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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Toledo News-Bee, August 22, 1913:
Gavvy Cravath pulled off a mean trick on Bob Harmon in a recent Philly-Cardinal game.
After missing two of Harmon’s fast curves, Cravath said: “Aw, cut out that stuff, Bob. I can’t see ‘em today.”
Far be it from Harmon to take advantage of anyone temporarily astigmatized. And besides, Cravath’s words were tacit admission that all he wished to do was to go out like a gentleman and not strike out.
So Bob wound up with a smile and sent over a straight ball which was gigling at the seams to Mr. Cravath. Cravath took a swing and the ball almost knocked a spectator in the right field bleachers over the fence.
Looks like the home run in question happened on August 4, 1913, in a game Philadelphia won 6-3. It didn’t change the outcome of the game, coming in the ninth inning with Cravath’s Phillies already leading 4-3.
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