Dear Mr. Baseball:I would like to know if, either in the...


April 28, 1994

Dear Mr. Baseball:

I would like to know if, either in the American League or National League, one batter has ever made all three outs in an inning?

Don Cross

Owings Mills

Dear Don Cross:

This is one of the most challenging questions ever received here at the Mr. Baseball Visitors Center and Information Desk. We called the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library. They didn't know. We phoned STATS Inc., where they sit around all day figuring out who loves/hates to face Bill Monbouquette. Nothing doing.

Then, Mr. Baseball understudy Pete Schmuck wandered into the office. A lucky break. Calling on his amazing recall powers -- and checking a record book -- Pete unearthed the following: Since 1900, 14 batters have come to the plate three times in an inning. Ten definitely did not make out three times. The other four, we can't be sure, but we doubt it.

For the record, anybody who hits into a triple play has accomplished the feat of which you speak. But we don't think you meant it that way.

Dear Mr. Baseball:

I'm aware that the Philadelphia Phillies are a team in Philadelphia. What is a Phillie?

Joe Buccheri

Glen Burnie

Dear Joe Buccheri:

Thank you for your question, which permits Mr. Baseball to showcase his encyclopedic knowledge of National League trivia. Baseball actually has a long association with the senior circuit, dating to a short stint as set designer on Kiner's Korner, a program starring New York Mets announcer Ralph Kiner. Mr. Baseball also sang backup in the show's Rheingold beer commercials.

Exhaustive research -- it's on Page 22 of the Phils' media guide -- reveals that the Phillies' moniker dates to 1882, making it the longest-running nickname in the National League. Alfred Reach, a Philadelphia sporting goods mogul, thought up this extremely clever name, which is a takeoff on the team's geographic roots, "Philly."

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