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On 7/12/2020 at 7:48 AM, weams said:


As my eyes skimmed quickly in a diagonal down and across the block of acknowledgements, my peripheral vision spotted the names of Julian Javier (Jonathan Frankel/Javier Anderson) and Harmon Killebrew (Herm Krobbenhoft). (Looking more closely now, there's also a Palmer.) Interesting, I thought, that former players helped out--must have taken a very long time to compile, since Harmon passed a decade ago.

Hmm, there must be something I miss watching.

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There was a game scheduled on May 18, 1912 between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Detroit Tigers in Philadelphia.

Before the game, all the Tigers' regular players announced that they were going on strike to protest the suspension of Ty Cobb for an incident three days earlier when he got into a fight with a fan.

Detroit's management scraped together a team of whomever they could find and put them on the field to play the game.  The A's won the game, 24-2.

In those days, newspaper box scores frequently abbreviated players' names with the liberal use of apostrophes.  One player's name appeared in the paper as L'nh's'r.  The comment was made, years later, that nobody ever knew whether the guy's name was Loopenhouser or Lagenhassinger, but they figured the guy's wife probably called him a liar when he said he'd played ball for the Detroit club that day.

Well, by golly, Retrosheet has a boxscore of that game, including the player's full, unabbreviated name.  He was Bill Leinhauser.  He went 0-for-4 in the game with three strikeouts.  He played center field that day, recording no putouts, but he did pick up one assist and finished his major league playing career with a fielding percentage of 1.000.

Bill was 18 years old when he played in that game.  He lived to the age of 84, dying in 1978.  No word on whether his wife ever believed his story about what he did that afternoon.

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