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Swift and Wild

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Base Ball Stratagems, Newspaper Coverage
Location Greater New York City
City/State/Country: Jersey City, NJ, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult

An unusually informative game report on the match of Sep. 19 in Jersey City between the Columbia Club of Brooklyn and the Pioneer Club of Jersey City notes:

Law, Jr., as pitcher (of Columbia), throws a swift ball, which not only wearies the batter but himself, long before the game is finished (the game went 4 innings before the Pioneer amassed the 21 runs needed to win)...Jordan, as pitcher (of the Pioneer), needs practice, and by his endeavor to pitch swift balls loses by pitching wild ones...

New York Clipper Sept. 22, 1855


The unidentified reporter doesn't sound enamored of swift pitching, but evidently it was already a feature of interclub matches in 1855. 

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Submitted by Bob Tholkes email 1/31/2014


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