1920 Carl Mays and Ray Chapman Tragic Pitch at the Polo Grounds

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1920 Carl Mays and Ray Chapman Tragic Pitch at the Polo Grounds

Postby FW57cLIPPER51 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:25 pm

Carl Mays and Ray Chapman Tragic Pitch at the Polo Grounds

1920- At the Polo Grounds in New York City, Cleveland Indians Shortstop Ray Chapman, 29 is beaned by a New York Yankees Starter Carl Mays pitch. Ray Chapman is a right-handed batter who likes to crowd the plate, Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the Carl May’s Submarine delivery. He is carried from the playing field and dies the next day from a fractured skull. Carl Mays, a surly, unpopular pitcher is the target of fans' and MLB players' outrage. Ray Chapman, a Cleveland favorite since breaking in with the team in 1912, had been married the previous year. In October, his wife will receive a full World Series share, $3,986.34 from the Cleveland Indians. The incident has no effect on Carl Mays's pitching. One week later, he will blank the Tigers by the score of 10-0 and go on to win 26 and lose 11 games during the 1920 AL season. Joe Sewell will be called up by the Indians from the Minor Leagues to take Chapman's place at 2B. For 14 MLB seasons, he will be the hardest man to strike out in MLB, while playing for the Tribe and finishing his MLB playing career with the Yankees.
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