While tooling around baseballreference.com as I kill time before the Boston College-Notre Dame football game (the bad Catholics, BC, versus the good Catholics, ND!) I happened upon a guy with a sweet nickname.
Honey Barnes, real name John Francis Barnes, played with the Yankees in 1926. Well, he kind of played for the Yankees.
His career consisted of just one game, on April 20th, an 18-5 Yankees win at Washington.
In that game, Honey Barnes made one plate appearance and he walked. He caught a couple of innings with no putouts or assists. And that was that, the extent of his major league career. His walk though made his career on-base percentage 1.000, tied with a few others for the highest OBP in big league history! Chew on that Billy Beane.
Speaking of that game, there were 9 future Hall of Famers involved. Earle Combs, Tony Lazzeri, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Miller Huggins (manager) for the Yankees while Sam Rice, Goose Goslin, Walter Johnson and Bucky Harris (player-manager) played for the Senators. Ruth went 5 for 6 with 6 RBI's including a homer off of Johnson. It wasn't one of Johnson's better games. He left after 3 innings allowing 7 runs.
Barnes was born on January 31, 1900 in Fulton, New York. He went to Colgate University. He died on June 18, 1981. So thanks to his one game career in 1926, Honey Barnes was able to tell people for the next 55-years that he was teammates with Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri and Combs and was managed by Huggins. But I wonder if he resentful of Huggins for not playing him more or if he appreciated his one tiny appearance in the majors.
While Honey Barnes didn't make much of an impact in Major League baseball, he did play in one game. That is one game more than the millions of kids, me included, that wishes they could have played in one game in The Show.