Hank McDonald

Hank McDonaldHank McDonald only pitched in 48 games in the big leagues, but he was on one pennant winner, the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics. The rookie didn’t appear in the World Series, but he was the catalyst for a famous temper tantrum the night after the final game. After the Cardinals defeated the A’s in Game Seven in St. Louis, McDonald and a few other players (from both teams) boarded a plane to the east coast. McDonald found himself seated next to teammate Mickey Cochrane, who was taking the loss as hard as anyone. On edge, Cochrane did his best to control his temper even as Frankie Frisch of the Cardinals did some gloating on the plane. Finally, when McDonald reached over Cochrane to grab some food off a plate served by the stewardess during the flight, Mickey erupted, lambasting the rookie pitcher with colorful language for his audacity at having an appetite a such a time.