Minicast D5: The Grandfathered Spitballers

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By Ed Burmila and Mass for Shut-ins. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

After a player died from being hit by a pitch in 1920, Major League Baseball banned the "spitball." But it allowed 17 players whose careers were determined to be dependent on it to continue throwing it. A century later, baseball is still dealing with what it now calls the "foreign substances" issue.

The physics and history of baseball's dirtiest pitch, plus a guy named Urban Shocker.

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