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Thursday, April 19, 2012
El Paso Herald, April 19, 1912:
Casey Hagerman [sic], last season with the Denver club and now with the Boston Americans, is said to be one of the most promising twirlers of the season…Among other things, Hagerman prided himself upon his ability to hit as well as pitch. In a game at South Bend, Ind., one day, which was hopelessly lost to South Bend, as Hagerman was invincible, the South Bend pitcher slipped a potato into his pocket in one of the latter innings when Hagerman was scheduled to bat.
The pitcher tucked the ball in his rear pocket unbeknownst to Casey and let fly the potato. Hagerman tore loose at it, hit the potato with a resounding crack and streaked for first base. It took all the players of both teams to pry him off the first sack and tell him that a hit potato could not be in any way construed as a base hit.
Washington Times, April 19, 1912:
Mayor Shanks, of Indianapolis, threw out a potato instead of a ball when he pitched the first one in the Indians’ opener with St. Paul. Shank [sic] won fame recently by auctioning off several carloads of the tubers to kill the corner in the local market.
The lesson here? Dave Bresnahan should have pulled his stunt in Indiana.
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