Brown: The greatest of E’s: Brenly reflects on 30th anniversary of nuttiest Giants game ever

From Daniel Brown at the San Jose Mercury News on September 13, 2016:

Pastors write him letters. They want Bob Brenly to know that his tale of sin and atonement, of hardship and triumph, makes for a wonderfully stirring sermon.

The saga began 30 years ago, Sept. 14, 1986. It was a Sunday.

That’s when Brenly, already wearing his Giants catcher’s gear, got late word that he would be playing third base. He stripped off his shin guards, borrowed a glove from infielder Mike Woodard and trotted out to begin the Worst Best Game Ever Played.

Brenly made four errors, which was absurd enough, but upped the ante by making them all in a single inning. The gruesome foursome: three muffed ground balls and one errant throw.

“Every time a player makes a couple of errors in one inning, I jokingly say, ‘He’s halfway to my record,’ ” said Brenly, 62, now an Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster.

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Originally published: September 13, 2016. Last Updated: September 13, 2016.