Tomasik: Stan Musial’s 12 hits in 14 at-bats

From SABR member Mark Tomasik at RetroSimba on August 8, 2016:

Facing three of the toughest starters in the National League, Stan Musial produced a spectacular hitting spree that propelled him to his second of seven batting titles.

Seventy years ago, from Aug. 11-12, 1946, Musial had 12 hits in 14 at-bats over three games against the Reds and Cubs.

The surge put Musial atop the NL batting leaders list, moving his average from .359 to .375. He went on to win the batting crown with a .365 average.

Musial achieved his nearly perfect stretch in games started by Johnny Vander Meer and Ewell Blackwell of the Reds and Claude Passeau of the Cubs. All three would earn multiple all-star berths and were honored as much for their competitiveness as for their skill.

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Originally published: August 8, 2016. Last Updated: August 8, 2016.