Odds & Ends
December 13, 2002
Mays get shot at Hall -- Former Red Sox pitchers added to new Veterans' ballot
Brita Meng Outzen, mlb.com
Former Red Sox pitcher Carl Mays is one of the 26 players nominated by the Veterans Committee for Baseball's Hall of Fame. ... Results of the voting will be announced on Feb. 26, 2003. ...
Right-hander Mays, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1915-1919, was a member of the 1916 and 1918 World Series championship teams. He finished his five-year Boston career with a 72-51 record and 2.21 ERA, fifth on the all-time list for the Red Sox pitchers. During his 15-year ML career, Mays went 208-126 with a 2.92 ERA. Submariner Mays pitched two complete games against Chicago during the 1918 World Series, winning both Game 3 and Game 6 by identical scores of 2-1. On Aug. 30, 1918, he allowed only one run while picking up two complete game wins over Philadelphia in a doubleheader.
The Kentucky native tied for the AL lead with 30 complete games and eight shutouts in 1918, and led the league with seven saves and five relief wins in 1915, his rookie year with Boston. Mays was traded to the New York Yankees in the middle of the 1919 season by then-Sox owner Harry Frazee, but the Yankees had to go to court to enforce the deal. At the time, Mays had left the team complaining of a lack of defensive support and AL president Ban Johnson had instructed Frazee to take no action be taken until the pitcher had returned to the team. Frazee made the deal anyway -- and another one before the 1920 season that sent Mays' former teammate, Babe Ruth, to the Yankees.
In 2001, MLB.com played a simulated series with 64 teams chosen from throughout history. The 1918 Red Sox lost in the first round to the 1962 San Francisco Giants 2 games to 1.
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