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Baseball speaker at library June 12

Joe Niese

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.

The one-hour program will cover Grimes’ career. Niese will read excerpts from his book, “Burleigh Grimes: Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer,” and show over 50 slides. Visitors will also be able to view a personal scrapbook belonging to Grimes.

Niese will have his book for sale and signing, and will also talk briefly about his upcoming book on Boyceville native, Andy Pafko, who played for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves.

For more information call Katie at 7151 426-3496 or email