His guess is Whitey Ford (yes, said friend is from Long Island.)
My second guess is Walter Johnson.
to include a lifeline.
10× All-Star (1954–1956, 1958, 1959, 1960–1961², 1964)
6× World Series champion (1950, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962)
Cy Young Award (1961)
World Series MVP (1961)
3× AL wins leader (1955, 1961, 1963)
2× MLB ERA leader (1956, 1958)
New York Yankees #16 retired
Yankee record for most victories by a pitcher.
Various other records.
But what is Whitey Lockman's?
know (but I do now), but I do know Whitey Herzog's (STL fan and all)
Rick Wise hit 2 HR's in a game while throwing a no-hitter, because I watched it on TV. For the Phillies in 1970 or 1971 I think. Against the Reds.
Jim Tobin hit THREE dingers in a game and threw a no-no with a homer. But it was a good guess.
question. I just said I know that Rick Wise hit 2 in a no-hitter. He also had a double.
question it was Wise that actually inspired the question. I thought for sure he was the answer, but when I checked to make sure, I found that I was wrong. So we're even.
coming. I really enjoy them.
Here's a stat that jumped out:
The game was on June 23. IIRC it was a perfect night for baseball.
The Phillies weren't a good team but the Reds were defending NL champions, having lost to your Orioles in the '70 World Series.
The attendance? Only 13,329. And it's not because people didn't love the Reds in Cincy. They adored them.
It was a different time in many ways.
is that even when they've drawn well (e.g., they led MLB in attendance in 1976), they drew significantly better for Friday-Saturday-Sunday games than midweek games, with the exception of Opening Day which is a big tradition there. I assume this is because a large portion of the Reds fan base lives outside the Cincinnati metro area, and it would be easier for such fans to travel to Cincinnati for weekend games than midweek ones.
June 23, 1971 was a Wednesday, and as you note, the Phillies were bad (although the Reds started nearly as poorly as the Phils that year, and they never got over .500). The Reds drew in the mid-30s the preceding weekend against a middling Braves team.
midweek? I would assume that is always true.
than for others. The Cubs wouldn't be illustrative today because most of their games sell out. But the 1971 Cubs are a good comparison to the 1971 Reds, as the teams had fairly similar records (83-79 vs. 79-83) and neither was in particularly serious contention for the postseason. For the Reds, the biggest determinant of crowd size was the day of the week. For the Cubs, that was a factor too, but so was the opponent, and also the calendar. They drew big crowds for midweek games against the Mets, Reds, and Pirates, because those series were in the summer. They naturally sold out for their season opener against the Cards on Tuesday, April 6, but they also drew over 23,000 for game 2 the next day. When the Astros visited 2 weeks later, the crowds were well under 10,000; this was 17 years before Wrigley had lights. The Mets drew much better for a mid-week series in July than a weekend series in April. The Reds hosted the Dodgers at the same time, and had bigger crowds for 2 of the April dates.
Is it Tony Cloninger or Rick Wise?
I know Cloninger has a single game home run record for pitchers, but I can't remember if it's that one or if he's the only pitcher to have had two grand slams in a game.
1. Warren Spahn
2. Bob Feller
He hit 35 career home runs.
He had his first no hitter at the age of 39. He had his second at the age of 40.
I have no idea if he's the answer to this question, though.
The runner Ruth had walked was caught stealing and Ernie Shore got the next 26 men out.