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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-9-2016

Pittsburgh Press, March 9, 1916:

INDIAN JIM THORPE IS BATTING LEFT-HANDED

Jim Thorpe, world’s champion all-around athlete, will stick in the majors if a changed batting style will turn the trick. The Indian, with the Giants, failed to hit National league twirling while batting right-handed. McGraw shipped him to Toronto last season, but recalled him and now is elated over the way the chief crowns the pill at Marlin, Texas, clouting left-handed.

I’m not sure if Thorpe stuck with batting left-handed - I’ve never seen him listed as anything other than a righty - but this is pretty impressive to me: In the middle of a career, with no professional experience doing so, to just decide to bat on the other side of the plate. I think it speaks to his freakish athletic ability.

I know players occasionally go from switch hitting to batting one way, or become switch hitters in mid-career. Has anyone just flat-out switched sides of the plate?

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 09, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 24 comment(s)
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