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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Strike One

Lew Burdette, a crafty right hander for the Milwaukee Braves was the MVP of the '57 World Series. Known for his outstanding control, the Nitro, West Virgina native was often accused of throwing the illegal spitball. Sportswriter Red Smith was once quoted as saying, "There should be 3 pitching statistics for Burdette: Wins, Losses, and Relative Humidity."
Burdette was also a bit of a practical joker posing as a lefty in this 1959 Topps card.
Lew shows a bit less control in this number recorded in 1959. Another in a short list of baseball player recording fails.

Thanks to my Facebook buddy, Radiolux Franky for the goodness.