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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-16-2020

Washington Times, June 16, 1920:

About $200,000 worth of second baseman got a terrific bump on the head at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon, a bump which sent a shiver down the back of Branch Rickey, who only several hours previously again had declined an offer for the player from the New York club….[Rogers Hornsby] was laid out on the greensward for about five minutes and then left the game. Blood was trickling out of both his ears, and it is likely that the star will be forced to take a little vacation.

The accident to Hornsby happened in the seventh inning rally of the Giants. With Young on first, Kauff hit sharply to Lavan, who thought that he might get the Giant at first. Lavan started to throw to first and then appeared to change his mind. Diving with the throw he hurled the ball with all his might toward Hornsby, who was at second, only a few feet away. Hornsby was not looking for any throw and got the ball on the back of the head.

The bad news is that Cardinals shortstop Johnny Lavan nearly killed one of the greatest baseball players of all time. The good news is that John Lavan, MD was a few feet away from a man who had just been drilled in the back of the head with a baseball.

Things didn’t go nearly as well two months later for another star middle infielder who got beaned.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 16, 2020 at 10:29 AM | 24 comment(s)
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