This Date in Baseball History – May 27th


Hall of Fame reliever Hoyt Wilhelm is venerated as one of the greatest knuckleball pitchers of all time – and one of the most difficult pitchers of any kind to catch. A season after the Orioles produced a Major League record 49 passed balls in 1959 – 38 of which came with Wilhelm on the mound – Baltimore manager Paul Richards designed a massive catcher’s glove to mitigate the unpredictable nature of the knuckleball. Catcher Clint Courtney first used it on May 27th, 1960, catching a complete game win for Wilhelm.

Mick Gillispie told the story in the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Huntsville Stars.



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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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