July 22, 1962: 6 for 6
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 5:00am
6 for 6 for weak-hitting Sox
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - Floyd Robinson of the Chicago White Sox went 6 for 6, all singles, on this date in 1962, tying an American League record held by 34 others for the most hits in a 9-inning game. The record in the National League is 7 held by Rennie Stennett of the 1975 Pittsburgh Pirates and Wilbert Robinson of the 1892 Baltimore Orioles (disbanded by the Nationa League in 1899).
Floyd Robinson, the White Sox right fielder, had a great year in '62. He hit .312, drove in 109 runs (on just 11 home runs) and led the league in doubles with 45, but he played for a team that was anemic offensively. The team batting average was .257, Robinson was the only regular to hit over .300, and the team leader in home runs was Al Smith with 16.
Three years removed from playing the Dodgers in the 1959 World Series, the Sox finished 5th, 11 games out. Despite their lousy hitting, the Sox contended for the next few years behind the pitching of Gary Peters and Joel Horlen. They won 94 games in 1963, 98 in 1964 and 95 in 1965, but finished second to the New York Yankees in '63 and '64 and second to the Minnesota Twins in '65.
Here's a little known fact; a promising young pitcher on those early 1960's White Sox teams who appeared in 36 games with an ERA of 3.09 decided to forego baseball for the NBA. Dave Debusschere went on to a Hall of Fame career with the New York Knickerbockers.
What happened to Floyd Robinson? He hit over .300 a couple more times in his career, but never had more than 75 RBI. He finished his career with Boston in 1968.