Before we get started: I was listening to the Twins game last night, and I made sure I had Baseball-Reference queued up for when the 4th inning rolled around. I fired off an email with the answer to the Twins radio trivia question, and later heard my name announced as the winning answer — fourth time this season. Question? “On this date in 2005 against the Padres, which Twins player got his first major league RBI?” Answer: Glenn Williams
Stumbled over this card while going through a binder today, and considered it a prime prospect for another NCIS challenge:
1995 Score Pinnacle Artist Proof #91 Chuck Knoblauch
What can we uncover regarding the play on the front of this card?
My initial examination revealed:
1) Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, and Detroit baserunner Lou Whitaker
2) it’s a day game and outside; must be at Detroit
3) initially looked like a stolen base attempt, but Lou is not someone who would be stealing, particularly in the second-to-last season of his career. We’re probably looking at an erroneous throw from the left side of the infield.
I challenged the regulars at WGOM with this one, and again they didn’t let me down. Here are their findings:
– the patch on Whitaker’s sleeve confirms that this play was from 1994
– Whitaker had no stolen base attempts against the Twins in 1994
– the only candidate for this play occurred in the bottom of the 7th inning of this game on June 5th, 1994.
Whitaker singled to lead off the inning. On a 1-1 count, Travis Fryman hit a ball between short and third; the throw to second was off the mark and Knobby had to leap for it — either a tough play or a generous offical scorekeeper, as it was ruled a single. Must have fired Knoblauch up though, as he hit his second homer of the game in the Twins’ half of the 8th, the go-ahead and last of the Twins’ three runs. Interestingly, the first six runs scored in this game were all on solo home runs, but in the bottom half of the 8th the Tigers took back the game for good. Carl Willis didn’t do Scott Erickson any favors in this one.