Catchers Working Doubleheaders Behind the Dish

During Saturday’s SABR Day event in New York City, panelists Dave Anderson, Dave Kaplan and Lindsay Berra (eldest granddaughter of Yogi Berra) were discussing the magic that was Lawrence Peter Berra. Among all his awards and statistical records, it was noted that Berra started and played catcher in both games of 117 doubleheaders.

This stat floored most of the audience, myself included.  I knew that back in the day, men were men and catchers routinely caught 150+ games in a year.  But I also knew there were many more scheduled doubleheaders and why wouldn’t a manager rest his number one backstop for one of those games. I decided to check on the accuracy of that 117 doubleheader stat.

I parsed out all the doubleheaders from the Retrosheet game logs of 1911-2015 (which includes those with complete lineups), and then searched for instances in which the catcher in game one was the same one in game two.  Not only did Berra catch both ends of 117 doubleheaders, by my count, he caught 28 more, for a staggering total of 145.

Here is the list of all players to catch both games of a doubleheader, along with the number of times they did that.  Note that the current poster boy for indefatigability, the Royals Salvador Perez, hasn’t been called upon to catch both ends of a twinbill:

 

Catcher Doubleheaders
Yogi Berra 145
Frankie Hayes 143
Mickey Cochrane 141
Bill Dickey 125
Al Lopez 102
Ray Schalk 94
Andy Seminick 93
Rollie Hemsley 90
Shanty Hogan 90
Hank Severeid 89
Cy Perkins 88
Gus Mancuso 88
Mike Tresh 87
Jim Hegan 80
Gabby Hartnett 76
Mickey Owen 73
Rick Ferrell 71
Roy Campanella 71
Ray Mueller 69
Steve O’Neill 68
Luke Sewell 67
Spud Davis 66
Wes Westrum 65
Clint Courtney 63
Ivey Wingo 57
Jimmie Wilson 56
Bill Freehan 55
Randy Hundley 55
Sherm Lollar 55
Elston Howard 54
Ernie Lombardi 53
John Romano 53
Del Rice 52
Hank Gowdy 51
Zack Taylor 51
Hal Smith 50
Muddy Ruel 50
Buddy Rosar 49
Sammy White 49
Clay Dalrymple 47
Harry Danning 46
Al Spohrer 45
Buck Rodgers 45
Bill Killefer 44
Babe Phelps 42
Bob O’Farrell 41
Frank Snyder 41
Walker Cooper 41
Wally Schang 41
Al Todd 40
Mike Gonzalez 40
Gus Triandos 38
Chief Meyers 37
Del Crandall 37
Earl Battey 37
Tim McCarver 37
Jerry Grote 36
John Bateman 35
Johnny Edwards 35
Gary Carter 34
Jake Early 33
Phil Roof 33
Ed Herrmann 32
Ray Berres 32
Joe Torre 31
Oscar Stanage 31
Johnny Bassler 30
Tom Haller 30
Ed Bailey 29
Thurman Munson 29
Manny Sanguillen 28
Walter Schmidt 28
Birdie Tebbetts 27
Smoky Burgess 27
Ted Simmons 27
Russ Nixon 26
Clyde McCullough 25
Gene Desautels 25
Aaron Robinson 24
Bill Rariden 24
Les Moss 24
Mike Ryan 24
Paul Casanova 24
Phil Masi 24
