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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-10-2016

Milwaukee Sentinel, March 10, 1916:

Jim Scott, White Sox pitcher, is working a new delivery, which he thinks he will call the X-ball, applying the algebraic meaning of unknown quantity of the “X”.

The idea came by accident. He took a bottle of mineral water to the park. By moistening the tips of his two fingers of his right hand he found he could raise a loose welt on one side of the ball, and this caused it to take a weird and erratic course on the way to the plate. Half a minute sufficed to dry the spot on the ball and cause the cover to tighten again.

Boredom occasionally leads to innovation.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 10, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
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