Allan Travers

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Aloysius Stanislaus Travers

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Biographical Information[edit]

Al Travers had a most bizarre major league career. One that will never be duplicated. In Philadelphia, PA on May 18, 1912, the Detroit Tigers were scheduled to play the Philadelphia Athletics after Ty Cobb had been suspended for beating a fan with a bat in New York, NY on May 15th.

The entire Tigers team protested and refused to play. Faced with a large fine if he failed to field a team, Tigers owner Frank Navin told manager Hughie Jennings to round up any players he could find. Jennings called St. Joseph's University and took seven players from St. Joe's along with two coaches.

The "Tigers" took the field, seven St. Joseph's Hawks and two Detroit Tigers coaches to play the Athletics. The Tigers pitcher was Al Travers, a twenty-year-old student. Travers pitched a complete game for Detroit. He gave up 26 hits, 24 runs, 14 of them earned. He walked seven A's and struck out one. He was 0 for 3 at the plate.

The baseball encyclopedia records Al Travers' ERA as 15.75 for his career.

On May 19th, after that fiasco of a game, the real Tigers returned and Travers went back to St. Joseph's University. He was not even a member of its varsity baseball team, but simply a student there who happened to play amateur baseball on the side. After he graduated, he entered the seminary, became a Jesuit priest, and served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a teacher.

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