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When occured: 
Mon, 1923-10-01

Nick AltrockNick Altrock‚ clowning coach of the Series-bound Senators‚ pinch-hits for Johnny Kerr at the age of 57 in a 3-0‚ 11-inning loss to the A's. Altrock bats with 2 outs in the 11th against Rube Walberg. The Washington Post reported it as follows:

Amid such absurdities as Cliff Bolton playing right field‚ and Nick Altrock pinch hitting as the Nats' dying gesture‚ the American League season came to a close at Griffith Stadium yesterday‚ with the Athletics winning‚ 3 to 0‚ in the eleventh inning of a ball game that had no more bearing on the baseball situation than the NRA code of the buttonhole workers.

Three runs behind and two out going into the last of the eleventh‚ the Nats went down fighting‚ leastwise‚ Nick Altrock did. Uncle Nick was the Nats' last hope. Walberg showed his contempt by calling in all his outfielders. His infielders surrounded the pitching box. Walberg dared Nick to hit the ball‚ and Nick hit it. He hit it back to Walberg and then went down fighting. Walberg fielded the ball‚ ran to the baseline and waited for Nick‚ but he reckoned without the 'inside' baseball of the Nats' clown. Altrock sidestepped Walberg via the dugout and reached first safely. When he was called out for running out of bounds‚ he pleaded in vain with the official scorer to overrule umpire ummers' decision.

 
Tagged:
A, Cliff Bolton, John Kerr, Nick Altrock, Rube Walberg, Washington Senators
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