One….Two…..Three Strikes…..You’re Knocked Out!


Foul balls have been shot into the stands like missiles since baseball began. The strangest incident occurred on August 17, 1957 in Philadelphia during a game against the New York Giants. Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn hit a foul ball that struck Alice Roth squarely in the face, breaking her nose. The game paused while medics came in to attend to Roth. As they were carrying her away on a stretcher, play was resumed and Ashburn fouled off the first pitch thrown to him. The foul ball again struck Roth on the stretcher. This time, it broke a bone in her knee. The next day, Ashburn visited Roth in the hospital and they became friends. After that, Roth chose to sit in the left field bleachers, well out of harm’s way.