Elmer Stricklett

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Elmer Griffin Stricklett

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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.

He was reinstated by the National Commission in 1912 after playing outside organized baseball for the previous three years.

In the minors, he won 20 games in a season at least five times. He umpired two National League games in 1907.

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