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1974 last game: Dick Selma
2001 Dick Selma dies
The great game of baseball will civilize Mexico.
That means we're due for an insanely long relief appearance today.
But short of that, pretty much everybody else in your organization as of August 31 is eligible for the postseason. The initial pool of players includes everyone on the 25-man roster at the end of the regular season, plus anybody on the major-league DL, bereavement list or suspended list....
So that’s 32 eligible players right there. But they aren’t the only eligible players. Anyone who is injured at the start of a postseason series can be replaced by anybody else in the Nationals’ organization (provided they were acquired by August 31).
A new rule stipulates that anyone on the 40-man roster (not the 25-man) by Aug. 31 is eligible for the postseason roster.
Eddie Rommel threw 17 IP in one of the wildest games ever played. Forget 17 IP - he allowed 29 hits and 9 walks among his 87 batters faced.
The Athletics traveled to Cleveland for one make-up game, and to save on travel expenses, Connie Mack took along only two pitchers, Rommel and rookie Lew Krausse, who started. Krausse was ineffective and Rommel, who had pitched in relief in the previous two games, took over for Krausse at the start of the second inning. Both teams scored frequently, and the game went into extra innings tied 15-15. Rommel soldiered on and emerged victorious when the Athletics scored a run in the 18th inning. Eddie gave up 29 hits, nine walks, and 14 runs in his 17 innings of relief. (The losing pitcher, Wes Ferrell, gave up 12 hits and eight runs in 11? innings.) It was Rommel’s 171st and last major-league victory. "I was 34 at the time, and I had worked the two previous days. It never occurred to me that I’d have to go more than a couple of innings, if any. It was the end of me as a pitcher, too." Rommel finished the season but was not himself anymore and Mack released him after the season.
Phenomenal Smith played his last game 45,000 days ago. He's been dead for slightly less than half the time since then. So there's that.
It's not letting me edit, but Phenomenal has been dead for slightly more than half the time since he stopped playing baseball. I couldn't decide if I should say "dead for slightly more" or "was alive for slightly less," so I combined the two and failed phenomenally.
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