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Pitcher Carl Mays, from Mulvane to MLB
Carl William Mays (November 12, 1891 - April 4, 1971) was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1915 to 1929. Carl played for the Mulvane town team in the early teens before moving on to have a successful MLB career.

Carl Mays with the Mulvane Town Team getting ready to take the train to Clearwater for a game, Sept 2, 1911 In a 15-year career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants, he compiled a 207-126 record with 29 shutouts, 862 strikeouts and a 2.92 earned run average when the league average was 3.48. Mays won twenty or more games five times during his career. He was also noted for his skills with a bat, hitting five home runs, recording 110 runs batted in, and sporting a lifetime .268 batting average-an unusually high mark for a pitcher. Mays is the only Red Sox pitcher to toss two nine-inning complete game victories on the same day, as he bested the Philadelphia Athletics 12-0 and 4-1 on August 30, 1918. Those two wins put the Red Sox one step from clinching the league championship, as they led Cleveland by 3 1/2 games with 4 remaining to play.

Mays enjoyed his best season in 1921, when he led the American League in wins (27), innings pitched (336.2), games pitched (49), and winning percentage (.750). Mays in a batting stance at the Polo Grounds sometime during 1919-22.However that same season Mays, pitching then for the Yankees, played in a World Series that others later would accuse him of helping to throw, bringing back still-lingering memories of the Black Sox scandal from just two years prior. These rumors were never proven, but they persisted long enough that, combined with an already negative reputation among other players both from the Chapman incident and from having a personality that few found agreeable, he was never elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame despite having lifetime statistics comparable to some other pitchers who were.

Despite impressive career statistics, he is primarily remembered for throwing the beanball that killed Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians on August 16, 1920.
Chapman became the only major league player to die as a direct result of an on-field injury.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Mays


Latest Announcement
Posted On:
4/22/2014
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Congrats to former Mulvane baseball player Brenton Higgins who was selected as the MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week.

Here is the article: http://www.themiaa.com/news/2014/4/22/BB_0422140214.aspx

Higgins did not allow a run or hit in four relief appearances that resulted in two wins and two saves last week as Emporia State ran its winning streak to 11 games. He faced the minimum over 6.0 innings during the week. He has a string of 7.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit dating back to the Hornets 5-3 win over Washburn on April 6. He started this week working the final 2.0 innings in the Hornets 7-6 win at Washburn. He came in with one out and runner on in the 7th inning of the first game of the weekend against NWMSU and got a strike out and fly out to preserve the tie before Emporia State won with a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh. He worked a perfect 9th in the Hornets 3-1 win over the Bearcats in game two. He came on with two runners in scoring position and Emporia State holding an 8-7 lead with two outs in the 7th inning of the finale of the series and got a fly out to center to end the threat. He did not allow another ball out of the infield and had two strikeouts the rest of the way as he posted his league leading 9th save of the year. The 6-1 senior relief pitcher is a native of Mulvane, Kan. and played at Garden City Community College prior to becoming a Hornet.

Kasey McDowell
 

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