Keefe is credited with originating the forkball, which came naturally to him - he
lost the middle finger on his'D-(((pitching hand in a childhood accident. In his
one respectable year, with the Athletics in 1920, he was 6-7 (2.97), with half his
wins coming in relief. He continued in the minors until 1932, when he went to Philadelphia's
Shibe Park to pitch batting practice for the exercise; he stayed for 19 years, 7
as a coach, and he pitched batting practice for the AL at nine All-Star games. In
1950 he became the Athletics' traveling secretary.