Frank “Fiddler” Corridon and a Most Unbreakable Record

Frank Corridon has been credited—perhaps apocryphally—with discovering the spitball. Dubbed “Fiddler,” he spent off seasons playing violin for the Providence Orchestra. He almost died of pneumonia the year before making his Major League debut but recovered, and eventually set an unbreakable pitching record. Shortly after his death, a street was named after him in Newport,... Continue Reading →

Patent Portal: Bob Reach and the Inflatable Oven Mitt

Bob Reach was born in Brooklyn in 1843 and was likely a Civil War veteran. He had a brief career as a Major League ballplayer, appearing in three games from 1872-73 for Washington’s National Association team. He collected three singles in 13 at-bats and scored a pair of runs. After his playing days ended, he... Continue Reading →

Patent Portal: Aydelott Exercising Ball

Jacob Aydelott (1861-1926) pitched in the American Association for the 1884 Indianapolis Hoosiers and 1886 Philadelphia Athletics. He compiled a 5-9 record, posted a 4.79 ERA, and fanned 30 in his 124 big league innings. After a pair of seasons in the minors, his professional career fizzled. As of 1902, however, he was still pitching... Continue Reading →

Don Newcombe vs. Coors Brewing Company

Don Newcombe began his professional baseball career as a teenager with the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in 1944. As a rookie hurler with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949, he quickly established himself as an ace—he was named an All-Star, started two games for the Dodgers in the World Series, and was eventually... Continue Reading →

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