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Friday, September 07, 2012
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 7, 1912:
LYNN, MASS., Sept. 6—For ten innings Meldon Wolfgang of Lowell held Lynn to no hits and no runs without a man reaching first base in a New England baseball league game here today. This is believed to be a new record for organized baseball under the National Commission.
In the eleventh the first Lynn man up singled over second base, but Wolfgang again tightened up and not another hit was made by Lynn until a lucky single was made in the twelfth. Lowell won 1 to 0.
I had never heard of Wolfgang before this morning, but it looks like he was a heck of a pitcher. He made his big league debut with the White Sox in 1914 and went more than two years without giving up a home run.
From 1914-1916, Wolfgang pitched 300 innings of 144 ERA+ baseball, allowing 7.1 hits per nine innings and a total of two home runs. According to Bob Carroll’s BaseballLibrary.com bio of Wolfgang, the diminutive lefty suffered from an illness in 1917-18 which apparently ended his career prematurely.
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