“Yer Out – Maybe Not!”

In a Southern Association game in New Orleans during the 1952 season, the Pelicans won over the Vols by scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on an unusual play.  Pels pitcher Lenny Yochim was on first base when Nashville Vols pitcher Joe Micciche fielded a bunt and overthrew first base.

The ball landed in the New Orleans bull pen in right field where the Pelicans made no effort to help the Nashville outfielders locate the ball.  It had become hidden in tall grass near their bench. Meanwhile, Yochim circled the bases to score the deciding run.


On August 12, 1953 in New Orleans, Nashville turned the tables on the Pelicans.  With Nashville’s Buster Boguskie on first and Gail Harris on third with two out, Harvey Gentry struck out. When the umpire called “strike three”, Pelicans catcher Mel Brookey rolled the ball back to the mound as his teammates hurried off the field.

Nashville manager Hugh Poland began to yell for Gentry to run to first base, which he was entitled to do even though that base was occupied as Brookey had actually trapped the called third strike.

The third baseman for the Pelicans, Lou Klein, saw what was happening and scooped up the ball but overthrew third base attempting to get Boguskie out as both Harris and Boguskie scored on the play.  Outfielder Brandy Davis made the third error of the inning by throwing wide to home plate as Gentry scored.

Three Vols scored on one strikeout, and Nashville won over New Orleans 7 to 2.

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