A Treatise On Inside-The-Park Home Runs

I fully expect someone to accuse me of trolling here. Yesterday, I mentioned the walk-off inside-the-park home run by Tyler Naquin of the Cleveland Indians and said that the last time an Indian had done that was 100 years ago. I did not do that to poke a stick at the reader in Houston who is THE MAVEN of sports history/sports stats. He has to have a dedicated server to keep track of all those stats; if he has them all in his head, then he has a 40-acre brain.

I mention this because I indeed got an e-mail from him about than 2 hours after the rant was posted on the website. Here is a ton of info about inside-the-park home runs, walk-off inside-the-park home runs and related stuff courtesy of the Houston Sports Maven:

    In the early days of baseball with the large dimensions of many of the stadiums, inside-the-parkers were plentiful with Jesse Burkett hitting 55, Wahoo Sam Crawford hitting 51, Tommy Leach hitting 48, and the Georgia Peach and Honus Wagner both hitting 46.

    However, since WW2, Willie Wilson is the leader with just 13. Wahoo hit 12 himself in 1901.

      Of the over 230,000 HRs hit since the end of WW2, about one in every 162 was an inside-the-parker.

    18 players have hit two insiders in one game with Dick Allen (1972 for Chisox) and Greg Gagne (1986 for Minny) being the only ones to do so since the end of WW2.

      There have been 6 walk-off insiders since 1990.

      10 insiders have been hit in the WS with Alcides Escobar (KC) being the last to do so in Game 1 of last year’s WS vs. the Mets.

    The most exciting play in baseball is the inside-the-park grand-slam in which there have been about 225.

    The only one of those which was a walk-off was on July 25, 1956 by Roberto Clemente of the Bucs vs. the Cubs in a 9-8 Bucco win at Forbes Field.

Let me channel the late Paul Harvey here and say:

“And now you know … the rest of the story.”

The life-story of Todd Marinovich has not been happy or uplifting to say the least. He was prepped by his father from his early years to be a “super-quarterback”; the hype and expectations for his career in the NFL – where he was supposed to be dominant – had to have been an enormous burden. Marinovich was drafted by the Raiders in the 90s and his career consisted of 8 games over 2 seasons. None of his stats was impressive. Last week, Todd Marinovich’s life sank to a new low; is it rock-bottom?

Marinovich was arrested in Irvine, CA and cited “for multiple offenses after being found naked and being in possession of drugs.” According to the local gendarmes, they had a report of a naked man on a walking trail and in response to that report they found a naked man – allegedly Marinovich – walking through someone’s backyard and that the man had both marijuana and meth in a bag with him.

This is not Marinovich’s first interaction with the police with regard to drugs. At one point, he was arrested for growing his own crop of marijuana at a time before anyone thought that might become a legalized activity in the US. He also has been arrested over the years for possession of heroin, meth and cocaine in separate incidents. Last week’s incident adds “wandering naked in public” to the repertoire. Marinovich is 47 years old; he is no longer a child or a young man who will someday grow up. Maybe this event will be the thing that propels him into a rehab regimen that will stick; on the other hand, maybe he is beyond the reach of rehabilitation and this is who he is and who he is going to continue to be. Stay tuned …

That arrest report brings to mind the pants-dropping event at the recently completed Olympics in Rio. If you did not hear about it, let me summarize for you:

    A Mongolian wrestler – Mandakhnaran Ganzorig – was leading an Uzbek wrestler by a score of 7-6 with less than 10 seconds left in the match. The match would determine the bronze medal for that weight class.

    Ganzorig began waving his arms at the Uzbek opponent and ran around the mat. The time ran out; Ganzorig fell to the mat and his coaches ran out and draped him in the Mongolian flag. All seemed right with the world…

    The judges then penalized Ganzorig 1-point for “fleeing the hold” and not competing for the final seconds of the match. Evidently, that is within their prerogative; I am not a wrestling judge. That tied the score at 7-7.

    The Mongolian coaches filed a protest. However, when the judges over-ruled the protest, that cost Ganzorig one more point and now the Uzbek wrestler was declared the winner – and bronze medal recipient – by a score of 8-7.

All of that is what led up to the trouser-dropping … One of the Mongolian coaches went to the judges’ table, stripped off his shirt, took off his pants, picked up his clothing and unceremoniously dumped it on the judges’ table. He refused to leave the mat or the venue until the security folks at the venue escorted him away.

Somewhere, someone in the WWE has taken note of all this and is figuring out how to turn this into part of a WWE pay-per-view extravaganza. You just know it …

Finally, Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times has found another nexus between the world of politics and the world of sports:

“Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is on his third campaign manager in three months.

“Somewhere, George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin just can’t stop smiling.”

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………