Jayson steals show

Charlie shook up the batting order and inserted J-Roll into the five hole but it was Jason Werth who stole the show….literally.

As you all know, Werth stole four bases, including second, third and home in the same inning.  He tied two club records: (1) Sherry Magee for the most steals in a game, and (2) Pete Rose for stealing second, third and home in a inning.  Pete did it in the sixth inning at Cincinnati 29 years and one day ago.

Phillies had six stolen bases, which is far short of the club record of 11 set in 1906.  Heck in the ninth inning of a July 7, 1919 game (first game of a DH), the Phillies stole eight bases against the Giants. 

Look out Mike
Jim Thome hit his 546th and 547th homers last night to move within one of Michael Jack Schmidt who is in 13th place on the all-time list. 

Saying Good-bye
David Montgomery, Bill Giles and I traveled to Vero Beach yesterday for Danny Ozark’s funeral.  Ray Rippelmeyer, a pitching coach under Ozark, flew in from suburban St. Louis.  Fay Vincent, former baseball commissioner, also attended.

The 85-year-old Ozark died in his sleep last Thursday.  Danny was a classy man.

 

2 Comments

Dear Mr. Shenk,
Kudos to Jayson Werth on his four steals, but Phillie Billy Hamilton did that in 1891 vs. Boston, and did it three times in 1894 against New York, Pittsburgh, and Boston. In August of 1894 he stole seven bases (2nd four times; 3rd three times, in an eight inning game). He still holds the all-time Phillies record for steals, 113 years after they traded him to Boston for Billy Nash. He also holds the all-time Phillie record for batting average.

My book, “Sliding Billy Hamilton: The Life and Times of Baseball’s First Great Leadoff Man,” will be published soon.

Best regards,
Roy Kerr
Baseball Historian

Dear Mr. Shenk,
Kudos to Jayson Werth on his four steals, but Phillie Billy Hamilton did that in 1891 vs. Boston, and did it three times in 1894 against New York, Pittsburgh, and Boston. In August of 1894 he stole seven bases (2nd four times; 3rd three times, in an eight inning game). He still holds the all-time Phillies record for steals, 113 years after they traded him to Boston for Billy Nash. He also holds the all-time Phillie record for batting average.

My book, “Sliding Billy Hamilton: The Life and Times of Baseball’s First Great Leadoff Man,” will be published soon.

Best regards,
Roy Kerr
Baseball Historian

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