Clipping:Sliding styles

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Date Saturday, July 31, 1886
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... Little Nic [Hugh Nicol] is an artistic slider and goes forward as though he were shot out of a catapult instead of impelled by a motion caused by his own skill. With his right hand forward to touch the bag at the earliest possible moment, his left fast against that side, he skims along the earth as though it were a sheet of ice instead of a hard, sandy soil. Latham, Welch, Robinson and Caruthers are all four sliders, and trained in the same school with Nicol. ...

The less daring, as well as the less effective slide is a sort of wedge movement with the feet forward and the body at an angle of about 45 degrees and is altogether indescribable. It is not nearly so picturesque as the head slide and can only be sued on long throws, whereas the head-first movement is available even when the ball is in the hands of a man but a few feet distant from the baseman. The third slide and the most terrible of all is that adopted by the Philadelphia Club and practised by them this year. Fogarty and Andrews did the most of it in the early part of the season, but they must have noted the extreme danger attendant upon the act, for they have abandoned it of late. Right wisely did they encase their hands in the gloves mentioned before for better protection. This peculiar slide consists in the base-runner making an air dive for the bag head foremost and both arms stretched out to the full extent. In this daring act It is simply a matter of impossibility for a man to control himself and he risks broker arms or a cracked skill every time he makes the slide. Another disagreeable thing in connection with this slide is that it is made with the chest directly on the ground. St.

Source St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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