By all accounts, Carl Mays was a fantastic ballplayer. According to the the Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports, he won "53 games in his first two full seasons with the Yankees." However, his career was marred by a tragic incident that occurred August 16, 1920 (92 years ago today), when his pitch hit Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman in the head, and Chapman died of his injuries. The New York Times wrote:
Mays is greatly shocked over...Read More
Nearly 100 years ago, the RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic after striking an iceberg. Over 1,500 died, and the event continues to serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of overconfidence. There were many who risked their lives to save those on the sinking Titanic, including Sir Arthur Henry Rostron. Rostron was the master of the ocean liner RMS Carpathia, which was also in the North Atlantic when it received a distress call from the Titanic.
Rostron was...Read More
On December 19, 1777, General George Washington and his Continental Army set up camp in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the winter ahead. Having just fought the Battle of White Marsh, the troops were weary and weak, and many traveled without shoes. That winter of 1777-1778 would live in infamy, as the troops suffered awful conditions.
According to Russel Freedman, author of Washington at Valley Forge, there were inadequate food and water supplies, rampant disease, and freezing...Read More
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