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Musielle "Baby" Bovis

The Strange and Sad Tale of “Baby” Bovis

This week’s Old Time Baseball Photo features the sad story of Musielle “Baby” Bovis. A promising prospect and standout rookie, Bovis hit 13 home runs in just 89 ABs in 1943 at age 19. But after being involved in a train accident in the winter of ’44 Bovis became convinced he was a baby. He would crawl to the plate, and around the bases. He would roll around in the outfield grass, soiling his uniform regularly, and crying inconsolably when hungry or tired. Perhaps even stranger, he developed at a normal pace, as if he were a real baby, learning to speak again (slowly) in 1945, before fully reliving his adolescence. By the Spring of 1961, at age 37, he had finally regained his former abilities and returned as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Bovis batted .387, knocking in 115 runs and playing an astonishingly adept right-field. Some say it was as if he were 18 years old, and many wonder what he could have been, if he hadn’t taken that fateful train ride.

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About ra_rowe

A long suffering Padres fan who grew up in San Diego, and moved to Pasadena, Rowe works as a Junior Product Manager and writes poetry in addition to knowing everything about baseball.

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