Who is Toby Harrah, you might ask? Well, I wondered the same thing. I knew there had to be more than just the high stirrups with prominent stripes, the flip-down sunglasses with the eye black, and the thick, dirty beard.
So, I went to this neat website (that I found on the Interwebs) called Wikipedia and searched his name. Turns out, Toby Harrah was involved in three pretty unusual feats:
- On June 25, 1976, he played both games of a doubleheader without taking a single fielding chance – as the shortstop.
- On August 27, 1977, he and teammate Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs – the only time this has ever happened in Major League Baseball history.
- On August 6, 1986, he hit a grand slam for Texas, in a game when two Baltimore players also hit grand slams, setting a new record for the most slams in one game. Despite the two slams, Baltimore still found a way to lose. Some things never change.
As I’m sure you can predict, I credit the beard.