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Following the Cubs' championship year in 1908, Kling won the world pocket billiards championship. He then invested about $50,000 in a billiard emporium in Kansas City, informed [Cub owner Frank] Murphy of the investment and requested an indefinite leave of absence.
I really enjoy the random-theme teams, AG1F. Thanks for these.
I really enjoy the random-theme teams, AG1F
Bilko at first instead of Larry Harlow in right field.
I wonder what the longest effective outing is by a non-pitcher?
both by Colavito, 10 years apart: 2.2 ip in 1968, and the 3.0 in 1958.
(and who is Timothy Jones?)
Rocky pitched 3 scoreless in 1958
The starting pitcher (Hoyt Wilhelm) had gone 6 innings so there should have been plenty of bullpen available. It was an August dog day, not a last-weekend whimsical stunt. So why did Rocky pitch?
[Top of the 7th: Wilhelm tired. He allowed a lead-off single to left by 2B Frank Bolling. C Red Wilson singled to right. With SS Coot Veal at the plate, Nixon suffered another passed ball. Runners on second and third with nobody out.
Indians manager Joe Gordon had used his main relief pitchers, Don Mossi and Ray Narleski, in the first game of the twinbill. He decided to take a novel approach to relieving Wilhelm- he called in a position player whose arm Herb Score had touted. Score talked about the player as having the kind of arm that could routinely be used in winning bets by throwing balls from home plate over the center field wall, over 400 feet away. Up to the pitching mound trotted Rocky Colavito.
It was not an ordinary game, it was the second game in a doubleheader.
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