Friday, July 26, 2013

July 26, 1939: Sunkel Two Hits The Giants In St. Louis

On July 26, 1939, Tom Sunkel pitched a two hit gem as the Cardinals smoked the New York Giants 10-0 at Sportsman's Park. Sunkel carried a no hitter into the eighth before Tom Hafey broke it up with a one out single, Billy Jurges added another hit in the ninth before Sunkel put them away. It was the first time in Sunkel's career he went the distance in a game and it proved to be his only shutout in a Cardinals uniform. Sunkel's only full season in St. Louis came in that '39 season, he posted a 4-4 record and in the grand scheme he was one of those guys that just passed on through. He pitched a few years with the Giants and a year with Brooklyn before his days in the big leagues came to an end. Although his career record was just 9-15, it was truly remarkable that he even made it to the big leagues. When he was four years old he was shot in the left eye by a toy gun that left him blind in that eye. He overcame the handicap and found himself pitching for the Cardinals in August of 1937, while his career was short lived and by no means Cooperstown worthy the fact he reached that level was truly remarkable.

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