Dear MR. Baseball:I'm curious. Why are some ballclubs not...

MR. BASEBALL

May 05, 1994

Dear MR. Baseball:

I'm curious. Why are some ballclubs not wearing the patch commemorating the 125th anniversary of baseball?

David DeLauro

Catonsville

Dear David DeLauro:

Your question required Mr. Baseball to take two extraordinary steps: tuck in his shirttail and call the Major League Baseball offices in New York. The latter led directly to your answer.

Mr. Baseball immediately was connected to baseball's acting vice president for shoulder-patch affairs, who revealed that all teams were asked to wear the highly distinctive patch, and that all but five agreed. The ones not wearing the shoulder decorations every game are the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.

Not that Mr. Baseball is making excuses, but each nonwearing team has a pretty good reason. The Pirates are wearing a patch touting the All-Star Game, which they are host to this year. The Reds have a patch commemorating their 125th year. At home, the Rangers and Indians are wearing special patches noting their new stadiums. They're wearing the baseball-approved patch on their road uniforms.

Not that you asked, but Reds owner Marge Schott is rumored to wear a nicotine patch.

Dear Mr. Baseball:

Has any major-league team ever hit four consecutive home runs?

Charles Miller

Baltimore

Dear Charles Miller:

Thank you for your question, which Mr. Baseball believes will be of interest to at least one of every five readers of this column. The feat of which you speak has been achieved not just once, but three times. The teams that did it are as follows: Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati, June 8, 1961, seventh inning; Cleveland vs. Los Angeles, July 31, 1963, second game, sixth inning; Minnesota vs. Kansas City, May 2, 1964, 11th inning.

While researching this question, Mr. Baseball learned that character actor Alvy Moore portrayed county agricultural agent Hank Kimball on the popular TV show "Green Acres."

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