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The Question: Should pitchers throw the "duster" against a dangerous batter in a tight game?
Jimmy Jemail
September 20, 1954
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September 20, 1954

The Question: Should Pitchers Throw The "duster" Against A Dangerous Batter In A Tight Game?

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"It's a legitimate pitch, as long as it's a duster and not a bean ball. A pitcher has no right to throw at a batter's head. That's the bean ball. It can kill a man. But when a dangerous batter is dug in too deep or is guarding the plate, a good pitcher will dust him off."

PHIL RIZZUTO
SHORTSTOP
YANKEES

"No. I don't mind a close pitch from the shoulders down, to drive me back. But a high pitch at my head may cost me my bread and butter. Yes, even my life. Only the helmet saved Adcock's life. There are some pitchers who deliberately throw at your head if you've gotten two or three hits."

CARL ERSKINE
PITCHER
DODGERS

"A deliberate pitch to I hit a man has no place in baseball. But the duster is a pitch a pitcher must have. He uses it to set up a batter for the next pitch. That may strike him out. Sometimes the pitch to drive a batter back is the only defense a pitcher has."

LARRY DOBY
OUTFIELDER
INDIANS

"An inside pitch is okay, but I don't like to see it coming at my head. Baseball should always be a game of skill. The duel between the pitcher and batter is the most interesting part of baseball. But the batter should never serve as a target for the pitcher."

SAL MAGLIE
PITCHER
GIANTS

"A pitcher would be nuts not to throw the duster. If I'm throwing low and away, they're going to lean over the plate to hit. Pafko did that once and took a game away from me. A fast ball, high and inside, might have saved that game. Pafko doesn't lean over the plate any more against me."

ALVIN DARK
SHORTSTOP
GIANTS

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