Clipping:Teaching players how to slide

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Date Tuesday, April 6, 1886
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Dan Sullivan, the catcher for the Alleghenies, after yesterday’s experiences may resolve to become an acrobat and abandon base ball playing. Sully, Galvin and Miller were practicing to “slide” to a base yesterday in McKelvy’s riding school. Galvin was paternally initiating Daniel into the mysteries of “getting there.” “Now, said Jimmy, “throw yourself loosely down a good distance from this mark, which is the base, and slide in. Do it the way Miller does it.”

“Oh, I see what you want. ‘Miller’s slide’ is it? Here goes.”

Sullivan took a long run, closely pressed by imaginary rivals. Several feet from the base he “plunged” forward and landed squarely on his head. For a moment his feet were where his head would have been had he been standing in the ordinary way. A groan and down his feet came, catching the “gentle” full in the stomach, sending him heads up. Galvin struggled to his feet exclaiming, “Dan, that wasn’t ‘Miller’s slide’ by a blank sight.

Source ” Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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