THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
December 5, 1991

The final stop of the Thanksgiving ‘Four Games in Four States in One Week’ tour – where SP78 games were played in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and California – saw the Rangers topple the host Mariners 6-2 at site SD4, the apartment I shared with my brother on Oak Knoll Road in Poway, California. Dock Ellis went the distance for Texas and improved to 3-5, thanks in part to the assistance of batterymate John Ellis, who was making his second start behind the plate for the Rangers after his May 17th call-up. Lead-off batter Bump Wills went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the attack, while the loss dropped the M’s out of a first-place tie with the Twins in the AL West, a spot in the standings they would not return to again.  (Game #520,  5/21/78)

Major League Baseball

August Injury Report – Week 2

The following is a list of injuries to players which occurred between August 8th and August 15th of the the SP78 season, with injuries noted by date, team, player, and number of days or weeks missed.

August 8th

LA:  While sitting in the dugout talking with pitching coach Red Adams, relief pitcher Charlie Hough was struck on the arm by a foul line drive off the bat of Padres shortstop Ozzie Smith, the second batter of the game. Hough was not hurt, but for precautionary reasons, he was not used in the game, but would be cleared to play the following day.

CLE: In the first inning of their game against the Red Sox, Indians batter Jim Norris was struck on his right elbow by a pitch from Luis Tiant; he was replaced by a pinch-runner and left the game. X-rays showed no breaks or fractures, but Norris would miss four more games due to numbness in the elbow and arm.

August 9th

SF: During pre-game warm-ups, outfielder Larry Herndon pulled a thigh muscle while running wind sprints and would not participate in that afternoon’s contest. He would return to action the following day.

August 10th

OAK: In the second inning of their game against the Angels at Anaheim, A’s rookie Dell Alston ran into first baseman Ron Jackson while rounding the bag after his base hit, and left the game with an unspecified injury. He would miss seven games with what would later be classified as ‘lower body trauma’.

CAL: In the same game, Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock was injured chasing a shallow fly ball off the bat of A’s slugger Rico Carty, a violent collision that again involved first baseman Ron Jackson. Bostock would be lost for a week due to minor head injuries and dizziness, while Jackson was unhurt and remained in the game. It was Bostock’s fourth injury of the SP78 season, good for 22 games missed.

August 13th

NY-N: Another collision between a team’s first baseman and right fielder occurred in a match-up between the Cardinals and Mets at Shea Stadium; in the seventh, a routine fly to right by Dane Iorg fell for a double when Mets outfielder Elliott Maddox slammed into first baseman Willie Montanez, knocking both men to the ground. Montanez was not injured, but Maddox had to be helped off the field, and would be placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day due to a severe neck sprain.

SF: In the sixth inning of a Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium, Giants reliever Charlie Williams faced just one batter, walking Lee Lacy on four pitches, before signaling to manager Joe Altobelli that he needed to be taken out. He’d go on the 15-DL the next day, suffering from back spasms.

August 14th

CHI-N: Once again, a first baseman and a right fielder collided while chasing a fly ball, sending one man to the disabled list: Bill Buckner, who had settled under a pop-up from Braves batter Darrel Chaney, but never made the play when outfielder Jerry White crashed into him from behind, allowing the ball to drop as both fielders crumbled to the grass. Only Buckner left the game; he was placed on the 15-day DL with what the Cubs team physician described as ‘slight damage and contusions to the back and neck’.

MIN: In one of the more unlikely injuries of the season, Twins starter Gary Serum left the game against the Indians after just 1.1 innings pitched, due to the after-affects of food poisoning. He’d been stricken a few days earlier, and had felt well enough to make the start, but the exertion of pitching just one inning drained him of all energy, and he quickly became both exhausted and nauseated. He would miss one more start before feeling ready to pitch again.

August 15th

HOU: In his first day back after coming off the disabled list, outfielder Denny Walling pulled a calf muscle while taking his cuts during pre-game batting practice, and sat out that day’s game against the Cardinals. He returned to action—albeit as a pinch-hitter—the following day.

