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Monday, February 13, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-13-2017

Grantland Rice via the Philadelphia Evening Ledger, February 13, 1917:

“The moist ball must go.”—Governor [and National League president] Tener. That in itself will be no great deprivation. We can ramble along in the absence of the concrete fact.

But, in the spicy literature of the game, what new phases are to take the places of those employed to denote the spitball’s flight? What will take the place of “Damp Fling,” “Saliva Shoot,” “The Dripping Drop,” “The Moistened Hurl,” “The Foamy Fadeaway,” “The Slippery Shoot,” “The Soppy Dip,” etc.—thrilling phrases that have buoyed us up since Jack Chesbro and Harry Howell first broke in as masters of the gum-fed delivery?

We can do without the spitball in the game, but how can we survive this blighting deficit from the game’s literature? That, Governor, is decidedly another affair.

I really like the term ‘Damp Fling’. It’s whimsical and a bit gross, not unlike the spitball itself.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 13, 2017 at 11:49 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, spitball, the damp fling

Friday, October 28, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2016

Fairmont West Virginian, October 28, 2016:

The winter of 1916 may see the end of the spitball!

Rumors in baseball circles indicate magnates of the major leagues will place a ban on the moistened delivery similar to that which put the emery ball out of business two years ago and resulted in the retirement from big league circles of two great pitchers, Russell Ford and Cy Falkenberg.
...
Barring the spitball from baseball probably would effect [sic] few pitchers. The number of men using this ball has diminished until there are only a few now active in the big sticks.

16 pitchers were allowed to throw the spitter after it was banned in 1920, including Burleigh Grimes, Stan Coveleski, Red Faber, and Urban Shocker.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 27 comment(s)
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