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Robert Max Cain [Sugar] (October 16, 1924 - April 8, 1997) was a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1949-1953. Cain was born in Longford, Kansas and raised in Salina, Kansas.

Cain shut out the New York Yankees in his first major league start, and in 1952 he matched one-hitters with Bob Feller and won, 1–0. But he is most remembered as the pitcher who faced Eddie Gaedel – the only midget to appear in a major league baseball game.

On August 19, 1951, St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck put the 3 foot, 7 inch Gaedel into the game with instructions to hold his bat on his shoulder and not swing. Cain later recalled: "I went out to the mound to start to pitch the bottom half of the first and as I was warming up, Eddie went over and got these liitle bats. We couldn't understand what was going on." (Richard Bak, "Cobb Would Have Caught It" (1991), p. 350) In his crouch, Gaedel reportedly had a strike zone of 1-1/2 inches. Detroit catcher, Bob Swift, advised Cain to "Keep it low." According to observers, Cain was laughing so hard at the prospect of pitching to Gaedel that "he's practically falling off the mound with each pitch." Cain proceeded to walk Gaedel on four straight pitches, all high.

Cain pitched five seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox (1949-1951), Detroit Tigers (1951), and St. Louis Browns (1952-1953). Cain played in 150 major league games, pitched 628 innings, and had a career record of 37-44 with an earned run average of 4.50.

When Eddie Gaedel died in 1961, Cain was the only person affiliated with major league baseball who attended his funeral. Cain said, "I never even met him, but I felt obligated to go."

After leaving baseball, Cain was a salesman for Kraft Foods. He lived in Euclid, Ohio for the last 40 years of his life, and died of cancer in Cleveland, Ohio at age 72.

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