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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.
...
[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)
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