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Johnny Mostil Suicide Attempt 1927 The 1927 Chicago White Sox were baseball's version of a soap opera. During spring training in Shreveport, LA, popular center fielder Johnny Mostil attempted suicide with a razor. He was discovered in a booster's hotel room lying in a pool of his own blood. Several teammates administered first aid, got him medical treatment and saved his life. (Two Shreveport doctors later sued Mostil and the White Sox for non-payment of $6,000 in medical bills.) What prompted Mostil's out-of-the-blue suicide attempt? The official team statement said Mostil was feeling the negative effects of a painful bout of neuritis. However, the whispers were much more interesting. Mostil was rumored to be having an affair with Irene Faber, the wife of White Sox pitcher Red Faber. Shortly after the suicide attempt, Mostil's girlfriend, Margaret Caroll, began dating Bill Barrett, another White Sox player. The two eventually married. Mostil did not play until September. By 1929 his career was over. He died in 1970.
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Added: 26th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-26 
Really obscure baseball trivia: Johnny Mostil is the only center fielder in major league history to make a catch in foul territory.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2009-10-26 
That must have been some serious motoring or they really shifted the outfield for that!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-27 
Mostil often led the White Sox in stolen bases, so he definitely had speed. I do, however, suspect there was some sort of extreme shift on the play where Mostil made the catch in foul territory.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-10-27 
Interesting! Hadn't heard this episode in MLB history before.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-27 
I must admit I hadn't heard about this tale until I researched my 1999 book about Babe Ruth. In the New york Times' daily baseball reports of September 1927, I came across the story of Johnny Mostil's first game back with the White Sox. The story seemed deliberately vague, so I did further research about Mostil and...voila!
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-10-28 
Should be filed under strange but true baseball stories.
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