for those ten games and was able to conclusively dismiss 15 of the 17 names. The only two names he couldn't dismiss were Marty Callaghan, who had three plate appearances in the fourth inning of a August 25, 1922, Cubs-Phillies game, and Ted Williams in a July 4, 1948, Red Sox-A's game.
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