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Offline English Natsie

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Oddities
« Topic Start: June 07, 2024, 07:37:18 PM »
Don't know if you've seen these - I don't recall anything similar in previous seasons?...

https://www.mlb.com/video/oddities-of-the-month-april-x4129?q=oddities&cp=CMS_FIRST&qt=FREETEXT&p=0

https://www.mlb.com/video/oddities-of-the-month-may-x4529?q=oddities&cp=CMS_FIRST&qt=FREETEXT&p=0

Now, why do I suspect that our triple player missed flyball will feature in June's collection?... ;)

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Re: Oddities
« Reply #1: June 08, 2024, 01:04:01 PM »
Don't know if you've seen these - I don't recall anything similar in previous seasons?...

https://www.mlb.com/video/oddities-of-the-month-april-x4129?q=oddities&cp=CMS_FIRST&qt=FREETEXT&p=0

https://www.mlb.com/video/oddities-of-the-month-may-x4529?q=oddities&cp=CMS_FIRST&qt=FREETEXT&p=0

Now, why do I suspect that our triple player missed flyball will feature in June's collection?... ;)

I've never watched MLB Oddities, but that second video in May, of the Cubs player taking an odd route to 1B, reminds me of a play by the Nats Germany Schaefer about 1914. Germany saw the 1b coming down the line to tag him out, so he ran into the Washington dugout and got to 1B ahead.

Washington sometimes used the last game of the season, when no standings could change, as a "joke game". In 1913, Clark Griffith started Walter Johnson in the OF. Around the 6th inning, fans wanted to see Johnson pitch, so "The Old Fox" told Johnson to lob the ball over the plate, just to have some hitting. The runs that scored made the season ERA mark that Bob Gibson beat by a fraction in 1968. By the way, Johnson's ERA that year was 1.14, and he threw 11 shutouts.