Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013 Dick Smith and Tippy Martinez

Dick Smith
is one of three Dick Smiths to play in the majors. This Dick Smith played with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 1950s and the other two played in the 1960s, one with the 1969 Senators and the other with the Mets and Dodgers. After his last year with the Pirates in 1955 he played several more years in the PCL.

Tippy Martinez
came up to the Major Leagues with the NY Yankees in 1974 and in 1976 was traded to the Orioles with Rick Dempsey and Scott McGregor. He pitched in 546 games from 1974-1988

In 1983, Tippy Martinez picked off three Blue Jays in one inning:

According to WIKI:
       Martinez may be best known for picking off three Toronto Blue Jays at first base in one inning during an August 24, 1983 game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The Orioles, having replaced both their starting catcher and his backup while rallying to tie the game in the ninth inning, entered the tenth with reserve infielder Lenn Sakata in the game at catcher. Three consecutive Blue Jays hitters reached first base and each one, thinking it would be easy to steal a base on Sakata, took a big lead. Martinez picked off all three base runners, then became the winning pitcher when the Orioles won the game on Sakata's home run in the bottom of the tenth.

I think I remember seeing that on This Week in Baseball.



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