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Old 01-04-2009, 08:49 AM
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Posted By: tao_moko

I'm trying to find some player bios on those in the t206 set that have either unusual, criminal or heroic bios outside of their playing careers. Any help?

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Old 01-04-2009, 09:05 AM
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Burns
Chase
Cicotte
Durham
Gandil
Zimmerman


And for some reason I think Dubuc should fit your criteria with these above.


Heroes.... Rube Waddell

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Thanks Frank! Looks like Zimmerman will hit both subsets I'm working on.


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Posted By: Steve Murray

While I agree with Frank's list of bad boys most were while they were in baseball.

For more info on these and others visit:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Category:Blacklisted_Players

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Christy Mathewson served as an Army officer in WWI. He was an unfortunate victim of an accidental gassing and contracted TB which contributed to his death.

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Cobb for his violence and both he and Speaker for fixing a game in 1925 that led to their team changes from Detroit and Cleveland to Philly and Washington.

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Larry McLean was shot by a bartender in a bar fight in the early 1920's.

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Ahhh... but did Larry need shooting?


Nice tidbit of information, Scott. Where did you find that?

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The deadball era website mentions the shooting and many other lurid tales...


http://www.thedeadballera.com/

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Posted By: Steve Dawson

These two aren't in T206, but they had notable involvement in WWI:

Eddie Grant (T205) was one of the first men to enlist when the United States entered World War I in April 1917, and he served as Captain of the 77th Infantry Division. During the fierce battle of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, all of Grant's superior officers were killed or wounded, and he took command of his troops on a four-day search for the "Lost Battalion." During the search, an exploding shell killed Grant on October 5, 1918. He is buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Lorraine, France.

Hank Gowdy (T207) - When World War I broke out, he became the first major leaguer to sign up. With the Ohio National Guard, he saw considerable action in France with the 166th Infantry Regiment, including some of the worst trench fighting in the war. When he returned in 1919, he got his old job as a catcher back, but not before going on a speaking tour of the United States, detailing his war experiences. When the United States entered World War II, Gowdy enlisted again at the age of 53, and was promoted to major. In December 1944, he returned to Fort Benning, where he served as Chief Athletic Officer. He returned to coaching in 1946 with the Reds, and he even served as manager for four games at the end of the season. By 1948, he had retired from baseball. The baseball field at Fort Benning bears his name.



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