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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Birthday boy George McQuillan tells the story of a two-run walkoff infield single in the El Paso Herald, May 1, 1912:
In the ninth, with the bases full and one down…an easy bounder was hit right at me. I grabbed it up, and with all the time in the world to make the throw home, I steadied myself to make the peg a clean one. I aimed, and fired - and didn’t even start upon its way!
Again I sighted for home plate, and again I let fly—as I imagined. Once more the devilish ball refused to start…I let go a horrible yell—so they told me afterwards—and began wrestling with my right hand. The ball still staid in the hollow of my fingers, and the runner who had just reached third started for the plate. I made a desperate effort to release the ball. Nothing doing.
That infernal ball had picked up a big wad of gum, dropped by some blasted idiot, on its trip across the diamond, and the side with gum on it was slapped viciously into my hand when I grasped the ball.
That story can’t possibly be true, can it?
Also 100 years ago today: The wannabe big-league United States League opens its inaugural season and a freshman pitcher at the University of Michigan named George Sisler whiffs 20 batters in seven innings of work.
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