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Former Indians Pitcher Finished a Game After Being Struck by Lightning

Jason Schandl
Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell once finished a game after being struck by lightning.
Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell once finished a game after being struck by lightning. / Reddit: u/bbakes25
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The long, storied history of the MLB is part of what makes the league so great. The fact that today's game is so similar to what was played 100 years ago means we can compare players and teams across eras. But some feats from the past will simply never be matched.

That includes this ridiculous series of events from Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell in 1919.

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Caldwell was struck by lightning in his Cleveland debut, and he still finished the game. Some people may take that lightning strike as a terrible omen — a sign from the gods that maybe he shouldn't be pitching in Cleveland.

Clearly not a superstitious man, Caldwell went on to pitch a no-hitter just 17 days later.

With the dead ball era coming to an end in 1919, pitchers needed to find any edge they could. Apparently Caldwell's edge was intimidating opposing hitters by throwing through a near-death experience.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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