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Mr. Foytack meet Mr. Wright, Chase meet Paul (UPDATE)
2007-04-22 19:47
by Bob Timmermann

July 31, 1963 at Cleveland Stadium, Game 2 of a doubleheader

INDIANS 6TH: Azcue struck out; Luplow flied out to right; Held
homered; Ramos homered; Francona homered; Brown homered;
REPLACED FOYTACK (PITCHING); Kirkland singled to center; Kindall
singled to right [Kirkland to third]; Whitfield grounded out
(first unassisted); 4 R, 6 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Angels 1, Indians 9.


Common threads to that game and tonight's game in Fenway Park, a man named Francona.

UPDATE - Jack Curry of the New York Times tracked down Foytack at his home in Tennessee to tell him that he had company.

While Foytack, now 76, said he was never bothered by giving up four homers in a row, he expressed concern for Wright. Foytack, who was nicked in the second-to-last year of his career, said he planned to write a letter to Wright and mail it Monday.

“I kind of feel bad for the kid because he’s young,” Foytack said. “I’m going to tell him that these things happen and that he shouldn’t let it get to him.”


2007-04-22 21:40:18
1.   Voxter
I'm sure you're not under any illusions about this, Bob, but for the less savvy, that's Tito Francona, not Terry "Tito" Francona, who hit that third bomb there.
2007-04-22 21:44:20
2.   Voxter
Also, I'd some day like to see one of those game logs that says something like, "Youkilis homered to third base."

I was going to say "shallow right", but I've actually seen that sort of thing with inside-the-park homers, so never mind.

2007-04-22 22:00:29
3.   Bob Timmermann
That's why I didn't use a first name.
2007-04-22 22:21:29
4.   joejoejoe
Manny's first shot was impressive. Out of Fenway over the new Monster seats.

Beyond that it's one of those flukey records that happens by chance in a massive sample. For all of the fireworks the Red Sox scored 4 runs in the innning which is not uncommon.

2007-04-22 22:34:00
5.   Bob Timmermann
But I can't pass on an opportunity for a gratuitous mention of Paul Foytack.
2007-04-22 22:54:27
6.   Linkmeister
What struck me as odd was that neither Miller nor Morgan immediately remembered the 4+1 game from just last year. It took them a few minutes to dredge that one up.
2007-04-22 23:09:06
7.   Bob Timmermann
The 4+1 game was on a Monday night, so it's likely that Morgan and Miller may have taken a night off.

I believe the Sunday night game they had worked the day before was a Yankees-Red Sox game (actually the second game of a doubleheader.)

2007-04-23 00:56:41
8.   joejoejoe
Kudos to the NYT's Jack Curry for getting Foytack to comment the same night it happened and good for Paul Foytack for thinking of Chase Wright. If people want to take a look at Paul Foytack I found a link to his 1964 Topps baseball card. Foytack is card #149 (scroll down) on the link below. The guy on card #150 looks like a decent ballplayer too.

2007-04-23 03:35:22
9.   Chiron Brown
I don't know how many times a team has hit four home runs in a row. Is Drew the only player to be involved twice?
2007-04-23 08:01:14
10.   Bob Timmermann
Five teams have hit four straight homers and Drew was #2 in two of the sequences.

Three of the instances were in the 1960s.

2007-04-23 08:45:17
11.   Bob Timmermann
In particular:
6/8/61 Milwaukee Braves - Mathews, Aaron, Adcock, Frank Thomas (with Joe Torre on deck)
7/31/63 Cleveland - described above
5/2/64 Minnesota - Oliva, Allison, Hall, Killebrew
9/18/06 LA Dodgers - Kent, Drew, Martin, Anderson
2007-04-23 21:27:14
12.   das411
8 - Check out that fresh-faced rookie who would go on to change the game on card 146!

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