Billy-Ball Daily: 2008-9-9

9/9/2008
Billy-Ball Daily
Bill Chuck (Billy-Ball his own self)

Billy-Ball – From the diamond to your desktop…
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

Subscribe to Billy-Ball – it’s free – www.billy-ball.com

The only spin here is on my screwball

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Top of the 1st
MILESTONE HOMERS
By Baseball Newstalgist, Bill Chuck

The folks at Baseball-Reference.com (who I love and adore) have been tracking homers lately because last night Gary Sheffield of the Tigers hit a pair of homers; his second, a grand slam, was the 250,000th in major league history. Now, while I thought it might be cute to ask you to name all the others, I thought I would share with the list the B-R people put together of past milestone dingers.

Start by understanding that the * – indicates this home run was one of many hit on that day and an estimate was used to determine who hit this milestone home run. I just thought a little commentary here and there about the list would prove interesting.

For example, #10,000 was hit by Joe Tinker of Tinker-to-Evers-to Chance fame. Tinker only hit 31 homers in 15 big league seasons and he was a member of the last World Championship Cubs team in 1908. Tinker is a Hall of Famer and hit his milestone off of Three Finger Mordecai Brown, another future Famer, who in 14 seasons only gave up 43 homers.

The 20,000th homer was hit by Wally Pipp best known for not playing. He was the guy whose job was taken by Lou Gehrig. In 15 seasons, Pipp only hit 90 homers.

Charlie Biggs who surrendered #30,000 only pitched in six big league games, but at least he will be remembered for something memorable.

Three years after Spud Chandler gave up #40,000 he became the last and only Yankee pitcher to date to win the MVP award.

Bill Voiselle who gave up #50,000 was “rain.” Voiselle was a starting pitcher for the 1948 Boston Braves, the year he gave up the landmark homer. That was the year of “Spahn and Sain, and pray for rain.” Voiselle had a lower ERA than Warren Spahn that season. Voiselle was also known for another number, “96.” Big Bill lived in Ninety Six, South Carolina, and wore uniform #96.

On the subject of folks known for other numbers, Larry Doby was like Avis and he hit homer #60,000. Doby was the second African-American player and second African-American manager.

Bob Boyd hit #70,000 and while he only had 19 big league homers, Boyd was inducted into the Negro League Hall of Fame.

Bill Fischer gave up the 80,000th homer but his magic number was 84.1; that’s the record number of consecutive innings Fischer went without issuing a walk.

Rocky Swoboda hit the 90,000th homer, but I remember that night of September 15, 1969 when Steve Carlton of the Cardinals struck out 19 batters, only to lose 4-3 because Swoboda hit a pair of two-run homers.

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins gave up #100,000 and Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter surrendered #120,000.

Rick Sutcliffe was a Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award winner and victim of homer #150,000.

Dennis Mart