Worst in Sports Baseball Part 3

About the worsts in the sport of baseball including the worst batting and pitching in history.



Worst Fielding Performance (game): Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox, May 6, 1903. The American League rivals set a record for errors in a 9-inning game with 18. The Tigers committed 6, the White Sox, 12.

Worst Batter: It's difficult to single out one, Milwaukee pitcher Bob Buhl went hitless in 70 at-bats in 1962. Chicago pitcher Bill Hands struck out in 14 consecutive official at-bats in 1968. But then, pitchers are not expected to hit. Many of the big swingers are noted for their strike-out tendencies, but the all-time high belongs to Bobby Bonds, who, despite his 26 homers and 78 RBIs with the Giants in 1970, fanned 189 times in 663 at-bats. Monty Cross, a shortstop for the Philadelphia A's, batted. 189 in 503 at-bats in 1904, the lowest ever recorded for a full season. George McBride, a Washington shortstop, retired with a .218 average after 20 years, the lowest lifetime average for a player with 1,000 or more at-bats. Then there's Floyd Baker (not to be confused with Home Run Baker), who in his 2,280 major league at-bats, hit a total of one home run. And, please, a moment of silence for Skeeter Shelton, an outfielder who was called up to the major leagues by the New York Yankees in 1915. He collected one hit in 40 at-bats in that, his only major league season, for a lifetime average of .025.

Slowest Player: Russ Nixon, a well-traveled catcher, never stole a base in 12 years in the major leagues. Al "the Bull" Ferrara, a Dodger outfielder, was similarly unsuccessful in eight seasons.

Worst Start: Guy Morton, a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, lost the first 13 games of his career, beginning with the first game of a doubleheader on June 24, 1914. He finally won on Sept. 20.

Worst Pitching Staff: Philadelphia Phillies, 1930. In a continuing tradition of baseball worsts, the Phils of 1930 produced a combined ERA of 6.71. The Phillie pitchers managed a combined total of two shutouts en route to their debacle.

Worst Base-Running Performance: Brooklyn Dodgers, 1926. Also known as the Brooklyn Bums. The Dodgers had loaded the bases with one out against the Boston Braves. The batter, Babe Herman, drove an extra-base hit to right field, and the man on third scored easily. Dazzy Vance took off from second, but for some reason decided to return to third after rounding the bag. Meanwhile, Chick Fewster was going for third from first. And Herman, who was watching the ball rather than the bases, took off and slid headfirst into third. The third baseman took the throw from the cutoff man and tagged the three occupants. Vance was awarded the base, but Herman and Fewster were called out to end the inning.

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