Baseball Law

God vs. Devil: A Baseball Story

Jim Gott was born in Hollywood, California and was an imposing figure on the mound at 6’4” and 215 pounds, accentuated by a no-nonsense countenance and sweet horseshoe mustache. He was pretty much the man you’d call from central casting to play God in a 1980s baseball movie. So it is certainly no coincidence that... Continue Reading →

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: 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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