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Dana Fillingim

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.

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Dana Fillingim pitched eight seasons in the majors, mostly for the Boston Braves. With the 1921 Boston Braves, he went 15-10, starting half of his appearances.

Fillingim also went 15-10 for Cordele in 1913. After he went 14-5 for Charleston in 1915, he got his chance in the majors, going 0-5 in August/September 1915 for the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics, a team that lost 109 games.

He was back in the minors in 1916-17, winning 20 games both seasons. After his major league career, he spent more time in the minors through 1928, and went 15-8 for Beaumont in 1926.

Dana was from the South, and although his major league career was with teams in the Northeast, he mostly played in the minors for teams in the South. He apparently suffered a knee injury that shortened his major league days.

The book Spitballers: The Last Legal Hurlers of the Wet One, has several pages on him and quotes a sportswriter as writing that Dana was "one of the well-known exponents of the water flinging pellet style". The book mentions he threw a complete-game 19-inning victory in 1920. After his death, his widow spoke out about the spitball, urging that baseball allow its return.

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