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Mansfield, Missouri: Pitcher Who Killed Batter With Ball

Hometown boy Carl Mays, known for his unusual submarine pitching style, killed Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians on August 16, 1920, with a "beanball." The 2010 memorial depicts Mays in the foreground and a giant, looming baseball in the background.

North St., Mansfield, MO
In the southeast corner of the town square, which is between North St. and E. Commercial St. where it intersects Hwy 5 Business.
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Memorial to Carl Mays

A memorial commemorates baseball celebrity Carl Mays in his boyhood hometown of Mansfield. The monument stands in the town square and was dedicated in June 2010. The memorial was designed and erected by Engrave-A-Crete as a gift to the town. Carl Mays is primarily remembered for throwing the beanball that killed Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians on August 16, 1920. Chapman remains the only major league player to die as a direct result of an on-field injury.

[Sherry V, 03/31/2014]

The grave of Ray Chapman -- who was killed by Mays's beanball -- is also a Roadside America attraction.

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