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Former major leaguer dies at 94

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Pitcher Cloyd Boyer died on Friday at the age of 94 in the Melbourne, Texas hospice where he’d lived since a stroke in 2011. He was the last former major leaguer among the three brothers who played for the same team as a pitcher.

In 1919, Lyman Jr, who pitched for the Montreal Royals, was hit on the temple by a pitch from Lou Gehrig, suffered a broken neck and died in 1929. Despite posting a 4-3 record, missing most of 1921 due to injury and having his ERA increasing nearly four times as much as a subsequent season, Boyer was reluctant to take the mound in 1920 because of Gehrig’s injury. That’s when their brother, Doc, stepped in, throwing 16 shutout innings in a 1-0 loss to the Washington Senators at the Polo Grounds. In one strange moment, it was Boyer’s turn to bat, fouling off four pitches. He took two foul balls, didn’t swing, and when the umpire finally threw him out, Boyer collapsed.

Dale McDermott, who played a couple of seasons with the Atlanta Braves after arriving as an undrafted free agent from Babe Ruth’s farm system in 1914, passed away in 1992, six years after being released. He lived a rough life, and with a $1 contract, he dealt with racism.

From the New York Times:

Mr. McDermott was trying to take a wry line when asked to compare himself to a contemporary who received the Legion of Honor.

“About pennies,” he said, then paused. “I liked to drink beer. It cost a buck and a half.”

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