Clipping:Catcher chewing tobacco to keep the gloves moist

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Date Tuesday, July 17, 1888

Lave Cross says: “The first thing I learned to do when I commenced to catch was to chew tobacco. I don’t see how a man can catch a game without a chew of tobacco in his mouth. The principal reason is that in order to hold a ball you have got to keep your gloves damp constantly. If they are dry you couldn’t hold a twister and would have a half dozen passed balls in a game. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but the only three in the country I know of are Bushong of Brooklyn, Cook of Louisville and Daniels of Kansas City. They use water to dampen their gloves, but it is not nearly as good as tobacco.

Source Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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