Remembered mainly for his strong-armed defense, Dalrymple actually won the Phillies'
regular catching job in 1960 with his bat, pinch-hitting 12-for-42, with an overall
batting average of .272. Not a power threat, though a lefthanded dead pull hitter,
Dalrymple had his best hitting year in 1962 (.276, 11 homers, and 54 RBI). He led
NL catchers in assists in 1963, '65 and '67, and set a league record with 99 consecutive
errorless games (and 628 chances) during 1966 and 1967. Traded to the Orioles in
1969, Dalrymple suffered a broken ankle in 1970, hastening his retirement.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 19, 1960: In a spectacular ML debut, Giant Juan Marichal pitches no-hit ball until Clay Dalrymple pinch-hit singles with two out in the 7th. Marichal winds up with 12 strikeouts and a one-hit 2–0 win against the Phillies. Marichal is the first National League hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter.
»July 22, 1966: Gaylord Perry sets a San Francisco record with 15 strikeouts and beats the Phillies 4–1. Clay Dalrymple's one-out 8th-inning single is the first hit against Perry. The Giants (57-39, .594) are two percentage points behind the first-place Pirates (56-38, .596).
»July 4, 1967:
Philadelphia C Clay Dalrymple collects six walks in a 19-inning doubleheader against the Astros. The Phillies win the first 9–0 and take the nightcap 4–3 in 11 innings.
»June 26, 1970: Frank Robinson belts two successive grand slams during a 12–2 Oriole romp over the Senators, just the 7th major leaguer to ever accomplish the feat. Dave McNally, the winning pitcher, Don Buford, and Paul Blair trot home ahead of him on each blow. They will be Robby's only grand slams for the O's. The Orioles will lose C Clay Dalrymple tomorrow when he breaks his ankle in a home plate collision with the Nats Mike Epstein.