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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

How To Be The Next Gaylord Perry

He gave me a jar of Vaseline. I thanked him and gave him a piece of sandpaper.
Don Sutton, upon meeting Gaylord Perry
Both Sutton and Perry were notorious ball-doctors, Sutton preferring abrasion while umpires often undressed Perry for his use of vaseline, grease, or spit. But lest you think these sorts of things are lost arts, I commend to you Derek Zumsteg's The Cheater's Guide To Baseball, which purports to let you in on all those secrets and more. I just pre-ordered a copy, despite the unspeakably long list of books I have yet to finish (let alone start).

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