Saturday, March 13, 2010

Franchise fiasco

The New York Times published the following correction to a recent obituary. It reads like a multitude of errors was committed, but there were only two: the stolen bases occurred during a game not an inning, and the original obit described records for the Dodgers franchise, when in fact they were only for the Dodgers since they abandoned Brooklyn for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

Correction: March 12, 2010

An obituary on Wednesday about Willie Davis, who succeeded Duke Snider as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ center fielder, erroneously credited Davis with franchise records in several categories. His career totals in those categories were records for the Los Angeles Dodgers only, not for the Dodger franchise, which was originally located in Brooklyn. Zack Wheat, not Davis, holds the franchise records for hits, at-bats, triples and total bases; Pee Wee Reese holds the record for runs; Duke Snider holds the record for extra-base hits. The obituary also incorrectly described one of Davis’s World Series accomplishments. He stole three bases in one game in the 1965 Series, not three bases in one inning.


Alana Baranick said...

The online obit apparently was revised to reflect the corrections.

Still pondering how anyone who knows baseball could think someone could steal three bases in a single inning.

Alana Baranick said...

The entire link didn't make it in the previous comment. Let's try to share the URL again:

Alana Baranick said...




Tom Hawthorn said...

Many sports obituaries offer the opportunity for this kind of error — inning vs. game, franchise vs. city.

It's possible for a player to steal three bases in one inning, which has happened only 49 times in the major leagues. Jayson Werth of the Phillies stole second, third and home in the seventh inning of a game against the Dodgers last season.

Alana Baranick said...

Silly me. I was thinking at-bats per inning and not about stealing multiple bases per at-bat.

Thanks for correcting me.

Jade Walker said...

Here you go, Alana -