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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 03, 1913, Image 12

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or sidearm and with great sneed.'
Overhand" the hall is gripped with two
fingers on top and the thumb under
neath, tl is delivered off the ends of
the fingers, the fingers gripping the
ball tightly at release.
Due to -this pressure, the ball as
it revolves backward, traveling as
straight as a thrown ball may travel,
until it nears the batter, when it
jumps upward. This is the "hop of
. his fast one."
Pitched sidearm, the grip is iden
tical, but the back' of the hand is
turned, so fingers and thumb .are
horizontal. This ball jumps in direc
tion of the gripping fingers. When
pitched by a right bander, the jump
is to the right.
The Curve.
The curve is held like the fast ball,
but the ball is released over the side
of the first finger instead of over tlie
tips. The break or curve depends up
on the pressure applied by the fingers
at release; upon the snap of the wrist
and upon the power of the pitcher's
Effective curve balls' break down
and out (for a right-banded batter)
or down and in (for a left-handed
batter) when pitched by a right hand
er. The effectiveness of the curve de
pends upon the sharpness of this
break. The ball revolves on an angle
of about 45 degrees, away from the
The Slow Ball.
One slow ball is held back in the
palm of the hand, gripped by the
thumb and little finger, the other fin
gers not touching it save at the base.
It is pitched overhand like a fast ball,
but instead of revolving wobbles from
,side to side until it loses force, when
it rotates rapidly away from the
pitcher. This rotation shoots it in the
natural direction and helps the down
ward break.
Clarke Griffith had a slow ball that
revolved rapidly. The value of this
was that the revolving ball appears
his fast one, b"t ' i'ncCH it fco
jerked his hard backward, making
the ball revolve rapidly away from
him, which caused it to travel slowly.
The Spit Ball.
The spit ball is pitched with two
fingers on top of the ball, resting on
a spot that has been made slippery,
and the thumb beneath, against a
seam. Delivered overhand, the ball
breaks downward sharply at the
plate. Jn flight the ball revolves away
from the pitcher for some distance,
then floats dead and finally begins to
revolve rapidly toward the pitcher.
Al Orth had his. own spit ball, the
reverse of Ed Walsh's. It was thrown'
underhand, being released about op
posite Orth's knee and pitched on an
angle to the batter's: shoulder. Orth
held the ball with his fingers under
neath and thumb on. top, wetting the
spot his fingers touched and gripping
the ball at the seam, with his thumb,
giving it a -fast, unnatural, backward
spin which helped niaintain the angle
instead of following the natural arch.
Virgil Garvin's slow ball was deliv
ered with second finger overlapping
first, thumb on opposite side of the
ball, the hand almost Upside down.
The ball was released between the
second and third fingers, and at the
moment of delivery his hand was
jerked backward, causing the ball to
break down and in like a left-hand
pitcher's slow curve.
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Stanislaw Wolsky, well-known
Russian writer and lecturer, will de
liver a lecture in English on "The
Conditions of Russian Prisons and
the Treatment of Political Prisoners
and Exiles by Russian Government,"
at Hull House, Friday evening, Dec.
5. The proceeds will be turned over
to the Relief Society for the Political
Prisoners and Exiles in Russia.
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"Green is draft clerk in a bank."
"Never heard of such a job." "He
opens and shuts the windows." N!
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Griff pitched the ball just as he did I
Y. World.
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