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GREAT MOMENTS IN STRAT
 
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NO HITS? NO PROBLEM
            First season on the new online site, and I recently had this gem of a game in the 2011 set:  Both pitchers (Sabathia v Beckett) took no-hitters into the 7th, each gave up just one hit through nine innings, and my team wins it in the 10th on a walk, pinch runner (Pagan), SB, pop out, fielder’s choice, IBB, and with two outs, a double steal including home plate for the 1-0 lead. Closer sealed it in bottom of 10th after allowing a lead-off double. Three total hits, ten innings, and the only run scores on a steal of home in extra innings? Quite incredible.

Dominick, Walpole, MA
Quite incredible, though I’m having trouble following how your man got to third before stealing home. If pinch-runner Pagan stole second and, with no one behind him, was retired on the fielder’s choice after the pop out, the intentional walk would have left men at first and second. It must have been a fielder’s choice that failed to retire Pagan as he went for third.
 
SUPER MARIO
            This auto-played beauty occurred during my 1978 MLB replay: Pittsburgh’s Mario Mendoza, the folk legend behind the infamous “Mendoza Line,” blasted a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 9th to beat Don Sutton and the Dodgers. He used his N power against righties to coax a homer off a 6-5 roll on Sutton’s card (HR 1-14 DO 15-20). Split roll 8 and it was mayhem in the River City!
             As I looked at the box score, perhaps my favorite part of this game is the home run heroics raised Mario’s average to an even .200. That’s right, he’s back on the “Mendoza Line” once again.
Ricky Cobb, Bolingbrook, IL
 
 
THE BYRNE LEGACY
In a 1948 season replay game:

Pitcher Tommy Byrne, batting 8th in the lineup (ahead of Phil Rizzuto) against Washington, goes 4 for 5 with 4 2Bs and 9 RBI! The first was on his own card (he is an 8). The other three were off various opposing pitcher’s cards. He is now batting .414 in 70 Abs. He has 2 HRs, at least 2 triples, and at least 6 doubles with no detailed pitchers’ hitting stats available. Oh yeah, he completed the game to go to 15-4 with an ERA of 1.54.
Lee Margolis 
 
BOXSCORE: 1948 Washington Politicians at 1948 New York Bronx Bombers 9/4/1948
Tommy Byrne bats 8th in lineup, goes 4-5 w/ 4 2bs and knocks in 9 runs!!
 
 Senators           AB R H RBI AVG     Yankees            AB R H RBI AVG
 C.Gillenwater CF  4 0 0 0 .225         S.Stirnweiss 2B     4 1 3 0 .247 
 E.Yost 3B             4 0 0 0 .251         B.Brown LF          3 0 0 0 .271 
 A.Kozar 2B          3 0 0 0 .269         A-H.Bauer LF       1 1 1 0 .267 
 B.Stewart RF        3 2 1 0 .269         T.Henrich RF       4 2 1 1 .326 
 G.Coan LF           4 0 0 0 .280          J.Dimaggio CF     4 1 1 0 .280 
 M.Christman SS    3 0 0 0 .254          Y.Berra C           5 1 1 4 .282 
 L.Okrie C           3 0 2 2 .309          G.McQuinn 1B     3 4 1 0 .284 
 S.Hudson P          0 0 0 0 .125          B.Johnson 3B      3 4 2 0 .256 
 J.Wooten P          0 0 0 01.000        T.Byrne P           5 0 4 9 .414 
 M.Vernon 1B        3 0 0 0 .168         P.Rizzuto SS        3 0 0 0 .234 
 M.Candini P         2 0 0 0 .174                                         
 M.Haefner P         0 0 0 0 .053                                         
B-J.Early C            0 0 0 0 .249                                         
C-A.Fleitas PH       1 0 0 0 .226                                          
D-A.Evans C          0 0 0 0 .227                                         
                             -- -- -- ---                                    -- -- -- ---     
              Totals      30 2 3 2                       Totals      35 14 14 14
 
A-Subbed Defensively (LF) For Brown In 7th Inning
B-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Haefner In 7th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Early In 8th Inning
D-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Fleitas In 8th Inning
 
Politicians.....        0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 3 1
Bronx Bombers... 0 2 0 2 3 0 2 5   - 14 14 0
 
Senators    (45-86)        IP          H   R ER BB SO HR PC    ERA
M.Candini LOSS(3-10)  4 2/3       7   7   6   6   1   0 97   5.01
M.Haefner                   2            3   2   2   1   0   0 48   5.14
S.Hudson                  0 1/3          4   5   5   1   0   1 10   5.60
J.Wooten                  1              0   0   0   0   1   0 10   5.40
Totals                          8           14 14 13   8   2   1
 
Yankees      (87-43)         IP    H   R ER BB SO HR PC   ERA
T.Byrne WIN(15-4)         9     3   2   2   2   9   0 123   1.54
Totals                             9     3   2   2   2   9   0
 
ATTENDANCE- 71,164 DATE- Saturday, September 4th 1948 TIME- Day WEATHER- Good
T- 2:40
LEFT ON BASE- Politicians: 3 Bronx Bombers: 6
DOUBLE PLAYS- Politicians: 0 Bronx Bombers: 0
ERRORS- M.Vernon
DOUBLES- S.Stirnweiss(19th), T.Byrne-4
TRIPLES- L.Okrie(2nd)
HOME RUNS- Y.Berra(15th)
CAUGHT STEALING- S.Stirnweiss-2
SACRIFICE HITS- P.Rizzuto
WALKS- A.Kozar, B.Stewart, S.Stirnweiss, B.Brown, T.Henrich, J.Dimaggio,
       G.McQuinn-2, B.Johnson-2
STRIKE OUTS- C.Gillenwater, A.Kozar, B.Stewart, G.Coan-3, L.Okrie, M.Candini,
             A.Fleitas, J.Dimaggio, G.McQuinn
PASSED BALLS- Y.Berra
 
Tommy Byrne pitched a 3 hitter and he had 4 hits and 9 RBI at Yankee Stadium
as the potent New York Bronx Bombers embarrassed the Washington Senators
by the lopsided score of 14 to 2.
 
Byrne was a one-man wrecking crew. He doubled plating two runs in the 2nd inning, doubled plating two runs in the 4th inning, doubled plating all three base runners in the 5th inning and doubled bringing in two base runners in the
7th inning. New York totaled 14 hits on the afternoon. 
 
Byrne(15-4) got the victory, allowing 2 runs for the game. Milo Candini(3-10)
was given the loss. He got hit hard, allowing 7 hits and 6 walks in 4 and
2/3 innings. 
 
Byrne was jubilant after the game ‘Let me see a box-score’ he joked, ‘I want
to see how that game looks on paper.’
 
 
 
Tommy Byrne’s season to date stats:
 
NAME             ERA W L   PCT   G  GS  CG  SH  SV    IP    H   R   ER  HR BB SO
T.Byrne           1.54 15 4 .789     27 19     8     3    2 169.0  91  36  29    4  95 104
 
                                           AB     H    AVG   HR    SH
T.Byrne      1948      NYA      70     29    .414     2      6