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only a normal expenditure of both.
It is a fact that men who depend
chiefly on spee"d outlive other pitch
ers in usefulness.
The curve revolutionized baseball
and more than doubled, the efficiency
of the pitcher. Many consider it their
best card. Of the great boxmen, only
"breaking" over; or directly at the
plate, "breaking" to either side. The
batter is fooled into letting an ap
parently wide ball slip over for a
strike; or into striking at an appar
ently good ball, which curves out of
The curve pitchers pay the price.
Muscles, bones and cords of his pitch
ing arm are wrenched and his effect
iveness is of brief duration. He suf
fers from sore arm and after a few
years his arm is crooked at the elbow.
The slow ball is the mystery of
baseball. It is regarded with suspi-
Walsh, Johnson and Falkenberg ig
nore the curve. '
The successful curve "breaks"
sharply just in f rout of the plate. The
"roundhouse" curve, easily followed
by the eye, is worthless. The curve
is delivered to either side of .the plate,
WALSiW .SPIT .BALL
cion even by its masters, who call
themselves lucky when it is not hit
to the fence. Even when speed and
curves are being hit, the average
pitcher resorts to more speed, neg
lecting the slow ball.
Mathewson developed the slow ball
to its greatest efficiency in 1906,
when, his speed and curves having
lost their edge, he developed the
fadeaway and gained a new lease on
Jean Dubuc, the Detroit slow ball
wizard, says the ball is so effective,
because batters do not expect it
They are set for curve or fast ball '
and the floater catches them una
wares. Chesbro introduced the spitball to
the major leagues, but "Ed Walsh
immortalized it" He showed its pos-
sibilities. No delivery is so baffling.
Walsh delivered the ball waist high
and it broke below the batter's '
knees. No batter can follow the er-
ratic course of the spitter, hence its
The man who masters the spitball
must abandon everything else and