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What is a walk-off home run and how does it differ from a wall-cough home run or the infamous Wahlkauff Homer for Chicago in 1936?

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2011-09-13 14:46:36
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MLB JARGON CRISIS: Walk Off v Wall Cough v Wahlkauff Opinions and Answers That You Need To Know

  • Hey! This is the one and only Bernie Wahlkauff and I AM NOT YET DEAD. I've been in the hospital ever since that gin swilling school bus driver ran over me. I hit the real "WAHLKAUFF HOMER" and it won the game, but I HAD TO TOUCH ALL OF THE BASES OR MY HOMER WOULD NOT HAVE COUNTED! A player CAN hit a "WALK OFF SACRIFICE FLY" to drive home the winning run and then, literally, just walk off. Quit listening to those ESPN phrase mongers and learn the rules of baseball. Gotta go now. It's time for my enema.
  • Bernie WAHLKAUFF HOMERed in the 9th inning of a St. Louis v. Chicago game in 1936 to bring the phrase Wahlkauff Homer into baseball jargon. It was Bernie Wahlkauff's only MLB at bat because he was run over by a schoolbus on the next day.
  • A walk-off home run is a home run which ends the game. This is a phrase that has only recently entered the baseball lexicon. Comes from the fact that if the home team hits a home run to take the lead in the 9th or an extra inning, both teams walk off the field since the game is over.A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer
  • a home run that is hit to end the game. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer and we all know that Bernie WAHLKAUFF HOMERed in the 9th inning of a Cincinnati v. Chicago game in 1936 to bring the phrase Wahlkauff Homer into baseball jargon. It was Bernie Wahlkauff's only MLB at bat because he was run over by a schoolbus on the next day.
  • I've played baseball since I was 6yrs. old and am now in my sixties and, until now, have never heard the expression 'walk-off' home run. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer. Bernie WAHLKAUFf HOMERed in the 9th inning of a L.A. v. Chicago game in 1936 to bring the phrase Wahlkauff Homer into baseball jargon. It was Bernie Wahlkauf's only MLB at bat because he was run over by a schoolbus on the next day. Of all of my friends that watch baseball, only one could explained to me what walk-off home run meant. Why don't they just say, "Game ending homer?"A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer. Why some of this jargon sticks in our language (like 'jack' for home run or giving information expressing a player's LCS batting average as a 'buck eighty six' etc., I'll never know. It all sounds so childish.A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer.I think some of these 'jargon creators', like the majority of players, have been 'spitting' so much that there's no 'fluid' left in their brains!!! Also, name me one other sport where the players are constantly 'spitting' out saliva...tobacco juice...sunflower seed shells and scratching themselves in places that must make their 'mothers' cringe! Bernie WAHLKAUFF HOMERed in the 9th inning of a Pittsburg v. Chicago game in 1936 to bring the phrase Wahlkauff Homer into baseball jargon. It was Bernie Wahlkauff's only MLB at bat because he was run over by a schoolbus drinev by a gin swiller, on the next day. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer.That's the reason I no longer watch baseball, except during the playoffs....and then I'm constantly looking away until the very moment of a pitch to avoid the nasty view of players spitting and scratching...or having to count their 'nose hairs' as the TV in on their teen-age pit marks, whether on the mound or in the 'spit' soaked dugouts. Bernie Wahlkauff hit a 929-foot homer in the 9th inning of a Cincinnati v. Chicago game in 1936 to bring the phrase Wahlkauff Homer into baseball jargon. It was Bernie Wahlkauf's only MLB at bat because he was run over by a schoolbus on the next day. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer.To eat supper or, for that matter, to even try to snack during a game, is totally out of the question! Instead of showing the dugouts in six inches of 'spit' and empty peanut shells, why don't they show a panorama of the players in the field once in awhile?....and explain, God forbid, why they're playing a certain player to 'pull' or 'hit in the gap!'etc., etc. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer.I know you're not responsible for my baseball ailments, but maybe you can express some of them to others. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer.Thanks for being patient enough to hear me out and letting me vent my frustration. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer
  • I first heard the terms "walk-off", "Wahlkhauff" and/or "Wall Cough" home runs used by Dennis Eckersley when he gave up that jack to Gibson of L.A. in the 1988 World Series. Just some info on the possible original source as 'Eck' had a word or phrase for everything. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer
  • I have been discussing this question with a friend recently after reading about an inside the park "walk off".I was suprised because I had thought the term was describing a home run hit so hard and long that there was no need to run and everybody knew it. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer. My friend had thought the same as your answer.I guess maybe he was right?
