May 7, 1969
The short major league baseball career of Leroy Reams, who was born in Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), began and ended when he struck out for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers before the 1970 season but never again left the minor leagues. Another short career was that of Otis Davis, born in Charleston (Franklin County). He started and ended his major league baseball career on April 22, 1946, when, batting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Davis (known as “Scat”) was put in as a pinch runner. He never appeared again in the major leagues.