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Joe Niese

Baseball speaker at library June 12

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As baseball fever builds in River Falls prior to the new ball park’s opening game, the River Falls Public Library will host a baseball program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12. Author Joe Niese will take guests back to that era when he talks about Burleigh Grimes, the last legal spitball pitcher.

When the spitball was banned, Grimes, a Wisconsin native, was one of 18 pitchers “grandfathered in” and allowed to keep on spitting and pitching for the duration of his career.

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