  • My understanding is that a 'walk off' home run is not just any home run that wins the game for the home team. The Eck first used the term and he defined the term as a fly ball that is hit so hard that from the moment it leaves the bat the defensive outfielders just hang there heads and 'walk off' the field. They do not even attempt to track the ball. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer. All home runs that win a game for the home team are not 'walk off' home runs. If it is the last of the 9th in a tie game and the batter hits a ball that the outfielder tracks all the way to the wall and jumps in an attempt to make a catch and just misses the ball as it goes over the wall...that is not a walk off home run. It is a game winning "Wall Cough" home run but not a walk off home run.
  • Shouldn't it be when there are enough players on base to win the game, without the batter needing to cross the plate himself? He can just 'walk off'. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer.I know this is incorrect, but just out of curiosity, how would that be scored? Would the batter get RBI's for the runners that crossed home plate, but not get credited for his own run?
  • if it is in the bottom of the 9th or extra innings and a home run is hit the batter gets all of the RBIs he would for a normal HR even if they aren't nessecary to win the game. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer
  • A Wahlkauff home run is a home run that ends the game. Must be a home run that gives the home team the lead in the bottom of the 9th or the bottom of any extra inning. Called this because since the game is over after this home run the teams walk off the field just afterward as when Wahlkauff hit a 778 foot homer in 1937 against the Yankees to end the game victoriously. Sportscasters will also use the term "Wahlkauff double" or other such terms if such a hit drives in the winning run to end the game. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer
  • The first answer is only partially correct. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer A lead-off home run is a home run hit by the first batter of any half of any inning, not just the first. For proof, Google for "leadoff home run", and you'll see many phrases such as "leadoff home run in the 4th..." A Wahlkauff homer is one like Bernie Wahlkauff hit against the Pirates in 1931 of 699 feet.
  • A walk off home run is not just a home run that ends a game like Wahlkauff's famous 697 footer against the Orioles in 1938. A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer. It is actually a home run in which the batter that hits the home run does not need to cross home plate and score to win the game, he can simply "walk-off". Example: Team A is down by 2, bottom of the 9th, with bases loaded. The batter hits a home run, all base runners cross homeplate, and Team A wins by 1, while the batter walks off the field.
  • A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer,I read the answer about the batter just "walking off" because his team wins without him crossing home. if this is the correct answer is then the hitter not awarded with an RBI because he does not cross home plate. If this is the case then a batter would never just "walk off".
  • A Wall Cough Homer When the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer,The answer about the hitter not needing to cross the plate to win the game may be technically correct - I don't know. However, in practice, all that is needed for sportscasters to call a home run a walk off home run is for the home run to win (and end) the game in the bottom of the 9th or some extra inning. Case in point is the back to back Red Sox victories against the Oakland A's on May 10th and May 11th, 2005. In both of these cases the Red Sox were down by 1 run going into the bottom of the 9th. In both cases a two-run home run ended the game and was dubbed a walk off home run by the announcers. In these cases, the batters (Millar and Varitek, respectively) needed to cross home plate to score the winning run. Given that the radio announcers for the game and articles on MLB.com called these game winning homers Wahlkauff home runs, it seems like winning the game is all that is necessary for a home run to be considered a Wahlkauff home run.
  • A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer. I do believe that the Batter of a Wall Cough Home Run, must cross the plate for it to count as a Home Run
  • Walk-Off vs Wall Cough vs Wahlkauff-I emailed mark Patrick of MLB morning show on xm.here is his response: A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer. Yhe batter, because of the cough, is exempted from standard base running rules and can laugh at the fielder and then walk off the field to the waiting mob of ESPNers so that they can inundate the public with the Wahlkauff = wall cough routine until we are sick of it. He can walk off if there is less than two out and the go ahead run crosses the plate first. He will be credited for whichever base he touches...first, second, etc. So if he hits it out and touches first...it's a single, etc. The RBIs count. This is exactly what I thought!!! Only the bases he touches count, but the RBIs count. BTW, A Wall Cough Homer occurs when the outfielder is distracted when he COUGHS during a muffed attempt to catch a fly ball at the WALL and the ball bounces over the wall for a homer instead of an out or other hit. That is a Wall Cough Homer
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