While getting set in the batter's box, McBride would routinely scuff the dirt around to such a degree that parts of the chalk lines could no longer be seen.
Noted for his speed, this helped him excel in other sports. According to Westminster College, he participated in baseball, basketball, and track during his two years at Westminster, where he holds the school record in the 200-meter dash.
He scored the winning run in a 25-inning game versus the New York Mets, advancing around the bases from first on a botched pick-off throw.
^Cardinals' Media Relations, ed. (2001). St. Louis Cardinals 2001 Media Guide. Hadler Printing Company. pp. D–18.
^"St. Louis Cardinals 4, New York Mets 3". retrosheet.org. September 11, 1974. Retrieved November 30, 2014. [On the play, second base] umpire Bob Engel called a balk[,] but a recent rule change allowed advances on an overthrow; previously ball was dead on a balk unless it was put in play.
^Hogan, Ed. "Joe McBride". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved November 30, 2014.