Bob Boone 23
Joe Azcue 23
John Roseboro 23
Mickey O’Neil 23
Ray Fosse 23
Bob Swift 22
Darrell Porter 22
Sam Agnew 22
Charlie Berry 21
John Henry 21
Otto Miller 21
Rudy York 21
Stan Lopata 21
Frank Mancuso 20
Hal Wagner 20
Harry Chiti 20
Moe Berg 20
Roy Spencer 20
Butch Wynegar 19
Earl Smith 19
Frank Grube 19
Frankie Pytlak 19
Andy Etchebarren 18
Bruce Edwards 18
Buck Crouse 18
George Gibson 18
Bennie Warren 17
Charlie Hargreaves 17
Eddie Ainsmith 17
Jack Shepard 17
Jimmy Archer 17
Johnny Gooch 17
Barry Foote 16
Ellie Rodriguez 16
Glenn Myatt 16
Pinky Hargrave 16
Ray Katt 16
Val Picinich 16
Verne Clemons 16
Bennie Tate 15
Bert Adams 15
Dick Brown 15
Earl Grace 15
Jim Sundberg 15
Johnny Bench 15
Les Nunamaker 15
Patsy Gharrity 15
Ray Lamanno 15
Roxy Walters 15
Walt Tragesser 15
Dave Rader 14
Ed Kirkpatrick 14
Jerry May 14
Jim Pagliaroni 14
Lance Parrish 14
Mike Garbark 14
Carlton Fisk 13
Chris Cannizzaro 13
Eddie Phillips 13
Fred Hofmann 13
Hobie Landrith 13
Ken O’Dea 13
Mickey Livingston 13
Sammy Taylor 13
Toby Atwell 13
Tommy Clarke 13
Tony Giuliani 13
William Fischer 13
Al Evans 12
Art Wilson 12
Cal Neeman 12
Duke Sims 12
Hank Foiles 12
Jack Lapp 12
Johnny Peacock 12
Paul Richards 12
Tom Padden 12
Alan Ashby 11
Arndt Jorgens 11
Bubbles Hargrave 11
George Mitterwald 11
Lew McCarty 11
Merv Shea 11
Mike Brumley 11
Red Wilson 11
Roy Partee 11
Rube Walker 11
Al Lakeman 10
Bob Schmidt 10
Bob Tillman 10
Bruce Ogrodowski 10
Butch Henline 10
Dave Duncan 10
Ed Fitz Gerald 10
Frank House 10
Hank DeBerry 10
Joe Astroth 10
Joe Ginsberg 10
Johnny Oates 10
Mike Guerra 10
Milt May 10
Ray Hayworth 10
Terry Kennedy 10
Tom Egan 10
Al Unser 9
Bill Atwood 9
Clyde Kluttz 9
Clyde Manion 9
Earl Averill 9
Earl Williams 9
Ed Burns 9
Ernie Whitt 9
Harry McCurdy 9
Jack Hiatt 9
Jerry McNertney 9
Ken Suarez 9
Larry McLean 9
Pat Collins 9
Roger Bresnahan 9
Charlie Lau 8
Dick Bertell 8
Dixie Howell 8
Gene Oliver 8
Joe Garagiola 8
John Boccabella 8
John Stearns 8
Mickey Grasso 8
Truck Hannah 8
Wally Millies 8
Benny Bengough 7
Bert Whaling 7
Bill DeLancey 7
Billy Holm 7
Billy Meyer 7
Bob Finley 7
Brian Downing 7
Dewey Williams 7
Duffy Dyer 7
Ed Madjeski 7
Ed Ott 7
Frank Gibson 7
Fred Kendall 7
George Dickey 7
J.C. Martin 7
Joe Glenn 7
Joe Lonnett 7
Mike Heath 7
Pete Daley 7
Pinch Thomas 7
Ron Hassey 7
Tony Pena 7
Ben Egan 6
Bo Diaz 6
Buck Martinez 6
Cliff Bolton 6
Doc Edwards 6
Glenn Borgmann 6
Haywood Sullivan 6
Hick Cady 6
Jack Bliss 6
Jake Gibbs 6
Jeff Torborg 6
Jesse Gonder 6
Jim Essian 6
Jimmie Foxx 6
John Ellis 6
Ken Retzer 6
Larry Haney 6
Larry Woodall 6
Mike Sandlock 6
Mike Simon 6
Norm Schlueter 6
Red Dooin 6
Sal Yvars 6
Tubby Spencer 6
Wickey McAvoy 6
Bill Carrigan 5
