Monday, July 04, 2016

Box Score of the Week

How about a July 4th game involving the team from Philadelphia? And on the bicentennial no less. It was the first game of a doubleheader where the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Philadelphia Phillies on July 4, 1976.


From CSN Philly:

Facing Pirates starter Larry Demery in the top of the second of the first game with the bases loaded, (Phillies catcher Tim) McCarver went yard for what is usually considered a grand slam.

Unfortunately, McCarver was a little overanxious in his excitement--hey, America doesn't turn 200 every day--and ended up passing Phillies center fielder Gary Maddox (unsure of the ball not getting caught) between first and second base, during what should have been his home-run trot. Turns out, umpires don't like it when baserunners do that, and by rule, McCarver was out, leaving him with that rare and dubious achievement, the grand-slam single. 


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