Baseball history unpacked, August 8

A Tot, a Childs, and a GLOAT, and other stories

A Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review selected moments gleaned from the rich pageant of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1877 – After St. Louis catcher John Clapp has his cheek smashed by a foul tip, replacement Mike Dorgan goes behind the plate wearing a mask. This is perhaps the first use of a catcher’s mask in an official National League game. (2)

Perhaps. There’s no mention of this incident in this excellent article. Here’s a salient quote:

Probably the first one was invented by an Ivy League man, Fred Thayer, who in 1876 adapted a fencing mask for Alexander Tyng, then with the Harvard Nine. At first, Thayer’s better mouse trap was derisively called a rat trap. But the catcher’s mask caught on quickly among pros and amateurs alike and was in wide use by the 1880s. Besides affording protection, it helped fielding from the very first game. Harvard’s Tyng made only two errors in that April 12, 1877, match, exceptionally low even for a pro catcher in those days. …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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