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On this date in Cardinals history, June 29, 1915

Up until the 1950s, in a time when people were less concerned about silly little things like personal safety, players didn't carry their gloves into the dugout with them when it was their team's turn to bat.

Like little kids on the sandlot, outfielders simply threw their glove down on the ground as they headed in from the field and picked it up when they returned to play defense. I guess they stopped the practice out of fear someone would step on one of the stray mitts and turn their ankle. But an unaccounted for glove made its presence known in a different way 96 years ago.

Cardinals outfielder Albert "Cozy" Dolan came to the plate in the seventh inning and lined a ball that seems destined for the left field corner. But the ball hits his own glove, which was lying on the ground behind the third base. The ball is slowed down by the contact and Pittsburgh third baseman Max Carey is able to get to a ball that otherwise would have been past him and throw out Dolan at second base.

The bad bounce may have cost the Cardinals the game, killing a rally that might have turned the tide in an 8-6 loss.

An extra outfielder, Dolan hit .280 in 1915. It was his best -- and last -- season in the majors except for a one-game appearance in 1922 for whom he coached. Dolan, a Chicago native, played for the Reds, Yankees, Phillies and Pirates before landing in St. Louis. He was banned from baseball for life in 1924 for allegedly trying to pay off the Phillies shortstop to throw a game. He was questioned by the commissioner about the incident and earned his ban by answering every question the same way: "I don't remember."

Also on this date in Cardinals History:

In 1933, Ethan Allen hit an inside the park homer for the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds in New York... But he was called out after he crossed the plate for batting out of turn.

Besides his major league career, Allen is known for his time as the coach of the Yale University. He counted former President George H. W. Bush amongst his players.

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