This Day in Baseball History: June 11th, 1972

He must have had a mota’ to get all the way around. Sorry, I couldn’t help it. Please don’t hurt me.

On June 11, 1972:

Manny Mota and Willie Davis hit inside-the-park home runs in the same game.

Inside-the-park home runs used to be more prevalent a long time ago when the parks were bigger, making the gaps bigger. If you could hit the ball past an outfielder, you could run for days. Now, we’re pretty much resorted to watching it take a funny bounce off a ceiling speaker or an outfielder falling over himself to get them. But there used to be quite a few inside-the-parkers.

But on June 11th, there were a few in the same game. The Pittsburgh Pirates were in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers. Bruce Kison took the hill for the Pirates, and he had no idea what would happen to him. In the bottom of the third, Maury Wills drew a one-out walk, and Manny Mota hit one to left field. He ran around all the bases without getting out. Two innings later, Kison retired the first two batters he faced, Wills and Mota, but Willie Davis hit one to right field, ran around the bases, and scored.

Because I like trivia, the player with the most inside-the-park home runs is Jesse Burkett with 55 (47 in the NL, 8 in the AL). Sam Crawford of the 1901 Cincinnati Reds hit the most in one season with 12. Tom McCreery, in 1897 for the Louisville Colonels (see Louisville has cool baseball stuff), became the first and only major-leaguer to hit 3 inside-the-park home runs in one game. Roger Bresnahan is the only player to hit 2 such home runs in one game while a member of a team in both leagues. There have been 9 in the World Series, but no one has more than one.

Trivia Time
Who and in what year had the only inside-the-park home run in an All-Star Game?

Yesterday’s Answer –> Well, I was going to say Fred Chapman at age 14, but that seems false with the information given in the comments. So, we’re going with Henry Rowengartner at 12 years young.


One Response to “This Day in Baseball History: June 11th, 1972”

  1. Bill Says:

    Ichiro! in…2007?

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