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Random Notes . . .

Aug 01, 2019

Gerry McKenzie of McLeansboro, Ill., is an avid baseball fan, with a special leaning to the Chicago White Sox.

A recent feature on Major League Network highlighted players who had hit grandslam home runs before they were 21 years old, and Gerry’s ears perked up when he heard the name Faye Throneberry, erstwhile major circuit all-age handler.

Faye’s given name was Maynard Faye Throneberry and his major league playing career was mostly with the Boston Red Sox, followed by stints with the Washington Senators and Los Angeles Angels.

Faye Throneberry was listed among six major league players who hit two grandslam home runs before they were 21 years of age. No. 7 on that list and noted on the MLB broadcast is Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays who did it July 20 and July 31.

Faye had a younger brother, Marv, who also played major league ball with the Yankees, Kansas City, Baltimore Orioles and the Mets.

Faye’s major circuit all-age career spanned twenty years or more. He handled pointer female Miller’s Miss Knight, owned by Rogers H. Hays of Pulaski, Tenn., to the National Championship title in 1973. Miller’s Miss Knight also won the Purina Award for that 1972-73 season.

Another winner was Final Furey, pointer owned by Doug Arthur of Eads, Tenn., winner of the All-America Derby Championship in 1989.

A native of Fisherville, Tenn., Faye Throneberry died in Memphis on April 26, 1999 at the age of 67.

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