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Postby BronXBombers51 » Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:16 pm

I thought I had read somewhere that a player hit a homerun and then ran around the bases backwards. Is there any truth to that?
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Postby LBJackal » Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:05 pm

We always used to call it stealing first base when I was little... but it really has no resemblance to a SB. It's not like you have an option of staying in the batter's box.

Oh yeah... and Lloyd Moseby of the Blue Jays stole 1B coming from 2B sometime around 1987... I have it on video. Stole 2B, stood up, made a dash for 1B, stole taht one too, then when they threw the ball away he ran back and took 2B again.
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Postby AlexF6262 » Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:29 pm

Tavish wrote:
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Amazinz wrote:Yeah there's no such thing as stealing first base. It's either a wild pitch or a passed ball. I have a baseball book of oddities that talks about a couple of instances where a player attempted to "steal first" from second in the old days but reverse stealing is illegal nowadays.


Why would you want to do that?


It was pretty rare, but usually it was done with a man on third in an attempt to draw a throw from the catcher and double steal.


If i was the catcher Id just hold the ball, if the guy wants to move back 90 ft, let him
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Postby thehat » Sat Jun 25, 2005 3:21 pm

BronXBombers51 wrote:I thought I had read somewhere that a player hit a homerun and then ran around the bases backwards. Is there any truth to that?


Jimmy Piersall's 100th career HR. He ran backwards all the way around the bases and then slid into home plate.
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Postby Arlo » Sat Jun 25, 2005 7:11 pm

Amazinz wrote:The last recorded instance of a player "stealing" first base during a conventional, caught pitch occurred on September 4, 1908. Detroit's Germany Schaefer, in a game against Cleveland, was on second base and his teammate Davy Jones was on third. In an attempt to draw a throw that would permit Jones to safely steal home, Schaefer bolted for first base. Cleveland's catcher didn't fall for the trick and held the ball, allowing Schaefer to "steal" first base.

This account doesn't include the punch line: on the next pitch, Schaefer headed for second again, and this time, the catcher (Nig Clarke, by the way) threw the ball into the outfield, allowing Jones to score the game-winner. :-D
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Postby bostongurlie » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:40 pm

I was intrigued by the whole running around the bases backward thing so I googled Piersall. I found this in Answers.com I guess he had major bipolar disorder and left baseball for 3 years bc he had a nervous breakdown.

Piersall dealt with his illness and notoriety with an affable, jovial disposition and occasionally eccentric on-field behavior. He once played a game in a Beatles wig, led cheers for himself in the outfield during breaks in play, "talked" to Babe Ruth behind the center field monuments at Yankee Stadium, and ran the bases backwards after his 100th home run. His attitude towards his illness can be summed up in a quote from his autobiography --"Probably the best thing that ever happened to me was going nuts. Whoever heard of Jimmy Piersall, until that happened?"
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Postby MFTIOA » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:50 pm

I thought he was called out because he ran backwards.
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Postby Madison » Sun Jun 26, 2005 2:47 am

nikku88 wrote:I had a cousin who tried to run to 3rd base instead of 1st. I'm not sure if he was going for the steal though.


Ok, I'll show my tail a little bit on this one............

My very first little league game I got plunked in the thigh by a pitch. The umpire said "take your base", so naturally, I figured it would be easier to score from 3rd instead of first, so I started to trot to 3rd base. Of course, the ump stopped me and sent me to first base like I was supposed to go, but hey, based on what he said, I tried. :-D
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Postby theclefe » Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:24 am

bostongurlie wrote:I was intrigued by the whole running around the bases backward thing so I googled Piersall. I found this in Answers.com I guess he had major bipolar disorder and left baseball for 3 years bc he had a nervous breakdown.

Piersall dealt with his illness and notoriety with an affable, jovial disposition and occasionally eccentric on-field behavior. He once played a game in a Beatles wig, led cheers for himself in the outfield during breaks in play, "talked" to Babe Ruth behind the center field monuments at Yankee Stadium, and ran the bases backwards after his 100th home run. His attitude towards his illness can be summed up in a quote from his autobiography --"Probably the best thing that ever happened to me was going nuts. Whoever heard of Jimmy Piersall, until that happened?"


Did he run the bases backwards or did he run backwards around the bases? Follow me?
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Postby MFTIOA » Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:02 am

He ran immediately to 3rd base
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