Ralph Painter got a slightly strange gift upon leaving a tryout with the Gashouse Gang in 1934. 74 years later, he’s giving it to the Hall of Fame.
He was never famous–never even played in a regular season big league game– but Ralph Painter was a good ballplayer.
Good enough that the Cleveland Indians gave him a tryout as a teenage pitching prospect. Then the St. Louis Cardinals called just before the 1934 season. He couldn’t crack the staff headed by Dizzy Dean, but he made an impression on one of the team’s stars, who gave him a pair of his flannel uniform pants.
Painter was in awe of the fiery outfielder and kept the unique souvenir–until he recently received a higher calling.
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