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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-25-2015

Topeka State Journal, August 25, 1915:

Otis Crandall, former Giant now with the St. Louis Feds, has invented a new delivery known as the “snake ball.” According to the reports of opposing batsmen, the sphere floats up the the plate in a series of eccentric circles that give hickory swingers the staggers trying to follow its course.

Sounds (from contemporary reports as well as more recent sources) like it was just a big, loopy curveball. Writers of this era seemed intent on discovering “new” pitches, most of which were just variations of existing pitches given new names.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
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