This day in baseball: Shepard tries out

Former minor leaguer Bert Shepard began his tryout with the Washington Senators on March 15, 1945 in spite of only having one leg.  Shepard had his right leg amputated during World War II after his fighter plane had been shot down on a mission over Germany.  Not only did Shepard have a successful tryout, he would go on to pitch one game for the Senators.  In the appearance, which took place in August of that year against the Boston Red Sox, Shepard pitched 5⅓ innings of relief, allowing only three hits and one run, striking out his first batter. It made him the first man with an artificial leg to pitch in a major league baseball game.

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