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CAN THE KING OF THE SPITBALL COME BACK? HE'S
WORKING HARD AT-HOT SPRINGS
Jack Chesbro at Hot Springs,
' -Written for The Day Book By
George R. Pulford.
Hot Springs, Ark., March 21.
Jt was Elmer Strickjett who in
- vented, or discovere'cl the spit
ball, say the historians of base
ball, but Jack Chesbro ' was the
first spit ball king. " .
It was at Hot Springs. Ark.,
that'Stricklett revealed to Ches
bro, then a member of the New
YoVk Americans, the possibilities
of the damp delivery,' and Ches
brdi a giant in strength, , became
the leading exponent of the deliv
ery" that-same-year. .
Showing the Spitball Delivery,
No onehas heard much- of
Chesbro for the past- couple or
three years until utterance that
he expected to pitch as good ball
this season as he did-in 1904, and
this -was .taken.-" with a grain 61
salt by the wiseacres. -
The public has little faith in
come-backs since Battling Nelson
and 'Jim Jeffries blew up.
But-, let's look at this proposition-
from the angle Chesbro
views it. The man, who -pitched
53 games, of which 41 were vic
tories, for the Highlanders m