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When the batboy batted, part 4


After pinch hitting in the top of the eighth inning of a professional baseball game in July 1952, batboy Joe Reliford thought that he had done all he could to help his team, the Fitzgerald Pioneers, which was losing to the Statesboro Pilots.

But he was wrong. Player-manager Charley Ridgeway decided to leave Joe in the game and told him to play right field in the bottom of the inning.

Joe borrowed the glove of the regular right fielder and trotted to his position, hoping for an opportunity to make a defensive play. He was not disappointed, and neither was the crowd that night in Georgia.


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