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  1. I had heard about that, but I had to look up the name because while I knew the incident, I had no memory of who, or what team.

  2. Well, I was going to suggest Brent Mayne on August 22, 2000. Playing for the Colorado Rockies, a catcher, he was sent in as a relief pitcher in the 12th inning against the Atlanta Braves. He allowed no runs, and the Rockies won at the bottom of the 12th, thus making him the winning pitcher – a perfect career record. (I know this because I was at the game.) but, while checking some of the details, I come to find out 2 other position players have done the same thing. Who’d’ve thunk it.

  3. I knew that I knew the name Eddie Gaedel, but it wasn’t registering. As soon as I typed his name into the search box at Wikipedia, though, it clicked. Panel 3 is wrong in saying that the record is 1.000 OBP. There’s a fair number of player who manage to get on base in their only at-bat. Van Dusen’s record is 1.000 HBP. The record is probably safe, but it could be bettered by someone getting hit by the pitch in their only two appearances without taking the field.

  4. Bill Veeck’s book, “Veeck as in Wreck,” has a great account of the whole Eddie Gaedel story.

    Real records that will never be broken are Cy Young’s 511 wins. Also Cy Young’s 316 losses.

    And Owen “Chief” Wilson’s 36 triples in a season.

  5. It seems unlikely to me that anyone will ever top “Hoss” Radbourn’s 1884 pitching ecord of winning 60 games (some sources say “only” 59). At least, unless the season is expanded someday to 500 games or so, or until human pitchers are replaced by robots. (Or maybe until “wins” are redefined as “participation trophies” for “just showing up.”)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Radbourn#1884_season

    The 1899 Cleveland Spiders team established some records that will be difficult to break, and at least one that should be impossible, unless rules are someday greatly changed:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Spiders#1899:_the_debacle

    “The 101 road losses is a major-league record that will never be threatened, as current scheduling practices have teams play a maximum of 81 away games (excluding one- or three-game playoffs).”

  6. I now see that the strip was properly phrased. It’s a record that can’t be beaten because you can’t get greater than 1.000 OBP. She didn’t ask about a record that would never be tied.

  7. ” Panel 3 is wrong in saying that the record is 1.000 OBP. There’s a fair number of player who manage to get on base in their only at-bat. Van Dusen’s record is 1.000 HBP.”

    The record that can’t be broken is in panel 2. Panel 3 is additional stats.
    Someone who gets hit by two pitches, without ever doing anything else ties the record, which is one hundred percent hit by pitch.

    And, sorry, Bill. Mr. Gaedel isn’t even close to breaking this record. He went zero percent hit by pitch.

  8. OBP is based on plate appearances, NOT at bats. Therefore Mr. G, while having a batting average of 0 (no at bats, no hits) has an OBP of 1.0 (1 plate appearance, 1 base reached).

    Likewise Mr. VanD.

  9. I’d bet on Cal Ripkin Jr’s 2,632 consecutive game streak: not only do very few players even stay in Major League Baseball for 16 years, but it got to the point where the Orioles would put him in games when he shouldn’t have been, to the detriment of the team, just for the publicity value of the streak.

    I can’t imagine with any team doing that again unless they already had a player with 2500 consecutive games under his belt.

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