Delmer Ennis was born on June 8, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There was nothing unusual about his stance. He was square to the plate, the bat was still; as the pitcher delivered the ball he would step toward the pitcher and if he liked the pitch, he swung, using shoulders, arms, and wrists which could belong to a blacksmith.
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Clinton Dawson Courtney was born on March 16, 1927, in Hall Summit, Louisiana. As a player, Courtney wasn’t elegant, but he got the job done, especially as a field general. At his best, he was a good line-drive hitter, though he never had a great deal of power.
Wayne Kirby Simpson was born on December 2, 1948 in Los Angeles, California. In his first season, Simpson started the year by winning 13 of his first 14 decisions, including a one-hitter, a two-hitter, and a three-hitter. But shoulder problems limited him to just two appearances after July.
Earl Alonzo Moore, nicknamed “Crossfire”, was born July 29, 1877 in Pickerington, Ohio. A strikeout pitcher with streaks of wildness, Moore whipped the ball in with an intimidating, sweeping sidearm motion from the very end of the rubber.
Fred Alexandra Toney was born on December 11, 1888, just outside Nashville in rural Davidson County, Tennessee. Fred Toney is best remembered as the victor of perhaps the greatest pitchers’ duel in major-league history, a 1917 game in which he and Jim Vaughn both pitched no-hitters over the first nine innings.