How many ways can you get to First Base?
Early Saturday morning, Lorena, Rosie, Josie and I headed to Arizona to what else? Watch the Dodgers. For reading material I took the LA Times that luckily it had already been delivered. I also took the latest copy of the Baseball Research Journal (Spring 2014) Allan Roth is on the cover. One of the articles in the journal is titled “Was There a Seven Way Game? Several sources list more ways but Paul Hertz who wrote the article says in his family there are seven. I started going over them in my mind and I missed one. Hit, walk, error, fielder’s choice, hit by a pitch, dropped third strike, and defensive interference. Hertz refers to this seven ways “Ways.”
In Arizona, while keeping score, I was noting the different ways both teams were getting on base. In the Saturday game (5/17) where the Dodgers lost 18-7 there were four ways (hit, walk, FC and error). On Sunday where the Dodgers lost 5-3, there were five ways (hit, walk, FC, Error and HBP)
Paul Hertz examined the Retrosheet database and found that from 1945 to 2012, there have only been six major league games where batters reached first base by all seven Ways.
With the help of Retrosheet, Paul Hertz says that from 1945 to 2012 there have been only six games where batters reached first base by all seven Ways. Those six games are:
1. May 13, 1976: Texas Rangers at California Angels
2. July 9, 1979: Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
3. May 1, 1988: Montreal Expos at Houston Astros
4. July 23, 1996: San Diego Padres at Houston Astros
5. May 23, 1999: Anaheim Angels at Tampa Bay Devil Rays
6. June 28, 2000. Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Only the Baltimore Orioles were able to accomplish all seven ways. The other teams were a combination of both teams. The Orioles did it in 11 innings so no single team has been able to accomplish that in nine innings.
Ref: The Baseball Research Journal from Spring 2014.