In his column of Oct. 10, Herm Weiskopf noted that Tim Raines topped the 70 mark in both stolen bases and RBls this season. However, he left Eddie Collins off his list of Raines's predecessors; in 1910, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, Collins had 81 steals and 81 RBIs.
Collins and Ty Cobb are the only two modern players to achieve the 80-80 double. Cobb had 83 steals and 144 RBIs in 1911 and 96 steals and 99 RBIs in 1915, making him the only 90-90 player in baseball history.
J. KEVIN GRAFFAGNINO
The St. Louis Browns have been maligned throughout history, so let's not deprive them of a rare moment of glory. In INSIDE PITCH (Oct. 10) it was incorrectly noted that after Ernie Koob of the Browns no-hit Chicago on May 5, 1917, "Bob Groom of Chicago returned the favor" the next day.
Groom was actually Koob's teammate on the Browns. It was the only instance in major league history when pitchers on the same team threw no-hitters on consecutive days. The no-hitters themselves weren't consecutive, however, because Groom's came in the second game of a May 6 doubleheader.
There were several oddities regarding the Koob-Groom no-hitters:
Both were in the midst of miserable seasons. Groom, in fact, tied for the American League lead in losses (he was 8-19): Koob finished 6-14.
Koob's no-hitter was originally reported as a one-hitter. An infield single by Chicago's Buck Weaver (later one of the banned "Black Sox") was changed to an error after the game. On May 7, 1917 I.E. Sanborn of the Chicago Tribune wrote of the second no-hitter: "There was no flaw in Groom's no-hit game. It was free from taint or suspicion which always will cling to the postmortem thing handed Koob yesterday by expunging a hit that had already been recorded."
Before pitching his no-hitter in the May 6 nightcap, Groom had relieved in the opener, saving a win for Eddie Plank. He did not allow a hit in that game either.
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Regarding the quote "Why a duck?" attributed to Groucho Marx from the movie Duck Soup at the beginning of Alexander Wolff's article on the Jones brothers (It's a Mighty Good Road, Oct. 17), I think it would more properly be credited to Groucho's brother Chico in their first movie, The Cocoanuts (Paramount, 1929), based on the George S. Kaufman- Irving Berlin musical comedy of the same name. The dialogue, as taken from the book The Marx Brothers: Their World of Comedy by Allen Eyles (A.S. Barnes, 1966), went as follows:
GROUCHO: NOW here is a little peninsula, and here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.