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Friday, December 30, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-30-2016

Chicago Eagle, December 30, 1916:

Connie Mack was catching for the Pirates in 1893 and he roomed with George Moreland when the team was on the road…One night Moreland entered their hotel room before Mack and dug up the latter’s best catching mitt. He started to cut a hole in the center of it, and was still engaged at this task when Mack came in.

“Hey, George, what are you doing?” asked Mack. This was a natural query for a catcher to spring when seeing his best glove being treated in this fashion.

As it turned out, Moreland was installing a bit of webbing in the glove that, when snapped, sounded exactly like a foul tip. According to the article, Mack was able to get away with this for “quite a time”.  (Until 1895, any foul tip caught by the catcher was an immediate out.)

After he was found out, Mack learned to snap his fingers to make it sound like a foul tip. Mr. Mack was a clever guy, always trying to gain an edge.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
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