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Friday, August 18, 2017

‘Skunk in the outfield’: How the most epic trick play in history broke baseball

There were 16 plays, with a page or two of explanation for utilizing and defending each. A lot of the plays were clearly cheating, such as the runner going from second to home, skipping (or “cutting”) third base when the umpires were looking the other way. Some were just plain baseball, stuff every team did, like a delayed steal. Some didn’t seem likely to work, and some didn’t seem realistic. Then there was a play called “skunk in the outfield.”

That’s how it came to be that a Portsmouth sophomore named Johnny Pedrotty stood in right field in Game 2 of the Rhode Island state championship series, that a crowd of a thousand fans erupted into profane chaos, that a star infielder almost blacked out from the stress, and that Ulmschneider found himself unsure of how to stop what he’d unleashed. It’s how, for two minutes and 32 seconds, baseball broke.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: August 18, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: hidden ball trick, skunks, trick play

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   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 18, 2017 at 12:13 PM (#5516133)
Never mind. Duplicate thread.
   2. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 18, 2017 at 12:37 PM (#5516160)
This one's intended to distract.
   3. villageidiom Posted: August 18, 2017 at 12:50 PM (#5516172)
Active thread here. Closing this one out in a minute.

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