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Only pitcher hit by a seagull’s ‘fish-bomb’ Ellis Kinder, St. Louis (AL), May 7, 1947
While pitching at Fenway Park, St. Louis Browns’ hurler Ellis Kinder was victim of a ‘fly-by’ fish-bomb. A three-pound smelt dropped by a seagull hit Kinder during a 1947 game. It didn’t throw him off his game, however. Kinder yielded six hits in a 4-2 win over the Red Sox. Neither did it deter Kinder from later playing in Fenway Park. He spent eight seasons of his 12-year career there.
First player to use jersey to promote a TV station Andy Messersmith, Atlanta (AL)
When Andy Messersmith signed his "lifetime" contract with the Atlanta Braves on April 10, 1976, his uniform read ‘Channel’ where his last name should have been on his shoulders. His number? 17. It just so happened that Braves’ owner Ted Turner owned and operated a TV channel at 17 on the dial in Atlanta. Messersmith, a much-heralded free agent, went 11-11 in his first season with the Braves, but broke even the next at 5-4. He finished his 12-year career with the Dodgers.