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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-17-2017

Pittsburgh Press, May 17, 1917:

The latest strategy to be used against spitball pitchers has been invented this season by Louis Guisto, Cleveland Indian first baseman now serving his first year in the majors.
...
Bert Gallia of Washington was Guisto’s first victim. Gallia had worked with the moistened ball only part of an inning when his face twisted in anguish as he moistened his fingers to toss up the pill.
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[Catcher Jack] Henry called Tom Connolly, who was umpiring the game. Connolly sniffed the ball suspiciously.

“I see in this the fine Italian hand of Guisto,” he decided.

Guisto admitted doctoring the ball with garlic.

“I didn’t intend to do it, but garlic is my favorite dish and somehow it got on the ball.

Seems like this sort of thing would have been the best way to stop spitballers. “If you’re going to put foreign substances on the ball, we will too.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 17, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, foreign substances, history, spitball

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

 

 

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