This Day in Baseball History: June 1st, 1923

Ross Youngs in 1923, possibly after beating down the Phillies.

On June 1st, 1923:

The New York Giants defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 22-8.

It’s always really impressive to score 20+ runs in a game, but there’s something more impressive in this game. The Giants scored a run in every inning. Thanks to Retrosheet, we can look at the box score, and you’ll note that the Giants scored 4, 2, 1, 1, 5, 5, 1, 2, and 1 runs to total 22. The Phillies scored in five of the innings, meaning that only in four halves of an inning did no one score. You’ll also notice that both starters only lasted 1.2 innings each. The biggest offensive days belonged to two Giant outfielder. Ross Youngs only had one extra-base hit (a triple), but he still managed to drive in 7. Jimmy O’Connell had a nice day himself, belting a home run and three doubles on his way to knocking in 7 as well. Dave Bancroft and Heinie Groh went on to score 4 runs each. Too bad only 1,500 people saw the game.

So how many times has this happened in history? As you might have guessed, it’s really hard to do. Most teams give up around 4-5 runs a game, and that’s less than half the number of innings. Then, you have to score 9 runs, at least, and that’s always an accomplishment. Then, you have to be able to score in every inning. I know that hitting is contagious, but there was only one home run in this game. You have to put things together. Anyway, back to the original question. Any guesses?

The number is 13. Nine of those have been since 1900. Cleveland was the first to do it when they accomplished the feat in 1889. Cleveland, then, became the first victim of the 20th century when Boston banged out a lot of runs in 1903. A month after the one on this date, another one occurred, and it was a payback of the 1903 game, with Boston on the losing end. In fact, a Boston team has been involved in 5 of the 13 games. After a 1949 game in which the Chicago White Sox did it to the Boston Red Sox, it took almost 50 years for the next one. The last such game was April 29, 2006, but the Yankees only scored in 8 of the innings (they were at home).

Trivia Time
What is the most runs scored in a season against one opponent, and who did it to whom?

Yesterday’s Answer –> Koufax, 26 to 23. What a duo.


2 Responses to “This Day in Baseball History: June 1st, 1923”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Ross Youngs usually shows up on the list of least deserving Hall of Famers. His .322 lifetime avg. is pretty impressive but it came in only 8 full seasons of play.
    His career was cut short when he died of Brights disease in 1927 at the age of 30.

  2. Ian Says:

    That’s a tough question. I have no idea what the exact number of runs was, but I’ll guess the team was the pennant-winning 1935 Cubs victimizing the 115-loss Boston Braves.

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