Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Quick And Interesting Quote About Charlie Sweeney

Charley doing time in California for murder, was the greatest pitcher I saw. A right-handed pitcher, he was the only right-handed twirler I ever saw who could give an offshoot to a left-handed batter. Nash and Bunlap and other men who batted against him have told me that he would puzzle them more than any other pitcher they ever faced. The rule requiring a pitcher to keep both feet on the ground ended Charley's career. He practiced pitching under the rule and got such a kink in his arm that he couldn't raise it over his shoulder.
-"Gray Tom" Gallagher, quoted in Sporting Life, January 2, 1897

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