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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)
  Beats: doc crandall, dugout, history, pitches

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-5-2015

Tacoma Times, August 5, 1915:

One thing needed to put new interest in baseball is a new discovery, something like the spitball which gave fans new heroes to worshipp [sic] and something new to talk about.
The one hurler with something new, a fooler that may get into the same class with the spitball and put a new “kick” on the game, is Gene Dale of the Cincinnati Reds. He broke in this season with a slow curve, the likes of which had never been seen on a big league diamond.
Dale’s curve is different from others’ curves in that it does not break sharply. It’s a “roundhouse” curve. It travels in a big swoop.

Dale had a big season in 1915, winning 18 games and putting up an ERA+ of 118 in 296.2 innings. His big league career ended the next year after 69.2 terrible (50 ERA+) innings. Dale was banned for life in January 1921 after being implicated in a plot to fix the 1919 PCL pennant race.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 05, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: curveball, dugout, gene dale, history, pitches



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