"Has anyone's outs in a single game involved all nine defensive positions?"I'm sure it has happened, but searching for it would be no easy task. As far I can tell, you'd have to go to Retrosheet or BR and begin, as Jere put it, "checking long games and looking at guys that went 1 for 10 or 0 for 8". Plus there are plenty of games in the first half of the 20th century for which no play-by-play information exists.
Well, one day later, Jere may have found someone: John Shelby, June 3, 1989:
0 for 10 with two Ks. ... A flyout to left. A third to second fielder's choice. A flyout to right. Already that's 2, 4, 5, 7, and 9, with several at bats left. It's getting exciting! In the 12th, he grounds out to short, taking care of 3 and 6. ...I questioned (via email) giving Shelby credit for the 5-4 FC, since he reached base and was not put out. But Jere pointed out that if he had grounded into a 5-4-3 DP, he would have received credit for the 5-4 that retired the lead runner.
He only needs a 1 and an 8 (pitcher and center field). In the 15th he strikes out. In the 17th he again grounds to short. Still waiting on 1 and 8. In the 20th, he flies to center! Only needs to involve the pitcher now. Last at bat, in the 22nd ... he flies to center again. And a nation falls silent. The Astros won in the bottom half, leaving Shelby one position short of the holy grail.
But wait! I check through all his at bats again. In the third inning, with Shelby on second after reaching on the fielder's choice and stealing a base, we see:
"Knepper threw a wild pitch [Murray scored, Shelby out at home (catcher to pitcher)]"
Shelby tried to score from second on a wild pitch! And was put out! By the pitcher! Shelby made outs which involved all nine positions in one game.
Which is true, so this looks legit.
I'm now wondering what the craziest game is in the other direction. Has someone ever, for example, gone 0-for-7 with seven flyouts to right field?