Friday, July 22, 2011

A waved gun once convinced Terris McDuffie to pitch on two-days rest

July 22: On this day in 1910, Negro leagues star Terris McDuffie was born in Mobile, Ala.

Elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, McDuffie played for Habana, Cienfuegos, Almendares, Marianao and Leones in eight Cuban winters between 1937-53.

Although perhaps apocryphal, one story describes how McDuffie's penchant for wine and women once came up against Adolfo Luque's famous temper.

While pitching for Marianao in 1952-53, McDuffie, probably hungover, one day refused to pitch on two-days rest, prompting Luque to call the pitcher into his office, where he pulled open a drawer in his desk and flashed a revolver.

That was enough to convince McDuffie to take the mound and he proceeded to throw a two-hitter.

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