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Causing a sensation - the Catcher's Mask Causing a sensation - the Catcher's Mask
A company was formed just to make a glove and a catcher mask 1870s Baseball History

Eye-catching baseball posters, cleverly illustrated, inspired fans to come out and enjoy the new game sweeping the nation and buy the newest in equipment

James White picked up the nickname of Deacon, because he was a religious man and did not drink, swear or gamble and was active in Sunday School.

Right after the Civil War ended, Deacon White was introduced to the game of baseball by a couple of soldiers returning to their hometown of Canton, New York in 1864.

In 1866 the 17 year old Deacon White enjoyed playing so much he started a Caton New York team. By 1869 he was the starting catcher on the Forest City Baseball Team and in 1871 when the team became a charter member of the first major league, the National Association, White was the catcher.

Deacon White was also one of a few players responsible for bringing the curve to professional baseball. He got the curve legalized and then taught the pitch to his brother Will White, who went-on to record three 40-game win seasons.

In those days the catcher stood far behind the batter. He caught the ball barehanded on the first bounce, Deacon White later recalled. He got the idea of using a glove, made a mask for my face, and stood right behind the batter. That caused a sensation, too. Al Spalding liked the idea so well that he started a company to make them.íŽ

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The first catcher's mask - Baseball Historian

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Boston's Big Four Hitters - 1873-1875 Boston's Big Four Hitters - 1873-1875
The National Association - the first major league - featured Boston's power-laden lineup which galloped away with four consecutive pennants - 1872-1875

Boston Big Four Hitters

Early United States Baseball History

The Boston Red Stockings (later nicknamed the Braves):

Advertisements correctly stated The First Big Four Hitters

Deacon White jumped to Boston in 1873 and played a major role in the Red Stockings 43-16 win/loss record, easily besting the 2nd place Philadelphia Phillies or Whites.

The Big Four lineup consisted of Jim Deacon White, a career .303 batter, who led the league in 1877 with a hefty .387 batting mark, Al Spalding, a pitcher, OF and first baseman, who hit over .300 most years, Cal McVey and Ross Barnes.




 


New York Mets Debut in 1962
New York Mets Debut in 1962

A brand new National League team made its debut in New York in 1962... they were officially called the Metropolitans after a long-ago 1800s team, but were quickly dubbed the Mets by the media and fans.

Their stadium was old and run-down - the Polo Grounds - and just two years later it was completely demolished.

'Come And See My Amazin' Mets,' bellowed old Casey Stengel, the Mets' first manager. And, come they did. The more they lost, the more fans packed the stands. Huge crowd came out to cheer: 'Let's go Mets.'

The Mets finished the 1962 season at 40 wins and 120 loses - the most losses of any team in this century.

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1962 New York Mets Pitching Stats:

Craig Anderson 3-17, 5.35 ERA in 50 Games... Galen Cisco 1-1, 3.26 ERA in 4G... Roger Craig 10-24, 4.51 ERA in 42G... Ray Daviault 1-5, 6.22 ERA in 36G... Larry Foss 0-1, 4.63 ERA In 5G... Dave Hillman 0-0, 6.32 ERA in 13G... Jay Hook 8-19, 4.84 ERA in 37G... Willard Hunter 1-6, 5.57 ERA in 27G... Al Jackson 8-20, 4.40 ERA in 36G... Sherman Jones 0-4, 7.71 ERA in 8G... Clem Labine 0-0, 11.25 ERA in 3G... Ken MacKenzie 5-4, 4.95 ERA in 42G... Bob G. Miller 2-2, 7.08 ERA in 17G... Bob L. Miller 1-12, 4.69 ERA in 33 G... Vinegar Bend Mizell 0-2, 7.34 ERA in 17G... Herb Moford 0-1, 7.20 ERA in 7G... Bob Moorhead 0-2, 4.53 ERA in 38 G.

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Player's Bios:

Bob L. Miller, Pitcher RH, 1962 Mets - 6'1" 182lbs - a calming force of the new expansion team, pitcher Bob L. Miller started 21 games in 1962, struck out 91 batters in 143 innings and appeared in 33 games while going 1-12, 4.89 ERA.

Used mainly as a reliever in his major league career that spanned 17-seasons, Miller had a 69-81 W/L record, posted an outstanding 3.37 lifetime ERA in 694 games, 99 starts, 7 completed, yielded 1487 hits in 1551 1/3 innings, 608 walks and 895 strike outs... after he retiring from active play he became a major league pitching coach and later worked in the front office for San Francisco.

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Quotes from manager Casey Stengel:

'If a banner got into your way, you didn't mind missing a play because it was something bad happening anyway.'

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Met fans' loved 'Marvelous Marv' Throneberry... in June during a game - while trying to run down a base runner, he collided while attempting to tag the runner without having the ball, interference was called and Chicago then scored four runs. Later in the same game, Throneberry lined a triple down the line but was called out for failing to touch first base.

When Stengel stormed out to protest, the umpire said, 'I hate to tell you this but he missed second base, too.

'Well, Stengel replied, 'I know he touched third base because he's standing on it.'



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