Carl MaysCarl William Mays
was born November 12, 1891 in Liberty, Kentucky
, and died April 4, 1971 in El Cajon, California
. Mays was one of the better pitchers in major league baseball
from 1916-1926, but will always be remembered most for throwing the pitch that struck Ray Chapman in the head on August 16, 1920, making Chapman the first on-field fatality in major league baseball's history.
In a 15 year career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants, Mays went 207-126, his best season coming in 1921 when he led the American League in wins, innings pitched, games pitched, and winning percentage. Mays was also noted for his skills with a bat, hitting a lifetime .268 in batting average, a number which is unusually high for a pitcher.