APR:THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE FROM
3,500 PEOPLE SHOWED UP ON MAY 2, 1917 TO SEE THE
There were more downs than ups. But of course when talking about Fred Toney we have to start out with that afternoon on May 2, 1917. And of course we have to bring Hippo Vaughan into the picture.
At the time of their historic meeting both pitchers were among the
best in the NL. As fate would have it only 3,500 people were in Wrigley Field
and they witnessed something that had never happened before and probably
will never happen again. For nine innings both pitchers had not given up
a hit. In the ninth
A remarkable achievement, a remarkable once in a lifetime game, and as it turned out, the highlight in the life of Fred Toney.
From that point on the baseball gods turned their back on him and so did all the other assorted gods roaming around in the land of multitudinous deities.
The beginning was promising and filled with the possibility of good
things to come. He was born
1917 and the double no-hitter signaled the end of good times for Toney. In 1918 he was arrested for trying to get out of the draft. Even though he had been separated from his wife for three years, he claimed her, his child, and parents as his dependents. The trial that ensued brought more problems. It was uncovered that he was living and traveling with another woman who was not his wife. The trial ended but he was quickly arrested again for violating the Mann Act. He had trans-ported a minor (the above woman who was not of age) from one state to another with the express purpose of having sex.
In 1919, while pitching for the Giants he was sent to prison for four months (his sentence for violating the Mann Act). By 1921 his baseball skills had vanished and he was shellacked in 2 WS games against the Yankees. After pitching in the Minors for awhile he finally quit the game for good in 1925.
He went back to