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Baseball Hall of Shame: Ping Bodie vs. Percy The Ostrich
Ping Bodie

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Ping Bodie's real name was Francesco Stephano Pezzolo -- and yes, he loved his pasta.

He loved it so much he could out-eat anyone -- and on April 3, 1919, he proved it.

Bodie challenged an ostrich to a bowl-for-bowl pasta duel to see who could eat more.

The event was held in a boxing ring, and it was kept hush-hush for fear of upsetting animal activists, according to Lyons Press' new book, "The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown" by Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo.

It seems even back in 1919, the old-time versions of PETA held some sway -- and for good reason: After 11 bowls of pasta, the ostrich was dead.

Bodie, however, was still standing -- and went on to hit .278 for the Yankees that year while playing mostly in center field.

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