Carl Mays

Carl Mays autograph
Birthdate 11/12/1891
Death Date 04/04/1971
Debut Year 1915
Year of Induction
Teams Giants, Red Sox, Reds, Yankees
Position Pitcher

Best remembered for throwing the pitch that resulted in baseball’s only on-field fatality, Carl Mays had five 20-win seasons and won 207 games. 

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Carl Mays autographed affixed to a picture

Carl Mays autographed affixed to a picture

Perhaps Carl Mays would be a Hall of Famer if not for that fateful pitch. The submariner was on the hill against the Cleveland Indians on August 16, 1920. Ray Chapman was 0-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt. Mays didn’t take kindly to Chapman’s proximity to the plate and decided to dust him of

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