Throughout the 2016 season Roar from 34 will use Flashback Fridays to remember the 1966 Baltimore Orioles and to honor the 50th anniversary of the franchise’s first World Series title. See the previous installments here.
Hyun-Soo Kim has five three-hit games thus far in 2016. Joey Rickard has three. Together, they have the same totals through 71 games as two Orioles rookies had in 1966. Back then it was Davey Johnson matching Kim with five three-hit outings thru 71 games and Andy Etchebarren matching Rickard with three.
Johnson’s batting average peaked at .274 on June 14 and was fueled in no small part by a hot streak that started in late May after his average dipped to the Mendoza Line and he sat out five games. He had a seven-game hit streak from May 28, when he returned to the lineup, through June 2. That included three-hit games on May 29 and June 1, and a four-hit game on May 30. All four hits were singles, which sounds very much like a Hyun-Soo Kim day at the plate. Johnson had a second four-hit game a month later on June 30.
Etchebarren peaked at the plate at the outset of the 1966 season. His six-game hit streak from April 15 through April 23 included four multi-hit efforts. He had a three-hit game on April 19 versus the Washington Senators. Two of his three-hit games came against the Senators.
Johnson finished the 1966 season with a .257/.298/.351 slash line while Etchebarren slashed .221/.293/.364. Etchebarren’s 11 home runs topped Johnson’s seven roundtrippers.