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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ya Know, Back in 1936 $250 Was a Pretty Penny

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 12:27 PM

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This Cleveland Indians uniform from Johnny Allen ended up in a Higbee's window in 1938 for all of Cleveland to see. Why?

Cleveland Indians pitcher Johnny Allen was fined in 1938 for refusing the umpire\'s order to cut off part of his sweat-shirt sleeve. Allen, who was famous for cutting the ends of his sleeves to let more air in, was repeatedly warned about the flying threads whenever he pitched. On 06/07/1938, Umpire Bill McGowan ordered Allen to cut off part of his sweat-shirt sleeve which was dangling when he pitched. Allen, known for his volatile temper, did not obligue. The stubborn pitcher stormed off the mound and refused to pitch was fined $250 by Cleveland manager Oscar Vitt for his actions. The ragged shirt Allen wore is now part of the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

(Explanation via Uniform Violations)

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