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Old 05-18-2019, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by LITTLE NELL View Post
Forgot where I read the article but Ford was a bit of cheat, he would scruff up the ball with his belt buckle, saw him pitch many times on TV and a few in person and he must have been very discreet in doing it.
My understanding is that Yogi would cut the ball on a buckle on his mitt before throwing it back to Whitey.

He certainly wasn't the only one doing it in those days. The ball didn't get taken out of play every time it hit the dirt like today, and the pitchers wanted that ball with a scuff tossed back to them. No catcher would throw it away himself or offer it to the umpire. They'd make him ask for it.

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