Friday, April 1, 2005

Unknown Baseball Records Slide Into Book

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Everyone is expecting a good battle between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees when the two teams square off Sunday (Apr. 3) to start the baseball season, but neither team will probably have a player score 33 runs without ever coming to bat.

That’s the rare feat world-class sprinter Herb Washington achieved with the Oakland Athletics in 1974-75 because he only played in games as a pinch-runner during his brief career.

That’s just one unusual trivia tidbit that can be found in the new book, Can a Dead Man Strike Out? (Santa Monica Press)

Some other wacky baseball records include...

  • The shortest game in major league history was 51 minutes – compared to the typical three-hour affair – when the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies in 1919.

  • Finally, the 1959 Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs in one inning, but what makes it even more impressive – and a record – is that all runs came off of only one hit!

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