Hamlin got his nickname because he juggled the ball while getting ready to pitch.
Hamlin led the NL with 36 starts and won 20 in 1939, but Dodger manager Leo Durocher
subsequently became disenchanted with the pitcher's inability to hold leads. Once,
when Durocher saw an old political campaign poster for the Abe Lincoln-Hannibal Hamlin
ticket, he commented, "It proves Lincoln was a great man; he could win even with
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 14, 1940:
Luke Hamlin holds the Reds to two hits and Brooklyn wins, 2–0, to take over first place from the Reds. Joe Medwick's safety drives in the first run, and Vosmik Joe adds another.