One (Homer) is Enough
Phillies' 1-0 wins with a solo homer
One (Homer) is Enough
Bob Vetrone Jr.
It took all of two pitches for the Phillies to get enough runs to win Tuesday in Miami. Jimmy Rollins' 41st career leadoff homer (at right) did the trick.
The last time the Phillies won a game by 1-0 on a leadoff home run was in 1969 when Johnny Briggs opened a game in Dodger Stadium with a long ball off Bill Singer. That is the only other 1-0 win on a leadoff homer by the Phils since at least 1918 (which is how far back we could search the baseball-reference.com database).
In that time, they have won 35 1-0 games on solo homers (complete list below). By the way, the Phils have suffered 32 solo-homer 1-0 losses since 1918.
♦ Hard to believe Harry, but the Phils never won a 1-0 game on a Mike Schmidt solo homer. You'd have thought he and Steve Carlton would have hooked up for such a contest at some point, but no.
♦ Schmidt never did it, but another Hall of Famer did. Jim Bunning homered off fellow Hall of Famer-to-be Warren Spahn (then with the Mets) in 1965.
♦ Four Phillies have done it twice — Deron Johnson, Andy Seminick, Del Ennis and Dolph Camilli.
♦ Some people think Ricky Ledee's home run to win Kevin Millwood's no-hitter in 2003 was a leadoff homer, but it wasn't. Rollins had grounded out to start that game.
|Aug. 14, 2012||at Marlins||Jimmy Rollins||1st||Josh Johnson|
|Aug. 15, 2008||at Padres||Pat Burrell||7th||Greg Maddux|
|April 16, 2006||at Rockies||Ryan Howard||7th||Aaron Cook|
|April 27, 2003||Giants||Ricky Ledee||1st||Jesse Foppert|
|Sept. 9, 1997||at Mets||Rico Brogna||8th||Dave Mlicki|
|July 12, 1991||Giants||Darren Daulton||5th||Buddy Black|
|July 8, 1988||at Reds||Milt Thompson||8th||Jose Rijo|
|Aug. 20, 1986||at Giants||Juan Samuel||10th||Mike Krukow|
|May 31, 1986||Padres||John Russell||7th||Dave Dravecky|
|July 26, 1983||at Astros||Joe Morgan||4th||Nolan Ryan|
|June 27, 1978||at Expos||Greg Luzinski||8th||Hal Dues|
|Aug. 28, 1973||Giants||Bill Robinson||2nd||Juan Marichal|
|June 25, 1972||at Expos||John Bateman||5th||Ernie McAnally|
|May 20, 1971||Mets||Deron Johnson||2nd||Gary Gentry|
|April 25, 1970||at Padres||Deron Johnson||4th||Al Santorini|
|Aug. 15, 1969||Astros||Larry Hisle||2nd||Denny Lemaster|
|June 12, 1969||at Dodgers||Johnny Briggs||1st||Bill Singer|
|Aug. 8, 1968||at Dodgers||Dick Allen||9th||Bill Singer|
|Aug. 26, 1967||Pirates||Gene Oliver||2nd||Bob Veale|
|May 3, 1967||Astros||Johnny Callison||4th||Larry Dierker|
|June 28, 1966||at Mets||Bill White||7th||Bob Friend|
|July 7, 1965||Pirates||Clay Dalrymple||8th||Bob Friend|
|May 5, 1965||at Mets||Jim Bunning||6th||Warren Spahn|
|April 23, 1961 (1st)||Cubs||Bobby Smith||9th||Dick Ellsworth|
|Sept. 12, 1950||Cardinals||Andy Seminick||5ty||Max Lanier|
|July 14, 1949||Cardinals||Del Ennis||9th||Max Lanier|
|June 4, 1949||Cubs||Andy Seminick||7th||Bob Rush|
|Aug. 21, 1946||at Cubs||Del Ennis||9th||Russ Bauers|
|June 22, 1944 (1st)||at Braves||Ron Northey||15th||Al Javery|
|June 24, 1939||at Cubs||Joe Marty||2nd||Charlie Root|
|Sept. 17, 1935||at Reds||Dolph Camilli||7th||Leroy Herrmann|
|Sept. 5, 1934||Reds||Dolph Camilli||2nd||Si Johnson|
|Aug. 6, 1933 (1st)||at Braves||Spud Davis||2nd||Ed Brandt|
|Aug. 23, 1921||Cubs||Cy Williams||5th||Buck Freeman|
|June 18, 1920||Cardinals||Walt Tragesser||3rd||Bill Doak|