The VORG’s “Chanukah” Team

Tuesday evening is the first night of Chanukah, the eight day festival of light.

According to tradition:

“…  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:

Name Debut Final Game
Bill Anderson 9/10/1925 9/17/1925
Tom Angley 4/23/1929 4/30/1929
Eddie Bacon 8/13/1917 8/20/1917
John Baumgartner 4/14/1953 4/21/1953
Allen Benson 8/19/1934 8/26/1934
Roy Branch 9/11/1979 9/18/1979
Amalio Carreno 7/7/1991 7/14/1991
Glen Clark 6/3/1967 6/10/1967
Connie Creeden 4/28/1943 5/5/1943
Pat Creeden 4/14/1931 4/21/1931
Don Crow 7/25/1982 8/1/1982
Buck Danner 9/17/1915 9/24/1915
Steve Davis 9/23/1979 9/30/1979
Con Dempsey 4/28/1951 5/5/1951
Bob DiPietro 9/23/1951 9/30/1951
Bernie Duffy 9/20/1913 9/27/1913
Mark Esser 4/22/1979 4/29/1979
George Genovese 4/29/1950 5/6/1950
Doug Hansen 9/4/1951 9/11/1951
Roy Hawes 9/23/1951 9/30/1951
Heath Haynes 6/1/1994 6/8/1994
Bruce Hitt 9/23/1917 9/30/1917
Ray Hoffman 8/30/1942 9/6/1942
Wally Hood 9/23/1949 9/30/1949
Dick Hoover 4/16/1952 4/23/1952
Pat Jacquez 4/18/1971 4/25/1971
Ed Johnson 9/26/1920 10/3/1920
Justin Kaye 5/9/2002 5/16/2002
Jay Kleven 6/20/1976 6/27/1976
Chuck Locke 9/16/1955 9/23/1955
Ryan Long 7/16/1997 7/23/1997
Bill Mack 7/14/1908 7/21/1908
David Manning 8/2/2003 8/9/2003
Lou Manske 8/31/1906 9/7/1906
Paddy Mayes 6/11/1911 6/18/1911
Frank McCue 9/15/1922 9/22/1922
Leo Meyer 9/27/1909 10/4/1909
John Mohardt 4/15/1922 4/22/1922
George O’Brien 8/16/1915 8/23/1915
Kid O’Hara 9/15/1904 9/22/1904
Joe Ohl 7/29/1909 8/5/1909
Dave Oliver 9/25/1977 10/2/1977
Jeff Patterson 4/30/1995 5/7/1995
Ricky Pickett 4/28/1998 5/5/1998
Emil Planeta 9/20/1931 9/27/1931
Jesse Purnell 10/1/1904 10/8/1904
Harry Redmond 9/7/1909 9/14/1909
Keith Reed 5/11/2005 5/18/2005
Todd Revenig 8/24/1992 8/31/1992
Dale Roberts 9/9/1967 9/16/1967
Jack Robinson 5/4/1949 5/11/1949
Bob Rothel 4/22/1945 4/29/1945
Humberto Sanchez 9/18/2008 9/25/2008
Aaron Scheffer 6/13/1999 6/20/1999
Lefty Schegg 8/20/1912 8/27/1912
Skeeter Shelton 8/25/1915 9/1/1915
Neill Sheridan 9/19/1948 9/26/1948
Pete Sims 9/16/1915 9/23/1915
Steve Slayton 7/21/1928 7/28/1928
Klondike Smith 9/28/1912 10/5/1912
Colonel Snover 9/18/1919 9/25/1919
Mose Solomon 9/30/1923 10/7/1923
Chet Spencer 8/22/1906 8/29/1906
Dick Stone 8/26/1945 9/2/1945
Harry Taylor 9/17/1957 9/24/1957
Wilfredo Tovar 9/22/2013 9/29/2013
Al Veach 9/22/1935 9/29/1935
Stan Wentzel 9/23/1945 9/30/1945
George Wheeler 7/27/1910 8/3/1910
Mutt Wilson 9/11/1920 9/18/1920
Clarence Winters 8/28/1924 9/4/1924
Danny Young 3/30/2000 4/6/2000
Jeff Zaske 7/21/1984 7/28/1984
Bill Zinser 8/19/1944 8/26/1944

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.

Dave Oliver’s seven hits led the eight-dayers. He got into seven games for the 1977 Indians. He was taken in the third round of the 1973 draft, 10 picks ahead of a guy by the name of Eddie Murray.

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.

One thought on “The VORG’s “Chanukah” Team

  1. Masterful as always.
    I find the people who served their eight days in April particularly interesting (and Danny Young especially so) because I imagine they made the team out of spring training; got raked early; and that was all.

    Vaguely recall Jay Kleven showing up in a Roger Angell essay from “Five Seasons” … I believe in a spring training scene where some Mets coach was repeatedly and unsuccessfully trying to iron a hitch out of his swing.

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