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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-22-2018

Washington [Pennsylvania] Reporter, February 22, 1918:

The end of the spit-ball spit-ball [sic] is coming. John K. Tener, president of the National League, has issued a warning to young pitchers, advising them not to cultivate the use of the spitball, and indicating that it was only the matter of a short time when it would be abolished.
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[Tener:] “The spit-ball is a disgusting, unsanitary delivery not likely to endure more than a few more seasons at the most. All the members of the National League Rules Committee, Dreyfuss, Heydler and myself are strongly opposed to it, and favor its abolishment.”

The narrative I’ve always heard is that the spitter was banned as a reaction to Ray Chapman’s death, but obviously there was strong opposition to the pitch long before it was eliminated.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 22, 2018 at 12:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
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