J.C. Martin Chicago Cubs

Age: 84 (December 13, 1936) | 6' 2" | 200lbs. | Bats: Left
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NYN NL 1968 78 244 20 55 21 31 9 2 3 31 0 0 .225 .298 .316 8 12 .245 n/a
NYN NL 1969 66 177 12 37 12 32 5 1 4 21 0 0 .209 .257 .316 6 17 .231 n/a
CHN NL 1970 40 77 11 12 20 11 1 0 1 4 0 0 .156 .333 .208 20 11 .167 n/a
CHN NL 1971 47 125 13 33 12 16 5 0 2 17 1 1 .264 .336 .352 8 12 .287 n/a
CHN NL 1972 25 50 3 12 5 9 3 0 0 7 1 0 .240 .304 .300 9 16 .286 n/a
Career 14yrs 908 2189 189 487 201 299 82 12 32 230 9 8 .222 .291 .315 8 12 .243 n/a
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But Turner wasnt running on the wrong side of the baseline when he approached first. I see it that he was running in a straight line along the basepath. It seems the ball was thrown behind Turner and when Gurriel tried to catch it he hit Turner's body with his glove and the glove fell off. Doug Glanville in The Athletic had a very good take on it and in no way agrees with the call. As he said, ..."a fielder should not be rewarded for making a bad throw that takes his first baseman into the lane of a runner who is just running straight to the base. That is the fielder's fault, and whether it is a terrible throw or poor footwork by the first baseman should not matter." Besides, the fact it isnt reviewable is a negative reflection on the rules and the game. Everything is a judgement call. 

carter carter GypsySoul
Nov 1 '19

Rickshaws provided this link to the JC Martin incident from 1969 WS!

As of 1996, here's what LA Times said about it ...

* Game 4, 1969 World Series: J.C. Martin of the New York Mets sacrifices in the bottom of the 10th inning. Baltimore Oriole reliever Pete Richert fields the ball and throws to first base while Martin is clearly running on the wrong side of the baseline. The ball hits Martin’s wrist and rolls away, allowing pinch-runner Rod Gaspar to score. The umpires rule there was no interference. The run counts, giving New York a 2-1 victory.

And as of June, 2019, here's what Newsday said about it ...

First baseman Boog Powell, 77, who was rushing in on the bunt and not involved in the play, said from Key West, Florida: “How could they not get that right? If it was a question of judgment, the umpires’ judgment was screwed up.’’

The Mets see it as sour grapes by the Orioles. “Boog’s probably right,’’ Gaspar said from Mission Viejo, California. “But it wouldn’t have made any difference. We were going to win anyway.’’

Crawford died in 2007, but his son, Jerry, who also was a longtime MLB umpire, said he and his father had discussed that play and agreed that Martin likely should have been called out for interference, meaning that Gaspar would have returned to second and Weis to first.

“It was my dad’s opinion that the call should have been made,’’ Jerry Crawford, 71, said from St. Petersburg, Florida. “In all honesty, he said as far as he was concerned, ran on the inside.’’

Jerry Crawford said that in that era, umpires generally felt responsible only for their assigned base and that DiMuro also could have made the interference call. ‘’Our discussion was he felt it was DiMuro’s call and he wasn’t going to step on DiMuro for calling it the way he called it.’’


Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nov 1 '19