Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Burleigh Grimes

On this date in 1931, the Cardinals release the last legal spitballer, Burleigh Grimes.

"They talk as if all you had to do to throw a spitball was to crank up and throw one. Don't they know it's the hardest pitch there is to control? It takes a lot of practice and you don't just throw one when you figure it might get the hitter out. Burleigh Grimes told me five years ago not to monkey around with it, but to let them think I threw it. That's what I've done." - Lew Burdette

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