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Ernie Padgett

Ernest Kitchen Padgett was an American baseball infielder who played five seasons in Major League Baseball. Nicknamed "Red", he played for the Boston Braves and the Cleveland Indians from 1923 to 1927, he threw right-handed. Although he played as a third baseman, Padgett was utilized at shortstop and second base as well. Padgett played minor league baseball for the Memphis Chicks of the Southern Association until 1922, when he was drafted by the Boston Braves in that year's Rule 5 draft. After making his debut in 1923 and spending three seasons with the Braves, Padgett's contract was purchased by the Cleveland Indians, where he spent the next two years of his career before playing his last game on July 30, 1927, he died on April 1957 in East Orange, New Jersey. Padgett is best known for turning the fourth unassisted triple play in Major League Baseball history on October 6, 1923. Padgett was born on March 1899, in Philadelphia, he became a foreman at a manufacturing company after he retired from baseball in 1930.

He was married to Edith. Together, they had one son, fatally injured in 1937 while playing basketball. Edith joined the WAAC as a private in 1942; this is because she felt she would be symbolically taking their deceased son's place, as he would have been twenty-one years old and thus eligible for conscription into the army. Before reporting for duty, Edith taught Ernie; when asked which one was more challenging to accomplish, Padgett joked that making an unassisted triple play was "much easier than making a soufflé." Padgett began his career for the Memphis Chicks, a minor league baseball team that were members of the Southern Association. He played for the team until 1922, when he was drafted in that season's Rule 5 draft by the Boston Braves, he made his major league debut for the Braves on October 3, 1923 at the age of 24, entering the game as a pinch-hitter for pitcher Joe Oeschger. In just the second game of his major league career, Padgett achieved baseball history when he executed the fourth unassisted triple play on October 6, doing so against the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the fourth inning of the game, playing shortstop, caught Walter Holke's line drive, stepped on second base to retire Cotton Tierney, tagged outfielder Cliff Lee before he was able to return to first base. Although this was the fourth unassisted triple play in the MLB, it was the first recognized triple play to be accomplished in the National League. In the following season, Padgett was involved in an arguable lineup substitution during a May 17 game against the Cincinnati Reds. After being drilled in the head by a pitch, Padgett was permitted by the umpires to have a pinch runner replace him while he sat out and recuperated from his dizziness. However, he was allowed to play; this substitution, known as utilizing a "courtesy runner", is now banned under Rule 3.04 of the official rules of the MLB. The 1924 season turned out to be Padgett's most complete season, resulting in many personal bests, he played 138 games and amassed 128 hits, 25 doubles, 9 triples, 46 runs batted in and hit the only home run in his career.

Defensively, his fielding percentage of.967 was the third highest amongst all third basemen in the league. However, Padgett had the fourth highest number of strikeouts in the league with 56. Though he raised his batting average to a career high of.305 in 1925, Padgett was limited to just 86 games that year. At the end of the season, the Cleveland Indians purchased his contract from the Braves for cash only, with no players exchanged in the transaction. Padgett arrived in Cleveland and served as the temporary replacement for the injured Johnny Hodapp, who suffered from sprained ankle at the time. However, his playing time was limited, as he appeared in only 36 games for the Indians that season. In 1927, he featured in just 7 games before being released by the organization on July 30. Padgett had spent only five seasons in the Majors. Padgett returned to minor league baseball, joining the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association, he spent two seasons playing for the team and was considered an offensive and defensive upgrade for the Pelicans.

Padgett was granted an unconditional release in 1930, whereupon he joined the Charlotte Hornets, who were ranked as Class B in the South Atlantic League. In the middle of that season, he signed with the Reading Keystones of the International League and played for them for the remainder of the year before retiring from baseball. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference Baseball Library Baseball Almanac

Jane Carpanini

Jane Carpanini is a British artist and teacher, known for her watercolour paintings. Carpanini was born in Streatley in Bedfordshire, she attended Luton College of Technology during 1967 and 1968 before studying art at Brighton Polytechnic between 1968 and 1971 and at the School of Education at the University of Reading from 1972 to 1973. After graduation from Reading she taught at a number of schools, including the Oundle School and the Kings High School for Girls in Warwick, where she served as head of Art and Design. In 1977 Carpanini was elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy and to the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Watercolour Society, RWS, the following year, she served as the honorary treasurer of the RWS. In 1984 Carpanini won the Hunting Art Prize. Solo exhibitions of her work have been hosted by the Arts Council of Wales and the National Museum of Wales and several commercial art galleries, including the Patricia Wells Gallery in Thornbury and the Fosse Gallery in Stow-on-the-Wold.

Carpanini has exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol and at the Royal Society of British Artists. The landscape of Wales, in particular that of Snowdonia, are frequent subjects of Carpanini's paintings and works by Carpanini are held by the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Artwork on ArtUK