Sunday, September 2, 2012

On This Date: Phillippi Plays Right Field in a Pinch

Sept. 2, 1897 - Minneapolis traveled to Columbus to face the second place Senators, putting Bill Hutchison on the mound. Hutchison didn't last long, giving up five runs in the first inning, and adding insult to injury, "Wild Bill" was ejected for talking back to the umpire. Since the Millers planned to start Deacon Phillippe in the next game, pitcher Art Herman was brought in to replace Hutchison. However, when right fielder Art Ball couldn't continue playing due to a previous injury, Phillippe was called upon. He played right field from the third inning on, going 1 for 3 at the plate with two strikeouts. Amazingly, the Deacon went the remainder of the game without a single ball being hit his way. The Millers lost the game 14-9, falling to a record of 39-80.

St. Paul Globe September 3, 1897 p.5 "Willie Bill Fired"

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