MON: Lance Parrish joined the growing list of players running into first basemen after base hits, doing so in the fourth inning of Montreal’s game against the Giants at Olympic Stadium. Parrish would depart for a pinch-runner and would miss the next three games with a knee injury, the result of falling to the stadium’s hard artificial turf after the collision. Mike Ivie, the recipient of Parrish’s wayward impact, remained in the game.

NY-N:  First baseman Willie Montanez was out for three games after chasing a foul off the bat of Padres batter Jerry Turner at Shea Stadium and stumbling into the home dugout, where he twisted his left ankle. X-rays were negative.

SEA: M’s shortstop Craig Reynolds collided with left fielder Tom Paciorek during their game against the Orioles at the Kingdome in Seattle; Reynolds was the only player hurt, and left the game with a strained shoulder. The injury was severe enough to land him on the 15-day disabled list.

Andujar, Dixon Combine to Blank Bucs 2-0

Houston third baseman Enos Cabell went 2-for-5 and scored the game’s only two runs, and pitchers Joaquin Andujar and Tom Dixon combined on a 4-hit shutout, as the Astros took their second straight from the Pirates by a 2-0 count, earning a split of their four-game series at a rain-soaked Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Cabell led off the game with a gap double off Buc starter Don Robinson (5-13); he advanced to third on a fly out to right by Jose Cruz, and scored when Robinson uncorked a wild pitch past catcher Ed Ott, handing the Astros a quick 1-0 lead. Two innings later, Cabell would strike again; after punching a base hit past Willie Stargell at first, he stole both second and third before jogging home on Terry Puhl’s line-drive single up the middle, rounding out the game’s scoring.

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Game Recaps Are Here!

Well, more recaps are here, I should say, with more on the way! While I continue getting additional scoresheets scanned and prepped for the Classic Scoresheets section of the blog, I thought I’d start adding game recaps to the Daily Scores section as well, which you can find in a dropdown box on the main page (see photo below). Over the past few years, I’ve randomly posted over thirty for July (starting with the July 21st slate of games) and nine for August, and I figured it was time for me to start adding them more frequently, beginning with April.


I’ve already posted six new recaps over the past few days, which you can find here (look for the blue ‘R’ links next to the score, as seen below), plus I found one for July in draft form that I decided to post as well (and can be directly accessed here).


I’m having fun writing these up, so hopefully I can get at least one posted every day or two…we’ll see how it goes. With every handful I add, I’ll make note in the Recent Site Updates section found on the bottom right side of the main page. Also, I may throw in a few recaps for May and June as well, just to balance things out a bit; as with April, I discovered they’d had no recaps posted yet, either.

Ask Statistor

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Dear Statistor,

I was wondering if you could tell me what the longest and shortest rain delays have been this season, and which ballpark has experienced the most called, postponed, and delayed games?

Olivia G.
Lowell, MI

Dear Olivia,

Since delay times are decided by random number draw of a Fast-Action card, no game can have a delay shorter than 11 minutes and longer than 88. The shortest delay has been 21 minutes, during an Astros-Pirates game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, played just a few days ago on August 18th. The longest reached the maximum 88 minutes, at Fenway Park in Boston during the second game of a doubleheader between the White Sox and Red Sox on May 7th. Three Rivers Stadium leads both leagues with a total of seven games that have been called, postponed, or delayed; County Stadium in Milwaukee is the AL leader, with five.

And did you know the Supreme Controller used to wait out rain delays in real time? He gave up the practice in the 1990s.

Dear Stat Ros,

What’s the most number of hits a pitcher has allowed in a game this season? Also, have any short relief specialists, such as Terry Forster or Darold Knowles, gone beyond their normal limits and pitched more than three innings in an SP78 game?

Scott B.
Pasadena, CA

Dear Scott,

Statistor’s database has alerted him to the fact that you once called him a dick; therefore, Statistor will not answer your questions.