From BR Bullpen
Elmer Griffin Stricklett (Spitball)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 6", Weight 140 lb.
- School Santa Clara University
- Debut April 22, 1904
- Final Game September 24, 1907
- Born August 29, 1876 in Glasco, KS USA
- Died June 7, 1964 in Santa Cruz, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Elmer Stricklett is sometimes incorrectly credited as the inventor of the spitball. While he didn't invent the pitch himself - Bill James and Rob Neyer present credible evidence that he learned the pitch from minor league teammate George Hildebrand, who learned it from his teammate Frank Corridon - he played an important role in popularizing it. Both Jack Chesbro and Ed Walsh, early exponents of the spitter, supposedly learned about the pitch by watching Stricklett.
In the minors, he won 20 games in a season at least five times.