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The spitball knuckleball book; how they are thrown, those who threw them.


The spitball knuckleball book; how they are thrown, those who threw them.

Mahl, Tom E.

Trick Pitch Press


256 pages




Mahl's official line is diplomatic historian, and he has published books to prove it. Meanwhile, he also researches and writes about popular culture. Here he turns to baseball, and specifically legal and illegal trick pitches, which were outlawed in 1920 in order to increase the number of home runs, which attract fans. He profiles pitchers who were allowed to continue throwing the spitball for the rest of that season, a few others who were allowed to continue for the rest of their careers, and some who used them illegally. The knuckleball, he explains, was developed to replace the spitball. A final section looks at the mechanics of throwing them and the physics behind their behavior.

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Publication:Reference & Research Book News
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Date:May 1, 2009
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