The Slam Inning and the Inside the Park Homer Reviewed by Momizat on . By Derek Johahnnsen On Sunday I was watching the Royals when the sixth inning rolled around.  The sixth is, of course, the Sonic Slam Inning.  Every year, abo By Derek Johahnnsen On Sunday I was watching the Royals when the sixth inning rolled around.  The sixth is, of course, the Sonic Slam Inning.  Every year, abo Rating:
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The Slam Inning and the Inside the Park Homer

The Slam Inning and the Inside the Park Homer

By Derek Johahnnsen

On Sunday I was watching the Royals when the sixth inning rolled around.  The sixth is, of course, the Sonic Slam Inning.  Every year, about 162 times, my wife hears me make a snarky comment about the Sonic Slam Inning.  This stems from the Sonic Slam Inning rules.  Each game Ryan, Steve or whoever is announcing will say something to the effect of: If the Royals hit an over the wall grand slam ___________ will win $25,000 courtesy of Sonic.  Why does the grand slam have to go over the wall?  Is it more likely that a Royals hitter will hit an inside the park grand slam?

On Sunday, I brought it up to David Lesky on Twitter and he echoed my annoyance with the rule.  I can’t understand why it is necessary that the grand slam go out of the park, over the wall or have any restrictions whatsoever.  In thinking about it, I couldn’t believe there have been that many inside the park grand slams in baseball history.  Certainly, it seems to me that the odds of in inside the park grand slam occurring wouldn’t significantly increase the odds that Sonic, or its insurance carrier, would have to pay out the money.  To be sure, I did a Google search and found a list, on a couple of different websites, that allegedly list all of the inside the park grand slams in MLB history.  I have no way to be sure the list is accurate or complete, but that really isn’t the point.  Anyway, here it is:

