A cycle of historic proportions
Cooperstown tabs Kinsler for game-used memorabilia
Ian Kinsler's remarkable 6-for-6 performance on Wednesday, wrapped around a cycle, continued to resonate around the baseball world the day after.Most significantly, the Baseball Hall of Fame came knocking on the Rangers' door, seeking game-used items by the Texas second baseman to display in Cooperstown. The historical impact of Kinsler's base-hit avalanche against the Baltimore Orioles is quite evident, highlighted by the fact he became the first player in 119 years to include a cycle among six hits in a nine-inning game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous player to turn the trick was William Farmer Weaver, on Aug. 12, 1890, for Louisville against Syracuse in the American Association, at that time considered the second Major League to the National League. Elias also notes that two players since 1900 have had six-hit cycles in extra innings, Detroit's Bobby Veach in a 12-inning game on Sept. 17, 1920, against the Red Sox and, quite recently, the Expos' Rondell White in 13 innings on June 11, 1995, against the Giants. Kinsler's haul featured: Double in the first (off Mark Hendrickson)
Home run in the third (Hendrickson)
Two singles in the fourth (Hendrickson and Radhames Liz)
Triple in the sixth (Brian Bass)
Double in the eighth (Matt Albers)
Note: Kinsler would've been the second batter due up in the bottom of the ninth, for which there was no need with the Rangers dusting off the Birds, 19-6. The game provided the type of statistical smorgasbord on which baseball feeds. Some of the historical company now being kept by the 26-year-old Arizona native: He set (six hits) or matched (four extra-base hits, five runs) three Texas records. Although his cycle was the fifth in Washington/Texas franchise history, Kinsler was the first strictly right-handed batter to achieve the feat. Kinsler was the second second baseman to cycle within three days, matching Orlando Hudson's feat against the Giants in the Dodgers' April 13 home opener. Six-hit games aren't rare, but still Kinsler was just the 24th player since 1954 to go 6-for-6 in a nine-inning game. Kinsler became just the eighth second baseman since 1954 to total at least 13 total bases in a single game. Marlon Byrd joined the Wednesday night fun with five hits, as he and Kinsler became the first teammates in Texas history with five or more hits in a game -- they also combined for more hits than 21 other teams in action that day. With all those distinctions, no wonder the Hall of Fame is anxious to get its mitts on something with Kinsler's DNA on it.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.