Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21, 1957: Rookie Sensation Von McDaniel Tosses a Two-Hitter in his First Major League Start

On June 21, 1957, in his first major league start at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Von McDaniel threw a two-hit shutout as the Cardinals cruised to a 2-0 win over the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers. The 18 year old "bonus baby" had just graduated high school one month earlier and found himself starring along side his older brother Lindy on the Cardinals pitching staff. He was a bit of a rookie sensation as his career began with 19 consecutive scoreless innings and won his first four decisions on the way to posting a 7-5 record on the year. However the magic didn't last for McDaniel, he appeared in only two games in '58 and looked as if he lost his control, after being sent to the minors he tried to convert to third base but would never reach the major league level again. While his career was short he accomplished something that most of us can only dream of, he stood on the mound with the birds on the bat across his chest.

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