Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Daily Conlon: 271 through 279

Here are todays Daily Conlon cards numbered 271 through 279, and it features dead ball era home run leader Gavvy Cravath. He was the greatest home run hitter of his time, having hit 24 home runs in 1915. This was a record that no one thought would ever be broken, but with the advent of a more livelier ball and a man named Babe Ruth his record and name would be relegated to the dustbin of history.

Of special note, Gavvy was the first Major League ballplayer from San Diego area. Also, Gavvy is a nickname he received when he killed a seagull with a batted ball. Fans, most of whom were Mexican started shouting gaviota- which is Spanish for seagull. As soon as the sportswriters heard they immediately dubbed the slugger Gavvy.

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