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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.
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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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