Jamie joins Robbie
Jamie had quite a night last night as the Phillies eked out a 2-1 interleague win over the Indians. He tied Bob Feller, Eppa Rixey and Robin Roberts, three Hall of Famer pitchers.
The win was #266 and that tied Feller and Rixey for 35th place on the all-time list.
(Rixey pitched for the Phillies 1912-17; 1919-20).
He allowed a home run to Russell Branyan and that tied Roberts’ record for most homers allowed, 505. Robbie had been the sole leader since Aug. 9, 1957, when he allowed his 278th home run (to Hank Sauer), surpassing Murray Dickson. (Dickson, a right-handed knuckleballer, also pitched for the Phillies, 1954-56).
Remember talking with Robbie about his home run record a year ago as Moyer inched closer. “I don’t mind if he breaks it,” Robbie said smiling. “I just hope he wins the game.”
When Roberts was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, he made reference to his home run record during his speech:
”The Hall of Fame people, I’d like to say, were very nice. I only had one request that they turned down: I asked if it would be appropriate if I would invite everyone that ever hit a home run off me to be here today, but Cooperstown wasn’t big enough. I am going to have little cards made up that say, ‘I hit a home run off Robbie’ and mail them to all those gentlemen, because I’m sure they’d like to have it in their wallets. There were a lot of them, by the way.”
Now, for a sales pitch….you can read all of Robbie’s induction comments in the new book, Philadelphia Phillies: An Extraordinary Tradition. HOF speeches from Carlton, Schmidt, Ashburn and Bunning are also included in Chapter 6.
Jamie may have tied Robbie but he has no shot at the record for most home runs allowed in each league. Warren Spahn (434) has the NL record; Frank Tanana (422), the AL record. Both were lefties, by the way.