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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:06 AM

Only Major League Baseball player ever to do this

On July 25, 1956, Roberto Clemente became the only MLB player to hit a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam in a 9–8 Pittsburgh Pirates win over the Chicago Cubs, at Forbes Field.

Saw this on Wikipedia when looking up inside the park grand slams this morning.

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Reply Only Major League Baseball player ever to do this (Original post)
Ohiogal Aug 2019 OP
oswaldactedalone Aug 2019 #1
Zambero Aug 2019 #2
euphorb Aug 2019 #3
rzemanfl Aug 2019 #5
Devilsun Aug 2019 #4
rzemanfl Aug 2019 #6
The Polack MSgt Aug 2019 #8
Hokie Aug 2019 #7
Brother Buzz Aug 2019 #9
yuiyoshida Aug 16 #10
kairos12 Aug 18 #11

Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:13 AM

1. He was a great player

and an even better person. His death was tragic.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:15 AM

2. Forbes Field had deep left field and center field dimensions

As I recall, something on the order of 450 feet to the CF wall or more. If an outfielder was situated shallow enough, a deep line drive could roll to the wall, and it could require several seconds for the ball to be retrieved. Also, given distance it would have been difficult, if the fielder was not Roberto Clemente himself, to get the ball directly back to home plate in time to throw a batter running at full tilt out at the plate. In this instance, the batter/runner was faster than the relay.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:23 AM

3. I had to look-up what "walk-off" means.

For those who (like me) didn't know, a walk-off home run is a home run that end the game--it scores the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Response to euphorb (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:26 AM

5. Baseball is like socks, there are all sorts of combinations.

By the way, it can happen in extra innings too.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:26 AM

4. My only sports Hero

I grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh and I idolized Clemente. I was 9 and vividly recall my Mom telling me Roberto had died in a plane crash on New Years Eve. Worst start to a year i ever had. 😥😣

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Response to Devilsun (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:27 AM

6. See above. n/t

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Response to Devilsun (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:23 AM

8. So, 1st off - Welcome to DU Devilsun

Next up, ARE YOU MY EVIL TWIN, OR AM I YOURS?

I have used those exact words regarding Roberto for almost 50 years. Except it was my dad who told me.

I saw Roberto throw out Johnny Bench trying to go 1st to 3rd on a team mate's single.

Clemente was maybe 5 feet from the warning track and he threw him out by 3 steps. That throw is burned into my baseball memory forever

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:34 AM

7. I saw Clemente at a game in Forbes Field around 1965

I was a teenager. They were playing the Giants with Mays and McCovey. Clemente threw a frozen rope strike from the right field corner to third base to hold a runner to a double. As Bob Prince used to say "They will not run on Roberto Clemente's arm!". He was such a gifted baseball player and a wonderful human being.

BTW, I seem to recall that Willie McCovey hit a grand slam home run that is still going.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:55 PM

9. Here's another cool one...Only Major League Baseball player ever to do this

Fernando Tatís

Fernando Tatís became the only player to hit two grand slams in the same inning, when he attained the milestone, slugging two in the third inning for the St. Louis Cardinals on April 23, 1999. In achieving the feat, he also set a new major league record with eight runs batted in in a single inning.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Aug 16, 2019, 02:50 PM

10. MLB Inside The Park Grand Slams

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sun Aug 18, 2019, 12:38 PM

11. Great stat!

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