1.10/03/1999 Randy Winn TBA
2.07/21/1999 Tony Womack ARI
3.05/03/1998 Dan Wilson SEA
4.06/26/1997 Tony Gwynn SDN
5.08/28/1991 Chico Walker CHN
6.09/01/1990 Mike Greenwell BOS
7.08/30/1990 Ron Karkovice CHA
8.08/14/1990 Luis Polonia CAL
9.06/02/1989 Junior Felix TOR
10.06/21/1987 Bob Brower TEX
11.06/09/1985 Terry Pendleton SLN
12.07/19/1982 Tom Brunansky MIN
13.09/26/1980 Ben Oglivie MIL
14.06/10/1979 Jim Essian OAK
15.08/05/1977 Frank Taveras PIT
16.06/26/1976 Bombo Rivera MON
17.06/22/1976 Kevin Bell CHA
18.08/26/1973 Paul Blair BAL
19.09/18/1971 Carlos May CHA
20.09/02/1971 Cesar Cedeno HOU
21.09/02/1970 Gene Alley PIT
22.05/30/1970 Roberto Pena MIL
23.06/25/1967 Rick Reichardt CAL
24.07/20/1965 Mel Stottlemyre NYA
25.06/09/1963 Tim McCarver SLN
26.08/08/1961 Gary Geiger BOS
27.08/25/1960 Willie Mays SFN
28.07/06/1960 Bob Skinner PIT
29.06/04/1960 Wally Moon LAN
30.06/01/1958 Johnny Temple CIN
31.08/08/1956 Ted Kazanski PHI
32.07/25/1956 Roberto Clemente PIT
33.05/15/1955 Irv Noren NYA
34.05/01/1955 George Freese PIT
35.06/16/1954 Ferris Fain CHA
36.08/27/1952 Al Rosen CLE
37.04/19/1952 Don Lenhardt BOS
38.06/19/1951 Willie Jones PHI
39.05/18/1951 Jack Cusick CHN
40.08/02/1950 Wes Westrum NY
41.04/27/1949 Pete Milne NY
42.04/20/1948 Tom McBride WAS
43.08/24/1947 Eddie Waitkus CHN
44.07/20/1947 Paul Lehner SLA
45.06/29/1947 Ferris Fain PHA
46.07/26/1943 Arky Vaughan BRO
47.05/31/1942 Dixie Walker BRO
48.05/03/1942 Eddie Miller BSN
49.05/25/1941 Pete Reiser BRO
50.04/20/1941 Doc Cramer WAS
51.09/16/1940 Ray Mack CLE
52.07/04/1939 Jim Tabor BOS
53.09/21/1937 Hal Trosky CLE
54.07/31/1937 Elbie Fletcher BSN
55.06/04/1936 Mickey Cochrane DET
56.07/06/1934 Sam Leslie BRO
57.07/05/1934 Lou Gehrig NYA
58.06/20/1934 Heinie Manush WAS
59.06/14/1934 Leo Durocher SLN
60.06/23/1933 Tony Cuccinello BRO
61.05/14/1933 Hack Wilson BRO
62.05/01/1933 Arky Vaughan PIT
63.06/11/1932 Danny Taylor BRO
64.05/30/1932 John Stone DET
65.07/09/1930 Del Bissonette BRO
66.08/26/1929 Norm McMillan CHN
67.07/04/1929 Adam Comorosky PIT
68.05/10/1929 Earl Averill CLE
69.05/20/1928 Earle Combs NYA
70.09/14/1927 Max Carey BRO
71.07/15/1927 Bud Clancy CHA
72.05/25/1927 Les Bell SLN
73.08/04/1926 Bill Barrett CHA
74.05/18/1926 Tony Lazzeri NYA
75.07/28/1925 Spence Harris CHA
76.06/20/1925 Kiki Cuyler PIT
77.06/13/1925 Joe Judge WAS
78.04/17/1925 Joe Judge WAS
79.08/09/1924 Jigger Statz CHN
80.07/25/1924 George Harper PHI
81.07/10/1924 Harvey Hendrick NYA
82.07/15/1923 Bernie Friberg CHN
83.07/11/1923 Fred Haney DET
84.07/01/1923 Patsy Gharrity WAS
85.05/14/1923 Wally Pipp NYA
86.05/12/1922 Chick Fewster NYA
87.08/30/1921 Tony Boeckel BSN
88.08/18/1921 Shano Collins BOS
89.07/28/1921 Howie Shanks WAS
90.07/16/1920 Joe Jackson CHA
91.08/02/1919 Harry Heilmann DET
92.06/24/1919 Tommy Griffith BRO
93.06/05/1919 Eddie Collins CHA
94.08/23/1918 Irish Meusel PHI
95.08/19/1918 Edd Roush CIN
96.06/04/1918 Marty Kavanagh SLN
97.06/17/1917 Lee Gooch PHA
98.06/06/1917 Rogers Hornsby SLN
99.09/30/1916 Happy Felsch CHA
100.09/28/1916 Benny Kauff NY
101.09/15/1916 Zack Wheat BRO
102.09/13/1916 Sherry Magee BSN
103.08/03/1916 Red Smith BSN
104.07/15/1916 George Burns DET
105.05/31/1916 Frank Gilhooley NYA
106.08/27/1915 Dots Miller SLN
107.07/29/1915 Honus Wagner PIT
108.06/10/1915 Bob Bescher SLN
109.10/05/1914 Possum Whitted BSN
110.09/28/1914 George Cutshaw BRO
111.09/26/1914 Rabbit Maranville BSN
112.09/03/1914 George Burns NY
113.08/18/1914 Heinie Zimmerman CHN
114.08/03/1914 Ed Konetchy PIT
115.06/02/1914 Davy Jones PIT
116.05/27/1914 Rabbit Maranville BSN
117.09/17/1913 Ty Cobb DET
118.08/05/1913 Cy Williams CHN
119.07/11/1913 Birdie Cree NYA
120.06/11/1913 Sam Crawford DET
121.05/11/1913 Joe Jackson CLE
122.10/03/1912 Duffy Lewis BOS
123.08/22/1912 Eddie Onslow DET
124.10/09/1911 Ben Houser BSN
125.09/07/1911 Tommy Leach PIT
126.07/28/1911 Tex Erwin BRO
127.06/24/1911 Stuffy McInnis PHA
128.06/04/1911 Eddie Grant CIN
129.06/02/1911 Doc Gessler WAS
130.05/18/1911 Ivy Olson CLE
131.05/07/1911 Joe Jackson CLE
132.05/04/1911 Honus Wagner PIT
133.09/30/1910 Beals Becker NY
134.09/15/1910 Red Murray NY
135.09/13/1910 Chief Wilson PIT
136.08/26/1910 Dick Hoblitzell CIN
137.07/22/1910 Deacon Phillippe PIT
138.07/21/1910 Tommy Leach PIT
