Re: Birthdays: 12/27
Five fun facts about Jim Tobin, a WW2-era pitcher born on this day:
1. In 1944, he drew a walk against Reds pitcher Clyde Shoun. He was the only player to reach base against Shoun; if not for him the Reds would have another perfect game in their history.
2. In 1944 he learned the knuckleball and pitched two no-hitters (one was only a five-inning no-hitter and isn't recognized any more). He also threw back-to-back one hitters, which no one would do again until R.A. Dickey did it this past year.
3. He was an excellent hitter for a pitcher- a career .230 hitter with over 100 career pinch-hit appearances.
4. In 1942 he hit three homers in a game; he's the only pitcher ever to accomplish this.
5. His nickname was "Abba Dabba". I looked on any number of websites and can't discover how he came by this nickname. Anyone know? I do know that there was a popular song of that era called "Abba Dabba Honeymoon"- maybe he was unusually fond of it or something.
"In baseball, you don't know nothin'"...Yogi Berra