May 26, 1926: After St. Louis Cardinal Jim Bottomley's home run ball broke a fan's nose, the fan sued. In court “Sunny Jim” was forced to admit that he “intentionally hit the ball to create a situation known as a home run" and had to pay $3,500.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.