April 18, 1923
At South Field on Columbia’s campus in New York City, a collegiate pitcher strikes out seventeen batters from Williams to establish a school record but loses the game 5-1 due to wildness. Lou Gehrig, the young southpaw, will become better known for his hitting prowess with the Yankees.
April 17, 1945
Browns outfielder Pete Gray, playing with one arm, makes his major league debut with one hit in four at-bats in a 7-1 victory over Detroit at Sportsman’s Park. The 30-year-old St. Louis outfielder, who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, batted .333 last season as a minor leaguer.