22 Apr

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Tip your cap today to honor the memory of Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell, the Leakesville native who made his major league debut on this date in 1952. The left-hander, 21 at the time, pitched eight innings for St. Louis against Cincinnati and took a loss after allowing five hits, six walks and two first-inning runs. Mizell, who died in 1999, would go on to win 90 games in the big leagues (despite missing two full years with military service), make two All-Star Games and win a World Series ring (with Pittsburgh in 1960). In seven different seasons, he won 10 or more games, and he finished his career with a 3.85 ERA. He pitched his last game for the 1962 New York Mets, one of baseball’s worst teams. Mizell served as a U.S. Congressman from North Carolina from 1973-75. His nickname derived from an Alabama community near Leakesville where Mizell played youth baseball; Vinegar Bend has been erroneously listed in some references as Mizell’s birthplace. P.S. Former Ole Miss star Drew Pomeranz, working to get back to active duty with San Diego, threw a second scoreless inning for Low-Class A Lake Elsinore on Friday night. He is rehabbing from 2021 flexor tendon surgery. … East Central Community College product Tim Anderson has been out of the Chicago White Sox’s lineup since April 11 with a knee sprain. The team is 2-6 without their All-Star shortstop/leadoff batter. There appears to be no clear timetable for Anderson’s return.