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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Since this year's salute coincides with the Sox-Phillies series, here is Lefty in Quaker togs, from a gallery of early Phils pics.
Lefty O'Doul actually started out as a pitcher, and in one dubious outing for the Red Sox in July 1923 he set a record for most runs allowed in a single inning, 13. He had better luck after switching to the outfield. In 1929, with Philadelphia, he hit .398 in winning the first of two batting titles, and set a National League record for hits in a season, with 254.