Shock and Awe: Browns Pull Triple Play

Zach Taylor, 1948 Manager, St. Louis Browns

Zach Taylor, Manager
1948 St. Louis Browns

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An Ode to Zach Taylor

The Brownies looked suspicious – ‘gainst Washington that day

With all the bases full of Sens – and three 1st outs to play

Perhaps their pitcher – Kennedy – had early eggs to lay

 

And in the first base dugout – Zack Taylor’s mind did sway

Would this be one more time he failed – to keep the beasts at bay

As head man of the lowly Browns – he could not rightly say

 

Instead he made a private pact – if one more hit did hasten

All those nightmare next-pitch thoughts – of no more time to chasten

Bill Kennedy was coming out – there’d be no conversation

 

Then whack it came – the ball struck hard – McBride was off and running

Time to act – and Zack arose – to saunter through Sens funning

To get Bill out – and try anew – another pitcher’s cunning

 

In trance-like pace – Zack’s eyes stayed down – he didn’t want to see it

If this hit meant – two quick Sens runs – that’s how it was – so be it

Brownie pain was season long – no manager could flee it

 

But when he reached the first base line – Zack raised his eyes in wonder

The Browns were all hand-slapping glad – their voices roared with thunder

What they had done – and Zach had missed – shred sadness to asunder

 

The Browns had forged a triple play – to string the three-out weenie

A carom drive – off Bill’s big glove – was caught by Pellagrini

A toss to third – a flip to first – had served up sweet linguini

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Baseball Almanac Box ScoresSt. Louis Browns 13, Washington Senators 2
St. Louis Browns ab   r   h rbi
Dillinger 3b 4 1 0 0
Zarilla lf 5 0 2 0
Priddy 2b 4 2 2 3
Lehner cf 5 0 2 2
Moss c 5 0 2 1
  Fannin pr 0 0 0 0
  Partee c 0 1 0 0
Kokos rf 5 4 4 1
Stevens 1b 3 1 1 1
Pellagrini ss 5 2 3 1
Kennedy p 2 1 1 1
  Garver p 4 1 3 2
Totals 42 13 20 12
Washington Senators ab   r   h rbi
Yost 3b 4 0 2 0
Kozar 2b 2 0 1 1
Coan lf 4 1 2 0
McBride rf 2 0 0 0
  Stewart ph,rf 2 0 1 0
Christman ss 3 0 1 0
  Fleitas ss 1 0 0 1
Vernon 1b 4 0 0 0
Wooten cf 4 1 3 0
Okrie c 4 0 1 0
Wynn p 0 0 0 0
  Ferrick p 1 0 0 0
  Hudson p 1 0 1 0
  Robertson ph 1 0 0 0
Totals 33 2 12 2
St. Louis 0 1 1 3 0 2 1 2 3 13 20 1
Washington 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 12 1
  St. Louis Browns IP H R ER BB SO
Kennedy  W(2-4) 4.2 7 1 1 3 1
  Garver  SV(4) 4.1 5 1 1 0 0
Totals
9.0
12
2
2
3
1
  Washington Senators IP H R ER BB SO
Wynn  L(7-11) 3.1 6 5 5 3 0
  Ferrick 3.0 7 3 3 5 1
  Hudson 2.2 7 5 5 2 0
Totals
9.0
20
13
13
10
1

E–Pellagrini (8), Okrie (1).  DP–St. Louis 3. Pellagrini-Priddy-Stevens, Dillinger-Priddy-Stevens, Pellagrini-Priddy-Stevens, Washington 2. Kozar-Fleitas-Vernon, Okrie-Vernon.  TP–St. Louis 1. Kennedy-Pellagrini-Dillinger-Stevens.  3B–St. Louis Kokos (1).  SH–Dillinger (6); Stevens (18).  Team LOB–14.  Team–7.  SB–Priddy (5); Yost (1).  CS–Pellagrini (1); Vernon (9).  U–Eddie Hurley, Bill Grieve, Charlie Berry.  T–2:42.  A–7,059.

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 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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2 Responses to “Shock and Awe: Browns Pull Triple Play”

  1. Len Levin Says:

    Curious that Kennedy got the victory even though he pitched only 4.2 innings. Retrosheet doesn’t mention that he was relieved because of injury. Baseball-reference notes that he didn’t pitch again for nine days, so there may have been an injury involved, which would allow him to get the win even though he didn’t pitch five innings.

  2. Mark W Says:

    In those days, wasn’t 4.2 innings sufficient for a starting pitcher to be awarded a win?

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