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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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The Answers:

PEE WEE REESE
SHORTSTOP
DODGERS

"It's been that way since baseball started. I don't like it. But it's going to be that way as long as baseball is played. I suppose the duster is okay if the pitcher can control it. But can he? Even so, a pitcher doesn't have a lot of guts if he throws at a man's head."

EDDIE LOPAT
PITCHER
YANKEES

"No. But the two hardest balls to hit are the high, inside pitch and the low, outside ball. When a batter has a weakness for the high, inside pitch, I throw it. But there's no guarantee that I can control it fully. A duster is different. It's thrown to hit or knock a batter down."

DUKE SNIDER
OUTFIELDER
DODGERS

"To brush a player off is part of the game. But some pitchers throw at your head and leave it to you to duck. A smart pitcher should throw close and keep a batter off balance. He may hit a man once in a while, but he's on the spot, too. Pitching is his bread and butter."

BOB FELLER
PITCHER
INDIANS

"No. I have no such pitch in my repertoire. Walter 'Big Train' Johnson of the Senators had so much speed that he'd deliberately throw wide. He often said that one of his fast balls might kill a man if it hit his head. I used to throw much harder when I first came up. But never at a man's head."

MICKEY MANTLE
OUTFIELDER
YANKEES

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