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November 25, 1916: Oscar Georgy

Born in New Orleans on this day 103 years ago, Oscar Georgy began on a pursuit to be the best on the ballfield. The gangly 6' 3" 180-pounder began his professional career in 1936 at just 19 years old. Playing in Class-C Jacksonville, pitching for the Jax of the East Texas League, he struggled. In 23 games, he went 2-12 with a 5.71 ERA. Still, the Cardinals, who owned his rights, weren't ready to give up on him yet. They sent him to Class-D Crookston, where he went 14-7 for the Pirates in the Northern League. His 2.91 ERA was much better as well, but by the 1938 season, he was the property of the New York baseball Giants.

Georgy got into a game for the Giants on June 4 of that year against the Cincinnati Reds. At just 21 years old, Georgy took the mound in front of more than 7,000 Reds fans at Crosley Field. The game began at 2:30 and less than two hours later, Georgy was called on to pitch the bottom of the eighth, which would be the Reds' last chance to bat given they led 9-1 entering the frame.

After allowing a single and coaxing a fly out from the first two hitters, Georgy walked Ival Goodman to put two runners on, the pressure ratcheting up. Frank McCormick ripped a single down the first line, which put runners on the corners and extended the Cincinnati lead to 10-1. Ernie Lombardi then flew out, but Goodman tagged and scored from third base, making it 11-1.

Georgy was able to get Harry Craft to foul out to the catcher to end the inning, but the damage was done. Georgy had gone one inning, allowing two earned runs. His lifetime ERA would forever sit at 18.00.

The Giants scored one on a Mel Ott home run in the bottom of the frame and they dropped to 25-14 with the loss. It was clear a contending team like the Giants didn't have room for a fringe reliever like Georgy and that was the end of his run with New York. Though he bounced around for three more years in the minor leagues across Class-B and Class-C, Georgy was out of baseball by the end of the 1941 season.

Georgy's journey ended where it began: in New Orleans. The tall righty passed away there in 1999 and is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in the city.


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