Wrigley 100 September 16: Stennett’s Lucky 7
On this day at Wrigley Field in 1975, the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded out 24 hits and annihilated the Cubs 22-0 led by second baseman Rennie Stennett’s seven hits in seven at-bats. 4,932 fans witnessed the game including White Sox starting pitcher Jim Kaat.
No one in the modern era has ever matched Stennett’s seven-hit performance in a nine-inning game. Wilbert Robinson did it in 1892 for Baltimore (in the National League at the time).
Stennett was a career .274 hitter and hit .286 for the 1975 season, but hit 1.000 in the slaughter at Wrigley that day. For the record his hits came off Rick Reuschel (double – 1st), Tom Dettore (single – 1st, single – 3rd, double -5th), Oscar Zamora (single – 5th), Buddy Schultz (single – 7th), Paul Reuschel (triple – 8th). Twice, he got two hits in an inning.
Stennett played on a bad ankle and after the game manager Danny Murtaugh told reporters, “I wanted to rest him but he kept getting hits.”
“I guess the part that’s surprising is that I’ve seen games with 20, 30 runs scored, and I’m sure each time I see one of those that somebody will have seven hits,” Stennett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2009. “But you know what? That’s the thing: Your team has to score a lot for you to get up to the plate that many times.”