On June 7 1938 — 1938 – At Fenway Park, umpire Bill McGowan, who had tossed Johnny Allen on Opening Day, orders the Cleveland Indians pitcher to cut off part of a shirt sleeve which is dangling as he pitches, distracting the batter. Allen refuses and walks off the mound. He is fined $250 by Cleveland manager Oscar Vitt, who makes a pitching change to avoid a forfeit. Cleveland wins the game, 7 – 5, as team owner Alva Bradley hurries to the Boston Red Sox and buys the shirt for $250. The shirt is then displayed at Higbee’s Department Store – owned by Bradley’s brother, and later makes its way to the Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown.

 


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Sources:

Baseball Reference June 7

SABR Games Project

National Pastime June 7

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