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Monday, January 05, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-5-2015

Milwaukee Journal, January 5, 1915:

It is upon his pet “fork ball” that Pete Standridge, one of the [San Francisco] Seals most successful pitchers, will depend to make good with the Chicago Cubs with whom he has contracted to play next season.
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The “fork ball” is thrown with the pellet wedged between the fingers. Ever since he first saw Bert Hall use it in the Northwestern league four years ago, Pete has worked to master it.

The forkball is most often described as having been invented by Bullet Joe Bush around 1920, but that’s pretty clearly not the case. Rob Neyer, writing in the Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers, mentions that Hall was throwing the forkball as early as 1908. Standridge spent one season with the Cubs, was almost exactly replacement level, then headed back to the PCL.


 

 

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