About Those 17 Runs the Nats Scored

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As the good folks at Elias Sports Bureau pointed out on ESPN.com, the Nationals on Friday became just the third major-league team since 1918 to score 17 or more runs in a game after being shut out in the previous two contests. (Their 17-5 bludgeoning of the Orioles followed 3-0 and 1-0 losses to the Mets.)

The last two clubs to pull it off were the 1952 Indians (who beat the A’s 21-9 after losing 13-0 and 1-0 to the Tigers) and the ’64 Mets (who beat the Cubs 19-1 after losing 4-0 and 5-0 to the Houston Colts).

What’s so interesting about that, you ask? Well, the starting right fielder for the ’52 Indians when they erupted for 21 runs was Bob Kennedy (who went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI). And the manager for the Cubs when the Mets scored 19 against them was … the very same Bob Kennedy (who spent four seasons as a big-league skipper after his playing career ended in 1957).

I wouldn’t have brought this up, though, if it hadn’t been for one thing: Bob’s son, Terry, played for the Orioles (1987-88) and managed in the Expos’ farm system (1994 Vermont Expos). And the Expos, of course, became the Nats.

Bizarre.

 

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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