Checking one piece of info on B-R.com leads to meandering through the site
Getting lost in Baseball-Reference.com
Okay, I’m a baseball nerd, not a real-life nerd — even my two daughters don’t see me as that. But I am a baseball nerd. I played Strat-O-Matic baseball as a youngster (and even semi-oldster), and I love Baseball-Reference.com. No doubt ‘ other than this website — the greatest website ever created. Okay, including this site, it’s still the greatest website ever created.
I’ve spent productive research time on B-R.com many times, usually at least once a day. But I’ve also spent many hours just roaming around lost and enjoying every minute of it.
And that’s what this blog is about. Meandering around baseball-reference.
As Derek Jeter nears 3,000 hits, a potential future trivia question would be: How many other players have 3,000 hits with one team? Simple enough. There’s Gwynn, Ripken, Yaz, Kaline, Aaron, Mays etc. But I needed to be sure.
So here we go.
Jeter will be the 28th player with 3,000 hits, but only the 14th to get 3,000 with one team. Who has the most? I would have guessed Ty Cobb. That would be correct, 3,900. Next? Musial, Aaron? Musial with 3,630 and Aaron with an even 3,600 are 2-3. Yaz is next with 3,419 knocks with the Sox, and Rose comes in fifth with 3,358 with the Reds.
Did you know there was a major leaguer named Lew Brockett? I didn’t either. But his names pops up as a possible selection when typing in Lou Brock. He pitched for the Yankees (actually, the highlanders then) in 1907, ’09 and ’11. He was 13-14 with a 3.43 ERA. Born in Brownsville, Ill., and died in 1960 and buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Hmm. Odd Fellows Cemetery? Doesn’t everybody long to be buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Nicknamed King, Brockett also spent some time at third and may have been a pretty decent hitter had he been given more time. Among the “most similar players” are Jim Bluejacket, Tip O’Neill, Hi Jasper and Spec Harkness. Tells me all I need to know.
Oh, and the Bullpen area of B-R lists Brockett as 5’10 ½”. Really? We know that some dude who played in 1907 was 5’10 ½”?
Back to baseball matters, seeing Cobb’s hit total of 4,189 reminds me of Rose’s chase for 4.192. We all recognize his single to left off the Padres’ Eric Show as the big hit. Pete Rose Jr. and Rose’s teammates all congratulate him at first base, Show sits on the mound as Rose hugs his son and tears up. We’ve seen the highlight lots of times.
But…the hit that broke Cobb’s official total of 4.189 actually came three days earlier in Chicago at Wrigley Field. Rose got a first-inning single off Chicago’s Reggie Patterson for hit No. 4,190, topping Cobb by one.
The game ended in a 5-5 tie, actually. Future Reds World Series hero Billy Hatcher pinch-ran for Cubs catcher Jody Davis. Davey Lopes pinch-hit for the Cubs. A former Philadelphia teammate of Rose’s, Gary Matthews was in left field for the hit. Ryne Sandberg was the only Hall of Famer in the game and Lee Smith blew a save in the ninth.
So there were 28,269 fans at Wrigley that day that saw history being made, but didn’t realize it.
Oh, the next player with 3,000 hits with one team? We’ll go with Albert Pujols, then Robinson Cano.
See you next week.