The following description of a base ball pitcher in action will be appreciated by all who have watched this important member of the nine: "On receiving the ball he raises it in both hands until it is on a level with his left eye. Striking an attitude, he gazes at it two or three minutes in a contemplative way, and then turns it around once or twice to be sure that it is not an orange or a coconut. Assured that he has the genuine article, he then winks once at the first baseman, twice at the second baseman, and three times at the third baseman, and, after a scowl at the shortstop and a glance at the home-plate, finally delivers the ball with the precision and rapidity of a cannon shot."
-Missouri Republican, July 18, 1870
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