Baseball nonsense

There are 216  single stitches on a baseball (which some people call 108  double stitches).

216 reasons to love baseball, 216 tiny threads holding together a 5 ounce sphere that is only 9 inches in circumference.

216 is a random number, I have no idea why it’s not 214 or 218 or 312 stitches, but it’s 216 and if we look at 216 as a number that is larger in the context of the game than the current exalted state it possesses then we’d find the following:

One man with a lifetime batting average of .216  and that would be Bubba Crosby, who had 250 ab’s with the Dodgers and the Yankees and had 54 hits.

Only 9 men have hit .216 in a season, the last 22 years ago and the first was a rookie CF for the Reds in their second year of existence. Cy Young is the only pitcher to hit .216 in a season.

AVERAGE                  YEAR     AVG      AB
Pop Corkhill             1883     .216     375
Jay Bell                 1987     .216     125
Jim Finigan              1956     .216     250
Eddie Pellagrini         1954     .216     125
Dan Costello             1915     .216     125
Cy Young                 1907     .216     125
Willie Crawford          1977     .216     250
Bob O'Farrell            1919     .216     125
Gil Garrido              1971     .216     125

No players have exactly 216 home runs in their career, nine players do have 216 hits in their career, the most famous of them is Tommie Aaron, Hanks brother.

Now if you want to find names that fall next to the number 216 look no farther than the doubles column.. players with 216 career doubles include  the following:

DOUBLES                     2B       AB
Jesse Barfield              216      4759
Bob Allison                 216      5032
Kid Gleason                 216      7452
Julian Javier               216      5722
Johnny Logan                216      5244
Ralph Kiner                 216      5205
Aaron Boone                 216      3858
Freddie Patek               216      5530
Johnny Evers                216      6137
Ken Henderson               216      4553
Johnny Hopp                 216      4260

Question: Who is  Sammy Strang ?

Answer: The only player to have a career total of steals that equals 216

Three hurlers have 216 career wins, they are Wilbur Cooper, Charlie Hough and Curt Schilling, only Curt can change that.

Of all the mne in MLB history who have thrown a pitch only Steven Shell and Russ McKelvy have a lifetime era of … you guessed it, 2.16.

15 pitchers have ended a season with that era, including Dazzy vance with over 300 innings pitched and Brad “The Animal” Lesley with 8.1 innings pitched

Seven men have ended the season with 216 strikeouts they are as follows:

INNINGS PITCHED               YEAR     IP       SO     SO/9 IP
1    Larry Corcoran           1883    473.2      216     4.10
2    Gaylord Perry            1974    322.1      216     6.03
3    Aaron Harang             2006    234.1      216     8.30
4    Kevin Brown              2000    230        216     8.45
5    Jim Maloney              1966    225        216     8.64
6    Jake Peavy               2005    203        216     9.58
7    Sandy Koufax             1962    184        216    10.57

And….. there are 10 men who have 216 as a career total

INNINGS PITCHED                 IP       SO     SO/9 IP
1    Nate Andrews              773        216     2.51
2    Fred Mitchell             718        216     2.71
3    Joe Sullivan              588        216     3.31
4    Ray Fontenot              493.2      216     3.94
5    Luis Sanchez              369.2      216     5.26
6    Ryan Bowen                326        216     5.96
7    Wayne Franklin            323        216     6.02
8    Brian Shouse              322.2      216     6.02
9    Julio Mateo               318.1      216     6.11
10   Ryan Vogelsong            315        216     6.17

Only two pitchers have a career total of 216 innings pitched, one was Dick Brodowski and the other was Michael Bacsik, whose father also pitched in the big leagues, he however only pitched 172.2 innings in his career, which is what Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for in 2007 to lead the Pac Ten.

But you probably knew that.

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