"The Spitball Knuckleball Book" reveals how outlawing the spitball brought on the knuckleball and how these pitches are gripped and thrown.
Here you will find:
-How the spitball was discovered.
-Photographs showing how it was taught by the master spitballers.
-Why the spitball was outlawed in 1920 --it had little to do with safety and everything to do with attendance.
-The 23 pitchers allowed to continue throwing the spitball for the 1920 season and finally allowed to throw it until they retired.
-The ten best illegal spitballers.
-The dry spitter--the perfectly legal pitch that breaks just like a spitball.
-The ten successful Major Leaguers who threw the dry spitter.
-Photographs and descriptions of how the dry spitter was gripped and thrown.
-How a young spitballer not put on the exempt list for 1920 learned the fingertip knuckleball from his plumber friend and took it to the Majors, where it is still used today.
-The often bumpy careers of more than two dozen knuckleballers with photographs of most of their grips.