October 16, 2010

10 Runs On 16 Hits

I was born on October 16, so I like it when I see a team has scored 10 runs on 16 hits. Sixteen hits seems like a "reasonable" number of hits for a 10-run showing, so it must happen with some frequency.

Or does it?

I looked at a few random seasons, thanks to Baseball Reference's Play Index. In any given season, I searched for games in which a team scored 10 runs, then sorted them by the number of hits.

1920: 64 times
`17 hits -  616 hits - 1115 hits -  914 hits -  913 hits -  812 hits -  911 hits -  3`
1930: 97 times
`17 hits -  816 hits - 1315 hits - 1814 hits - 1413 hits - 1712 hits -  711 hits -  7`
1963: 65 times
`17 hits -  316 hits -  715 hits -  714 hits - 1013 hits - 1512 hits - 1111 hits -  5`
1990: 89 times
`17 hits -  716 hits - 1215 hits -  714 hits - 1113 hits - 1412 hits - 1211 hits -  9`
2004: 151 times
`17 hits -  716 hits - 1915 hits - 3314 hits - 2613 hits - 2812 hits - 12`
2008: 116 times
`17 hits -  516 hits - 1215 hits - 1614 hits - 2313 hits - 1712 hits - 17`
2010: 118 times
`17 hits -  616 hits -  915 hits - 2014 hits - 1713 hits - 2112 hits - 10`
1920-2010: 7,649 times
`18 hits -  20717 hits -  43616 hits -  74515 hits - 101114 hits - 121413 hits - 122612 hits - 100111 hits -  728`
It would appear that 10/16 simply catches my eye like a shiny penny.

Most and fewest hits for a team scoring 10 runs (in nine innings)?

23 (here & here) and 4 (here & here)

L-girl said...

Happy Birthday!

The Omnipotent Q said...

Happy Birthday, and I hope you enjoy the day, Allan.

I was born on January 4th, so I've seen one run on four hits on a few occasions...

Amy said...

Happy birthday!!

tim said...

Cool - happy birthday!

Maybe I'll get a PI subscription to check 6 runs, 11 hits.

Did you look up if there was ever a game with as many errors to make up your actual full birth date? ;)

johngoldfine said...

Happy birthday from me too, Mr October!

How often has 10/16 happened on 10/16???

redsock said...

BRef's PI is only 1920-2010, so it is limited.

The record for errors by one team in a game is 24 -- by Boston against St. Louis in the NL, June 14, 1876. The infield made 17 errors. St.L made 16 errors, so there were 40 in that game!

(On May 1, 1876, the Boston outfield made 11 errors.)

The post-1900 error record is 12, by the Tigers against the White Sox in 1901 and the White Sox against the Tigers in 1903.

I have seen boxes of National Association games (pre-NL, 1871-75) with 26+ errors, though.

(And Cleveland made 7 errors in the 8th inning against the White Sox on September 20, 1905.)

Jack said...

Huh. 10/13 is my birthday. I never thought about it like this before. Good stuff.

redsock said...

How often has 10/16 happened on 10/16???

Never!

Assuming 10/16 is only in the post-season, these are the only teams with 10 runs and 16 hits:

Oct 9, 1919 - WS8 - CIN vs CWS
Oct 8, 1960 - WS3 - NYY vs PIT
Oct 4, 1978 - ALCS2 - KC vs NYY
Oct 14, 1986 - ALCS6 - BOS vs CAL
Oct 22, 2002 - WS3 - ANA vs SFG

redsock said...

Maybe I'll get a PI subscription to check 6 runs, 11 hits.

That happened 71 times in 2010.

BOS did it twice: June 15 (4 days late!!) and July 26.

johngoldfine said...

"Never!"

10/16/11 then, at Fenway!