The season was still young, but in its second week it produced an inning that might well hold up as the zaniest of the 11,088 scheduled to be played in 1957. The Senators were losing to the Yankees, as usual, but by a reasonably respectable 4-0 score as the sixth inning began. Yankee batters reached first and third base with one out, then Whitey Ford bounced an easy double-play ball back to Pitcher Chuck Stobbs. Inexplicably, Stobbs tried to catch the runner off third instead, and the play ended in an unsuccessful rundown. "I had it in my mind to throw to second on a hard ground ball but when it came, I didn't do it," Stobbs commented later.
Exit Stobbs with the bases loaded and enter 24-year-old newlywed Dick Brodowski to pitch for the first time this season. Brodowski, once a bright prospect with Boston but now just another name on the worst pitching staff in the majors, threw three pitches to Hank Bauer; the last was hit for a grand slam home run.
Three more pitches later, Brodowski "tried to push Billy Martin back but he didn't get back far enough." The ball hit Martin on the wrist. Mantle walked on four pitches, and Berra forced him at second. Bill Skowron walked and again the bases were loaded.
Gil McDougald stood at the plate for the second time that inning. Brodowski checked Martin feinting off third. "The catcher signaled for a curve, but I shook the sign off and didn't check back at third. I wanted to throw a fast ball." Martin stole home. "He had it stolen before I wound up. I knew that. But you have to go so far with your motion before throwing to the plate. By the time I threw, Martin was almost across." The other Yankee runners moved up a base to complete the triple steal.
Brodowski, a bit shaken by then, pitched a second time to McDougald and threw the ball past his catcher. Another run scored. On the fifth pitch to him, McDougald singled and the seventh and last run of the inning came across the plate. "He hit a sidearm curve that stayed inside and a sidearm curve that stays inside isn't any good."
A different Washington pitcher started the next inning. For Brodowski, it was an experience he'd rather forget: "Why all the interest in this one inning anyway?"—L.W.