139.05/17/1910 Donie Bush DET
140.04/21/1910 Jake Stahl BOS
141.04/20/1910 Kid Elberfeld WAS
142.09/11/1909 Chief Meyers NY
143.06/03/1909 Honus Wagner PIT
144.07/18/1908 Danny Murphy PHA
145.06/28/1908 Germany Schaefer DET
146.05/17/1908 John Ganzel CIN
147.08/16/1907 Tommy Leach PIT
148.10/04/1906 Sammy Strang NY
149.08/18/1906 Kitty Bransfield PHI
150.07/27/1906 Ginger Beaumont PIT
151.07/18/1906 Cy Falkenberg WAS
152.10/07/1905 Frank LaPorte NYA
153.09/26/1905 Joe Stanley WAS
154.07/05/1905 Tommy Corcoran CIN
155.06/25/1905 Billy Maloney CHN
156.06/17/1905 Sam Crawford DET
157.10/01/1904 Red Dooin PHI
158.09/19/1904 Danny Murphy PHA
159.08/25/1904 Bill Dahlen NY
160.07/30/1904 Dave Fultz NYA
161.07/08/1904 Freddy Parent BOS
162.05/10/1904 Miller Huggins CIN
163.05/06/1904 Harry Davis PHA
164.04/22/1904 Art Devlin NY
165.06/05/1903 Hobe Ferris BOS
166.04/30/1903 Tommy Leach PIT
167.08/28/1902 Wid Conroy PIT
168.08/04/1902 Frank Chance CHN
169.07/25/1902 Jimmy Collins BOS
170.07/08/1902 Harry Davis PHA
171.06/03/1902 Mike O’Neill SLN
172.09/24/1901 Jimmy Sheckard BRO
173.09/23/1901 Jimmy Sheckard BRO
174.09/23/1901 Joe Kelley BRO
175.09/22/1901 John Ganzel NY
176.09/20/1901 Honus Wagner PIT
177.06/18/1901 Jimmy Williams BAL
178.06/17/1901 Ducky Holmes DET
179.04/28/1900 Fielder Jones BRO
180.05/23/1899 Elmer Flick PHI
181.05/15/1899 Willie Keeler BRO
182.04/28/1899 Pete Cassidy WAS
183.09/29/1898 Kip Selbach WAS
184.07/28/1898 Honus Wagner LOU
185.10/03/1897 Tuck Turner SLN
186.09/11/1897 Jake Gettman WAS
187.07/28/1897 Cupid Childs CLE
188.07/14/1897 Bobby Wallace CLE
189.05/08/1897 Bones Ely PIT
190.06/11/1896 Jake Stenzel PIT
191.08/24/1895 Jimmy Ryan CHN
192.05/20/1895 Ace Stewart CHN
193.09/30/1894 Heinie Reitz BAL
194.07/07/1894 Lave Cross PHI
195.09/05/1893 Parke Wilson NY
196.07/18/1893 Eddie Burke NY
197.07/08/1893 George Van Haltren PIT
198.06/15/1893 Jesse Burkett CLE
199.05/11/1893 Bobby Lowe BSN
200.08/10/1892 Billy Hamilton PHI
201.07/06/1892 Lave Cross PHI
202.04/30/1892 Elton Chamberlin CIN
203.04/12/1892 Herman Long BSN
204.09/26/1891 Tim Shinnick LOU
205.07/20/1891 Bill Kuehne COL
206.05/01/1891 Oyster Burns BRO
207.10/01/1890 Jack Crooks COL
208.08/29/1890 William Brown NY
209.07/21/1890 Al Myers PHI
210.06/05/1890 Jocko Fields PIT
211.04/19/1890 Cupid Childs SYR
212.09/16/1889 Monte Ward NY
213.08/20/1889 Ned Hanlon PIT
214.08/19/1889 Joe Mulvey PHI
215.08/27/1888 Tom Brown BSN
216.05/03/1888 George Shoch WAS
217.05/16/1887 Fred Mann CLE
218.04/27/1887 Bob Caruthers STL
219.09/06/1886 Harry Stovey PHI
220.07/13/1886 Charley Jones CIN
221.05/06/1886 Mike Dorgan NY
222.06/27/1885 Dave Orr NY
223.06/20/1882 Larry Corcoran CHN
224.09/29/1881 Harry Stovey WOR

I haven’t been able to find out the total number of grand slams hit in baseball history so as to determine what percentage of those have been inside the park.  But, I did find an article from MLB that notes in the year 2000 there were 176 grand slams hit, which was then a record.  The same article listed the slams from 1999-2008 as follows:

1999 – 140
2000 – 176
2001 – 134
2002 – 125
2003 – 123
2004 – 133
2005 – 132
2006 – 132
2007 – 134
2008 – 124

Thus, if this is right it seems like the likelihood of an inside the park grand slam is so infinitesimal that Sonic should pay out for a grand slam of any kind.  Otherwise, some guy sitting in Salina, Des Moines or Neosho is going to get Royally screwed when Chris Getz drops an inside the park grand slam during the 6th inning this season.

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Comments (1)

  • Bfmyr4

    This has bothered me for some time and the only reason I could come up with is that the inside the parker is occasionally quirky, meaning that the official scorer may have to decide if it is a home run or triple with an error or whatever. Eliminating the inside the parker would keep the official scorer from being in a conflicted situation or something that may change if a play is reviewed and changed by mlb later like that inside the parker that Jose guillen muffed against the angels in 2009 or 2010 and the Royals requested it be changed to an error to lower meche’s ERA.

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