Thursday, April 19, 2018
Random MLB Facts You Never Knew
Fact: Ken Ash won a game on only one pitch.
On July 27, 1930 Reds pitcher Ken Ash was brought into a game against the Cubs with two on and no outs. Facing what any reliever dreads (a runner in scoring position and no outs), he delivered the pitch and the Cubs promptly delivered a triple play. Ash was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the inning, and the Reds staged a rally to win the game 6-5. Thus getting the no-name Ash into the history books as the only man to win a game on only one pitch.
Fact: Jimmy Piersall celebrated his 100th home run by running the bases backwards.
Jimmy Piresall was eccentric to say the least; his life became the basis for the book & movie Fear Strikes Out, which chronicles his battle with bipolar disorder. Some of Piersall's stunts include, walking up to bat wearing a Beatles wig, talking to the monument of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium and climbing a grandstand roof to heckle an umpire. The grandaddy of all his stunts occurred while playing for the Mets; in the fifth inning of a game against the Phillies, Piersall hit the 100th home run of his career, and promptly ran the bases in correct order...just facing backwards. Needless to say, Mets manager Casey Stengel was not amused; Piersall was quickly given the pink slip.