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Elephant Rumblings: More Pitching Injuries, And The Beat Goes On

Bob Melvin: ‘The hits just keep on coming.’

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  • 1884 - During an exhibition game between the National League Philadelphia Quakers and American Association Philadelphia Athletics, umpire William McLean, reacting to fans’ taunts, hurls a bat into the stands, hitting but not injuring a spectator. McLean is arrested after the game, but the charges are soon dropped.
  • 1978 - The Oakland Athletics release veteran first baseman Dick Allen, ending his 15-year career. Allen finishes with 351 home runs, 1119 RBI and a lifetime batting average of .292. The highlight of Allen’s career occurred in 1972, when he earned the American League MVP Award while playing for the Chicago White Sox.

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