Monday, October 10, 2011

The Ball Says "Whiz"

Lewis Pessano Dickerson

Lew Dickerson says:  "Boys, that Dailey is the boss pitcher.  When he fires a ball at you it says 'whiz' as it goes by and makes you think it would burn you up if it touched you."
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 22, 1884

Buttercup Dickerson was no scrub.  He was a heck of hitter who played in the big leagues for seven seasons.  So when he says that Hugh Daily threw the ball hard, I'm inclined to believe him.

An interesting fact:  According to Baseball-Reference, the most similar hitter to Buttercup Dickerson is Nyjer Morgan.  It's kind of rare when the similarity scores kicks up a modern comp for a 19th century guy.

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