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Friday, January 31, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-31-2014

New York Evening World, January 31, 1914:

Fred Clarke, Pittsburgh manager, who patented a diamond tarpaulin a few years ago, has a new idea. It’s a warming-up bat.

Clarke’s new bat will be about the same length as the regulation war club, but it will be about three times as thick and three times as heavy. It’s designed to do away with the necessity of a player swinging two, three or four ordinary bats just before it’s his turn to face the pitcher.

A fine idea, though (much to Vince Coleman’s dismay) less successful than the roll-up baseball diamond tarp.


 

 

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