Author: Adam Hughes

Which Player Was Caught Stealing a Record 4 Times in One Game?

Answer: Robby Thompson of the San Francisco Giants on June 27, 1986. Thompson’s feat came during a 12-inning contest at Riverfront Stadium against the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants won the game when Mike Aldrete lifted a sacrifice fly to score Chili Davis in the top of the 12th. Despite his base-running gaffes, Thompson finished second to St. Louis Cardinals reliever Todd Worrell in the 1986 National League Rookie of the Year balloting that November. Some guy named Barry Bonds finished a distant sixth in the ROY race, with Thompson’s teammate Will Clark one spot higher in fifth. Thompson flashed speed throughout his 11-year Major League career, finishing with 103 stolen bases and 39 doubles. He always struggled to deliver consistent value on the basepaths, though, as his 62 caught-stealings attest. The record for number of times caught stealing in a nine-inning game is three, held by Joe Hauser, Liz Funk, Dave Robertson, George Kelly, Rogers Hornsby, and Bernie Friberg.   Love old baseball cards like this one? Check out all our posts here.   Wax Pack Gods In Your Inbox!Can't get enough sports card nostalgia? Leave your email address below and we'll send you updates and occasional goodies (e-books, articles, etc.) that you won't find anywhere else. Sign Me Up! Thank you for your interest in Wax Pack Gods! Please check your email to confirm that you want to sign...

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Who Is The Only Shortstop to Play an Entire Doubleheader Without Recording a Fielding Chance?

Answer: Toby Harrah, Texas Rangers On June 25, 1976, Harrah played both halves of the Rangers’ doubleheader at home against the Chicago White Sox. He managed to make it through all 18 innings without touching the ball once in the field. Harrah did star at the plate, though, going 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI in the first game, and 8-4 Texas victory. He kept it up in the second game, going 3-for-3 with a 2-run dinger, 3 ribbies, and 2 walks in the Rangers’ 14-9 loss.  ...

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Cardboard Dreams in Marble City: The Collecting Story of Knoxville’s Sam McMillan

Knoxville, TN, may be known as the “Marble City,” but for long-time collector and Knoxville resident Sam McMillan, it’s cardboard that rules the day. With a variety of baseball card projects underway at any given time, Sam dedicates a couple of hours each day to the hobby. Recently, Sam took carved out some time to share his Collector Story with us. Enjoy!     How long have you been collecting? 37 years How did you get started collecting? I remember looking through the Sears catalog and asking for those lots of football cards they had for sale. Nothing but...

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Collecting in Cooperstown — Mayor Jeff Katz’s Amazing Hobby Story

Is there any more hallowed ground for baseball fans than Cooperstown, NY? After all, it’s home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and still holds the mythical title of the “Birthplace of Baseball,” accurate or not. But Cooperstown is also the hometown of James Fenimore Cooper, the first major American novelist, making it a bucket-list favorite of the literary set, as well. It’s little wonder, then, that when author and long-time baseball card collector Jeff Katz made his way east from Chicago, he eventually landed in Cooperstown. Unlike many fans who make a pilgrimage to the picturesque village on Otsego Lake,...

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Sweet Memories Brewing — Matt Prigge’s Collecting Story

Hall of Famer Robin Yount was the quintessential company man, spending the entirety of his spectacular 20-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers while leading all Major Leaguers in hits during the 1980s. While veteran collector Matt Prigge may not have quite the baseball chops that Yount does, the two men do share one strong bond — an abiding devotion to their beloved Brew Crew. Matt, who hails from Milwaukee, was kind enough to share his hobby journey with us, the latest in our series of Collector Stories. As you might imagine, his tale is tinged throughout with powder-blue Brewers memories. —...

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