Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Players Won’t Cheat During All-Star Game

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Pitchers putting pine tar in their gloves and batters using corked bats may occur during the baseball season, but don’t expect to see any funny business going on today (Jul. 12) during the Major League All-Star Game in Detroit.

That’s according to Eldon Ham, author of the new book, Larceny and Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League Baseball (Academy Chicago Publishers), which, in part, explores the history of deception in the sport.

Although the winner of the game earns home field advantage during this year’s World Series for their league, Ham says “it’s still an exhibition game” so spit balls probably won’t be thrown, nor will runners tip off pitches to the batter.

Still, Ham says “baseball is built for mischief” and figures you may see “less deceptive” acts like players trapping line drives against the ground and acting as if they caught it and the old hidden ball trick.

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