Pop Schriver

Chicago’s Cap Anson insisted his star catcher, Pop Schriver, could catch a ball dropped 500 feet from the top of the Washington Monument. On August 25, 1894, he did. Clark Griffith, then a Chicago pitcher, flipped the ball from the top of the obelisk. The apprehensive Schriver let it drop, but after deciding the stunt was not dangerous, caught the next ball Griffith sent down. Washington catcher Gabby Street duplicated the feat in 1908.