Last Monday night, HighHeatStats tweeted the following:
Boxscore Trivia (difficulty 4 out of 5): what happened most recently in this 1995 game? http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU199507250.shtml …
In attempting to answer the question, I misread the boxscore and this conversation ensued:
intentionally walking the pitcher?
scratch that 🙂
But it got me wondering if there had ever been an intentional walk of a pitcher. With the Baseball Reference Play Index Event Finder fired up, I found these nine occurrences since 1945 (as far back as the Event Finder goes, with the caveat that IBBs were not an officially-tracked statistic until 1955):
|1946-04-21 (1)||Schoolboy Rowe||PHI||BSN||Johnny Sain||tied 2-2||b9||-2-||2|
|1947-08-15||Schoolboy Rowe||PHI||BRO||Joe Hatten||tied 1-1||b2||-2-||2|
|1947-08-15||Schoolboy Rowe||PHI||BRO||Joe Hatten||tied 1-1||b4||-2-||2|
|1947-09-20 (1)||Fred Hutchinson||DET||CLE||Bob Feller||tied 2-2||b10||-2-||1|
|1957-05-12 (1)||Mickey McDermott||KCA||@CLE||Early Wynn||ahead 0-2||t4||-23||1|
|1957-07-14 (2)||Lou Sleater||DET||BAL||George Zuverink||tied 6-6||b9||-2-||1|
|1958-07-25 (2)||Juan Pizarro||MLN||CHC||Don Elston||ahead 1-3||b6||-2-||2|
|1970-09-01 (2)||Jim Kaat||MIN||@MIL||Bobby Bolin||ahead 1-2||t11||-23||1|
|2004-05-05||Brooks Kieschnick||MIL||@CIN||Danny Graves||tied 4-4||t9||-2-||1|
Schoolboy Rowe could really handle himself at the plate. As a 22-year-old in A-ball in 1932, he hit .295 and smacked ten homers in 112 at-bats, while also going 19-7 on the mound with a 1.094 WHIP. In 1943, at the age of 33, he hit .294/.390/.510 in 59 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, to go along with a .304/.385/.420 rate in games he actually started at pitcher.