In 1920, a Major League Baseball player was killed after being hit in the head by a wild pitch. It was the first and only time a player had ever been killed by a pitch.
Since the tragic event, MLB has tried different ways to prepare the ball to make it easier for the pitcher to grip. Jim Bintliff has provided the League with a "magic mud" the past 44 years for exactly this reason. He explains that the mud only came about after baseball tried tobacco juice, shoe polish, and dirt from the infield, and none worked.
The "magic mud" has quite a history, and it's even being used today during the 2009 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees.
SEE THE MUD IN ACTION AND LEARN MORE ABOUT IT IN THIS VIDEO:
The Phillies took Game 1 of the 2009 World Series by the score of 6-1 in the first World Series game at the new billion-dollar Yankee Stadium.
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