Tom Barlow: Baseball’s Unfortunate First Drug Casualty

Posted: 19th September 2009 by Cliff Eastham in MLB
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In today’s technology-fueled society, if a professional athlete is caught up in a scandal, or meets an untimely demise, we are made aware of it instantly (or so it seems). Obviously that has not always been the case. Former baseball player and MVP winner Ken Caminiti died of an apparent drug overdose in 2004 and it was big news. Unfortunately, every instance in which a celebrity does something untoward, it makes national news, sometimes for days or weeks. Very little is known about Tom Barlow. If you have even heard of him at all, it is probably related to the fact that he is commonly attributed to as the inventor of the “bunt.” So little is known of him in fact that I cannot ascertain what his middle name was. The initial “H” is the only mention I can find ...

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