One armed man
MAY 20, 1945 – Pete Gray was a one-armed
man who played major league baseball in the 1940’s. He may have had his best
day on this date in 1945. He helped the St. Louis Browns sweep a doubleheader
from the New York Yankees 10-1 and 5-2. Gray had three hits and two RBI in the
opener. He scored the winning run in the second game and hauled in three great
catches in the outfield.
Pete Gray was born
Peter J. Wyshner in
in 1915. His major league career was just 77 games during one season. He hit
.218 and had a .959 fielding percentage playing mostly left or center. If not
for World War II, when many regular players were in the military, it’s quite
certain Gray would never have stepped between the lines during a major league
baseball game. Still, Peter Gray made it to “The Show,” something thousands of
American males can only dream about.
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