Bill Conroy 5
Bill Sarni 5
Billy Bryan 5
Billy Sullivan 5
Bob Barton 5
Bob Stinson 5
Carl Sawatski 5
Cliff Johnson 5
Del Baker 5
Don Padgett 5
Duane Josephson 5
Earl Blackburn 5
Earle Brucker 5
Ebba St. Claire 5
Frank Bruggy 5
Gene Green 5
George Susce 5
Greek George 5
Hal Naragon 5
Jason Kendall 5
Jody Davis 5
Joe Nolan 5
Joe Tipton 5
Johnnie Heving 5
Ron Hodges 5
Steve Yeager 5
Stew Hofferth 5
Tim Thompson 5
Tom Daly 5
Walt Lerian 5
Archie Yelle 4
Bill Cronin 4
Bill Haeffner 4
Bill Plummer 4
Bob Coleman 4
Bob Uecker 4
Charlie Silvera 4
Choo Choo Coleman 4
Danny Kravitz 4
Dick Billings 4
Dixie Parsons 4
Don Wheeler 4
Ed Sadowski 4
Fran Healy 4
Gary Alexander 4
Gene Tenace 4
Ivan Rodriguez 4
Jerry Zimmerman 4
Jim Fanning 4
Jimmie Coker 4
Joe Pignatano 4
John Wockenfuss 4
Johnny Schulte 4
Ken Rudolph 4
Lou Berberet 4
Matt Batts 4
Mike Roarke 4
Mike Scioscia 4
Orlando McFarlane 4
Otto Denning 4
Pat Corrales 4
Paul Florence 4
Rowdy Elliott 4
Steve Nicosia 4
Steve Swisher 4
Tommy Heath 4
Valmy Thomas 4
Alex Gaston 3
Alex Trevino 3
Biff Pocoroba 3
Bill Wagner 3
Bob Collins 3
Bob Montgomery 3
Brian McCann 3
Cam Carreon 3
Chick Autry 3
Chris Krug 3
Curt Blefary 3
Del Wilber 3
Dick Dietz 3
Dick Rand 3
Elrod Hendricks 3
Ernie Krueger 3
Fats Dantonio 3
Fred Tyler 3
Grover Hartley 3
Gus Niarhos 3
Jeff Newman 3
Jeff Sweeney 3
Jerry Willard 3
Jim Price 3
John Bischoff 3
John Brock 3
Johnny Blanchard 3
Johnny Pramesa 3
Kevin Pasley 3
Larry Cox 3
Luis Pujols 3
Mark Salas 3
Mickey Kreitner 3
Nick Allen 3
Paul Burris 3
Pickles Dillhoefer 3
Ray Murray 3
Ray Noble 3
Rich Gedman 3
Rick Dempsey 3
Ron Brand 3
Skip Jutze 3
Tex Erwin 3
Tim Blackwell 3
Tom Needham 3
Tom Satriano 3
Tony Brottem 3
Al Bool 2
B.J. Surhoff 2
Benito Santiago 2
Bernie Hungling 2
Bill Salkeld 2
Bill Schroeder 2
Bob Scheffing 2
Brad Kocher 2
Bruce Benedict 2
Carl Taylor 2
Chad Kreuter 2
Charlie Moore 2
Charlie O’Brien 2
Dee Moore 2
Don Leppert 2
Doug Camilli 2
Dwight Lowry 2
Ed Connolly 2
Ferrell Anderson 2
Frank Fernandez 2
Gil Hodges 2
Gilly Campbell 2
Glenn Brummer 2
Hal Spindel 2
Hank Helf 2
Jack Cummings 2
Jackie Moore 2
Javy Lopez 2
Jim French 2
Jimmie Schaffer 2
Joe Girardi 2
Joe Jenkins 2
Joe Oliver 2
Joe Rossi 2
Joel Skinner 2
John Leary 2
John Orsino 2
Johnny Grabowski 2
Johnny Kling 2
JW Porter 2
Leo Dixon 2
Mack Wheat 2
Matt Nokes 2
Mickey Tettleton 2
Mike Sadek 2
Oscar Siemer 2
Paul Gillespie 2
Ralph Houk 2
Raymond Haley 2
Red Hayworth 2
Rick Cerone 2
Rick Sweet 2
Ricky Seilheimer 2
Sammy Holbrook 2
Scott Bradley 2
Todd Hundley 2
Vance Wilson 2
Vic Roznovsky 2
Yadier Molina 2
Yam Yaryan 2
Al DeVormer 1
Alan Knicely 1
Andy Allanson 1
Angel Pena 1
Art Kusnyer 1
Astyanax Douglass 1
