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Friday, August 08, 2014

Decline of the Curve

The fans laughed at the batter as he slunk back to the dugout, where he was greeted with his own teammates’ laughter and derision. Steineke shouted toward the opposing team’s bench, “That’s all right, Sonny. It ain’t over for you yet. You still got time to call Daddy, tell him you’ll be home in time for bailing hay, because, #######, Daddy, I ain’t never gonna be able to hit that f—-ing pitch.”
[...]
In early March, I drove down to Orlando, Fla., on an expedition to discover how, why and when the Unfair One became extinct. Who killed it? What killed it?

Even by Pat Jordan’s standards, this is a very good piece.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 08, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: general, history, pitches, pitching

Monday, June 23, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-23-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 23, 1914:

Pete Standridge, the [San Francisco] Seals’ only survivor from the defunct California league, says he has perfected what he calls his “fork ball”...Standridge puts the ball between his second and third fingers before heaving it, then puts all the speed he can back of it and the result is something weird. The ball takes a more peculiar shoot than does the spitter and his harder to hit. As soon as Standridge gets rid of a charley horse he will try out his discovery in a game.

The splitter: A San Francisco tradition.

Standridge was an early practitioner of the forkball, but probably wasn’t the first to throw it.


 

 

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