April 7-12, 1905
Senior A.B. Bradsher of Trinity College (Duke Univ.) struck out 53 batters in 3 games covering 33 innings without recording a victory. Bradsher’s hurling feat started on April 8, 1905 in Macon by striking out 22 Mercer batters over 10 innings, tossing a no-hitter that was called on account of darkness with the score 0-0. Three days later (Apr. 10), Bradsher would lose a 12 inning thriller to Georgia Tech in Atlanta by a 3-2 score while striking out 16. Two days later (Apr. 12), Bradsher would strike out 15 at Clemson yet lose 4-3 in 11 innings. Duke’s baseball media guide lists Bradsher as the school’s career strikeout leader with 501. His 1904 and 1905 seasons rank first and second on the season strikeout list. Interestingly, no record exists of Bradsher ever pitching professional baseball at any level.
Apr. 15, 1885
Professional baseball made its regular season debut in the South with the start of play by the Southern League. Organized under the auspices of Atlanta Constitution editor Henry Grady, the league consisted of 8 cities: Atlanta, Augusta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Columbus (Ga), Macon, Memphis and Nashville. Gus Schmelz interrupted a 10 year major league managerial career to direct the 1885 Atlanta team to the pennant in the inaugural season. Opening day results were: Atlanta 10 Augusta 1; Nashville 11 Columbus 9; Macon 4 Chattanooga 2; and Birmingham 8 Memphis 3.