Although he was a versatile infielder for four years in the NL and two in the Federal
League, Downey's weak bat kept him from holding down a regular position.
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 4, 1912: In New York the Giants pilfer nine bases on catcher George Graham in a 4–3 win over the Phils. Christy Mathewson is the winner over Cliff Curtis. Matty allows five hits, but his two base on balls score in the 8th when he serves up a homer to Tom Downey. Phils 3B Hans Lobert, one of the fastest men in the game, chases a foul ball into the stands and breaks his kneecap.