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Monday, April 21, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-21-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, April 21, 1914:

According to Charlie Barrett, [Yankees rookie Tom] Burr throws a natural curve on account of a bend in his right arm. This bend is not the result of a break, but is simply due to the fact that the young man’s arm chose to grow in a curve rather than in a straight line.

The drop, which most pitchers find difficulty in throwing, is easy for Burr. His team-mates have christened him ‘The man with the bowlegged arm.’

Burr never did pitch in the majors, though he made his one and only appearance in the big leagues as a center fielder 100 years ago today.

Burr quit pro baseball after 1914 and attended Williams College for a couple of years before enlisting in the army in 1917. A year later, 30 days before the end of The Great War, Burr was killed in a training accident in Cazaux, France. He was 24 years old.

The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: April 21, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 44 comment(s)
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