On this day 174 years ago, a former major leaguer was born. He didn’t last long in the pros, appearing in just 51 games across four years from 1871 through 1874 with the Philadelphia Athletics of the National Association, which preceded the National League. A funny thing is that he didn’t walk once in 234 recorded plate appearances. An even funnier thing is his name:
Random Stat of the Day: The record for most plate appearances without recording at least one walk belongs to John Phillips Jenkins “Count” Sensenderfer who had 234 PA and 0 walks while playing from 1871 to 1874. He also had 12 appearances as an umpire during his playing career ♂️ pic.twitter.com/qpoozLcjcL— Nate (@RotoNate23) April 30, 2020
Sure, he was technically John Phillips Jenkins Sensenderfer, but hey, that’s good too. No, this has nothing to do with the Yankees since he died when the team was just 10 games old in 1903, but hey: lol. Count Sensenderfer. Great stuff.
Today on the site, Estevão will begin a series on the best complementary players in Yankees history, starting with Babe Ruth’s former partner in the outfield, Bob Meusel. Later on, Jesse will look back on the 1949 World Series-winning team that sparked the dynasty that won five championships in a row and Esteban will discuss Arizona Fall League breakout hitter Andres Chaparro.
1. What is the strangest moment of 2021 in baseball that you will remember?
2. I got HBO Max as a Christmas present. I’ve had it before, but not in quite awhile. What should my first watch be?