On Aug. 19, Phillie third baseman Dave Hollins tied the major league single-season record for switch-hitters—held by Minnesota's Gene Larkin—when he was hit by a pitch for the 15th time. "One more and I can start getting out of the way," said Hollins.
No Triple Threat
Met infielders Chico Walker and Dick Schofield both hit triples last Thursday, giving the team eight this season—five fewer than the Braves' Deion Sanders had at week's end and as many as the 1925 Pirates had in one game. The record for fewest triples in a season is 12, by the 1988 Yankees. Conversely, the Mets had given up 47 three-baggers this year, the most in the majors.
A Fitting Tribute
When Angel shortstop Gary DiSarcina was a high school basketball player in Billerica, Mass., his hero was Larry Bird. "The day Larry retired [Aug. 18], I was so depressed, my teammates made fun of me," said DiSarcina. The next night DiSarcina went to Fenway Park and found that his number, 11, had been changed by equipment manager Leonard Garcia to Bird's 33. That night DiSarcina hit a two-run single in the ninth for a 3-2 Angel win over the Red Sox. "Now they'd have to knock me unconscious to get this jersey off me," he said.
The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways
When Toronto's David Wells gave up 13 runs—all earned—in 4? innings against Milwaukee last week, it was the most runs given up in a game by an active pitcher. But it wasn't the most ever. The record is 24 (14 earned), which the Philadelphia Athletics scored off Detroit's Aloysius Travers in 1912. Travers retired after that—his only big league appearance. He and the other Tigers in that game were amateurs and semipros who were playing because the regular Tiger team had gone on strike to protest the suspension of their teammate Ty Cobb. Travers was a seminary student at St. Joseph's College and later became a Catholic priest—the only one, it is believed, with major league experience.
By the Numbers
?The Mariners tied a major league record last Saturday by allowing their ninth grand slam of the season. It was hit by Boston's John Valentin off reliever Mike Schooler, who has given up three this year.
?Dodger shortstop Jose Offerman homered in the first plate appearance of his career, on Aug. 19, 1990, then went 659 plate appearances before homering again, on Aug. 20.