|Promise Unfulfilled -- Ray Chapman
Ray Chapman was a popular shortstop for the Cleveland
Indians from 1912 to 1920. On August 16, 1920,
he was hit in the head by one of Carl Mays' pitches
and died a few hours later from his injury. He
is the only Major League player to be killed on
a big league field.
The Cleveland players were so angry at Mays for
throwing the pitch that killed their beloved “Chappie,”
that they sent this petition to American League
President Ban Johnson.
The text on the petition reads as follows:
"We, the undersigned, members of the Cleveland
Base Ball Club, have resolved to take no part
in any ball game in which Mr. Carl Mays shall
take part. We will also back any similar action
taken by the members of any other American League
Club. A copy of this action is being sent to the
players of every club, also a copy to Mr. B.B.
Despite the tragedy, the Indians went on to win
the World Series that year.