Baseball Library Vault of Lists: October 15, 2008
Congratulations to Two Postseason Record Setters: Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays and Matt Stairs of the Philadelphia Phillies
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Last night, Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays went 5-for-5 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored vs. the Boston Red Sox in the fourth game of the ALCS. Tampa Bay won, 13-4. Crawford became only the seventh player in Major League Baseball history to get 5 hits in a postseason game. The others:
Paul Blair (Baltimore Orioles) went 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBI and 1 run scored vs. the Minnesota Twins in the third game of the American League playoffs on October 6, 1969. Baltimore won, 11-2.
Crawford also set a record by accumulating 9 total bases without hitting a home run in a postseason game. He eclipsed four players who were tied with 8 total bases:
Mike Stanley on October 10, 1999 vs. Cleveland.
From the National League:
When Matt Stairs hit his pinch-hit home run to win the fourth game of the NLDS vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night, he set a record as the oldest major league player to hit a pinch-hit homer in a postseason game. Only 9 players 35 or older, including Stairs, have accomplished that feat. The other 8 include:
Ruben Sierra (38, New York Yankees) against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth game of the ALCS on October 13, 2003. The Red Sox won, 3-2.
Hank Majeski (37, Cleveland Indians) against the New York Giants in the fourth game of the World Series on October 2, 1954. The Giants won, 7-4.
So Taguchi (37, St. Louis Cardinals) against the San Diego Padres in the third game of the NLDS on October 7, 2006. St. Louis won, 3-1.
Jay Buhner (37, Seattle Mariners) against the New York Yankees in the third game of the ALCS on October 20, 2001. Seattle won, 14-3.
Mark McGwire (37, St. Louis Cardinals) against the Atlanta Braves in the second game of the NLDS on October 5, 2000. St. Louis won, 10-4.
Jay Johnstone (35, Los Angeles Dodgers) against the New York Yankees in the fourth game of the World Series on October 24, 1981. Los Angeles won 8-7.