Baseball #3

March 31, 2011

Daniel Gould to Jim Driscoll  

Hi JD;  

Hmmmm...I'm batting .000...
Let's try #1 again: Six hits. Bases loaded after three consecutive hits (infield, of course). Then a slow grounder and another infield hit, but the SS throws out the player---a slow runner---trying to score from 3rd only after the hitter reaches first base (not a fielders choice). Another infield hit and the 2nd basement throws out the player trying to score from third base. Still another single, but the runner at third---an overweight pitcher---is thrown out at the plate. The single counts since the hitter touched first base before the catcher tagged the runner headed for home. Six hits, three outs and no runs. Some inning.

#2: The answer is there somewhere in my addled brain...The name is on the tip of my tongue...I think it was done recently?...Damn...Let me get back to that...
#3: Just goes to show you that you think you retain facts in your memory bank that when you call on it for an accounting it just ain't there. It was like that when you brought up Lash LaRue. I had forgotten about him, but an image was still in my brain when I call on a feedback. The Splendid Splinter? Ted was one of my favorites. I have read enough about, him over the years, that I am sure I must have seen this mentioned, but, alas, the neurons couldn't locate.
#5: Well, this is embarrassing: Stan Musial. He was still playing when I arrived in St. Louis in 1960. I saw him on the field (Sportsman Park was a direct streetcar  ride from campus. How could I have left him out of the shotgun blast. Must be getting old.
NO answer to my question about the pitcher throwing a no hitter. 
...And speaking of no hitters, who had a 5-19 win/loss season but threw two no hitters. Pitcher. Team. Year.
In your latest sheet of reviews, you mention a 1947 Hoppy film as #67. How many where there in total? This morning, I read in the book "Stardust" that the B-western was the gravy train for the Hollywood studios. A studio head says, "Westerns always make money!"  I liked Hoppy; I remember more his Sunday afternoon TV series than the films. But what was his horse's name? Champion? Or was it something like White Ghost?


March 31, 2011

Jim Driscoll to Daniel Gould



In your first comment, the runner on 3rd was out at home.....and it WAS a fielder's choice. Besides, it's a force-out. 

How can it not be?  No hit. Same with the next 2 batters.  The calling has nothing to do with how fast the hitter is in reaching first. A force out is a force out, and has everything to do with the runner ON BASE reaching the next base. The batter is 0 FOR 1.......fielder's  choice, in each instance.  


I gave you Tony Cloninger as the Phillies pitcher who hit 2 GS's in one game...only pitcher to ever do it.  The Babe never did.  

The other one is was 3B Fernando Tatis...who hit 2 GS's in one inning ....vs the Dodgers.  He played for the Cardinals.  I heard it on the radio, in LA.  

Your Q is equally tough.  I'm not sure.  (Virgil Trucks?) 


***Hopalong Cassidy made 66 feature films, the most prolific B-Western character ever (nosing out The Durango Kid by one film).  His horse was Topper, (and is buried in Calabasas, Ca., in the same cemetery as my little dog, Charlie).  

Funny you should mention Lash, one of my favorite Cowboys.  In fact, I just sent a note to some of my B-Western movie buffs. If you go on E-Bay, punch in Lash LaRue, and punch up the second item for sale....(a Red comic book with The Durango Kid on the cover), you'll see a "buy it now" great deal!   46 Durango movies, and all 20 LL B-Westerns..........for $40.00. That's just a little over 60 cents per film.  Who'd a thunk?  


Photo: Fernando Tatis