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August 17, 1920

THE BETHLEHEM TIMES, Pennsylvania, August 17, 1920 

* Ray Chapman skull fractured death 
* Cleveland Indians 
* Only MLB baseball fatality

Page 8 has one column headings: "Ray Chapman, Hit By Pitcher, Dies From Blow" and "Brilliant Cleveland Shortstop Victim of Carl Mays's Bean Ball. Was 29 Years Old.

Chapman is the 1st and only baseball player to be killed as a result of a major league baseball game.

Other news, sports and various advertisements of the day throughout. Light browning, some margin wear and tear, otherwise good. Must be handled with care.

source: wikipedia: Raymond Johnson Chapman (January 15, 1891 – August 17, 1920) was an American baseball player, spending his entire career as a shortstop for Cleveland.

He is the only Major League Baseball player to have died as a result of an injury received in a game; he was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yankees hurler Carl Mays. His death led Major League Baseball to establish a rule requiring umpires to replace the ball whenever it became dirty. His death was also one of the examples used to emphasize the need for wearing batting helmets (although the rule was not adopted until over thirty years later). His death was partially the reason MLB banned the spitball after the season.

Category: The 20th Century

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