Tuesday evening is the first night of Chanukah, the eight day festival of light.
“… at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle.”
So, the VORG is presenting the list of all players whose careers, from first game to final game, lasted exactly eight days. These dates are through 2013, and come from the Lahman Baseball Database, which you all should support with a donation. Oh, and by the way, none of these players are known to be of Jewish descent. Highlights of some of the players follow the list:
Skeeter Shelton’s 10 games and 40 at-bats was the most of this group. This was in part to his appearing in three doubleheaders for the 1915 Yankees in a five-day stretch. Overall, he also batted .025, going 1-for-40 with 10 strikeouts. The .025 is the lowest average for a non-pitcher with exactly one hit in his career.
Harry Redmond’s 0-for-19 was the worst .000 average compiled. He appeared in six games for the 1909 Brooklyn Superbas. He also made four errors at second base in 37 chances.
6′ 3″, 167 lb. “Mutt” Wilson is one of only two pitchers in the group to secure a win (Pete Sims is the other). On September 11, 1920, he pitched a complete-game seven-hitter helping the Tigers beat the Athletics. Six days later, he yielded five runs (only one earned) on four walks and a hit in one inning of relief. He relieved again the next day, with more lackluster results, and he was done.
Five different pitchers appeared in four games during their eight days. Of those five, Danny Young faced the fewest batters (20). He walked six of those 20, and allowed five other hits across three innings, and his 2000 Cubs had seen enough.
The delightfully-named Ricky Pickett compiled the highest ERA (81.00), as a brief part of the 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks. He faced nine batters over his two games, and seven reached base.