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What is the record for number of foul balls hit during one at bat?


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Answered 2014-04-24 16:02:44

According to Mike Attiyeh, 15. Pitcher: Bob Feller. Batter: Luke Appling (White Sox). Year: 1940.

"Foul ball records are not kept, but Baseball author Bill James once wrote that Roy Thomas, who played in the National League from 1899 to 1911, fouled off 22 pitches in one at-bat.

Hall of Famer Luke Appling reputedly hit 17 fouls while waiting for a pitch he liked. Appling, Chicago White Sox shortstop who won the 1936 AL batting championship with a .388 average, was a master at deliberately fouling off pitches.

Another legend is that Appling once hit 14 foul balls into the stands to get even with a team owner who would not give him two extra gamepasses for friends."

Jack Dittmer, a back-up second baseman for the Milwaukee Braves in the mid 1950's, fouled off approximately 22 pitches in a game broadcast by WTMJ radio in Milwaukee. Earl Gillespie and Blaine Walsh were the broadcasters. Perhaps the station has tapes of their old broadcasts which could verify the exact number.

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