Owens received his nickname from an object once thrown at him during a game. On June 23, 1917, he made one of baseball’s most famous ejections. Babe Ruth, pitching for the Red Sox, walked the Washington leadoff man. The Babe complained so violently about the call (reportedly even striking the umpire) that Owens threw him out of the game and Ernie Shore relieved. The Washington runner was caught stealing and Shore retired the next 26 consecutively to be credited with a perfect game.