further antedating of "screw ball" 1919
SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun Feb 22 03:16:34 UTC 2004
Continuing to battle it out, we find in newspaperarchive--
19 Aug. 1919 _Iowa City Citizen(IA)_ 5/5
A story about Carl Mays being the only "underhanded pitcher of any real class in the major leagues...."
As a side note, I wonder if Carl wasn't what was called in modern terms a "submarine" pitcher? Did he "really" pitch underhand? I doubt it.
<<Mays has a fast ball, regardless of the fact that to the fan in the grandstand it may look more like a slow one. His best ball is known among the members of the Red Sox as the screw ball, which is a new one. It is so called because it is alleged to twist as do the threads of a screw. It twirls sideways in coming up to the batter, and when it is working good it breaks in toward the right-handed hitters rather than away from them.>>
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