First Use of Sptball

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Awaiting Review
Date October 1869
Location Baltimore, MD, United States

"Bobby Mathews' use of the spitter in 1868 is the
earliest reported, according to both Thorn & Holway,
The Pitcher (1987/88) and James & Neyer, The
Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (2004).

The authors of both books use an eyewitness account by
Alphonse Martin in 1931, which I know only secondhand.
I believe Martin's account is mixed up and refers to
Maryland-Eckford matches of Oct 6-7, 1869" 


19cbb post by Paul Wendt, Dec. 20, 2004

Submitted by Bob Tholkes
Submission Note 2/12/2015


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