Briggs: Meet the Toledo high school teacher who threw MLB’s first perfect game

From David Briggs at the Toledo Blade on May 2, 2020:

To a generation of Toledo high school students, he was known simply as Mr. Richmond, not as a prominent figure in history but a teacher of it, along with math, chemistry, and Greek.

But his past life was never far away.

As a math instructor and baseball coach at Scott in the early 1900s, one of his pupils was Norman Joss, the son of Addie Joss, a Hall of Fame pitcher who made his offseason home in Toledo.

Neat, huh?

Well, upon their first meeting, Mr. Richmond told the youngster he knew all about the deeds of his old man, then politely offered a word to the wise.

“Your father pitched a perfect game,” the teacher reportedly told Norman. “So did I, but don’t expect that to help your algebra grade.”

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Originally published: May 5, 2020. Last Updated: May 5, 2020.