Monday, July 9, 2012

Home Run Derby post

I've been a slacker. No posts for over a week. I had a medical procedure last week and tomorrow I will have my gall bladder removed, so there will be another drought of posts.

I'm watching the State Farm Home Run Derby as I type this.  Matt Kemp isn't fairing well. Oh, he just hit a gold ball.  Another $18,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Thanks, State Farm.

2001 Fleer Boston Red Sox 100th Anniversary
Earl Wilson (card # 50)
One thing you don't see in home run derbies is pitchers batting. There's a reason for that. Earl Wilson sits in fifth place for all-time leaders in home runs by pitchers.

How many did he hit as a pitcher and who sits above him? Let's see. Earl hit 33 HRs.

Red Ruffing - 34
Warren Spahn - 35
Bob Lemon - 35
Wes Ferrell - 37

SABR member David Vincent wrote a fascinating article about pitchers hitting the long ball.  Enjoy the Derby.  Enjoy the All-Star Game.  See you in a few days.


  1. I'm surprised Drysdale isn't on that list.

    Good luck and heal up fast, slacker!

  2. Mark, take care of yourself and get well soon!