Saturday, July 16, 2016

Flame Delhi, baseball pitcher

Or so people say. Delhi pitched in one game for the Chicago White Sox, April 16, 1912. He pitched three innings, gave up six runs, three earned, for an ERA of 9.00. Delhi faced 20 batters, gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out two. He was 19 years old.

Delhi was born Nov. 5, 1892, in Harqua Hala (or Harquahala), Ariz. The town no longer exists.

“Harquahala's post office was established March 5, 1891 and discontinued December 31, 1932. The Bonanza and Gold Eagle veins that were responsible for Harquahala's existence were discovered in November 1888. Harqua Hala sprang into existence immediately and even sported its own newspaper, the "Harquahala Miner". A 20 stamp mill was erected and gold was cast into 400 lb ingots. This proved to be a problem as they sometimes broke through the transport wagon's floor unbeknownst to the drivers. There was rumored to be a lot of high grading in Harquahala. Children would sing loudly while their fathers scrapped the arrastra beds for residual gold. Today there are only a few ruins left.”

A pitcher named “Flame,” born in a town that no longer is … He might be a candidate for Baseball Players Who Arrived by UFO.

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