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This amazing glove dates to the 1940s, and it was used by a very good pitcher named Denny Galehouse, Who is remembered, particularly in Boston, because he was the subject of one of the more controversial managerial decisions in baseball history. First, the glove. It's Rawlings, believed to Mort Cooper Professional model, right hand throw, showing great use but in remarkably good condition for a glove that it's a good 70 years old. It features an open back and a on- piece web, and it has the original strap button and the original Rawlings patch on the wrist strap. "GALE" is written on the wrist strap, while "GALEHOUSE" is written on the inside of the strap. The glove with sold at sale by Heritage, and comes with a detailed letter of authenticity from The Glove Collector. And now to the player: Danny Galehouse pitched in the majors from 1934-1949, and he was good enough to pitch 100 complete games in the majors, including 17 shutouts. He had excellent control, and in 1947 he led the American league in fewest walks per nine innings. He spent his first five seasons with Cleveland, Then spent is next two with the Red Sox before joining the St. Louis Browns, whom he pitched during wartime, albeit against depleted rosters. In 1942-43 he won 23 games, and in the latter season he posted a career-best 2.71 ERA. After the 1943 season he went to work in an aircraft factory, and was deferred from the draft, but he kept in shape by coaching and playing locally. In 1944 he was able to make a deal with the Browns to pitch for them on Sundays wherever they might be, and to travel home so that he could could work at his job, which was considered essential to the war effort, during the rest of the week. He pitched well enough to help the Browns win the American League pennant, setting the stage for an all-St. Louis World Series against the Cardinals. Picked to start the series opener, he pitched one of the best games of his career, beating Mort Cooper 2-1, and in game 5 he was terrific again, striking out 10 in a 2-0 loss as the Browns lost the series in 6 games.
In 1945 he was drafted into the Navy, and he played for the famous Great Lakes Naval Station team, along with the former Cleveland teammate Bob Feller, but he was back in the majors in 1946, having rejoined the Browns. In June of 1947 following he was sold to the Red Sox, and he was worth every penny, going 11-7 with a 3.32 ERA. In 1948 he was moved back to the lower end of the rotation, going 8-8 in 28 appearances, 14 of which were starts, is the Red Sox finished the season in a flat-footed tire with the Indians. This week resulted in a precedent-breaking one-game playoff, and it was generally believed that either Mel Parnell, who had 15 wins and had already beaten Cleveland three times that year, or Ellis Kinder, Who had won four of his last five starts, would get the start in that game. Both were well rested and both were certainly more highly regarded then Galehouse at that point in their careers. Instead, manager Joe McCarthy surprised everyone by giving Galehouse the nod for that one, and it didn't work out, as the Indians hit two home runs off him and went home with the pennant. The loss was generally attributed more to McCarthy than to Galehouse, as Boston fans knew that he was not as well rested as Kinder and Parnell, and that he had had several bad outings against Cleveland earlier in the season. Galehouse took it in stride went on to pitch one more season before retiring as a player and becoming a scout, a position he held for many years.
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