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Hog Caller, Righthander, Used his Left 1930

Senators Couldn't Climb Pea Ridge and Lost 3rd Game

The Hog Caller, Righthander, Used His Left

Jefferson City Post-Tribune (Jefferson City, Missouri) 25 Sep 1930

Hog-calling pitcher, Pea Ridge Day
By Yendis Pencilette

The game at Whiteway Park last night was the best and most interenting game the series of three games played by the Kansas City Blues and our local team. Pea Ridge Day, of the hog-calling fame, was on the mound for the Blues and space will not permit us to tell al the did and what he did not do. What he did with his dids was to allow the Senators only one hit in the third inning that scored Roy Lee from second after a steal of the base, when brother Herbert Lee hit a Texas leaguer over second.

He did strike out seventeen Senators, and in his excentricities and greatness, he displayed his ambidextrous qualities by pitching parts of inning with one arm, then switching to the other. He pitched the ninth inning by imitating the famous Rube Waddell, now deceased, who holds the strike out record in the major leagues of eighteen, a decade ago, if our memory serves us right.

The spectacular finish of the last half of the ninth inning was to the capacity crowd present a real sensational thrill when Pea Ridge called all the Blues off the field to play the inning by himself with the aid of his catch, Pat Collins.

Umpire Tucher walked out to the box to protest, but of no avail, for there is nothing in the rules to prohibit such procedure. However, to make the picture complete, he had (in agreement). Second Baseman and First Baseman pose at short right center field with their arms interlocking each other and their legs crossed. The hog caller then proceeded to strike out Dillard, one of the best batters on the local team. Griggsby, of the Blues, was the batting bee with two triples and a single, and Pat Collins hit a double and a single.

The Senators presented the best pitcher that has twirled for them during the season in Bishop, from Montgomery City, Mo., who pitched fro Albany, New York, in the Eastern League.

Kansas City won 4-1 over the Senators.

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