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    One of my favorite baseball books is "The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers". In it, the top ten spitballers are ranked thusly:

    1) Ed Walsh
    2) Stan Coveleski
    3) Gaylord Perry
    4) Red Faber
    5) Jack Quinn
    6) Burleigh Grimes
    7) Jack Chesbro
    8) Phil Douglas
    9) Jeff Tesreau
    10) Frank Shellenback

    Honorable Mentions went to: Walter Ball, Lew Burdette, Bill Byrd, Ray Caldwell, Larry Cheney, Phil Cockrell, Bill Doak, Dutch Leonard (Hub), Marty O'Toole, Bugs Raymond, Allan "Rubberarm" Russell.

    So what do you guys think?

    Personally, I wonder where Preacher Roe is.
    “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” Walter Lippmann

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    Burdette denied it.

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      Originally posted by 1905 Giants View Post
      One of my favorite baseball books is "The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers". In it, the top ten spitballers are ranked thusly:

      1) Ed Walsh
      2) Stan Coveleski
      3) Gaylord Perry
      4) Red Faber
      5) Jack Quinn
      6) Burleigh Grimes
      7) Jack Chesbro
      8) Phil Douglas
      9) Jeff Tesreau
      10) Frank Shellenback

      Honorable Mentions went to: Walter Ball, Lew Burdette, Bill Byrd, Ray Caldwell, Larry Cheney, Phil Cockrell, Bill Doak, Dutch Leonard (Hub), Marty O'Toole, Bugs Raymond, Allan "Rubberarm" Russell.

      So what do you guys think?

      Personally, I wonder where Preacher Roe is.
      Can you highlight which of these guys was legal? I know Walsh was. I'll add that there was a difference between what he was doing in terms of the physics. Every ball was scuffed back then. He used the lubricant to basically throw a knuckler. Walsh is a great pitcher deserving of the hall of fame. I would rate Walsh higher than Mordecai Brown for example just on a pitcher list.
      Last edited by brett; 10-07-2012, 07:12 AM.

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