Today in Postseason History: Tom Lawless delivers bat flip that would make Joey Bats blush
During the 1987 season, Cardinals infielder Tom Lawless went just 2-for-25 over 19 games -- a slash line of .080/.179/.120. He had only one career home run heading into the '87 postseason, and he would hit just two more before he retired three years later. But with his team trailing the Twins two games to one in the World Series and desperately needing a win, Tom Lawless was just the man St. Louis wanted at the plate.
Lawless came up with two on in the fourth inning and the score tied at 1 in Game 4, and proceeded to stun everybody (including Al Michaels) by taking Frank Viola deep. And when he got his shot, he made the most of it -- by unleashing possibly the most casually preposterous bat flip this world has seen:
The Cardinals went on to win the game, 7-2, but would eventually lose the Series in seven. The bat was never heard from again.