Sunday, April 24, 2005

The Target - 287 plunks

The current leader, since 1903, is Hall of Fame short stop Hughie "Yeehah" (EE-Yah) Jennings, with 287 hit-by-pitches. There's some great information on the Hall of Fame website, including his plaque and a brief explanation of his really cool nickname. However, it doesn't list his accomplishment of getting hit 287 times, and holding the career record in that stat for over 100 years. Also, his season-by-season stats on mlb.com show that he was hit 51 times in 1896, but mlb.com's list of single season hbp leaders shows Ron Hunt's 50 in 1971 as the single season record. I can only assume that the stats from certain years in the 19th century aren't considered accurate enough to be included with the all time records.

Perhaps the most amazing part of Jennings career mark is that it was done in an age before Ibuprofen (although it may say something for the popular pain killers of the time).

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At 6/06/2005 12:53:00 PM, Anonymous rastronomicals said...

Bill James in his Historical Abstract and Stump in Cobb both have Jennings as "EE-Yah" not "Yee-Hah" . . . .

 
At 6/06/2005 01:09:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

The hall of fame website lists both nicknames, Yeehah at the top of the page, and EE-Yah later. But, I'll edit my post just because EE-Yah seems to show up more often.

 
At 10/03/2006 03:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the possible exception of the official Nikki Fritz website, Plunk Biggio is my favorite stop in the internet. See you next season.

 

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