Ohio Memory has published a new post, ““Killed by Pitched Ball”: Finding Ray Chapman on Chronicling America”
On August 16, 1920, at the Polo Grounds in New York, Raymond “Ray” Chapman–star shortstop of the Cleveland Indians–stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning to face surly New York Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. Mays had an unorthodox delivery in that he threw underhand, or “submarine style,” and had a reputation of throwing at batters. Chapman had a tendency to crowd the plate, and on the third pitch of the at-bat, on a 1-1 count, Mays threw a high fastball in Chapman’s direction, striking him in the head. […]
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