Wednesday, September 17, 2008

One is the Loneliest Number But It Aint Zero

Duane Kuiper gets all kinds of ribbing from his former teammate and now broadcast buddy, Mike Krukow, about his lone homer off of former Giants pitcher and Cy Young winner, Steve Stone.

But how about the son of former slugger Dick Stuart, also known as (a.k.a.) Doctor Strangeglove, who belted 35 homers in 1961 with the Pirates at spacious Forbes Field. Then with the Red Sox in 1963 he hit 42, following that with 33 in 1964, again with the Bosox.

In 1981: Rick Stuart of the Johnson City Cardinals hit the only home run of his professional career, over the left-field fence. As his teammates gathered around the dish, to congratulate him, he failed to touch home plate and was called out on appeal. Holy Tummy Ache, Batman!!

(thanks to Retro Sheet)

Kevin Marquez