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Johnny Vander Meer- A Feat For The Ages

Published by on May 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The crowd was buzzing, the atmosphere electrifying. Many of the 38,748 who had piled into Ebbets Field for this regular season match-up between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers were here to be a part of history.

On this fateful June 15th night during the 1938 season, the first game under lights was to be played at this historic ball park.

Yet a 23 old southpaw ended up overshadowing it all. With a performance so rare, the likes of it happening again are damn near impossible.

Of all the unique paths taken by each individual player to reach the big leagues, Johnny Vander Meer’s stands out. At the age of 17 and not having thrown a professional pitch, he was selected to appear in a documentary ...

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