|n the inaugural year of the National League,
Philadelphia's George Hall led the league with 5 home runs. His final round-tripper was
hit on July 15th off of Louisville's Jim Devlin. Coincidentally, the game was played on
the same day that St. Louis' George Bradley threw the National League's first-ever
The following year, the Philadelphia ball club was removed from the league and Hall signed on with Louisville. Failing to hit a single home run in 1877, he made his mark in a very different fashion. In December of that year, Hall, Devlin, and two other Louisville ballplayers were found to have thrown games late during that season and were subsequently banished from the league for life. Hall never again played major league ball and died in obscurity in 1923.