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Eddie Plank's "Slantball"

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  • Eddie Plank's "Slantball"

    Anyone have insight into Plank's slantball? Whether it had movement on it or not? Sounds like it was his pitching motion. From what I read. He was a cross-fire pitcher. Stepping toward first and firing across his body. But what was the slantball akin to. I can only guess a cutter or slider.

    Plank was coached by Frank Foreman formerly of the Baltimore Orioles:

    The crossfire that made Plank famous was invented by Eddie. Foreman saw him chuck a couple one day and nearly fell on Eddie's neck and wept "Kid" Foreman said "you've got the richest thing in line of a cross-fire the old man ever looked at. Keep at it and your made."
    Gettysburg Compiler: September 13, 1911
    "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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