Sunday, April 22, 2012

April 22

1959 Topps #328 - Lou Skizas

On this date in 1959, the Chicago White Sox scored eleven runs in the seventh inning in a game against the Athletics in Kansas City. The Pale Hose only managed one hit in that inning. Lou Skizas scored a run without even batting in the inning. Here's how Baseball Almanac describes it. Not only did Skizas score without batting, but two Jim Landis plate appearances resulted in outs. Pitcher Bob Shaw was out twice; once by strikeout and once by forceout during a Landis at-bat.

"In one of the most bizarre innings in baseball history, the Sox get eleven runs in the 7th inning as part of their 20 - 6 win at Kansas City. The 'uniqueness' of it is that fact that those eleven runs scored on only one hit! It took 45 minutes to play. Here is the play by play from it:

WHITE SOX 7TH: GORMAN REPLACED WARD (PITCHING); Ray Boone reached on an error by DeMaestri [Boone to first]; Al Smith reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt by Smith [Boone to second]; Johnny Callison singled to right [Boone scored (unearned) (error by Maris), Smith scored (unearned) (error by Maris), Callison to third]; Luis Aparicio walked; Aparicio stole second; Bob Shaw walked; EARL TORGESON BATTED FOR SAMMY ESPOSITO; FREEMAN REPLACED GORMAN (PITCHING); Torgeson walked (walk was charged to Gorman) [Callison scored, Aparicio to third, Shaw to second]; Nellie Fox walked [Aparicio scored, Shaw to third, Torgeson to second]; Jim Landis forced Shaw (pitcher to catcher) [Torgeson to third, Fox to second]; Sherm Lollar walked [Torgeson scored (unearned), Fox to third, Landis to second]; BRUNET REPLACED FREEMAN (PITCHING); Boone walked [Fox scored (unearned), Landis to third, Lollar to second]; Smith walked [Landis scored (unearned), Lollar to third, Boone to second]; Callison was hit by a pitch [Lollar scored (unearned), Boone to third, Smith to second]; LOU SKIZAS RAN FOR CALLISON; Aparicio walked [Boone scored (unearned), Smith to third, Skizas to second]; Shaw struck out; "BUBBA" PHILLIPS BATTED FOR TORGESON; Phillips walked [Smith scored (unearned), Skizas to third, Aparicio to second]; Fox walked [Skizas scored (unearned), Aparicio to third, Phillips to second]; Landis grounded out (pitcher to first); 11 R, 1 H, 3 E, 3 LOB."

Not only did Skizas score without batting, but two Jim Landis plate appearances resulted in outs. Pitcher Bob Shaw was out twice; once by strikeout and once by forceout during a Landis at-bat.

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