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santo=dorf
03-20-2007, 06:18 AM
Adam Greenberg of the Cubs at the time saw one pitch in his first at-bat and was nailed in the back of the head. He hasn't played in the bigs since.

Another good one is Lino Urdaneta of the 2004 Tigers. Career stats 1 G, 0 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 ER, ∞WHIP, ∞ ERA. Wow, allowed all 6 batters to reach and all 6 scored. :o:

Huisj
03-20-2007, 09:01 AM
How about these:

2000- Jon Ratliff (http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/ratlijo01.shtml), OAK
Got drafted in 1993 by the Cubs, bounced around the minors for years, pitched one inning against Tampa Bay in September of 2000, faced 3 batters, gave up no hits, no walks, had no k's.


1998-Lariel Gonzalez (http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/gonzala02.shtml), COL
Also 1 game, 1 IP, no other stats recorded.

Somehow, it's these one inning of success players that are the most fascinating to me. It's one thing if a guy comes in a gives up 5 runs or gets one at-bat and strikes out, but it's more mysterious when a guy comes in, records a 1-2-3 inning or gets a hit or a walk, and then never plays in the big leagues again after that little taste of success.

downstairs
03-20-2007, 10:44 AM
Here's the entire list of every player that has played only one game:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/coffee.shtml

There were 13 of them last year, for example...

soxfan13
03-20-2007, 11:13 AM
Here's the entire list of every player that has played only one game:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/coffee.shtml

There were 13 of them last year, for example...

Boy you took the fun out of this thread:tongue:

HomeFish
03-20-2007, 11:38 AM
I'm really stunned by Hezekiah Allen. On May 16, 1884, he played Catcher for the Philadelphia Quakers, going 2-for-3, then never played again.

Guess the sport was too young for them to realzie that a good hitting catcher is something to hold on to.

esbrechtel
03-20-2007, 08:52 PM
Boy you took the fun out of this thread:tongue:
gotta love the internet :redneck

Railsplitter
03-21-2007, 11:50 AM
Picther Harry Heitman probably had the most extreme reaction to a horrendous debut. He was shelled in his one big league game in 1918. It's long been belived his ERA should be 108.00, but SABR research indicates it should be ininity!

Any way, Heitman did not merely leave the ball back and quit the game, he joined the Navy: while WWI was still in progress!

tick53
03-21-2007, 01:19 PM
Man, I didn't realize there were THAT many. :redface:

johnr1note
03-22-2007, 01:57 PM
I'm really stunned by Hezekiah Allen. On May 16, 1884, he played Catcher for the Philadelphia Quakers, going 2-for-3, then never played again.

Guess the sport was too young for them to realzie that a good hitting catcher is something to hold on to.

Tom Pacioreck's brother John played one game for Houston in 1963, 3 ABs, 3 Hits, 3 RBIs. Never played again.

TommyJohn
03-22-2007, 02:13 PM
Chuck Lindstrom, son of HOFer Freddie Lindstrom, played 1 game for the
1958 White Sox. He batted twice, drawing a walk and hitting a triple.
His lifetime BA is also 1.000.


There was a great book that came out a few years ago called "Once Around
the Bases" which profiled several living players who played in only one
major league game. One I remember is a guy who played 1 game at catcher
for the White Sox in I think 1934 or 1935. His name escapes me, but I
remember the story was that in his one moment of glory he tagged Lou
Gehrig out at the plate as Gehrig was attempting an inside-the-park
home run.

wilburaga
03-22-2007, 02:25 PM
There was a great book that came out a few years ago called "Once Around
the Bases" which profiled several living players who played in only one
major league game. One I remember is a guy who played 1 game at catcher
for the White Sox in I think 1934 or 1935. His name escapes me, but I
remember the story was that in his one moment of glory he tagged Lou
Gehrig out at the plate on as Gehrig was attempting an inside-the-park
home run.[/quote]


It's probably Dutch Fehring who played in one game as catcher in 1934, struck out in his only at bat, and recorded two putouts.


W

TommyJohn
03-22-2007, 03:05 PM
It's probably Dutch Fehring who played in one game as catcher in 1934, struck out in his only at bat, and recorded two putouts.


W


That might be the guy. I remember his picture in the book, he had very blond hair.

PKalltheway
03-22-2007, 08:06 PM
How about these:

2000- Jon Ratliff (http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/ratlijo01.shtml), OAK
Got drafted in 1993 by the Cubs, bounced around the minors for years, pitched one inning against Tampa Bay in September of 2000, faced 3 batters, gave up no hits, no walks, had no k's.

