Last year we did a special post for Tax Day, featuring the (primarily) former players who had memorable career category totals of 1,040 (or closest to 1,040). Let’s revisit it, restricting it now to only inactive/former players, see if there have been any changes, correct some inaccuracies and find some new categories.
First up, the batters . . .
Games: Not one single player has played in exactly 1,040 games in their career. The closest, with 1,039 career games, are:
At-Bats: DH Sam Horn is still the only player to end his career with exactly 1,040 at-bats.
Plate Appearances (new for 2012!): Three men share the “closest to 1,040 PA” mantle, with 1,041:
Dann Bilardello, the quintessential glove-only catcher, with a career OPS+ of 55
Bob Forsch, the recently-deceased Cardinals pitcher who won 168 games in his career, and actually had a higher lifetime batting average than Bilardello (.213 to .204)
Denny Sullivan, OF for Boston and Cleveland during the early 1900s
Hits: 3B Marv Owen of the 1930s-era Detroit Tigers ended his playing days with exactly 1,040 hits.
Singles: 1970 AL batting champ Alex Johnson tallied 1,040 singles in his career.
Extra Base Hits: Andre Dawson (1,039) and Pete Rose (1,041) finished on either end of the magic 1,040 in this category.
Total Bases (new for 2012!): Four players accumulated exactly 1,040 total bases, as follows:
Tom Pagnozzi, a catcher on the Cardinals’ squads of the 1980s
Denny Doyle, weak-hitting 2B for the Red Sox, Angels and Phillies in the 1970s
Woody Jensen, Pirates OF during the 1930s, died in 2001 at the age of 94
Dick Porter, Indians OF during the early 1930s
RBI: Sal Bando, 3B of the dynastic A’s teams of the early 1970s ended up with 1,039 ribbies.
Walks: Hall of Famer Max Carey took 1,040 walks all-time.
Strikeouts: No one has exactly 1,040 Ks. Frank White is closest for his career (1,035).
Now, the pitchers . . .
Games: Hell’s Bells! Reliever Trevor Hoffman (1,035) comes closest.
Innings: Wayne Garland tossed exactly 1,040 . . . 515 of them between 1976/7 that pretty much torched his arm.
Runs: James Leslie (Hippo) Vaughn surrendered 1,039 runs in his time on the mound from 1908-1921.
Earned Runs (new for 2012!): Todd Stottlemyre, who won between 11 and 15 games in eight different seasons, gave up 1,042 runs before hanging them up in 2002.
Hits: Three men (with no baby) gave up 1,040 hits in their careers:
Vern Bickford of the late-1940s Boston Braves
Tom Morgan, who was included in two trades during 1957 that ended up moving more than 20 players around
John Hiller, reliever who in 1973 pitched 125.1 innings to the tune of a 1.44 ERA
Batters Faced (new for 2012!): Don Kaiser, a “bonus baby” signee for the Cubs in 1955, faced exactly 1,040 batters in his career
Walks: Just call him Walkin’ Wes Ferrell, as he issued exactly 1,040 walks. Fun fact: Ferrell’s middle name is Cheek. (Really!)
Strikeouts: Gary Nolan (1,039), Jim O’Toole (1,039), Bud Black (1,039) and Dan Plesac (1,041) surround the magic 1,040, careerwise