From Mark Harrington at WSPY Radio on Aril 6, 2019, with mention of SABR member Matthew Clifford:
There is no joy in Mudville these days. Yes, Mighty Casey has struck out. But that story continues to live in a slightly different way in Norway, Sheridan, Newark, or Marseilles.
They still remember the name, Silas Johnson of Sheridan and a true story often confused. One mention at his alma mater Newark High School or a gaze at a plaque, Si Johnson is the last pitcher to strike out the famous Babe Ruth.
Before you say wow, wait a minute. Matthew Clifford of Leland knows the real story.
In researching baseball box scores, Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Si Johnson was not the last man to strike out the immortal Babe Ruth, record owner of 714 home runs.
So how did Clifford uncover a dusty mystery?
Read the full article here: http://www.wspynews.com/news/local/the-weekend-story-the-true-story-of-si-johnson-of/article_6a6f0b32-5855-11e9-95e7-e306bf4b8b5b.html
- Related link: Read “Silas K. Johnson: An Illinois Farm Boy Who Made Baseball History,” by Matthew Clifford (SABR The National Pastime)
Originally published: April 30, 2019. Last Updated: April 30, 2019.