Foxx sets modern mark with six-walk game
But Jimmie Foxx did something even the Bambino never accomplished when he walked six times in one game.
On June 16, 1938, St. Louis Browns pitchers walked Foxx six times – in the first, third, fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Joe Cronin, another future Hall of Famer hitting fifth in the Boston lineup while protecting Foxx in the cleanup spot, had four hits and four RBI in the Red Sox’s 12-8 win.
All four of Cronin’s hits followed Foxx walks.
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All of Foxx’s walks on that day in 1938 were unintentional.
“A man hit a ball that far? No way you could get mad at him,” said pitcher Wes Ferrell. “You had to admire it. Foxx was a wonderful guy, too.”
Foxx was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum