On September 13, 1948 —  Cleveland Indian right-hander Don Black, while batting in the second inning of the Cleveland Stadium contest against St. Louis, suffers a cerebral hemorrhage and is rushed to the hospital in critical condition Black’s life will hang in the balance for a week. The 32 year-old hurler will survive, but his major league career is over. Owner Bill Veeck of the Indians arranges a benefit game for Black on September 22, a contest that attracts 76,000, and $40,000 of the receipts are turned over to the pitcher.

 


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