Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy Baseball Birthday...Bull Durham

Today's Happy Baseball Birthday is former big league pitcher Bull Durham.

Louis Rapahel Staub was born on June  27, 1877, in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

While playing minor league baseball Staub got into a bar fight, and was banned from playing baseball.

Staub found a law loophole that allowed him to change his name, and so Louis Staub Durham was given a new start in baseball.

While playing for Augusta of the South Atlantic League, he was chosen by the Brooklyn Superbas in baseball's Rule 5 Draft.

Bull Durham made his big league debut on September 16, 1904, at the age of 27.

Durham played for Brooklyn, the Washington Senators, and the New York Giants.

His big league career was brief, pitching in just 9 games, going 2-0, with a 5.28 ERA in 29 innings pitched.

His last big league appearance was for the Giants, on May 19,1909.

Durham pitched in 155 minor league games, playing in Augusta, Altoona, Lancaster, Louisville, and finally in Denver of the Western League.

After baseball Durham spent time acting in silent movies.

Bull passed away on June 28, 1960, in Bently, Kansas, at the age of 83.



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