On April 2, 1947 — The Indians purchased George Metkovich from the Red Sox. According to legend, Casey Stengel, who will manage the Californian next season in the PCL, coins the nickname ‘Catfish’ after the first baseman/outfielder injures himself trying to extract a hook from the bottom-dweller.

 


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Sources:
Baseball Reference April 2
National Pastime April 2
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