On This Date 4/19/1945

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Pete Gray makes his debut with the St. Louis Browns, getting on hit in four at-bats. The 30-year-old rookie from Pennsylvania becomes an in the inspirational story of 1945 as he is the first amputee in majors, having lost his right arm in a childhood accident. Gray got his chance primarily due to many players still serving in World War II. It would be Pete Gray’s only season in the majors as he hit .218 in 234 at-bats.

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