The Exceedingly Rare Double (And Triple) Doubles For Pitchers

Ball8StatsIn the days before pitch counts, pitchers used to put up some crazy stat lines. Some even managed to put some dubious double – and even triple – doubles.

That is: double digits in strikeouts and walks. And, in two special cases, triple doubles.

First, the triple doubles:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc BF
1 Bob Feller 1941-08-07 CLE DET L 3-4 CG 13, L 13.0 13 4 2 11 13 0 71 60
2 Red Ruffing 1927-09-05 (1) BOS NYY W 12-11 15.0 16 8 8 11 12 1 54 73

That’s incredible, for so many reasons – not the least of pitch Feller and Ruffing pitched 13 and 15 innings, respectively (when men were men!). Feller, who certainly didn’t deserve the loss, only allowed four runs (two earned) while giving up 13 hits and 11 walks. The Tigers helped Feller out a bit by grounding into three double plays, but still.

Now the double doubles for strikeouts and walks:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO Pit GSc BF
1 Stan Williams 1961-05-17 LAD MLN W 2-1 CG 11, W 11.0 4 1 1 12 11 207 84 49
2 Bobby Witt 1990-09-01 TEX OAK W 3-2 GS-7, W 7.0 4 2 2 10 10 137 61 35
3 Nolan Ryan 1974-06-14 CAL BOS W 4-3 GS-13 13.0 8 3 3 10 19 88 58
4 Sam McDowell 1970-05-02 CLE KCR L 3-4 GS-9 8.1 5 3 3 10 10 61 41
5 Jim Maloney 1965-08-19 (1) CIN CHC W 1-0 SHO10, W 10.0 0 0 0 10 12 94 40
6 Sam McDowell 1964-07-04 CLE CHW L 0-4 GS-8, L 7.2 4 4 3 11 12 58 40
7 Steve Barber 1961-08-13 BAL BOS W 6-5 CG 11, W 11.0 6 5 3 11 11 69 51
8 Herb Score 1957-04-16 CLE CHW L 2-3 CG 11, L 11.0 7 3 2 11 10 72 50
9 Allie Reynolds 1946-06-14 CLE PHA L 3-5 12.1 8 5 5 10 10 67 54
10 Bob Feller 1941-08-07 CLE DET L 3-4 CG 13, L 13.0 13 4 2 11 13 71 60
11 Bob Feller 1937-08-06 CLE NYY T 6-7 9.0 9 6 6 10 12 47 44
12 Red Ruffing 1927-09-05 (1) BOS NYY W 12-11 15.0 16 8 8 11 12 54 73

Note that Feller had almost put up a nine-inning triple double in 1937, falling one hit short against the Yankees (he made up for it four years and a day later, as noted above). Nolan Ryan also flirted with a triple-double in 1974 against the Red Sox but fell just two hits short.

And here are the double-doubles for hits and walks:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO GSc BF
1 Tommy Byrne 1951-08-22 SLB BOS L 1-3 GS-13, L 12.2 11 3 3 16 5 59 63
2 Bruno Haas 1915-06-23 (2) PHA NYY L 7-15 9.0 13 15 8 16 4 3 53
3 Jimmy Ring 1924-09-03 (1) PHI BRO L 6-7 9.0 11 7 5 12 2 31 48
4 Cap Crowell 1915-09-08 (2) PHA BOS L 2-13 8.0 11 13 7 12 1 9 47
5 Rudy May 1973-09-17 CAL OAK L 2-3 CG 13, L 12.2 10 3 2 11 8 71 56
6 Marino Pieretti 1945-04-28 WSH NYY L 1-2 CG 13, L 12.2 10 2 2 11 3 68 59
7 Bob Feller 1941-08-07 CLE DET L 3-4 CG 13, L 13.0 13 4 2 11 13 71 60
8 Bobo Newsom 1936-06-18 WSH DET W 12-4 9.0 10 4 4 11 3 43 44
9 Bobo Newsom 1934-05-27 SLB NYY W 16-7 9.0 10 7 5 11 1 33 48
10 Red Ruffing 1927-09-05 (1) BOS NYY W 12-11 15.0 16 8 8 11 12 54 73
11 Harry Courtney 1919-09-13 WSH DET W 9-8 8.0 12 8 7 11 2 19 45
12 Saul Rogovin 1951-06-15 (1) CHW PHA L 3-4 CG 11, L 10.2 10 4 3 10 4 54 49
13 Al Papai 1949-09-19 SLB PHA L 4-7 8.0 12 7 5 10 0 24 47
14 Hi Bithorn 1942-09-11 CHC NYG L 3-4 8.2 12 4 4 10 1 35 45
15 Russ Christopher 1942-07-23 PHA SLB L 6-9 8.0 13 9 9 10 1 11 45
16 Vern Kennedy 1939-09-07 (1) SLB CHW L 4-8 9.0 14 8 8 10 4 21 49
17 Jack Wilson 1939-06-09 (2) BOS SLB W 18-7 7.0 10 7 7 10 3 22 41
18 Bob Feller 1939-05-04 CLE NYY L 6-10 9.0 10 8 8 10 6 31 46
19 Jake Wade 1937-04-30 DET CLE W 4-2 9.0 10 2 2 10 5 54 44
20 Milt Gaston 1931-08-09 BOS WSH L 3-4 9.1 10 4 4 10 1 43 47
21 Vic Frazier 1931-04-26 CHW DET L 4-8 7.1 10 8 5 10 2 24 42
22 Vic Sorrell 1928-05-16 DET BOS L 4-5 10.1 10 5 5 10 4 47 50
23 Rube Walberg 1923-09-26 (1) PHA CLE L 3-5 11.0 10 5 5 10 4 51 52
24 Al Mamaux 1919-05-15 BRO CIN L 0-10 13.0 13 10 1 10 4 53 60
25 Gene Packard 1914-09-03 KCP SLM W 12-9 9.1 11 9 7 10 2 26
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO GSc BF
26 Pete Henning 1914-04-17 KCP CHI W 4-3 13.0 12 3 3 10 5 66

As you see, these are slightly more common – but they still don’t happen any more. The most recent was 1973, when Rudy May walked 11 while giving up 10 hits.

And how about Bruno Haas giving up 16 walks and 13 hits?

Different times.

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