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Ballplayer Criticized for Blowing Bubble

Apr. 27, 1964 - Orlando Pena, bubble gum chomper, has blown his last bubble at a batter.

The Kansas City Athletics’ pitcher, during the weekend series with Washington, blew a bubble just as he threw a pitch to Jimmy King of the Senators.

King hit into a double play, and Washington manager Gil Hodges blew up.

Hodges charged to the plate and told umpire Johnny Rice that Pena popped the bubble to distract King.

“I told Orlando not to do it anymore,” Rice said later.

“I still chew, but will blow bubble when not on the mound,” Pena said. “I don’t think I do anything wrong.”

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