Morrison: The mysterious case of Delos Brown

From SABR member Brian Morrison at Diamonds in the Dusk on May 20, 2020:

As far as baseball games go, Washington’s after-noon encounter with the Chicago White Sox on June 12, 1914, was pretty much a run-of-the-mill affair.

Despite a forecast of temperatures in the 90s, the winds coming off nearby Lake Michigan have turned the air, and probably the fans, inside Comiskey Park to “bracing and cool” as the White Sox come to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning trailing the Senators 5-0 in the Friday finale of a three-game series.

On the mound for the visitors from the nation’s capital is Doc Ayers, a lanky 23-year-old right-hand-er from Snake Creek, Virginia, which for the uninitiated is near Fancy Gap in the Southwestern part of the state. Aberrant for his time, Ayers is both an underhanded spitball pitcher and a former student at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

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Originally published: May 22, 2020. Last Updated: May 22, 2020.