Somehow, it's these one inning of success players that are the most fascinating to me. It's one thing if a guy comes in a gives up 5 runs or gets one at-bat and strikes out, but it's more mysterious when a guy comes in, records a 1-2-3 inning or gets a hit or a walk, and then never plays in the big leagues again after that little taste of success.
What's even more mysterious is that Ratliff (who I'm guessing was probably a September call-up) pitched that inning for a team that wound up going to the playoffs. I know Oakland was loaded with pitching then, but still, that's weird that he had a perfect inning in relief but never pitched another inning in the big leagues ever again...

Edit: I see why he probably pitched just one inning. He pitched in the 9th inning of a 17-3 A's blowout of Tampa. He was a scrub.

WhiteSoxJunkie
03-24-2007, 12:36 PM
Does anyone remember the Sox game back in like 2003 against I believe it was Kansas City. They brought in a reliever who faced 4 batters, threw 16 straight balls with no strikes, and was taken out. Anyone remember that guys name or know whatever happened to him afterwards?

IndianWhiteSox
03-24-2007, 12:42 PM
Does anyone remember the Sox game back in like 2003 against I believe it was Kansas City. They brought in a reliever who faced 4 batters, threw 16 straight balls with no strikes, and was taken out. Anyone remember that guys name or know whatever happened to him afterwards?

I think his name is Miguel Ascensio, and I think he's still with the royals. But if that has changed, please tell me.

TommyJohn
03-24-2007, 12:49 PM
I forgot to mention baseball's greatest "1 game wonder" ever: Eddie Gaedel, pinch-hitter for the St. Louis Browns.

DoItForDanPasqua
03-24-2007, 01:26 PM
Picther Harry Heitman probably had the most extreme reaction to a horrendous debut. He was shelled in his one big league game in 1918. It's long been belived his ERA should be 108.00, but SABR research indicates it should be ininity!

Any way, Heitman did not merely leave the ball back and quit the game, he joined the Navy: while WWI was still in progress!

Though better than infinite, Joe Clearly pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed seven earned runs. This gave him a career ERA of 189.00.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/clearjo01.shtml

The most important stat, is that he recorded one more out in the big leagues than I'll ever get.

eastchicagosoxfan
03-24-2007, 01:26 PM
Ray Jansen was 4-5 in his only big league game. I was intrigued by this, and attempted some follow-up. Here's a link to the exchange. I found it very interesting.
http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=47876

TommyJohn
03-24-2007, 02:49 PM
Here is another great one: Larry Yount, older brother of Robin. He came in to one game as a relief pitcher for the Houston Astros in 1971. He injured his arm while he was warming up and had to leave the game. He had already been announced as the next pitcher, so technically he was in the game even though he never threw a pitch. He never played in the majors again, but he gets credit for having appeared in that one contest. He could be a pitching equivalent to Moonlight Graham.

HomeFish
03-24-2007, 04:46 PM
Does anyone remember the Sox game back in like 2003 against I believe it was Kansas City. They brought in a reliever who faced 4 batters, threw 16 straight balls with no strikes, and was taken out. Anyone remember that guys name or know whatever happened to him afterwards?

He got a W in his next start against the Sox.

kba
03-24-2007, 08:29 PM
The Detroit Tigers fielded a whole team of one-game-wonders on May 18, 1912, when management hired a bunch of sandlot players to fill in for the regular team, which was staging a one-day strike. The Tigers lost to Philadelphia 24-2.

Here's another interesting one. Wonder what his story was:

1920 (http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/1920) - At Cincinnati, Reds recruit Dazzy Swartz makes his big-league debut, hurling a 12-inning complete game, scattering 17 hits, and losing to the Cards, 6-3. He adds a 2-for-4 at-bat, but never plays another game in the ML.


(http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/September_3)

TommyJohn
03-24-2007, 09:45 PM
The Detroit Tigers fielded a whole team of one-game-wonders on May 18, 1912, when management hired a bunch of sandlot players to fill in for the regular team, which was staging a one-day strike. The Tigers lost to Philadelphia 24-2.



(http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/September_3)


The pitcher that day was a college student named Aloysius Travers who, because no pitcher was available to relieve him, went the distance and gave up all 24 runs. He later became a Catholic priest.

NDSox12
03-25-2007, 11:38 AM
Tom Pacioreck's brother John played one game for Houston in 1963, 3 ABs, 3 Hits, 3 RBIs. Never played again.

I believe he holds the MLB record for most career hits without recording an out. Now that's something to be proud of!