Bengie Molina 1
Benny Culp 1
Bill Bergen 1
Bill Drescher 1
Bill Hall 1
Bill Lewis 1
Bill Nahorodny 1
Bill Patton 1
Bob Brenly 1
Bob Davis 1
Bob Garbark 1
Bob Geren 1
Bob Kearney 1
Bobby Bragan 1
Bobby Pfeil 1
Bobby Ramos 1
Brad Gulden 1
Brian Johnson 1
Brian Schneider 1
Brook Fordyce 1
Bud Bulling 1
Bunny Madden 1
Charlie White 1
Chico Hernandez 1
Chink Outen 1
Chris Bando 1
Chuck Brinkman 1
Cliff Knox 1
Cliff Lee 1
Clyde Sukeforth 1
Corky Miller 1
Cuno Barragan 1
Dan Graham 1
Dan Wilson 1
Dann Bilardello 1
Danny Doyle 1
Darrell Johnson 1
Darren Daulton 1
Dave Engle 1
Dave Nilsson 1
Dave Watkins 1
Dennis Paepke 1
Dick Gossett 1
Dick West 1
Doc Carroll 1
Don Pavletich 1
Don Slaught 1
Donnie Scott 1
Dusty Ryan 1
Dutch Dotterer 1
Ed Taubensee 1
Eddie Kearse 1
Eddie Kenna 1
Eddie Malone 1
El Tappe 1
Emil Huhn 1
Floyd Rayford 1
Francis Healy 1
Francisco Cervelli 1
Frank Reiber 1
Fred Blackwell 1
Gene Lamont 1
Geno Petralli 1
George Lees 1
Geovany Soto 1
Gerald Laird 1
Greg Olson 1
Gus Sandberg 1
Hal King 1
Hank Camelli 1
Hank Ruszkowski 1
Hardy Peterson 1
Henry Blanco 1
Henry Mercedes 1
Herb Bremer 1
Herb Crompton 1
Hugh McMullen 1
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 1
Jeff Ransom 1
Jerry Lynch 1
Jerry Moses 1
Jerry Narron 1
Jim Campbell 1
Joe Becker 1
Joe Mauer 1
Joe McCabe 1
Joe Schultz 1
John Felske 1
John Marzano 1
John Stefero 1
John Stephenson 1
John Tamargo 1
Johnny Estrada 1
Jonathan Lucroy 1
Josh Billings 1
Junior Ortiz 1
Kettle Wirts 1
Kirt Manwaring 1
Koyie Hill 1
Len Okrie 1
Lou Legett 1
Marc Hill 1
Mark Bailey 1
Mark Parent 1
Marty Castillo 1
Marv Foley 1
Merritt Ranew 1
Michael Barrett 1
Mike Compton 1
Mike Fitzgerald 1
Mike Piazza 1
Mike Redmond 1
Moe Thacker 1
Norm Sherry 1
Omir Santos 1
Ozzie Virgil 1
Pat Borders 1
Pat Moran 1
Paul Ratliff 1
Peaches Graham 1
Ramon Hernandez 1
Rico Carty 1
Rip Williams 1
Roy Easterwood 1
Russ Gibson 1
Ryan Lavarnway 1
Sam Calderone 1
Sandy Alomar 1
Scott Hemond 1
Scott Servais 1
Tim Laudner 1
Tom Donohue 1
Tom Jordan 1
Tom Lundstedt 1
Tom Turner 1
Tony Cruz 1
Tony Eusebio 1
Tony Rego 1
Vic Correll 1
Walt Alexander 1
Wilfredo Tejada 1
Willard Hershberger 1

3 thoughts on “Catchers Working Doubleheaders Behind the Dish

  1. Wow, This may fall into the “unbreakable” category, as double headers are essentially extinct. True double headers, not the day/night affairs of today. Another excellent research presentation Diane!

  2. Of the 145 doubleheader starts, 131 were through 1956, his age 31 season. If I figured right, he hit .315 (356-1129) in catching doubleheader starts, and .279 in other catcher starts. Just an amazing player.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: