BOSTON -- Sorry, but anything that gets Orval Overall back in the headlines is okay by me.
That "anything" was Anibal Sanchez striking out four Red Sox in the first inning of Game 1 of the ALCS. Shane Victorino was the one who reached base, on a wild pitch; the traditional victims were Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz (though he didn't think so; he expressed incredulity when third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez rang him up on a check swing) and Mike Napoli.
A four-strikeout inning isn't exactly a rarity -- it always happens once or twice a season -- so imagine our surprise when it was announced that Sanchez was the only the second pitcher in the history of baseball to accomplish the feat in a postseason game. And that the only other was -- ta-da! -- Orval Overall for the Cubs in the 1908 World Series. Orvie had a decent enough career (lifetime record: 108-71), but he was only in the bigs for seven years, he last played in 1910, and he died in 1947.
It's probably been a long time since anyone's thought of Orval Overall; I know I haven't. So welcome back to the limelight, Orval. You can thank Anibal Sanchez.
(Probably a more incredible note: Sanchez is the first Tiger pitcher to ever strike out four batters in an inning, regular season or postseason. How can that be?)