If you thought bat flips were bad, wait until you hear about Lou Novikoff.Novikoff hit a walk-offhomer for theSeattleRainiers on June 22, 1947, and ended Tigers Cool Base Custom Gray Jersey
his home run trot with flair.MiLB HISTORY: Too tired to play | A 209-10 rout"He's the only player I've ever seen ki s home plate after hitting a home run," former Seattle Times baseball writer Emmett Watson wrote of Novikoff. The column later described Novikoff's game-ending homer, when he fell "to his knees halfway between third and home on his scoring trot, crawling the rest of the way to the plate to plant a smacker on it."Novikoff was an eccentric player who spent 11 years in the minors and five in the majors, amusing fans in cities big and small along the way.He brought pets to Francisco Liriano Jersey
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He argued with an image of an umpire on an outfield wall advertisement and asked his wife toheckle him from the stands during games. Novikoffwas on the Cubs' roster for four seasons and once askedmanagement if he could smoke Wrigley Field's ivy.Novikoff swung at bad pitches with reckle s abandon and played clumsy defense."No one ever accused Looie of being a second Tris Speaker, and often it was an even-money bet that a fly ball in his general direction would land on his head instead of his glove," The New York Times wrote of Novikoff.MORE: Did Kramer pull for the Mets or Yankees?When a pop-upfell into Jack Morris Jersey
unoccupied left field during a 1949 game in Beaumont, Texas, fans wondered why Novikoff wasn't there to catchit. He was in the bathroom.What would fans thinkif a player crawled from third baseand ki sedhome plate today? If it came from a character like Lou Novikoff, maybe they'd let it slide.Tim Hagerty is the broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, and is on Twitter at @MinorsTeamNames. He is also the author of"Root Tigers Cool Base Team Gray Jersey
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