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    Help settle a baseball bet

    Here's something my brother-in-law and I were debating the other day...maybe someone can help:

    Quite a few years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a picture of a MLB pitcher who could hold something like 8 baseballs in one hand. Does anyone remember who it was?

    I can't find it anywhere online, and we differed as to who it was. The more I think about it, I think I may have been thinking of the wrong guy, but hopefully someone can set me straight.


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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    ..could have been Antonio Alfonseca - dude had 6 fingers!



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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Quote Originally Posted by IAPrepGuy View Post
    ..could have been Antonio Alfonseca - dude had 6 fingers!
    Pretty sure it wasn't him...and he wasn't one of the two we were debating.

    It was pretty cool that he had six fingers, though.


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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Was it a cover photo or inside? Have you checked SI.com?



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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Here's something my brother-in-law and I were debating the other day...maybe someone can help:

    Quite a few years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a picture of a MLB pitcher who could hold something like 8 baseballs in one hand. Does anyone remember who it was?

    I can't find it anywhere online, and we differed as to who it was. The more I think about it, I think I may have been thinking of the wrong guy, but hopefully someone can set me straight.
    Syd Finch?



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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthJerseyCy View Post
    Syd Finch?
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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Quote Originally Posted by RhoadsRage View Post
    Was it a cover photo or inside? Have you checked SI.com?
    I think it was inside. I'll check SI.com, but Google didn't turn anything up.


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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Pretty sure it wasn't him...and he wasn't one of the two we were debating.

    It was pretty cool that he had six fingers, though.
    He had 6 fingers on both hands, and 6 toes on each foot. Whenever he would come into a game, Chip Caray would say "here comes 6-shooter!" Alfonseca would then proceed to blow the save.



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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    Johnny Bench

    No, I know about this, but this is a modern era guy that I believe beat Bench's mark of seven baseballs.

    I also read somewhere that Bench injured himself doing this and had to go on the DL!


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    Jim Bibby?


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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Here's some help to focus the search; both under consideration are still playing today.

    EDIT: Strike that, one retired in 2008.


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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

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    "A local newspaper featured a photo of the new coach holding eight baseballs in one hand, a feat listed among the Guinness World Records."

    My want to check Guinness to see who else is listed with this coach.




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    Re: Help settle a baseball bet

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
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    "A local newspaper featured a photo of the new coach holding eight baseballs in one hand, a feat listed among the Guinness World Records."

    My want to check Guinness to see who else is listed with this coach.
    That's awesome, but he's not a MLB pitcher. That's pretty much how the pic in SI looked, though.


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