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' STARTED O'TOOLE.ON ROAD TO STARDOM
By Umpire Billy Evans..
Fans can scarcely wait to see
whether Barney Dreyfuss bought
a gold brick for $22,500 in Marty
OToole's chief asset is,the spit
tter. The origin of1 Marty's use df
Whe spit ball can be traced to
. Tommy Connolly, American
v league umpire.
O'Toole lives at. South Fram
jngham, Mass., near ftati'ck,
jyhere Connolly spends the wui-
j "Six years, ago," Tqmmy tojd
r me, "Marty's brotherMike, wljo
sroes to St. Paul this year.-was a
plumber. I needed some pip&
JCfixed in my house and gave the'
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we talked baseball.
"About this time the spit ball
was at its height. Jack'Ch'esbro
having set the American league
on fife, and O'Toole asked me
wliat it was. - '
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