I was snooping around Baseball Reference and I came across the category called "Cups of Coffee." I had no idea what it meant, so I had to check it out. It turns out that Baseball Reference has recorded 990 batters and 526 pitchers that only played in one career game. So, here are eight fun facts about the "Cups of Coffee" ballplayers.
- No hitter on the list hit a home run in their one-game careers.
- The most amount of hits by a hitter on the list is four, which was done by Ray Jansen on the St. Louis Browns on September 30, 1910. He went for 4 for 5.
- Ed Cermak, George Goetz, and Jim McGarr all went 0-4 with four strikeouts lifetime. Certainly not Hall of Fame stats.
- One of the most famous hitters on the list is Jeff Banister (pictured below), who is the current manager of the Texas Rangers. If only they could've hired someone with a bit more experience...
- There are plenty of successful families in baseball, like the Younts. Hall of Famer Robin did most of the heavy-lifting because his brother, Larry, has exactly no statistics for his entire, one-game career.
- Monty Swartz for the Reds pitched all twelve innings in an extra inning 6-3 loss to the Cardinals, giving up 17 hits in his only loss/appearance on the mound for his career.
- There are actually pitchers on the list that have infinite career ERAs because they gave up at least one earned run without recording an out and with the way that ERA is calculated, that would technically mean that per nine innings, that pitcher gave up an infinite amount of earned runs.
- On September 22, 1894, George Stultz pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout in his only career game. What a career!!
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